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View from the Harbor

An Elizabeth City Travel Collective

When it comes to capturing the variety of experiences to be had in Elizabeth City, View from the Harbor really delivers. Written by a team of local writers who are “in the know,” this travel collective zooms in on where to grab a bite, see a show, get creative, dock your boat, shop for a treasure, take a tour or groove to a great local band. You’ll be the first to know about fun happenings at Elizabeth City’s trio of must-see sites—the Museum of the Albemarle, Port Discover Hands-on Science Center and The Center at Arts of the Albemarle. And, expect to hear often about EC events, ‘cause there’s always something shaking here in the “Harbor of Hospitality.” Subscribe now to receive View from the Harbor in your in-box. And tell your friends. From travel news to point of views, we’ve got you covered!

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Getaway this Valentine’s Day with a Stay in a Historic Home »

Getaway this Valentine’s Day with a Stay in a Historic Home
Longing to make Valentine’s Day more of an occasion than just the typical flowers and chocolates? With the holiday arriving on a Sunday, it’s a great excuse to book a weekend getaway in one of Elizabeth City’s beautifully restored B&Bs and small inns. In addition to having a cozy place to spend the night, you can step back in time by visiting the excellent Museum of the Albemarle, explore the area on foot with one of the Elizabeth City Historic Walking Tour guides, browse at the downtown area’s eclectic shops and galleries and (of course!) enjoy a romantic dinner in one of intimate independently-owed restaurants. May we suggest these accommodations, which are sure to make your sweet heart smile? Culpepper Inn (609 W. Main Street)  This three-story Georgian Revival-style mansion was built in 1935 and is located in the center of Elizabeth City’s historic district. Both rooms and suites are available. Featuring a spacious yard and pool, the inn hosts live outdoor music on occasion. www.culpepperinn.com Elizabeth City B&B (108 E. Fearing Street)  Dating to 1896, the Elizabeth City B&B is cozy, comfy and a great place to reconvene in between Elizabeth City outings.... READ MORE »

January is Ripe for Oysters, with a Capital R »

January is Ripe for Oysters, with a Capital R
You’ve probably heard the old saying that months with an R are prime months for eating oysters. That means four more mouth-watering months ahead for filling up on this seafood lover’s delicacy! And the best place to do it? The C&H Oyster Bar in Elizabeth City. This landmark restaurant has been around since 1967 when Tom Cox Jr. opened the unassuming eatery at 1524 North Road Street. Diners sit at tables or at the U-shaped bar, where the expert shucking staff split and serve fresh oysters as fast as customers can eat ’em. For the non-bivalve crowd, the Oyster Bar also offers a wide array of fresh seafood, served steamed or fried, as well as sandwiches and other light fare.Check it out next time you’re in town, but don’t wait too long; the Oyster Bar closes in May, and then it’s wait, wait, wait until October rolls around with a capital R! READ MORE »

Get Your Jazz Fix Every Third Thursday at AOA »

Get Your Jazz Fix Every Third Thursday at AOA
Are you a jazz lover? Or someone who wants to learn more about jazz in all its genres? Then Arts of the Albemarle is the place to be beginning this month. The Third Thursday Jazz Series begins Jan. 21 at The Center, Arts of the Albemarle, 516 E. Main Street. Elizabeth City’s own jazz ensemble, “Connected,” featuring local musician Wayne James, will open the series. Elizabeth City State University’s Douglas Jackson, assistant professor of visual and performing arts, is lending a hand to AOA’s Executive Director Katie Murray to organize this fun new series. Murray hopes to increase diversity through the medium of jazz, which appeals to all ages and races. The series will feature a wide variety of jazz music, including smooth, classic and steel drum. Funded by a grant from the Elizabeth City Foundation, the performances are free and open to the public. The series will take place in AOA’s gallery, from 5:30 to 7:00 pm, the third Thursday of every month, January through June. A cash bar will be available for those who want to enjoy a beer or a glass of wine along with the music. Come on out and feel the joy of jazz in river... READ MORE »

When Winter Weather Arrives, Consider Elizabeth City’s “Inside Outings” »

