Anchoring its charm in coastal allure, Edenton is the perfect port of call for boaters seeking a mix of serenity and maritime adventure. As part of the Albemarle Loop, Edenton offers complimentary boat slip access for your first two nights at harbor.
As you sail or cruise into the Edenton Bay, you’ll be greeted by the impressive sight of the Roanoke River Lighthouse overlooking the breakwater and marina. The downtown harbor features transient boat slips with electric hookup, restrooms and shower facility. Upon your arrival, a dockmaster will be available to to provide ice and fresh water, as well as coordinate car service if needed. To reserve your free boat slip, register online two days in advance.
Once you’re safely on shore, make the most of your stay using this curated itinerary:
What better way to stretch out your sea legs than relaxing on the porch of a waterfront mansion? The Penelope Barker House is steps away from the harbor, its grand porches lined with rocking chairs that overlook the Edenton Bay. Known as Edenton’s living room, this welcoming landmark pays tribute to the Edenton Tea Party of 1774. The museum is open to the public daily.
While you’re there, purchase your ticket for a tour aboard the Historic Trolley. This narrated tour guides you through Edenton’s 300 years of history, from the oldest house in North Carolina to a restored mill village. There’s no better way to get your bearings than this immersive experience.
As you pass through picturesque downtown, you’ll quickly notice the walkability of the historic district. Broad Street boasts three blocks of 19th century buildings that house nearly forty unique shops and restaurants within walking distance to the waterfront. Cozy up at the Edenton Coffee House, or stock up on supplies (and gifts) at our third-generation hardware store, Byrum’s.
If you need to rest your legs and want to take a break from your cabin, you won’t have to venture far to find a charming Bed & Breakfast. Only a few blocks from the water are three downtown B&Bs that offer southern hospitality at its best. After a good night’s sleep, you’ll be treated to a warm, homemade breakfast from one of the local innkeepers.
- Granville Queen Inn
- Captain’s Quarters
- Inner Banks Inn
After charting the coastal waters and exploring the town, you’ve surely earned some indulgence — it’s time to anchor down and revel in Edenton’s dining and wining scene. Within walking distance from the dock, you can choose from an array of locally-owned restaurants, including the 19th century herring icehouse turned waterfront restaurant, the Herringbone. Another popular choice is 309 Bistro, a downtown hot spot serving an array of à la carte dishes. To experience some lively casual elegance, indulge in the beloved Waterman’s Grill, which is housed in a historic building once home to Tynch & Toppin Fish Market.
Round out the evening on the water for a quintessential nightcap Edenton-style. Brought to you by the Herringbone, the town’s retired trolley cab has been restored and now serves a trifecta of treats; with your choice of ice cream and coffee on one side, a menu of alcoholic beverages on the other. Savor the charm of a beautiful waterfront patio while you toast to a successful stop on your nautical journey!
As you chart your course through the breathtaking Albemarle region, we invite you to drop anchor in Edenton and experience waterfront beauty and southern hospitality wrapped in one, enchanting port of call.
Don’t just take our word for it, read fellow boaters’ reviews of Edenton Harbor on Waterway Guide.