The Cooper family became owners of The Meadows Inn Bed & Breakfast on March 20, 2020. March 2020 is a historically significant month. That was when COVID-19 arrived and New Bern shut down. #WCIO: When COVID is OVER Staycation SweepstakesScroll down for the entry form. Click here for rules and information about #WCIO Sweepstakes. “We made a lot of lemonade from lemons,” said Linda Cooper, owner and innkeeper. “We used the COVID lockdown period to do a lot of renovation and freshened the décor.”  The décor is a mix of what was there and additional pieces that were acquired from her travels around the world. Read More →

Familiarity attracted Gretchen and Tracy Du Peza to New Bern in 2015 as they investigated their next venture: Inkeeping. New Bern was founded in 1710 by a Swiss baron who named the settlement after Bern, Switzerland, his ancestral home. “We lived in Switzerland for 13 years, so we appreciate the Swiss tie-in here,” said Gretchen. In January 2016, the Du Pezas bought the Downtown New Bern bed & breakfast then known as Harmony House, a distinctive and historic venue that dates back to 1850. They restored and upgraded the inn and reinstated its historical name, the Benjamin Ellis House. Benjamin Ellis House Bed & BreakfastRead More →

Contact509 Pollock St., New Bern 252-636-5553 There was no reason for Beth and John Blackwelder of Atlanta to question their timing when they bought The Aerie Luxury Inn & Event Center in New Bern, North Carolina, in late 2019. The city was thriving, and its cultural life and nightlife were taking off. Though a bit threadbare, the Aerie was an established brand in New Bern, a historic riverfront town founded in 1710 on just about everyone’s radar—retirees, history buffs, antiquers, veterans, boaters, outdoor lovers, and people who simply enjoy the area’s beauty. Just around the corner was COVID-19, which threw a monkey wrench into justRead More →