New Bern and Beaufort, NC

The shore of Carrot Island, across Taylor's Creek from Beaufort

The shore of Carrot Island, across Taylor's Creek from Beaufort

On July 11, 2017, we embarked on another two-night trip, this time to Beaufort, North Carolina. On the way, we stopped in New Bern for lunch. This town was founded by Swiss and German immigrants in 1710 and was state capital for a while. In 1893, local drugstore owner Caleb Bradham started selling a beverage he named "Brad's Drink", today known as Pepsi. Thus, New Bern can be regarded as the birthplace of PepsiCo.

In the afternoon, we drove to Beaufort, just under an hour away. We checked into the Inlet Inn and started exploring the town. The following morning, we took a little boat to Carrot Island where we hoped to encounter some of the famed wild horses. However, in spite of seeing plenty of digestive evidence of their presence, we didn't glimpse a trace of the animals themselves. There were plenty of birds in the Rachel Carson Reserve. Since it was rather hot and very humid, we had asked to be picked up after an hour, and our captain was right on time.

Later, we visited the North Carolina Maritime Museum and continued exploring Beaufort. Before getting back to our hotel, we stopped at a supermarket where we bought a nice bottle of wine and some nibbles so that we could take advantage of the lovely porch that came with our room. In the evening, it was cool enough to sit outside, enjoy the view, and sip a chilled rosé. We decided to come back to both New Bern and Beaufort, but preferably in late winter or early spring when it it's not quite that hot. Besides, we still haven't given up on seeing the wild horses!

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New Bern

The Tryon Palace (rebuilt in the 1950s) First Baptist Church on Middle Street

The Tryon Palace (rebuilt in the 1950s)

First Baptist Church on Middle Street


Bear Plaza off Middle Street Bear flags are ubiquitous in New Bern

Bear Plaza off Middle Street

Bear flags are ubiquitous in New Bern


The New Bern Fire Department The gardens of Christ Church

The New Bern Fire Department

The gardens of Christ Church


Residence at the corner of Broad and Middle Streets On Middle Street

Residence at the corner of Broad and Middle Streets

On Middle Street


On Middle Street James Reed Lane On Craven Street

On Middle Street

James Reed Lane

On Craven Street


The New Bern Marina Looking to the Bridgepointe Hotel and Marina

The New Bern Marina

Looking to the Bridgepointe Hotel and Marina


On the Riverwalk by Front Street On South Front Street

On the Riverwalk by Front Street

On South Front Street


House on South Front Street House on Pollock Street New Bern City Hall

House on South Front Street

House on Pollock Street

New Bern City Hall


The Centenary United Methodist Church Residence on New Street

The Centenary United Methodist Church

Residence on New Street


The entrance of Christ Church on Pollock Street Looking down Hancock Street

The entrance of Christ Church on Pollock Street

Looking down Hancock Street


House on Pollock Street On George Street

House on Pollock Street

On George Street

Beaufort, NC


We're in Beaufort! Retro sign on Turner Street The Inlet Inn, our home for two nights

We're in Beaufort! Retro sign on Turner Street

The Inlet Inn, our home for two nights


The view from our porch On the waterfront promenade

The view from our porch

On the waterfront promenade


On the waterfront promenade Tip of the hat to Simon & Garfunkel

On the waterfront promenade

Tip of the hat to Simon & Garfunkel


John C. Manson House Joseph P. Dill House Carteret Academy House

John C. Manson House

Joseph P. Dill House

Carteret Academy House


After dropping us off on Carrot Island, our captain is leaving On Carrot Island

After dropping us off on Carrot Island, our captain is leaving

On Carrot Island


Meadow with blanket flowers A closer look at the firewheels

Meadow with blanket flowers

A closer look at the firewheels


On Carrot Island Along the Carrot Island shore

On Carrot Island

Along the Carrot Island shore


On the Carrot Island shore American white ibis (Eudocimus albus) on Carrot Island

On the Carrot Island shore

American white ibis (Eudocimus albus) on Carrot Island


After a three-minute boat ride, we're back on Beaufort's boardwalk The Cedar's Inn on Front Street

After a three-minute boat ride, we're back on Beaufort's boardwalk

The Cedar's Inn on Front Street


The North Carolina Maritime Museum The museum's maritime library

The North Carolina Maritime Museum

The museum's maritime library


The Front Street Inn In a garden on Ann Street Rocking chairs

The Front Street Inn

In a garden on Ann Street

Rocking chairs


Dr. James Manney House on Graves Street Russell House on Turner Street

Dr. James Manney House on Graves Street

Russell House on Turner Street


Old Burying Ground Old Burying Ground

Old Burying Ground

Old Burying Ground


Purvis Chapel on Craven Street Strolling down Orange Street Residence on Orange Street

Purvis Chapel on Craven Street

Strolling down Orange Street

Residence on Orange Street


Beaufort Courthouse and Confederate Memorial House on Front Street

Beaufort Courthouse and Confederate Memorial

House on Front Street


Davis House: Condominiums Beaufort-style Looking from the end of Front Street to the ships by the Old Causeway

Davis House: Condominiums Beaufort-style

Looking from the end of Front Street to the ships by the Old Causeway


The photos on this page were taken from June 11 through 13, 2017.
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