Distancing doesn't have to be difficult. Escape to Edenton, North Carolina — known as the Prettiest Small Town in the South — for a relaxing getaway. Located along the Inner Banks, this waterfront town on Edenton Bay provides outdoor recreation, small-scale lodging and plenty of room to roam.
Visit historic sites and learn about Edenton's heritage as North Carolina's first Colonial capital. Take a scenic boat ride and hear stories of how this town on Albemarle Sound went from a hub for commerce to a leisure destination. Walk uncrowded sidewalks and admire the beautiful architecture of immaculately preserved homes.
And all the while, breathe in the fresh air and let everyday worries slip away.
Because Edenton has many businesses participating in the Count On Me NC public safety initiative, it's an ideal place for social distancing.
Stroll the brick sidewalks of Broad Street and the streets along the bay, taking in the greenery and open space that big cities work to achieve. Historic architecture that has survived since the Revolutionary War stands strong and well kept.
Conveniently located on scenic Broad Street, end your stroll with a specialty cocktail and fine American meal from 309 Bistro & Spirits. Pro tip: try the Bacon Wrapped Scallops with a ginger glaze!
With all Edenton’s historic charm, find beautifully restored B&B’s that are Count On Me NC certified, with first-class dining and modern comforts.
The Cotton Gin Inn
Just outside of the downtown area, The Cotton Gin Inn embodies the ideal of modern luxury in a beautiful old home. Get away from the ordinary, breath in the air of 6 open acres, and sip a cocktail on the front porch under the magnolias. Just a 2-minute drive to the bay, downtown, and other amenities.
Captain’s Quarters Inn
Centrally located in the Edenton's Historic District, this 1900’s home has wonderfully themed rooms, space to spread out from other guests, and an award-winning chef! All with easy walking distance to the downtown area and the bay.
Kick off your Saturday with coffee on the porch or in your room and head out for adventure.
Ease into the morning with a Bay Cruise on an eco-friendly launch that travels the perimeter of Edenton. Enjoy Captain Mark Thesier’s tales of historic Edenton and fun facts while taking in the scenery, architecture and beauty of the Prettiest Small Town in the South. Pro Tip: Don’t miss the 1886 Historic Lighthouse.
Hop off the boat and walk 5 minutes to lunch. Broad Street offers a number of luncheonette options. Whether you are a grab-and-go team, or up for a leisurely lunch-hour, S Broad St has several options.
Head to Bennett’s Millpond for a delightfully distanced stroll on a bird watching trail and take in the natural beauty. Pro tip: rent a kayak/canoe and paddle through the quiet waters weaving through trees and spotting birds.
Get authentic seafood from Waterman's Grill right on Broad Street. Or for a more upscale experience, try The Table at the Inner Banks Inn, just a few blocks from the downtown district. For the Oyster fans, try Edenton Bay Oyster House and get fresh, locally sourced, NC seafood and watch the sunset from the waterfront patio.
Feeling more casual? Mamasita’s offers authentic Mexican cuisine and a dish for every eater. As a Count On Me certified partner, you can feel comfortable dining inside or out.
After your morning coffee and porch sit. Take one last ride through the South’s Prettiest Small Town and soak up the delightful feeling of taking a socially-distancing trip.
Perhaps the most iconic activity in Edenton, take in the architecture and history on the Edenton Trolley Tour. This leisurely tour of our town showcases notable sites throughout the Historic District and into the Edenton Cotton Mill and Mill village. With highlights like the Underground Railroad.
Ready to book your trip? Fill out our Visitor’s Guide form to receive a copy in the mail, or browse this website to reach individual venues.
Are you a golfer, spa go-er, or shopper? Don’t worry, your Delightfully Distanced Getaway can include those too. Click one of the blocks below to learn more.