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Insider's Guide Blog: A Local's Perspective

It’s one thing to see a destination. It’s another to experience it from a local’s perspective. Our locals share with you where to grab a bite, see a show, get creative, dock your boat, shop, take a tour and much more.

Did You Know that Elizabeth City is the 20th "Coast Guard City"?

Posted on 06/29/2020 by Visit Elizabeth City
Ever since the U.S. Coast Guard made Air Station Elizabeth City its base in 1940, residents have welcomed and supported their beloved “Guardians of the Coast” and the important work they do keeping U.S. shorelines safe. On May 29, 2015 the special re... Read On

You Know You’re in Elizabeth City When…

Posted on 06/19/2020 by Breanna Brower
Every destination has its differentiating landmarks and attractions. Here are 5 things that let you know you're in Elizabeth City.... Read On

Keep it Cool When Summer Sizzles in Elizabeth City

Posted on 06/12/2020 by Breanna Brower
When the temperature rises, it's easy to cool down in Elizabeth City with these fun summertime outings.... Read On

North Carolina’s Coastal Bucket List

Posted on 06/03/2020 by Breanna Brower
Whether it’s your first time in Elizabeth City or your fiftieth, there’s always something fun to do or new to explore. We couldn’t possibly fit them all on one list, but here’s a quick bucket list of things to do and see to help you get started plann... Read On

Five Ways to Welcome Spring in Elizabeth City

Posted on 05/26/2020 by Breanna Brower
Now that we're in Phase 2 of the state's easing of restrictions, it's the perfect time to get up, get outside, and welcome the warmer weather of spring! Don’t stay cooped up inside all day; Elizabeth City is full of opportunities to explore in the gr... Read On

The History of Pailin's Alley

Posted on 05/13/2020 by Breanna Brower
The story of the alley we know and love today goes back to the 1800s with William Pailin, a leading businessman, farmer, and fisherman in Pasquotank County.... Read On

Recipes from Celebrated Elizabeth City Chefs

Posted on 04/08/2020 by Breanna Brower
You may not be able to go sit down at your favorite restaurant right now but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy delicious food. Bring the flavors of some Elizabeth City restaurants to your own kitchen with these delicious recipes from the chefs themse... Read On

E. City Hometown Heroes

Posted on 03/31/2020 by Breanna Brower
Our community is full of awesome people who are always there to lend a helping hand, serve their neighbors in a time of need, and provide services beyond what’s expected of them just for the sake of doing something good - these people are our E. City... Read On

Elizabeth City is Blooming with Springtime Events

Posted on 03/04/2020 by Visit Elizabeth City
Time to shake off the cabin fever! The Elizabeth City area offers plenty of activities and events to entertain locals and visitors.... Read On

Gear up for 2020 in Elizabeth City, North Carolina!

Gear up for 2020 in Elizabeth City, North Carolina!

Posted on 02/12/2020 by Visit Elizabeth City
2020 is officially here and Elizabeth City is geared up for a great start to the decade! With exciting events, new Downtown developments and great accommodations for all types of visitors, you’re sure to find something new to discover this year in El... Read On

Bling, massages and theater for a memorable time in Elizabeth City in February

Posted on 02/05/2020 by Simone Cooper
Need a fun excursion in February for Valentine’s Day? Elizabeth City offers unique jewelry at Eclectic Jewelry and Coppersmith Antiques & Auction Co., a massage for two at Anew U Massage Therapy.... Read On

Romantic B&Bs and Inns You'll Love in Elizabeth City

Posted on 01/29/2020 by Visit Elizabeth City
Longing for a romantic getaway? Book a weekend getaway in one of Elizabeth City’s beautifully restored B&Bs and small inns.... Read On

Elizabeth City's Family Oriented Activities in January

Check out winter family fun ideas in Elizabeth City

Posted on 01/27/2020 by Simone Cooper
The hectic holidays are over, a new year has arrived, and the temps are chilly, making indoor activities welcome. January is here and there could not be a better time for the whole family to see a great exhibition at Museum of the Albemarle, to book ... Read On

TarWheel Cycling Event in Elizabeth City, North Carolina

TarWheel Cycling Event in Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Posted on 01/13/2020 by Visit Elizabeth City
This year, the TarWheel Cycling Event will take place on Saturday, April 18. The event takes place on perfect terrain, as the course spans a scenic, flat countryside. It starts in downtown Elizabeth City, and you’ll ride along the waterfront, cruisi... Read On

