Day Trips New Bern Newcomers

Newcomers Day Trips

Do you enjoy visiting new, interesting places and trying fun events while meeting other newcomers?

If so, “Day Tripping” is just the thing for you!

The Newcomers Club organizes  monthly “away” group trips to various events and tours of interesting locations within driving distance of New Bern.  Each month we also offer a monthly “local” day trip activity, primarily on evenings or weekends. Day Trips are a great way to meet and get to know fellow newcomers!

Check out the website for upcoming Day Trips.  You can also learn more about each Day Trip and sign up at a monthly membership meeting.  Contact the activity leader(s) for more information.

To Attend: Interested members will be emailed details of a scheduled activity several weeks in advance (including whether there are any fees and relevant ticketing information). Simply respond with your interest and show up at the location at the scheduled date and time. Most events have no limit on the number of participants.

Activity Leaders. Andy Britton

and Tana Anderson

Upcoming Day Trips- March

March Away Day Trip:

A visit to the Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site (5466 Harper House Rd, Four Oaks, NC 27524) for a living history event to commemorate the 159th anniversary of the largest battle on North Carolina soil, fought in March 1865. "Presented in collaboration with the National Museum of Civil War Medicine, explore the journey of surgeons, stewards, and the wounded during and in the aftermath of the battle of Bentonville. Living history demonstrations include medical care in and around the Harper House field hospital, as well as weapons demonstrations, talks, activities, and more." Saturday March 16, 2024, suggested duration 10:00am - 2:00pm.   There is no cost.  The local fire department will have a concession stand onsite for lunch or there are picnic tables in the park if you wish to bring your own lunch.  Please RSVP your interest to Tana Anderson ( by 10 March.

March Local Day Trip Activity:

We are doing a joint activity with the Crafters group!  Thanks to Christine Soler, the leader of the Crafts Group, for planning this event!  We will meet at the River Bend Community Center (51 Shoreline Drive, New Bern) on Thursday 21 March from 10:30am - 12:30pm. Guest speaker and instructor Jennifer McGinnis will provide an overview of Letterboxing and lead us in stamp making.  Letterboxing is an outdoor activity that combines art, orienteering, and puzzle solving.  Letterboxes contain a logbook and usually a hand-carved rubber stamp and an ink pad.  Thanks in large part to Jennifer, there are boxes hidden all over our area. So next month, we will have another joint activity where we look for some local letterboxes and use our newly crafted stamps to leave an imprint on the letterbox’s logbook.  Cost for the stamp making activity is $8 for supplies. RSVP required to both Christine Soler ( ) and Andy Britton ( by 14 March.

June Away Trip

Save the Date : Thanks to our Day Trips leader Andy Britton, the club is again organizing a visit to Kinston for a fun day of socializing, food and professional baseball, Sunday, June 16th, 2024, as part of the club’s Out of Town Day Trip for June!

This could be the last year for professional ball in Kinston for a while as the Wood Ducks  will be heading to another pond as earl as in 2025, so you won’t want to miss this! Sign up info coming soon.

Tickets, which will include 90 minutes of all the hot dogs, chips and soda you can drink will cost at the most $25 each.  Visit the event page soon at

The game is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m., though the 90 minute all you can eat period may start before the game. More details to come.

Asheville/Biltmore trip

Our Newcomers Day Trips tour to the Biltmore/Asheville from 15-18 April is confirmed!  For those going, contact Andy Britton ( if you need any more info or have questions.

This is an extended day trip to Asheville, N.C., April 15-18, which will include a visit to the Biltmore Esate.  For complete info visit Multi-Day Day Trip.

Must be paid member of Newcomers Club to take part. Don't have a membership, visit to join today. Annual membership dues only $15 a person.

Past Day Trips

February Newcomers Club Away Day Trip, Antiquing and Flea Marketing in Jacksonville, NC, February, 23, 2024

Ten Newcomers descended on Jacksonville, NC, Friday 23 February for a day of antiquing and flea marketing.
Eight of us enjoyed a pleasant morning strolling through the Flipping Rooster Antique Emporium looking for bargains and hidden treasures.
Two of our group braved the dreary weather for a visit to the Lejeune Memorial Gardens and later, rumor has it, a local bike shop.  We all enjoyed lunch together before capping off the day at the HUGE Foundry Vendor & Antique Mall where even more items jumped into our respective carts.

