Talking New Bern, Ellie the Bear, and More with a Local!

Last Updated on April 13, 2021

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Sabrina Bengel is a longtime New Bern resident, a business owner, currently Alderman of the First Ward. She’s passionate about her town and happy to share what she loves about it.

Check out these fun things to do in New Bern in case you’re still not convinced to visit!

Sabrina Bengel Interview Summary (Ellie the Bear and More)

I wanted to talk to Sabrina for a variety of reasons, but also for Ellie, one of many New Bern firsts. Ellie is a bear, but also a chatbot/automated travel guide that you’ll find when landing on the Visit New Bern website.

In this episode of NC Travel Chat, we talk about Ellie and more things New Bern is doing to keep its place near the top of our list of favorite small towns.

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We also mentioned New Bern’s reinvention of its most popular festival in our first edition of Good News North Carolina, a mid-week companion to NC Travel Chat.

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