Find Holiday Gifts in Elizabeth City's Friendly Shops

Posted on 11/18/2019 by Visit Elizabeth City
Shopping is fun in Elizabeth City! Ditch the crowds and lines and enjoy our independently owned, local shops featuring one-of-a-kind finds. Our shop keepers are super friendly and will brighten your holidays. Embrace the spirit of the season in Eli... Read On

Elizabeth City's Nearby Oasis: Dismal Swamp State Park

Posted on 11/18/2019 by William Broussard
“If you hear the dogs, keep going. If you see the torches in the woods, keep going. If there's shouting after you, keep going. Don't ever stop. Keep going. If you want a taste of freedom, keep going.” —Harriet Tubman, architect of the Underground Rai... Read On

Pet-friendly Elizabeth City Area Outings

Posted on 10/18/2019 by Visit Elizabeth City
Man’s best friends are celebrated here in the Harbor of Hospitality.... Read On

C & H Oyster Bar

‘O’ is for October and oysters at Elizabeth City’s C & H Oyster Bar

Posted on 10/16/2019 by Simone Cooper
Founded in 1967 with a roster of famous people who have visited over the years such as Walter Cronkite, Catfish Hunter, Wolfman Jack, and Chet Atkins, the independently-owned C & H Oyster Bar...... Read On

Load Up the Kids and Head to Elizabeth City!

Posted on 09/26/2019 by Visit Elizabeth City
Get out of the car and into some fun in Elizabeth City!  Road travel is never as challenging as it is with kids in tow. There are the inevitable soda spills, family feuds and wayward limbs ("Mom! She's touching me!"). Elizabeth City has exactly what ... Read On

5 Reasons Fall is the Best Time of the Year to Visit the North Carolina Coast

Posted on 09/10/2019 by Visit Elizabeth City
Fabulous fall foliage, fishing, football, entertainment and food. Learn what locals know, fall is one of the best times of the year to experience the North Carolina coast's natural beauty. Enjoy indoor and outdoor fun in Elizabeth City with beautiful... Read On

Fun Fall Events Blow Into Elizabeth City, NC

Posted on 09/04/2019 by Visit Elizabeth City
Plays, ghosts, parades, art, craft beer and nature, there are so many great reasons to visit Elizabeth City this fall.  During your stay, you can meet our ghostly apparitions, cheer for the hometown football team, shop for one-of-a-kind crafts and be... Read On

Arts & Entertainment - Elizabeth City Style

Posted on 08/26/2019 by Visit Elizabeth City
Live theater, local art and a great music lineup await you in Elizabeth City!   Plan your visit and enjoy the Arts & Entertainment of your choice, with that Elizabeth City flare and have a great time in our downtown waterfront.  Get ready for wonderf... Read On

6 Drinks Exclusive to Elizabeth City

Posted on 05/13/2019 by Visit Elizabeth City
North Carolina’s “Harbor of Hospitality” wouldn’t be complete without great beverages to give you a warm welcome, and, on your next trip, you will be pleased with the unique offerings available. Read on for the 6 Drinks Exclusive to Elizabeth City, N... Read On

10 Things to Do in Elizabeth City under $10 

Posted on 05/13/2019 by Visit Elizabeth City
If you’re looking for days of fun without breaking the bank, then head to Elizabeth City, North Carolina!  From great parks and water activities to museums and historical trails, you’re sure to find something you’ll love. Read on for 10 Things to Do ... Read On

COA Fenwick-Hollowell Wetlands Trail

Wildlife and Birding Trails near Elizabeth City, North Carolina 

Posted on 04/26/2019 by Visit Elizabeth City
Spring is here in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, and the area is bursting with outdoor activities to enjoy the season. This Harbor of Hospitality is home to a variety of birds and unique wildlife that reemerge during spring and summer. Check out the... Read On

5 Best Places to Kayak Around Elizabeth City, NC

Posted on 04/18/2019 by Visit Elizabeth City
We have selected five kayaking ventures from the Albemarle Region Paddling Trails you should traverse on your next visit.... Read On

The Coca-Cola Mural: “Sign of Good Taste” in Downtown Elizabeth City

Posted on 04/12/2019 by Simone Cooper
Visitors and residents of Elizabeth City don’t have to travel beyond the corner of West Colonial Avenue and North Water Street to see one of these nostalgic murals. On the side of the historic McMullan Building, known locally as the ‘Old City Cut Rat... Read On

