Paradise, it's closer than you think

Plan Your Escape: New Bern

Ready to escape your own reality? Tired of paddling the same water? It’s time for you to meet New Bern. She’s a friendly waterfront town sandwiched between paddle Mecca Wrightsville Beach and the oceanic wilderness of the Outer Banks. Settled over 300 years ago, New Bern was an escape for persecuted Palatines and today is a refuge for active lifestyle enthusiasts seeking freedom. The revived historic district offers fresh local fare, craft beers, friendly citizens, and desirable paddle-in/paddle-out accommodations.

Located at the confluence of the Trent and Neuse Rivers, New Bern forms the gateway to the Pamlico Sound and is truly a paddler’s paradise. With a variety of adventures to choose from, you can explore blackwater creeks, cast for monster fish, or glide on heart-pounding downwind runs. When the surf is firing, it’s a short 45-minute drive to the Crystal Coast where you can enjoy uncrowded lineups and peeling waves. And with the mild climate, SUP is a year-round activity with a short winter season where neoprene is necessary.

But the element that makes your escape to New Bern truly unique is that you can literally show up with a toothbrush and the ohana at Stand Up Outfitters will get you outfitted for your adventure. With a lifestyle shop downtown and a full service waterfront facility featuring demos from top brands and the SIC Maui Glide Center, you have access to top shelf SUP equipment in every category. For an affordable, hassle-free, and exciting paddle experience, find your way to "The Bern" or contact Stand Up Outfitters to plan your escape. Still curious? Tune into the SUO YouTube channel for a virtual getaway.