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A May 2007 trip to North Carolina by lharri

From the Bridge of USS North Carolina Photo, Wilmington, North Carolina More Photos
Quote: North Carolina for a week was to be the conclusion to our 2007 spring vacation before heading home, visiting New Bern, Wilmington, and Morehead City.
Small Enough for You? Photo, New Bern, North Carolina
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There were not too many Fairfield properties to choose from in North Carolina and we wanted to stay along the coast. I did not want to pay for another RCI exchange when I could do a Fairfield reservation much more cheaply. We were heading back to the North East from South Carolina through North Carolina and would be spending another week there. The only coastal offering was the Harbour resort in New Bern. First off, finding the resort would have been no small feat if it had not been for our navigation system. It was across the river from New Bern another six miles out a lonely narrow winding country road. There was very little out beyond a mile or two until you reached the resort. We really wanted to ...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on June 12, 2007

Fairfield Inn by Marriott Jacksonville

Hotel | "Marriott Fairfield Inn and Suites "

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This was a Marriott rewards stay (one night out of two was free). Fairfield Inn is owned by Marriott (not to be confused with Fairfield resorts which are owned by Wyndham). We had a two-room suite. The hotel was well maintained. There was a great outdoor pool not far from our room. Unfortunately, there was some kind of children's soccer tournament going on and our hotel had quite the contingent. We never did get to use the pool. That aside, we were pleased. The two rooms included a sitting room and bedroom. The sitting room had a couch, chair coffee table, desk and TV. There were two TVs. One was a large flat screen with great resolution and the other was just average. This room came wi...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 12, 2007

Fairfield Inn by Marriott Jacksonville
121 Circuit Lane
Jacksonville, North Carolina
(910) 938-4499

Captain Ratty's

Restaurant

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We were window shopping in town in New Bern one day and decided we were hungry. We were passing by and decided to stop into Captain Ratty's for lunch. The general perception walking by is that it is a small café with a window to the sidewalk for people-watching. When you are inside you can see that there are other rooms and it is much bigger than is originally apparent from the street. For lunch that day we were seated in the little café area by the window. There were two other rooms, upstairs and in the back, that appeared to be being used for small group gatherings. The room we were in is mostly wood with wooden furniture. Very casual atmosphere with fun decorations on the walls. The lunch menu is v...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on June 12, 2007

Captain Ratty's
202-206 Middle Street
New Bern, North Carolina 28560
(800) 633-5292

Union Point Park

Attraction

Union Point Park Photo, New Bern, North Carolina
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This park is located at the Foot of the Trent River Bridge, Where Neuse River and Trent River meet. It appears to be a perfect place for a picnic by the water. There is a bandstand and there is access to docks for fishing. The water's edge is lined with donated bricks. There is also a very unusual stairway to the water. The river rises above the stairs and can be accessed directly. See the picture included. When we were there it appeared that a concert had been planned but postponed and the bandstand was roped off. This park is adjacent to a Comfort Inn. I believe it if ever reaches its potential this could be a nice place for a spring, summer, or fall band concert of the like.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on June 12, 2007

Union Point Park
210 East Front Street
New Bern, North Carolina
(252) 636-4816

From the Bridge of USS North Carolina Photo, Wilmington, North Carolina
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A day trip during our stay in North Carolina was to the USS NC Battleship. We do enjoy walking through these decommissioned floating cities and imagining what it would have been like to live on board for months at a time. The site for the memorial is off the beaten path on what is referred to as Eagle Island, but with a view of the city from the waterway. The afternoon we were there they were cordoning off a section topside for a company outing. The battleship can be rented (so to speak) for group adventures from children to adults. There are several areas depending on your group size, etc. They are also hosts to military re-enlistments, retirements, memorials, etc. We opted for ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 12, 2007

Tryon Palace

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Attraction

Tryon Palace Photo, New Bern, North Carolina
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This is the where the first governors of North Carolina ruled. New Bern was the first capitol of North Carolina. Governor William Tryon commissioned an English architect, John Hawks, to build this house in the Georgian style. In 1791, George Washington visited and danced in this very home. The building has seen many restorations overtime due to fire and other issues. An inventory of furnishings kept by Governor Tryon was used in refurnishing the home. The Palace, much as it is now, was reopened to the public in 1959 as North Carolina's first great historical project. There are multiple types of tours you can purchase to visit this homestead. One of the real claims to fame is the beautiful gardens and ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 12, 2007

Tryon Palace
610 Pollock Street
New Bern, North Carolina 28562
(252) 514-4900

CSA Memorial Cedar Grove Cemetary Photo, New Bern, North Carolina
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There is no real category for this but these cemeteries are central figures in the history of New Bern. One is Cedar Grove, a very old cemetery which has all the aspects you would expect in an old southern cemetery. The other is the National Cemetery, which is very military in feel as you can imagine. In one you have Confederate soldiers from New Bern and surrounding North Carolina areas and the other you have Union soldiers from the civil war. It is worth an hour to visit both. You will get a good perspective on the division that existed and in some respects still does.