Elizabeth City Travel Guide

  • Tying up at the free docks
    Tying up at the free docks
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    Thornton Docks just on the other side of...
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    Queen Elizabeth rose in the Elizabethan...
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Elizabeth City Things to Do

  • Harbor Tours/Rock Fishing

    A relaxing boat ride around the harbor of the city. Narrated by locals and documented with 100 yr old photographs! A perfect way to spend 2 hrs of your visit! US Coast Guard licenced and inspected. The boat is an original "Carolina" style juniper planked 31 ft wooden vessel. See where the Wright brothers brought their flying machines to be shipped...

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  • Historic District

    Elizabeth City has a glossy magazine called "Images". In it are advertisements and articles about the city. The pictures in the collage are from "Images" of the Historic District in Elizabeth City. There is a walking tour pamphlet available from the Chamber of Commerce.

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Elizabeth City Restaurants

  • Recommended by Claiborne Young

    We went one night to the Colonial, but that was a little too 'local' for our friends, although they went there for lunch the next day. So we took them to this restaurant which was recommended by Claiborne Young in his book. Young's website says:"Casual Dinning in downtown Elizabeth CityRelaxed atmosphere in a non-smoking...

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  • Go by Dinghy or cross the Bridge

    The Marina Restaurant is immediately adjacent to Pelican Marina. People say that the food is good and it is open Tuesday through Saturday during the evenings only and Sunday for lunch and dinner.When we came in to Elizabeth City on Sunday, the only place open near the docks was Groupers. The fellow from ADRIANA said some of the cruisers were going...

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  • Bakery, Deli and Wine

    Last time we were here, Bob went to the bakery and got some really good bread. I decided that I would do the bread buying this time. I found that in addition to the bakery, they have breakfast pasteries, and breakfast sandwiches (your choice of egg, cheese, bacon, ham or sausage on a bagel or croissant) , lunch sandwiches, salads, and soup, and...

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  • Waterworks Current Restaurant

    In 2003, we came into Elizabeth City on Sunday, and Cypress Creek was closed, so we ate here. This restaurant is the former Mulligans (and you can still see the name inside on the wall) and is apparently now run by an oriental chef. We tried to eat inexpensively, so Bob had a chef salad for $6.95 and I had a cup of Red Corn Crab Soup ($2.95) which...

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  • The Water Works former restaurant

    The mall is in a building that used to be a water treatment plant. The boaters are allowed to use the bathrooms in the mall when it is open. The mall is very convenient to the docks, and Mulligan's is one of the sponsors for the Rose Buddies so we wanted to appreciate their support by patronizing them. The restaurant is no longer under this name as...

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  • Off the tourist track

    Low key, with a lot of local patrons - some of them very senior citizens. Very much a local place, and not fancy - no table cloths, just paper place mats. But very nice people, good service and the food was good.The second time took our friends. There is a smoking section and they didn't appreciate the smoke from the smoking section in the...

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Elizabeth City Nightlife

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    by grandmaR Written Jan 6, 2004

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    Someone told me that this building housed a dinner theatre. I can't find anything about it on the internet. This may be the home of the local theatre group - the Encore Theatre Company.

    Theatre in the afternoon
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Elizabeth City Local Customs

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    by grandmaR Updated Jan 6, 2004

    Fred, a former USPS employee and a friend now deceased started the Rose Buddys in Elizabeth City. Willard Scott when he heard about the pair, gave Fred his a Rose Buddy golf cart.

    Fred instigated the free docks, and the custom of a wine and cheese party about 4:30 or 5 each evening when there are 5 or more new boats at the free docks. In the summer and early fall, each lady from the boats gets a rose (thus the Rose Buddy name). The Rose Buddies have rose bushes at the dock, and also have some at the Welcome Center on the Dismal Swamp Canal. Later in the year the ladies get a cotton boll and become a "cotton pickin' Carolinian"

    In the afternoon, Fred comes by in his golf cart and takes note of how many cruisers there are and invites them to the party, which is held behind the WaterWorks mall. He doesn't like you to be late, so pay attention to the time.

