Now that the holidays are over, keep your spirits up and mid-winter doldrums at bay with a weekend stay in one of our cozy lodgings, coupled with one of these five fun excursions:
Learn something new
The Museum of the Albemarle is a regional museum packed with hundreds artifacts, beautifully interpreted and displayed in the Our Story exhibit, which now features an audio tour. Look for: the canon recovered from the ship purported to be Blackbeard’s Queen Anne’s Revenge; a horse-drawn “steam pumper” fire engine; and a 1954 Moth Boat that originated in Elizabeth City. Learn more about America’s entrance into World War I told through our locals’ perspective in the Tar Heels in the Trenches: The Great War and the Albemarle exhibit. Don’t miss out on seeing the Nags Head portrait believed to be to Theodosia Burr Alston, the lost daughter of US vice president Aaron Burr as she is only on display until the beginning of Februrary.
Get out and move
Take a winter walk at the Dismal Swamp State Park or Merchants Millpond State Park. Both parks feature miles of walking trails and the season’s bare branches make it easy to spot birds. When you’re ready to warm up, each park’s visitors center offers a spot where you can tour exhibits that interpret the local heritage.
Sample local fare
Linger over lunch or dinner at one of our independently-owned restaurants, such as The Sandwich Market featured above. From fresh-shucked oysters to southern cuisine served with some surprising twists, you will be able to find something to please your pallet. If you’re a repeat visitor, be sure to stop in at our newest additions Ghost Harbor Brewing Co., Hoppin’ Johnz New South Cuisine, Flour Girls Café & Bakery, and Happy Taco.
Hit the shops
Indulge in retail therapy and visit Elizabeth City’s antique and vintage stores and eclectic shops. At Tina Clancy’s Art and Antique Connection (116 N. Poindexter Street) there are artists on display, along with vintage, antique and repurposed home décor finds. EC Design (800 W. Ehringhaus Street) a pop-up store features period antiques to new designer pieces with a large range in between – visitors will see lots of “bling” with crystal chandeliers and one of a kind pieces. You’ll be sure to find a treasure to take home.
Get in touch with your inner artist
Housed in the historic 1897 Lowry-Chesson building, The Center at Arts of the Albemarle is just what the name implies-the hub of all things art in Elizabeth City. See who’s exhibiting in the changing Jaquelin Jenkins gallery, featuring work by well-known regional artists. Then check the schedule to see what’s on tap in the second-floor Maguire Theatre, home to E-City’s resident Encore Theatre Company. Be sure to check the lobby display cases where you can purchase an original piece of art.
Plan now to join us for a winter weekend! Don’t forget to share your adventures with us by using #DiscoverECity on your pictures and posts.
Special thanks to Steve & Stephanie for the great fishing photo!
Christina Rehklau, Director of the CVB, left the corporate world about five years ago to persuade others to take more vacation time by working in tourism. Christina is a recent northern transplant from Ohio, so she’s still working on her Carolinian accent. To her, every day in the Albemarle region presents a new adventure and something to be explored. Follow her explorations of the area on Instagram at @crehklau.