New Bern named among top 20 best small towns in Virginia Travel Tips

New Bern earned a special shoutout in one of Virginia’s top travel guides which highlights voyage destinations all around the world. 

Virginia Travel Tips, a site that focuses on travel beyond Virginia, shined a spotlight on New Bern as one of North Carolina’s top 20 best charming small towns to visit. 

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The town’s recognition was gained due to the variety of attractions New Bern offers visitors, and of course, the surrounded history. 

New Bern was described as a town that has cultural diversity, beautiful nature, history and is “technically classified as a city these days but still exudes that small-town feel and comfort.” 

The travel blog also made note of New Bern being the second oldest European settlement and first Colonial capital in North Carolina located near eye-appealing water scenery. The historic town sits 40 miles north of Emerald Isle and is near Crystal Coast. 

Beary Merry Events presents a Saint Patrick's Day Celebration with horse-drawn carriage rides, casual street dining, activities and local businesses welcoming shoppers in the historic business district of downtown New Bern. (File photo)

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Natives and business owners in the area said they would have to agree with the blog’s viewpoint, but also feel New Bern continues to embrace several reasons the town attracts a diversity of visitors.

“There’s a visitor’s book we ask people to sign and we’ve had people from all over the world. It always amazes me,” said Julie McKeon, manager of the New Bern Farmer’s Market. “I hear it all the time. New people moving to New Bern say that the small-town atmosphere is why they move here.”