What to do in Elizabeth City

Some favorite North Carolina experiences:

The Pond House Inn Library - Read in our library while listening to your favorite music.

The Library at The Pond House Inn

Our Inn favorites:

  • Waking up early to watch the sun rise on the Pasquotank River with a hot mug of coffee and then breakfast on the deck
  • Taking a picnic basket to the island for a romantic, private lunch
  • Reading in an Adirondack chair by the water, watching the ducks, geese and herons
  • Resting in the hammock, distracted only by birds and beauty
  • Enjoying a glass of wine or a cup of hot tea and a warm fire in the library, with your favorite music
  • Canoeing in the pond, with children or a sweetheart

Active pursuits for the adventurer:

  • Bicycling, walking, or running along the river’s edge, under the shade of overhanging trees
  • Swimming in the tea-colored water of the Pasquotank River
  • Splashing in the surf at the Outer Banks
  • Fishing in the river, or deep sea fishing, with one of our many chartered boats in the area
  • Kayaking in the river or the sound
  • Birdwatching: Elizabeth City is a bird sanctuary


Elizabeth City has more than 70 restaurants, with something for everyone. Our favorites include:

  • Montero’s Restaurant – All you could want in fine dining
  • Toyama Japanese Restaurant – A full menu and the best sushi this side of Japan
  • C & H Oyster Bar – Open during the season only, the sawdust-on-the-floor place you’ve been looking for
  • City Wine Sellar – Live music and food on Friday nights
  • Cypress Creek Grill – A visit here is a must. Excellent food and a pleasant atmosphere
  • Grouper’s Waterfront Restaurant – Sit on the deck and watch the sun go down
  • Marina Restaurant – A family seafood restaurant on the water
  • Sonic Drive-In – The place for an old-fashioned burger and shake

Montero's Restaurant

A little night life:

  • Carolina Theatre & Grille, where you can enjoy a first-run movie and dinner, too!
  • Thumper’s Downtown Bar & Grill on Poindexter Street is a popular meeting place
  • The City Meeting Place has dance lessons on Saturday evenings
  • Muddy Waters Coffeehouse is the real thing—a national award winner!

Special celebrations and holiday events:

  • Bike Race in June
  • Potato Festival on the waterfront in May
  • Harbor Nights on Fridays on the waterfront during the summer months
  • Speed boat races in June and September
  • Ghost Walk Friday and Saturday nights in mid-October
  • Craftsman’s Fair Late October
  • Moth Boat Regatta Mid-September
  • River City Bull Bash in July
  • Christmas lighting ceremony in November

Area attractions:

Merchants Millpond State Park

The Pines at Elizabeth City

The Pointe Golf Club

Currituck Golf Club


There are 17 public golf courses in the area, including:

The Sound Golf Links at Albemarle Plantation
6,431 yards, 18-holes, Par 72 PGA
(About 30 minutes driving time)
Pro Shop 252-426-5555

The Pines at Elizabeth City
18-holes, Par 72
(In Elizabeth City)
Pro Shop 252-335-0278

The Pointe Golf Club
7,000 yards, 18 holes, Par 72
(About one hour driving time)
Pro Shop 252-491-8388

Kilmarlic Golf Club
6,500 yards, 18 holes, Par 72 PGA
(About one hour driving time)
Pro Shop 252-491-4220

Sea Scape Golf Links
6,469 yards, 18 holes, Par 72
(About one hour driving time)
Pro Shop 252-261-2158

Nags Head Golf Links
6,100 yards, 18-holes, Par 72
(About one hour driving time)
Pro Shop 252-441-8073

Currituck Golf Club
6,885 yards, 18 holes, Par 72 PGA
(About one hour driving time)
Pro Shop 252-455-9518