Surrounded by pristine waterways, you’ll find “One of America’s Best Small Towns” in Elizabeth City on the Inner Banks of the Albemarle Sound region.
Its six National Register Historic Districts stir memories of a time when Blackbeard sailed the waters, trains were still a way of life and Wilbur and Orville Wright stopped for provisions on their way to the Outer Banks.
The City of Elizabeth City, known as the “The Harbor of Hospitality,” was once a major seaport where four-masted sailing ships carried goods along the eastern seaboard. Today, the city offers 48-hour free dockage to travelers from around the world. The “Rose Buddies Receptions” where visiting boaters enjoy wine and cheese parties next to Mariner’s Wharf and roses are handed out to the ladies.
Ranked by Money Magazine as one of the “Best Places to Live on the Coast,” the community offers unlimited appeal to visitors of all ages and interests. From the arts and great shopping, to festivals, outdoor sports and family attractions, the City of Elizabeth City, Pasquotank County and Camden County truly have something for everyone. So come and stay a while. You’ll always feel welcome in the “Harbor of Hospitality. And who knows? You may even make a little history of your own.
Videos & Interviews
Experience Elizabeth City’s ArtWalk, as Seen on WUNC-TV’s “North Carolina Weekend.” | April 2014
Elizabeth City, NC Featured on Today in America with Terry Bradshaw | October 2012
Tar Heel Traveler discusses the Mystery of Nell Cropsey | August 2012
2012 North Carolina Potato Festival | May 2012
What Visitors Have to Say
See what some of our visitors had to say about Elizabeth City…
Tom & Paula (Life’s TraVails)- “The next morning, the weather was a bit better so we slipped our lines to cross the Albemarle Sound to Elizabeth City, one of the friendliest cities we had visited, and Paula did another stern-in docking at the Elizabeth City free dock. The boat was parked at the Elizabeth City Visitor Center with its own “harborcam.” Friends in Phoenix and NC could see us waving to them from the back of our boat! We spent the afternoon exploring Elizabeth City, biking along the waterfront neighborhood with some beautiful homes. We passed one of the most beautiful B&B’s we have ever seen!” Click here to read the full post.
B Turner – “I love coming to Elizabeth City. The harbor is so beautiful. A great place to kayak.”
Sharon Larrison Stepniewski from Finally Fun a 50′ DeFever Trawler – “Elizabeth City is truly the epitome of that elusive Southern Hospitality, with its citizens welcoming boaters with friendly smiles, a hearty “hello” and arms held out to take a line to assist with docking. We so enjoyed our two days tied to your city wall, meeting numerous curious townspeople who stopped by to look, to say hello and to question us about our cruising lifestyle. These same citizens often offered assistance, offered a ride, offered insights into where to go and what to do and made us feel so welcome. The cocktail parties at dockside hosted by your Visitor Center were so fun, giving the boaters an opportunity to meet fellow boaters and more citizens from Elizabeth City. The word has spread – Elizabeth City is a MUST stop and now I know why. We shall certainly continue to stop on our way north and later south to renew friendships made this year and to spend our money in support of your local businesses as a way of saying “thank you”. The citizens of Elizabeth City made the experience so pleasurable. Thanks for all you do!”
John and Charlotte Riordan of Fairfax, Virginia – “We enjoyed our stay last weekend at The Hampton Inn in Elizabeth City. We were very fortunate to get an Executive room with a Jacuzzi and a small sink, fridge & a dining table. The TV was a flat screen with plenty of stations (got to see all the college football games I wanted to see). The room was clean with a King Size bed. The free Continental Breakfast was above average with fruit salads and fresh fruit. Elizabeth City is a delightful place where the people are very hospitable and a great place for the boaters to dock. The lobby was spacious and the free internet was great both at the computer in the lobby and through the wireless connection in the room. Elizabeth City is also a great location for a day trip to the Outer Banks and to explore the Great Dismal Swamp. We played golf at The Pines and had a very enjoyable round. The Pines also has an excellent practice area with a driving range and a practice green for chipping and sand shots. I highly recommend the Hampton Inn and you’re sure to enjoy Elizabeth City.”
Robert and Norma Martin of Danville, Virginia – “Norma and I had a wonderful time in Elizabeth City. We had planned our trip to your wonderful city because of the art show–Norma is an artist, and we do art shows. Winning the Getaway was extra special. This is the first year we have done the show in your city, and because everyone we met in your wonderful town was so nice to us we will be back next year. If anyone has an opportunity to visit your fair city, they should. If they don’t they will have missed a wonderful opportunity, as I said the people go out of their way to be nice, and it is a beautiful little town.”