Sunday, May 4, 2008

Elizabeth City, NC

Elizabeth City certainly lives up to its slogan, see photo.... The city welcomes boats to tie up for free at their 14 slips and seawall. The mayor walks the waterfront, talking to residents and cruisers alike. The Rose Buddies tradition, begun in 1984, continues to provide wine and snacks to cruisers several nights a week on the waterfront, with a representative from the Visitors’ Center. Farm Fresh Foods, a fantastic supermarket, offers free shuttle service to and from the docks. Within easy walking distance are several coffee shops, a quaint diner, many nicer restaurants, a great deli with eclectic decor, the new Museum of the Albemarle, two drugstores, an art center, and an upscale chocolate shop. Elizabeth City is the county seat and boasts a community college, a state university and a bible college, plus a great public library. We also enjoyed the downtown movie theatre, with an interesting twist. Dinner is served nightly beginning at 0600, with the movie showing at 0700. The menu offers burgers, sandwiches, ice cream sundaes and other desserts. Tables for 4 are spaciously arranged with comfortable swivel chairs and pleasant lighting from table lamps, plus a phone for ordering food throughout the evening. What a novel idea, in a prospering downtown! We told the mayor we will be back!

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