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On the Waterfront
By land or by sea, New Bern has a picture-perfect quality that’s complemented by historic buildings, trendy bistros, and water-loving wanderers. Join the party and celebrate the good life.
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New Bern, a Certified Retirement Community, is North Carolina’s second-oldest town at more than 300 years old. That means history and lots of it, along with recreation and good times.  

Nestled at the confluence of the Neuse and Trent rivers, picturesque New Bern has detoured more than a few travelers heading up and down the East Coast. Traveling by sailboat or car, visitors are struck by the town’s natural beauty, friendly charm and historic significance.

The state’s first capital was located here under Governor William Tryon, and today, the restored residence and gardens of Tryon Palace are only one of 150 historic landmarks that draw many history lovers to the area. From the Civil War Battle of New Bern, to the Birthplace of Pepsi, New Bern’s history is now its best distinction.


Walk in their Footsteps
Tryon Palace is known as North Carolina’s first permanent state capitol, but it’s remembered for its 14 acres of beautifully sculpted gardens. This step back in time will take your breath away as you pause to appreciate those who first traveled to our distant shore.
Photo Credit : North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources

New Bern enjoys a mild climate, offering business, educational and recreational opportunities, an affordable cost of living and access to outstanding health care services, making it a first-class retirement destination. Indeed, it’s been named such by Retirement Lifestyles and NBC’s “Travel Show” segment of the “Today Show.”

The birthplace of Pepsi, the small town of New Bern is also home to big businesses, like Weyerhauser Company, Moen Incorporated, Hatteras Yachts, BSH Home Appliances, Maola Milk & Ice Cream Company and Embarq.

Medical facilities, professional home care and geriatric services are abundant and varied. CarolinaEast Medical Center, a 350-bed/200-physician acute care facility, offers the latest technology and services.

Recreational facilities include golf courses, kayaking and canoe trails, fishing and sailing in both fresh and salt waters, and hiking in the 157,000-acre Croatan National Forest.  (For serious hiking, consider the Neusiok Trail, that’s appealing to those who enjoy primitive camping and trails with very little traffic.)

Arts and culture flourish as well, featuring two community theater organizations, thriving local artisans and numerous cultural and entertainment events.


Carolina Colours | New Bern, NC

New Bern’s scenic waterways provide the perfect backdrop for water activities like boat tours, kayaking, paddle boarding and much more. Lifelong learning opportunities are available through the dynamic educational curriculum of Craven Community College.

Mary Ellen and Bill Dorsey moved from the D.C. area into Carolina Colours, a residential coastal and golf community just five minutes from downtown. “We drove across the Trent River bridge and saw New Bern, down below,” she explained. “It reminded us of Annapolis and we liked that, as well as the wooded homesites in Carolina Colours.  And then we met the friendliest people.” Almost everyone at Carolina Colours is from somewhere else which makes for easy friendships.

“I enjoy the active social life we have here,” Mrs. Dorsey shared.  “And after eight years, we still love New Bern.

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