When Winter Weather Arrives, Consider Elizabeth City’s “Inside Outings”
The weather never gets unbearably cold in northeastern North Carolina. That’s what we like about life in this cozy coastal corner, enveloped by the temperate Albemarle Sound and Intracoastal Waterway. When temps do begin to drop, you’ll find plenty of great ways to heat things up with a variety of “inside outings” – fun places to explore on a chilly day! Take your pick from our suggestions below, and while away a winter weekend in Elizabeth City. Enter the warm world of American artist Louis Comfort Tiffany by seeing the Louis C. Tiffany: Art and Innovation exhibit at the Museum of the Albemarle. On display are rare items such as a circa 1910 lamp with an oriental poppy shade and a Cypriot glass base; Favrile glass works including lamp sprays from the Whalehead Club in Historic Corolla; and an urn-shaped vase that was displayed at the 1909 Alaska-Yukon-Pacific World’s Fair. On Thursdays, Jan. 7- Feb. 25, artist Marcia Phillips will host an eight-week stained glass workshop so you can create your own Tiffany-inspired piece! Check for details at museumofthealbemarle.com. There’s nothing like a little gallery hopping to revive your soul, and... READ MORE »

A Few of My Favorite Elizabeth City Things »

A Few of My Favorite Elizabeth City Things
Holiday greetings from Elizabeth City! As the year comes to a close, I am reflecting on my new hometown. Here are a few reasons why I love Elizabeth City … 1 – Water, water everywhere! Elizabeth City is situated along the Pasquotank River connecting us to the Intracoastal Waterway. We are a region of lakes, rivers, streams, swamps and sounds. Water defines who we are. When I see individuals doing yoga or painting in Waterfront Park, it always reminds me to pause and soak in the beautiful view of the sun rising over the water. 2 – Boats! Being from the Midwest I had never seen a lighted holiday boat parade, but now I can check that off my bucket list. I even had the pleasure of seeing two boats create their own impromptu lighted parade, just for fun. 3 – Art scene! Elizabeth City is filled with a creative spirit. From art programs at our local academia, First Friday ArtWalks, theater productions and the Splash! experience, many Elizabeth City residents express their creative side. It’s not unusual to discover the local you’re talking to is a part-time artist. You can see a collection of local artists’ artwork at the Arts of the Albemarle’s galleries. 4 – Over four... READ MORE »

Small Saturday + Art for the Masses = Great Deals, Good Times! »

Small Saturday + Art for the Masses = Great Deals, Good Times!
We have two amazing reasons to head to Elizabeth City on Saturday, Nov. 28. First, it’s Small Business Saturday. Held the Saturday after Thanksgiving, between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the annual promotion encourages seasonal shoppers to patronize businesses that are small and local. In Elizabeth City, we have dozens of fabulous shops that fit the bill, offering original artwork, eclectic home décor and furnishings, to jewelry, apparel and artisan-made wares. Second reason to visit: Art for the Masses, also Nov. 28, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the old Super 10 Store on Main Street. Presented by Arts of the Albemarle, this is a juried show of local artists who are selling their original, quality artwork at affordable prices just in time for the holidays. No item will be more than $200, so this is a great chance to purchase a masterpiece for someone you love (or for yourself!). And when you’ve worked up an appetite from all that shopping, be sure to stop in one of Elizabeth City’s charming independently-owned restaurants for coffee, lunch or dinner. Supporting local businesses is a great way to embrace the spirit of the season! Our downtown friends and neighbors look forward to... READ MORE »

Make it a Hometown Holiday »

Make it a Hometown Holiday
If you’re longing for the warmth of an old-fashioned, hometown holiday, put Elizabeth City on your wish list. Now through December, the “Harbor of Hospitality®” offers a stocking full of family-friendly events and experiences. Come for the day, or stay for the night, to enjoy these seasonal treasures:  Elizabeth City Holiday Celebration, Nov. 27   The lighting of the downtown holiday lights begins at 6 p.m. on Main Street. Caroling, hot cocoa, hay/sleigh rides, cookies and more! Ballet for Young Audiences presents “The Nutcracker,” Nov. 29   Follow Clara on a magical journey to a land where mice battle soldiers, a Nutcracker comes to life and the Sugarplum Fairy dances in the land of sweets. At Arts of the Albemarle’s Maguire Theatre. Elizabeth City Holiday Home Tour, Dec. 4-5  Embrace the holiday spirit by taking a tour of beautifully-decorated historic homes, Dec. 4 (6:30-9 p.m.) and Dec. 5 (11 a.m. – 4 p.m.). Check Arts of the Albemarle for tickets and info. Lighted Boat Parade at First Friday ArtWalk, Dec. 4  On First Fridays, Elizabeth City’s downtown area swings into high gear from 5:30 to 7 p.m. with music, food and a chance to check out the art studios, restaurants and... READ MORE »