Dig into the North Carolina Potato Festival

Posted on 04/04/2019 by Visit Elizabeth City
Hungry for a weekend of homegrown fun and free fries? Head to Elizabeth City for the North Carolina Potato Festival, May 17 – 19, 2019, which will please both your taste buds and your desire to have a good time!... Read On

7 Things You Didn’t Know About Elizabeth City

Posted on 04/04/2019 by Visit Elizabeth City
You may know Elizabeth City because of its 20th century architecture or great seafood, but you probably don’t know its connection to the invention of the airplane or the evolution of billiards. Read on to learn 7 Things You Didn’t Know About Elizabet... Read On

Reviving the Much Debated Query – How did Elizabeth City Get Its Name?

Posted on 03/28/2019 by Barbara Putnam
There has always been dispute amongst the residents of Elizabeth City with regard to how Elizabeth City was named. Was Queen Elizabeth I of England or Mrs. Betsy Tooley the namesake? In the company of some Elizabeth City locals, even insinuating ... Read On

Exploring Antiques & Architecture in Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Posted on 03/19/2019 by Visit Elizabeth City
Since its founding in 1794, Elizabeth City has been a city teeming with culture, with history alive through its many remarkable structures. It’s also known as the “Harbor of Hospitality”, and its port has seen many curious items pass through. We enco... Read On

Celebrate North Carolina Craft Beers!

Posted on 03/13/2019 by Visit Elizabeth City
It's time to lift your glass in honor of local brews as April is North Carolina Beer month. With more than 250 breweries, more than any other state in the South, North Carolinians have ample opportunities for sampling libations at special beer inspir... Read On

The Albemarle's Moses Grandy — A triumph of the human spirit

Posted on 02/11/2019 by Margie Berry
African American History month, is a good time to recall one of the Albemarle’s most courageous characters—maritime slave Moses Grandy. Enslaved for four decades, Grandy worked as a waterman to purchase his freedom. Cheated of it twice by unscrupulou... Read On

Cupid provides inspiration for Elizabeth City’s chefs in February

Posted on 01/28/2019 by Simone Cooper
Prefer dinner for two or with a posse of friends for Valentine’s Day?  Special dinner menus are available at several Elizabeth City eateries. With great food and ambiance, a fantastic night is guaranteed.... Read On

Elizabeth City Welcomes Boaters to the "Harbor of Hospitality"

Posted on 01/14/2019 by Visit Elizabeth City
The “Harbor of Hospitality” is set on the beautiful Elizabeth City waterfront and the Pasquotank River. At Mariners’ Wharf you can choose from 14 boat slips with free 48-hour docking! When you tie up at Mariners’ Wharf, you may find that the local... Read On

International and Regional Flavors Influence Signature Dishes at Three Elizabeth City Restaurants

Posted on 12/10/2018 by Simone Cooper
Many restaurants have a defining, celebrated dish that represents their raison d’être. Here’s what the chefs and owners of three popular Elizabeth City eateries.... Read On

The Proctor Smokehouse - Circa 1840’s – Perquimans County

Posted on 12/10/2018 by Barbara Putnam
Museum of the Albemarle’s second floor gallery sits the re-assembled Proctor Smokehouse, which was initially relocated from the Proctor Farm, in the Bear Swamp area of Perquimans County. Discover the history of the house and the reasoning's to why it... Read On

History of Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Program

Posted on 11/30/2018 by Visit Elizabeth City
We were so glad to learn that Elizabeth City resident, historian and retired educator Wanda McLean has received a special Coast Host award for her efforts to obtain federal designations that mark six northeastern North Carolina sites as part of the N... Read On

Make it a Hometown Holiday in Elizabeth City, NC

Posted on 11/30/2018 by Visit Elizabeth City
If you’re longing for the warmth of a homespun holiday, put Elizabeth City on your wish list. Now through December, our city offers a stocking full of family-friendly events and experiences.... Read On

Merchant Mills Pond

Naturally Wonderful Northeastern North Carolina State Parks

Posted on 11/08/2018 by Visit Elizabeth City
Elizabeth City is in the middle of an outdoor playground. Our location offers easy access to four different state parks which makes it the perfect place for nature lovers to launch their vacation.... Read On

33rd annual Holly Days Festival of Gifts and Crafts

Posted on 10/30/2018 by Simone Cooper
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Unique Holiday Shopping in Elizabeth City