    The idea is to get people off their boats and talking to each other and sharing experiences. Because otherwise, we tend to be a bit isolated, especially those who are saving money by anchoring out instead of coming into marinas.

    Fred gives a speech at the party, and asks the cruisers to sign a book. Unfortunately, sometimes the cruiser's book disappears, so he no longer brings the book to the party.

    Fred in his Golf Cart - Bob on right
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Elizabeth City Warnings and Dangers

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    by grandmaR Updated Apr 4, 2011

    According to an article in "Trade Only Today" as reported on TWGL website, "Pelican Marina owner Ervin Stahel decided not to continue selling gasoline and diesel fuel because it would be too expensive to fix storm damage and restart that part of the business". We were told when we were there at the beginning of November, that his takes had fuel but he had no way to get the fuel out of them and into the boat.

    According to the same article, Lamb's Marina, which was counting on picking up that part of the business also has a problem: "..a leak detected in 2001 is holding up the renewal of an operating permit needed to have fuel delivered to the business, [said]Chrystal Bartlett from the Division of Waste Management"

    That means that there is no fuel in the Elizabeth City area for boaters. S

    So either fuel up in Norfolk or at the Alligator River Marina.

    Sewage treatment plant on the Pasquotank
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Elizabeth City Off The Beaten Path

  • On the History of Flight Trail

    The story of the anniversary of Orville and Wilber's Flight at Kitty Hawk includes Elizabeth City. Wilber traveled on the Norfolk-Southern to Elizabeth City because it was the rail head (the end of the line) and served as the gateway to North Carolina. To get from here to the Kitty Hawk, he hired a boat from captain Israel Perry and the trip took 4...

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  • Museum of the Albemarle

    When we first came to Elizabeth City in November of 2000, this building was under construction. I see it sticking up on the other side of the double bascule bridge pictures I have from that year. The next year (2001) it was still under construction, and it wasn't open in 2002 when we came down by car. I thought surely it would be open when we got...

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Elizabeth City Sports & Outdoors

  • Double T Farm

    I saw an item on TV under the "Best of America by Horseback" (Outdoor Life Network) about the Double T Farm in Elizabeth City. I haven't been able to find anything else out about it. In the TV show, they were using the Double T as a staging area to take the horses to the beach to ride at Nags Head. There are two stables listed in Elizabeth City...

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  • MM 51.1 Pelican Marina

    We have never stayed at this marina. Apparently Hurricane Isabel damaged the docks and fuel tanks, and while the docks have been repaired, there will not be fuel dispensed at this marina any longer. The closest facility with fuel to Elizabeth City is now across Albemarle Sound. It is across the river from Elizabeth City which makes it a bit...

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  • Moth Boats

    As I was coming back from the bakery, I stopped and took a photo of the sign in this little park on the river. I have never understood what a Moth Boat was until I went and looked it up on the internet. The Albemarle Museum has a write-up on it which says:"The moth was developed in 1929 when Captain Joel Van Sant visited Elizabeth City. He was...

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Elizabeth City Favorites

  • Elizabethan Garden

    This is the Queen Elizabeth grandiflora rose which was presented to the Elizabethan Gardens in 1976 in honor of the bicentennial by her majesty Queen Elizabeth the II.There's another Virtual Tourist page on Elizabeth City which talks about this garden. It says:"The thing I liked a lot was going to the Elisibeatan Garden. it is the most beatiful...

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  • Boating Map

    This map has the marinas and attractions for Elizabeth City.The red stop signs are for attractions.#46 is the Elizabeth City Historic District#47 is Museum of the AlbemarleThe airplane in the white circle is the Coast Guard Station.The purple star is the ER room/hospital The black circled numbers are marinas129 - Causeway Marina - no transient...

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  • Rose Buddy City on the Pasquotank River

    Elizabeth City is a wonderful little town on the Pasquotank River in the Albemarle Sound area. They are friendly to boaters going up and down the ICW through the Dismal Swamp Canal. They have a wine and cheese party every night there are at least 5 new boats at the dock. The friendly people and the good unpretentious food.I used to love the...

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