Elizabeth City’s Peace Pole »

Elizabeth City’s Peace Pole
There’s something about Elizabeth City’s waterfront that attracts people seeking peace and inspiration. We see it all the time, from the boaters who dock at Mariners’ Wharf for a day or two’s rest before cruising on to their next destination, to the strollers, picnickers and painters who seek pretty vistas at Waterfront Park. Now, when friends and visitors come to our Pasquotank River shores, they can reflect on something else to complement our tranquil waterfront views –   a Peace Pole, erected and dedicated Nov. 13 by the Elizabeth City Morning Rotary Club. Introduced in 1955 by a Japanese Monk, Masahisa Goi, a Peace Pole is a tower made of various materials (wood, metal, vinyl, stone) and marked with characters that spell out “May Peace Prevail on Earth,” usually in languages that are meaningful to residents of the region where it stands. The Rotary Club selected Nov. 13 to dedicate their pole because it was both World Kindness Day and Random Acts of Kindness Day. And they chose to have the following languages represented on their creation: English – language of the first European settlers, the famed “lost colony” of Roanoke Island French and Portuguese – spoken by the early... READ MORE »

Life is Full of Small Moments »

Life is Full of Small Moments
As tourism director, I host Rose Buddies receptions for visiting boaters. This tradition of welcoming boaters with impromptu wine and cheese parties and roses was started by Fred Fearing and Joe Kramer in 1983. The story of the Rose Buddies receptions was one of the reasons I chose to move to Elizabeth City. I wanted to be part of a community that had a legacy of generosity and hospitality. While these receptions are a small gesture of hospitality, I was recently reminded of the impact one simple act can have on someone’s life. In October, we had the opportunity to welcome Darrell Dail, his son Carey Dail and daughter-in-law Robin Dail, traveling with good friends Jon and Teresa White. They were visiting Elizabeth City and sailing the Dismal Swamp Loop in memory of Darrell’s wife, Gladys Dail. They had planned on touring Elizabeth City and the Dismal Swamp Loop in 2013. However, Gladys was diagnosed with cancer before they could make the trip, and then passed away in January of 2015. We were honored to host a Rose Buddies reception for them. The former mayor of Elizabeth City, Steve Atkinson, was the master of ceremonies at the reception. While Fred, Joe and Gladys were not at... READ MORE »

Al Roker Takes Elizabeth City by Storm! »

Al Roker Takes Elizabeth City by Storm!
#rokerthon 2 hit Elizabeth City by storm this week when NBC reporter and weatherman Al Roker breezed into U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City on Wednesday, Nov. 11 to file a fast-paced weather update to the delight of enthusiastic fans. Talk about a amazing Veteran’s Day surprise for America’s 17th Coast Guard City! The gig, which aired live on NBC-TV media, was part of Roker’s attempt to set a Guinness World Record for the fastest time ever for reporting the weather from all 50 states. Since he began his quest on Friday, Nov. 6 in Hawaii, Roker’s been making his way across the country’s weather map by planes, trains and any other vehicle he can catch. He arrived in Elizabeth City on the #rokerthon airplane at 8:30 p.m. Fueled by adrenaline, no doubt, America’s favorite weatherman took time to greet U.S. Guard employees and their families, chat with a few folks including reporters from WNCN-TV and WECT-TV, and – of course – report the weather using a tablet to pull up regional maps and weather systems. A few minutes later – and he was outta’ there. On to his next stop and, hopefully, a world record. If he makes it, Roker will be in be twice honored. At the inaugural... READ MORE »