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For Our Visiting Boaters
Elizabeth City’s location on the Pasquotank River and Intracoastal Waterway makes it a popular stop for recreational boaters from around the world. There’s even a famous welcoming crew, the “Rose Buddies,” who for 25 years have greeted wayfaring travelers with a little wine, cheese and a helpful hand.
Now the “Harbor of Hospitality”® has a new offering so boaters can make the most of their excursion through northeastern North Carolina – a handy, new guide that connects popular boating stops in Coinjock, Elizabeth City and along the Dismal Swamp Canal.
The “Cruise the Carolina Loop” brochure and map provides recreational boaters with a scenic, self-guided tour along the Intracoastal Waterway, as well as details of navigable miles, lock and bridge ning schedules, restaurants and visitor sites located en route.
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Just for Boaters
Elizabeth City offers a variety of taste-tempting restaurants serving up everything from seafood and sushi to Continental and Key West-inspired cuisine. The following eateries are within walking distance from Mariners’ Wharf.
102 Water Street
400 South Water Street
309 East Ehringhaus Street
216 North Poindexter Street
400 East Colonial Avenue
507 East Main Street
418 East Colonial Avenue
Key West Grill
606 East Colonial Avenue
Bar & Grill
200 North Poindexter Street
|Cypress Creek Grill
113 South Water Street
35 Camden Causeway
218 North Poindexter Street
100 West Main Street
What to Do
|Free 48-hour dockage at Mariners’ Wharf.||Have some fun at our outdoor concerts, festivals and events!|
|Keep a sharp eye out for “Rose Buddies,” a famous welcoming crew that greets boaters with roses and wine-and-cheese parties.||On Saturday mornings (May through October), shop for locally grown fruits, vegetables, baked goods and arts and crafts at the Downtown Waterfront Market, just a few feet from your gangway.|
|Enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride or a walking tour of one of the city’s six National Register Historic Districts.||Stroll to shops, a local playhouse, art galleries and attractions. Or grab a bite to eat at one of the many walk-to restaurants (see list on back cover).|
|Tour the Museum of the Albemarle's “Our Story” Gallery that tells the story of 13 counties surrounding the Albemarle Sound.||For walking directions to nearby historic points of interest, stop by the Elizabeth City Visitor's Center.|
Where to Stay
609 West Main Street
108 East Fearing Street
200 South Road Street
Pond House Inn
915 Rivershore Road
- Arlington(Sonny) and Nancy Lambert, S/V Sonrae - "My wife and I recently cruised up to Virginia from Florida. Our route north included taking the Virginia cut in lieu of the Dismal Swamp Canal route. On our return, however, some fellow cruisers told us it would behoove us to take the Dismal Swamp and make a stop in Elizabeth City, NC. They said the city is boater friendly and we should have an enjoyable visit. We followed their advice and took the Dismal Swamp route, arriving in Elizabeth City on Monday night, September 14th. We met two other cruisers at the Visitors Center on the Dismal Swamp canal and arrived with them at Elizabeth City simultaneously. We checked in with the tourism center and were given a rousing welcome. They catered to our every need, including offers for rides to grocery stores. Laundromats, to purchase ice and pretty much anything else we needed. The dockage was COMPLIMENTARY and they also provided Wi Fi computer service. Later in the day, a representative came by each boat and advised that they were hosting a wine and cheese reception for the visiting boaters. We decided to attend and were greeted by a member of the “Rosebuddies”. This is a group that was started many years ago for the purpose of making cruising boaters feel welcome in Elizabeth City. [read more]"