Posted on 10/30/2018 by Simone Cooper
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You’ll be Smitten with Oysters in Elizabeth City, NC

Posted on 10/09/2018 by Visit Elizabeth City
Seasoned travelers know one of the best ways to truly experience a destination is to acquaint yourself with the native food and eat like a local. As you don’t fully experience a destination until you've savored the regional cuisine and rubbed elbows ... Read On

Moth Boats Dot Elizabeth City’s Pasquotank River in October

Posted on 10/01/2018 by Simone Cooper
The classic moth sailboat has a storied history. The first boat of its kind was built in Elizabeth City in 1929 when Captain Joel Van Sant visited while ferrying a yacht along the Intracoastal Waterway. Inspired by the calm water of the Pasquotank Ri... Read On

Elizabeth City’s Historic Ghost Walk, Albemarle Craftsman’s Fair, and ECSU’s Homecoming offer October fun.

Posted on 09/28/2018 by Simone Cooper
Ghosts and apparitions flit and float throughout Elizabeth City at Historic Ghost Walk, now in its 22nd year. Now in its 60th year, the Albemarle Craftsman’s Fair, one of the oldest events of its kind in the state, offers fine items and an opportunit... Read On

Kayaking an Elizabeth City Favorite, Great Dismal Swamp

Posted on 07/17/2018 by Nelson Disla
Even when it’s busy—when many people out to enjoy the oddity of a mild day in early July—I can’t help but see the Great Dismal Swamp through an ego-fueled tunnel vision. Having visited at least a couple times every week, for several months, I’ve come... Read On

There’s a Catch: Seafood Dishes in Elizabeth City

Posted on 07/11/2018 by Simone Cooper
With Elizabeth City's close proximity to the sound and sea, it's a prime location for trying coastal seafood. Whether you’re craving Asian specialties, a salad, pasta, or a southern-style fry up, there are several area dishes that showcase tasty fish... Read On

Pontoon Boating Fun in Elizabeth City

Posted on 07/10/2018 by Visit Elizabeth City
Elizabeth City’s excellent climate allows for year-round, water-related activities so whether you’re a resident of our little town or are visiting from a land-locked region, you’ll want to take advantage of all the North Carolina coast has to offer.... Read On

Music on The Green Concert Series Returns to Elizabeth City!

Posted on 07/09/2018 by Visit Elizabeth City
Looking for an idea for an inexpensive date night? Check out Elizabeth City Downtown, Inc.'s Music on the Green concert series. These free public concerts feature our talented local music scene.... Read On

A short drive from Elizabeth City: The Camden County Heritage Museum and Historic Jail

Posted on 06/19/2018 by Simone Cooper
Through the vision of a group of passionate historians and residents who wanted a permanent home for Camden County artifacts, documents, and stories, The Camden County Heritage Museum and Historic Jail (117 N.C. Highway 343, next to the Historic Cour... Read On

Live Music Spots in Elizabeth City

Posted on 06/12/2018 by Nelson Disla
On summery nights, there aren’t many spots I enjoy more than the tables outside Hoppin’ Johnz. Beneath the lights strung across Pailin’s Alley, it’s a great place to relax and enjoy a breeze with your favorite dessert or cocktail. But all that change... Read On

Farm Fresh and Family-Friendly Downtown Waterfront Market

Posted on 06/08/2018 by Visit Elizabeth City
For most of us, there is no better place to buy fruits and vegetables than at a farmers' market. These markets are not just venues for buying items but also provide an opportunity for us to learn how food is raised, allow visitors to experience local... Read On

Elizabeth City Waterfront Dining: Paradise on the Pasquotank

Posted on 06/04/2018 by Nelson Disla
Beyond the deck, boats sway on the other end of the Pasquotank, a seagull flies overhead, and a turtle bobs surreptitiously on the water’s surface. A server delivers fried ravioli to a table beside me. They rest there like a line of fallen dominoes, ... Read On

Keep an Eye Out for the NC Potato Festival

Posted on 05/09/2018 by Visit Elizabeth City
One of the things that we find most appealing (pardon the pun) about the N.C. Potato Festival is the organizing body’s sense of whimsy.... Read On

Happy Hour: Signature Cocktails in Elizabeth City

Posted on 04/24/2018 by Simone Cooper
Whether sweet or tart, shaken or stirred, there’s no denying residents of Elizabeth City love a well-crafted cocktail. Here are a few signature standouts to order during your next night out on the town.... Read On

