Innkeepers Mark & Lori
Mark and Lori fell in love with The Captains Stay, the charm
and character of the house and the history of New Bern and decided
to make this their home and to share it with others by keeping
the Bed and Breakfast up and running in the tradition set by
the wonderful former owner, Craig. The opportunity to
welcome people into our home and make you feel at home is our
goal -- along with serving you a wonderful, special breakfast.
Historical New Bern
Founded in 1710 by Baron Christoph Von Graffenreid of Bern Switzerland, New Bern is the second oldest town in North Carolina and was the state capitol until 1792. The city flag honors our Swiss heritage with it’s image of a bear (Bern is the Swiss word for bear) and our “bearish” pride is quite obvious as you walk through the streets and see countless works of art depicting our namesake.
The late 1700’s brought much wealth throughout the region and with the diversity of people, trades and cultures Bern’s nickname during the late 1700’s was “The Athens of the South”. This cultural diversity is still apparent with our abundant art galleries, theaters, historical tours and our many seasonal festivals.
In 1862 the town was captured by the Union army for the rest of the Civil War and was spared much of the destruction that many other southern cities endured. Because of this, New Bern still has a wealth of
architectural districts, historic homes, churches and many other rehabilitated buildings in the downtown area.