Southern Living magazine’s website has ranked Elizabeth City as one of their 15 favorite affordable small towns.
“These towns offer budget-friendly real estate, plenty of cultural activities, and superb nature and outdoor recreation access. All of which is kind to your wallet,” according to the story’s author, Perri Ormont Blumberg.
“Whether you are looking to retire in a budget-conscious community or want to relocate to a place where your dollar holds more mileage, there is a small Southern town that will meet your needs. Small towns host some of the best festivals and holiday celebrations. These 15 locations are a great place to spend time during those events or any other day of the year.”
Here’s what Southern Living had to say about The Harbor of Hospitality:
Elizabeth City, which is located in North Carolina where the Pasquotank River meets the Albemarle Sound, is an ideal spot for a small-town getaway. It has outdoor adventure aplenty, and you’ll have the opportunity to explore at Mariners’ Wharf Park, which has lots of free activities and seasonal events. According to Visit Elizabeth City, “Visitors can take advantage of the nature-rich region’s free parks, athletic fields and tennis courts, or by getting out and about to kayak or enjoy scenic walks along the Fenwick-Hollowell Wetlands Trail, a raised boardwalk that takes walkers through a wetland area with uprooted trees, thick vegetation and local flora and fauna.” For dinner, stop by Montero’s, a family-owned and family-friendly spot serving up dishes and drinks to please a crowd. Don’t miss live music on the waterfront or the views and brews from the waterside Seven Sounds Brewing Co.
Also listed in the story are Fayetteville, Arkansas; Fort Myers, Florida; El Dorado, Arkansas; Georgetown, Texas; Breaux Bridge, Louisiana; Bay St. Louis, Mississippi; Fluton, Missouri; Cape Charles, Virginia; Florence, Alabama; Greenwood, South Carolina; Moore, Oklahoma; Travelers Rest, South Carolina; Ocean Springs, Mississippi; and Harrisonburg, Virginia.