Newbold-White House: A Southern Historical Exemplar in Hertford

Posted on 04/17/2018 by William Broussard
In the middle of the six-acre complex sits its crown jewel, a colonial Quaker homestead with its brilliantly-preserved bright red brick exterior contrasting starkly with the browns and greens and yellows of the surrounding land.... Read On

Buccaneers and Craft Beers in Elizabeth City

Posted on 03/27/2018 by Visit Elizabeth City
Celebrate the Albemarle region’s 350th birthday! Commemorating the 300th anniversary of Blackbeard's adventures in North Carolina, Elizabeth City is hosting its first Pirate Palooza.... Read On

Ghost Harbor Brewery—Getting Elizabeth City Together

Posted on 03/23/2018 by William Broussard
One step inside Ghost Harbor and I observed a detailed and considered décor that is comfortable and modern, belying its more humble early to mid-20th century “historic downtown main street” exterior appearance.... Read On

4 Ways to See More Green in Elizabeth City

Posted on 03/14/2018 by Visit Elizabeth City
Start planning a springtime trip now with these tips to get more out of your getaway to Elizabeth City.... Read On

Homage to a Hometown Hero: The Jim “Catfish” Hunter Museum in Hertford

Posted on 03/13/2018 by William Broussard
Hertford's hometown hero, Jim "Catfish" Hunter 15 year career, pitching for the Kansas City/Oakland A’s and the New York Yankees... Read On

Elizabeth City's Museum of the Albemarle

Elizabeth City's Museum of the Albemarle

Posted on 03/06/2018 by William Broussard
Museum of the Albemarle (MoA) is an archetypal museum and one that should inspire not only its nearest neighbors in Elizabeth City, but folks across the Northeastern North Carolina region that shares its namesake (as well as travelers passing through... Read On

A Weekend with Bob in Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Posted on 03/03/2018 by Visit Elizabeth City
Bob was one of the many visitors to discover Elizabeth City, North Carolina, this summer. He and his wife were able to enjoy some activities (and meals) that exemplify Elizabeth City's way of life. Find out how Bob spent his time in northeast Nort... Read On

Kayak Fishing in the Albemarle - Elizabeth City's Fishing with Mike

Posted on 03/02/2018 by Liza Franco
Here in the Albemarle region we are surrounded by water with our rivers, creeks, ponds and the sound. We have more access to fishing than just about any other area in the state.... Read On

Five Must-See Homes on Elizabeth City’s Walking Tour

Posted on 01/29/2018 by Margie Berry
Downtown Elizabeth City’s residential area boasts a plethora of houses of historical and architectural interest. Here is a look at five stand-out homes on the walking tour... Read On

Beat the Winter Blues in Elizabeth City

Posted on 01/11/2018 by Visit Elizabeth City
Now that the holidays are over, keep your spirits up and mid-winter doldrums at bay with a weekend stay in one of our cozy lodgings, coupled with one of these five fun excursions.... Read On

Fishing Kayaks - Elizabeth City's Fishing with Mike

Posted on 12/21/2017 by Mike Sweeney
Now you can get a kayak specifically designed to fish out of in fresh or salt water with rail systems that mount rod holders, depth finders or even anchors. One of the biggest advancements in the past few years is the pedal drive systems that come i... Read On

Elizabeth City Shops and Restaurants for Your Holiday List

Posted on 11/02/2017 by Visit Elizabeth City
You’ll find personalized gifts, thanks to art stores, home décor, and specialty shops located in our downtown area and throughout the city. And when you are ready to take a break or celebrate Thanksgiving, we have wonderful restaurants where you can ... Read On

Heritage Crafts a Hallmark of Albemarle Craftsman's Fair

Posted on 10/17/2017 by Visit Elizabeth City
Don’t let the name mislead; you won't find pom-pom pets or Popsicle houses at this show. Craftsmen from North Carolina and Virginia will bring their tools, knowledge and wares to showcase traditional heritage crafts expertly designed and lovingly mad... Read On

Northeastern North Carolina – Labor Day Weekend Itinerary

Posted on 08/30/2017 by Simone Cooper
Now is the perfect time to plan a Labor Day holiday trip to northeastern North Carolina, a welcoming cluster of small towns with offerings for the foodie, the history buff, the sportsman and the arts and antiques enthusiast.... Read On




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