Ghent Mardi Gras

Local February Day Trip


Local Event, Saturday 10 February 2024: About a dozen  members got together and enjoyed  the eighth annual New Bern Mardi Gras festival in historic Ghent community in New Bern.

Slide show of Day Trip to Bath, NC, January 2024

Past Day Trips

January Day Trips

January Newcomers Club (away) Day Trip
A Visit to Historic Bath, NC, January 26,2024

January 26 was a beautiful day for this out of town trip, with more than 30 members taking part.  Everyone met at the Bath Exhibit Center before being given a guided tour of two historic homes--the Palmer-Marsh House and the Bonner
House. We also took at  short (about a mile) self-guided walking tour of the downtown area and then had lunch  at the Old Town Country Kitchen/The Grill

To view more photos, click on the gallery above

January Local Trip

January Newcomers Club Day Trip Local Activity
Pottery Painting at the Accidental Artist
Saturday, 20 January 2024

Let's paint some New Bern or Coastal Carolina-themed pottery at the Accidental Artist downtown. No
experience necessary! You’ll pay an $8 studio fee plus the cost of whatever pottery piece you choose to paint
(per the Accidental Artist, the average price is between $15 and $25 for most pieces). Once you have finished
painting, the studio will add a clear glaze to your item and fire it in their kiln. The items will be ready for pick
up in four to five days. Of course, as always, those interested can join in an impromptu optional dinner
afterwards somewhere downtown.
DATE: Saturday, 20 January 2024
TIME: 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM, Optional Dinner afterwards location TBD


Christmas Jubilee Show at the Rudy Theater, Dec. 12, 2023

Christmas Jubilee Show at the Rudy Theater, Dec. 12, 2023

“Get into the Holiday spirit with a musical journey through your favorite Christmas songs and
scenes. Sing along to the classics and boogie in your seat as you rock around the Christmas tree
and usher in the most wonderful time of the year!” Cap off the day with your fellow Day
Trippers at an early dinner following the show at Sodosopa southern-style BBQ restaurant in
nearby Smithfield.

November Newcomers 

Away Day Trip

Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park and Whirligig Festival, Wilson NC

Saturday, 4 November 2023

On Saturday 4 November, ten Day Trippers enjoyed a leisurely sunny day taking in the amazingly unique
mechanical sculptures of artist Vollis Simpson at the Whirligig Park in Wilson. Additionally, we strolled among
the myriad vendor booths in downtown Wilson during its annual Whirligig Festival. Several of us bought
handmade art and craft items as well as one of a kind homemade savory and sweet treats. We ended the day
enjoying lunch together from the various food trucks and chatting to the backdrop of live musical

Local Day Trip

DJ Music Bingo
Friday, 17 November 2023


Ten musically motivated Newcomers Club Day Trippers gathered together on Friday 17 November at
Beartown Bistro & Pizza Company for a few rounds of DJ Music Bingo. In addition to dinner and conversation,
there was some toe tapping, head bobbing, and even outright singing along as we perused our bingo cards in
search of tunes from the 50s, 60s, and 90’s, and song titles starting with questions or the letter “B”. Sadly,
none of us got to shout out Bingo and win a prize but fun was had by all!

October Newcomers

Local Day Trip

Coastal Environmental Partnership Presentation and Tour of Tuscarora Landfill, October 27, 2023

Newcomers Club Day Trippers spent an informative morning at the Tuscarora Landfill.

We were greeted and briefed by the Coastal Environmental Partnership’s energetic Education and Outreach
Coordinator, Somer Pede. Following a very in-depth presentation on the composition of lined landfill beds and
the size and scope of operations at Tuscarora, we grabbed our swag bags and hopped on board the “Magic School Bus” for a tour of the extensive facility.

We experienced firsthand the weigh scales, viewed the. compost and mulch area, and stood on top of the highest point in elevation for 7 counties.

