Welcome to Elizabeth City
Elizabeth City truly is the “Harbor of Hospitality”. Nestled on the banks of the Pasquotank River, this southern gem has often been ranked as one of the 100 best towns in the country.
As a native of Elizabeth City, I may be a bit partial, but I can see why people who relocate here find it so inviting. The location is one of the best perks. One hour north, we have the Tidewater Virginia area which includes Norfolk, Chesapeake and Virginia Beach. Just a drive through the Great Dismal Swamp, you have your choice of couture shops, restaurants of every description, Norfolk International Airport, the Tidewater Tides stadium is a great venue for an afternoon of baseball, Verizon Amphitheatre, Chrysler Hall, Intelos Amphitheatre, Harrison Opera House and just up the road a bit is Colonial Williamsburg.
An hour to the east of us are the Outer Banks of North Carolina: Duck, Corolla, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head, the historic town of Manteo where the mystery of the Lost Colony began. Great seafood, sand and surf make this a fabulous day trip, or a weekend getaway.
I love the ease of being able to just hop in my car and enjoy the out of town amenities, but the best part of this convenience, is that I always return home to a beautiful town, friends on every corner, and the security of knowing that this place is home.
I have said that one of the perks of Elizabeth City is the location, as convenience is very important and location does play a big role in relocation. However, the most valuable resource and tremendous perk of Elizabeth City are the people who make up the community. The most constant comment that I hear from my clients who have come from all over the country is “the people are so friendly here” and they would be correct.
Just recently I was downtown for the First Friday Art Walk sponsored by Arts of the Albemarle. A couple was standing on the sidewalk with their shelter pup and I stopped to meet them. They had moved here from the northeast a year ago and were tickled to be here. They talked about the wonderful community, the events and the people they had met. I walked away feeling really proud of my community. This couple said it best, “Elizabeth City is so welcoming”. As I left the event, I saw this couple chatting and laughing with another couple who had recently relocated here. Obviously sharing tips on the wonderful benefits of living in Elizabeth City and being a part of this welcoming community.
I have lived in Manhattan, Washington D.C., Memphis and San Francisco, and I have traveled extensively throughout the country and the world. I know that Elizabeth City has its limitations as any small town does. You may not be able to find that special cheese at one of our markets, or a couture dress or specific pair of shoes, but you can walk downtown to our farmers market and get Rocky Hock cantaloupes and watermelons, or vegetables grown in organic gardens right in this area, fresh baked goods, breads, and wonderful gift items. All of this right downtown at Mariners Wharf on Saturdays. And if you still need that special cheese? Just hop in the car and take a quick drive up the Dismal Swamp where everything you need is within reach. After dealing with the traffic and the hustle bustle of city living, hop back in your car and return home to Elizabeth City and breathe a sigh of relief when you see the sign that says, “Welcome to North Carolina”.