Tucked away in a backwater of North Carolina's beautiful Albemarle Sound, wedged between endless cotton fields and the Great Dismal Swamp, is the historic town of Edenton. It's just a couple of miles from Northeastern Regional Airport, (EDE), and plenty far enough away from the crowds and chaotic traffic of Norfolk, Virginia. Edenton, once the bustling and sophisticated capital of colonial North Carolina, is now home to about 5000 people, many of them retirees who've fled 'bustlng' and 'sophisticated,' in favor of 'scenic' and 'peaceful.' The charming little downtown is only a few blocks long, but has good restaurants, coffee shops, a tempting bakery, quite a few gift and antique shops, art galleries, a fine harbor, with waterfront parks, and walking tours featuring some of the finest examples of original Colonial architecture to be found anywhere in the United States.
Pilots who land at Edenton will find a warm welcome, reasonably priced fuel 24/7, good approaches, a courtesy car- (if you're the lucky first in line for it), auto rentals, or maybe a ride into town with a friendly local. If you're planning to enjoy an idyllic weekend at one of the town's gracious B&Bs, the proprietor will be delighted to meet you at the airport, and if it's one of those in the historic district, everything else is within walking distance.
Once here, you may content yourself with wandering around town, admiring elegant homes, historic sites, shopping, or sitting on a park bench watching the sailboats and seagulls. You may decide to rent a kayak or canoe, and explore the cypress-studded creeks and swamps, or arrange to spend the morning sailing in the Sound, playing golf or tennis as a guest at the country club, or hanging out at the airport swapping lies with a half-dozen old-timers and their even older airplanes. You may luck into some first-class Bluegrass live on a Friday night at the coffee house, a concert at the auditorium, or on summer evenings, catch a college-league baseball game at the town's historic ballpark.
Edenton's a lovely place to spend a pretty afternoon, a weekend, or, as we found, what's left of a lifetime. Come see for yourself.