We also learned
how “Root Beer trash juice” errr leachate is piped to the wastewater treatment facility and methane gas is
captured and sold for energy. Who knew trash could be so entertaining?


A Day of Fun at Mike's Farm, October 7th

A group of Newcomers spent a beautiful  fall afternoon  at Mike’s Farm on Saturday, Oct. 7. The day included a  hayride to pick pumpkins and a family-style lunch. Thanks to Tana for leading this day.

September - Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue

A great crowd of Newcomers Club Day Trippers met for a yummy, albeit hurried, lunch in Surf City,Thursday, Sept. 21, 2023.  Afterwards, we split into two groups for guided tours of the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center. During the tours, we learned about the differences between Kemp's Ridley. and Green Sea Turtles, the life cycle of sea turtles from nesting to hatchlings journeying into the ocean, and common causes for sea turtle injuries, such as entanglement in fishing nets and shark attacks. In the “sick bay”. hospital areas, we got to observe several turtles in various stages of recovery as well as some permanent residents who are unable to return to the wild due to irreversible injuries. All in all, it was a wonderful. afternoon with both people and critters!
September 16,  New Bern History Quest- September Newcomers Club Day Trips Local Event
On Saturday, Sept. 16th  three intrepid teams of Day Trippers (CAN AM, the Jester Questers, and the Bear

Facts), participated in the 3 rd annual New Bern History Quest. The afternoon weather was glorious and the
clues challenging but fun. While we didn’t win any of the grand prizes, we all learned so much about New
Bern during our quests! For example, we found the resting place of Herbert and Zelmyra Fisher, the Guinness
World Record holders for the longest living married couple—86 years!

August 23, Tour of MCAS Cherry Point

On 23 August, 27 Newcomers Day Trippers spent several informative hours at MCAS Cherry Point. Our day started with an overview of base air traffic control operations and visits to the radar room and Regional Meteorology and Oceanography Center.

We received
outstanding briefings in each area and then proceeded to the red-carpet area of the main flightline where we saw both Harrier and F-35 aircraft. Next, we headed over to the headquarters building for an in-depth overview briefing which included the history of the base as well as a primer on its roles as both the home of. the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing and Marine Corps Fleet Readiness Center East.

Afterwards, we enjoyed lunch at
the base’s newest dining center, The Public House. We capped off the afternoon with a “window” bus tour of  the base’s main areas. The Day Trips group is exceedingly grateful to Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point Public Affairs Specialist, Samantha Kupiainen, for organizing such a wonderful day for us! And we will never. think of swimming pools errr “training tanks” the same way again!

August 6, Walking Tour, Downtown New Bern


August Newcomers Club Day Trips Local Event

Downtown New Bern Walk
Sunday, 6 August 2023

On Sunday 6 August, a small but enthusiastic group of Day Trippers, including our illustrious Newcomers Club
President, joined up for an informative stroll of downtown New Bern. After some discussion, the group
decided on the Nicholas Sparks’ themed “The Return” tour. Despite the fact none of us had yet to read the
book, we never-the-less enjoyed hearing the highlights and background tidbits from the novel during our walk.
The walk took us past several iconic downtown New Bern landmarks including Bakers Kitchen, the Farmers
Market, Union Point Park, Morgan’s Tavern & Grill, the NC History Center, and Christ Church. We concluded a. delightful morning with a delicious lunch at Lawson’s on the Creek. And “The Return” is now on my must-read
list, Andy!


July Newcomers Club Away Day Trip
Beach Clean-up at Salter Path, Indian Beach
Wednesday, 13 July 2023

A small but dedicated group of Newcomers Day Trip volunteers spent the morning of 13 July on litter patrol
along Indian Beach, Salter Path access. We used our scoops, grabbers, and buckets to collect assorted trash
including paper, plastic wrappers, hair ties, cigarette butts, cans, bottles, fishing hooks, and even (yuck) dog
waste and a broken beach chair!


Besides helping to remove waste hazardous to sea life, we discovered a
protected sea turtle nest and were entertained watching sea birds play in the surf! Afterwards, we enjoyed a
leisurely lunch at the 4 Corners Diner in Atlantic Beach.

Click here to view previous years' Day Trips write ups and photos. 

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