January 25th, 2018
Nestled along the banks of the Pasquotank River, Elizabeth City combines the perfect blend of small-town living with urban amenities. In this quaint, waterfront town, residents love the slower pace of life, lower cost of living and a wonderful, scenic environment.
Centrally located in northeastern North Carolina, the city shares close proximity to the Outer Banks as well as Hampton Roads. Known as “The Harbor of Hospitality”, Elizabeth City is featured in the book, “The 100 Best Small Towns in America” and was also ranked by Money Magazine as “one of best places to live on the East Coast.” With a strong economy, solid school system and plenty of lifestyle choices, the city is developing momentum as new construction, renovations and businesses form the area. New home buyers benefit from more affordable home prices, lower taxes and cost of living, yet still live close to the Virginia State Line. In the newer areas of growth, you’ll find quality new construction at an affordable price, as offered at this new home community, Stockbridge at Tanglewood. Stockbridge is located in the newer area of growth in Elizabeth City with close proximity to new shopping centers and conveniences.
Elizabeth City is Rich in History and Culture
Once a major seaport, the city is rich in history with Underground Railroad sites, Civil War trails and museums, including the Museum of the Albemarle and Port Discover Hands-on Science Center. It is also home to Air Station Elizabeth City, one of the largest U.S. Coast Guard air stations in the United States.
Rich in arts and culture, the city offers art walks, gallery openings, outdoor films, theatrical performances and plenty of venues featuring local musicians. Arts of the Albemarle, located in the historical Lowry-Chesson Building now renovated and called The Center, features art, performances, exhibitions and educational programs for all ages.
Breweries, Pubs & Local Cuisine
The area’s restaurants are sure to please, offering your choice of american, mexican and italian cuisine or sushi and fresh-caught seafood. Most dining establishments here are locally owned and operated, which is definitely a refreshing change from chain restaurants. Take a stroll in pedestrian-friendly downtown to Pailin’s Alley for music and good food with its outdoor seating area for multiple eateries and pubs including Hoppin Johnz New South Cuisine, Coasters Downtown Draught House, Island Breeze Grill and Ghost Harbor Brewing. For a quiet evening, take in the lovely harbor views from the deck of the newly opened Paradiso Roma Ristorante.
Every Saturday during warmer weather, visit Elizabeth City’s popular Downtown Waterfront Market for a weekly celebration of food, crafts and activities plus live music and more. Shop for fresh local produce, beef, fish, homemade desserts, handcrafted jewelry and other artisan crafts.
Elizabeth City is a prime location for trying local seafood. Visit C&H Oyster Bar for delicious oysters in a casual setting, or Toyoma Japanese Restaurant for savory sushi. At Quality Seafood Market, sit down for a trout dinner or flounder sandwich or pick up a fresh catch of fish, shrimp, crab meat, clams, or oysters to take home.
A Shopper’s Paradise
If you love to shop, downtown Elizabeth City features a wide array of merchants from boutique and local artisan shops to garden nurseries and popular department stores. Go antiquing at Coppersmith Antiques & Auction Company or check out vintage furniture and one-of-a-kind home decor items at Funked Up Junk, The Nesting Cottage and Twice is Nice. Discover delightful architectural items salvaged from buildings in Elizabeth City and Pasquotank County that cannot be preserved at ECHNA Salvage Store, (Elizabeth City Historic Neighborhood Association).
Plenty of Fun Outdoor Activities & Events in Elizabeth City
If you enjoy festivals and events or outdoor activities on water or land, there’s something for everyone in Elizabeth City. Visitors from all over the country visit the city for their annual North Carolina Potato Festival. Food, arts, crafts, contests, games, rides and live entertainment are a treat for all ages. The fair winds down with a fantastic evening fireworks display over the Pasquotank River.
The city boasts plenty of recreational watersports including boating, fishing, diving and swimming. Albemarle Fishing Charters offers fishing and crabbing charters or boat tours along the Albemarle Sound, Currituck Sound, Manns Harbor and Elizabeth River Hot Ditch. Go kayaking on any of the the Pasquotank River or nearby waterways including Sawyer’s Creek Trail, Big Flatty Creek Trail or Newbegun Trail. The Albemarle Resource Conservation and Development Council has created the Albemarle Regional Paddle Trail Map to assist paddlers with trails and access points.
For more options, take a short drive north to Dismal Swamp State Park for 20 miles of trails perfect for biking or hiking, or kayak along the historic Dismal Swamp Canal.
If you are an avid cyclist, there are three bike routes that invite you to explore Elizabeth City, the Historic Route, the River Route or the Knobbs Creek Route. River City Cycling Club offers group rides and routes with great scenery as well as some recommended food stops!
From its charming historical district and waterfront venues to educational and community events, living in Elizabeth City provides many excellent opportunities for families to enjoy. If you want to appreciate the good life, you’ve come to the right place.
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