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The South's Prettiest Small Town

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.

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Submitted By Amelia Reiheld Amelia Reiheld (1 destination has been submitted by this member)
Last Reviewed Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Recommended Airport
Name EDE-NORTHEASTERN RGNL
Distance .1nm, Transportation Likely Available
Open to the Public? Yes
Longest Runway 01/19 - 6000 x 100 feet, Asphalt, in Unknown condition
Control Tower No
  Other Nearby Airports
There are 10 airports within 25 nautical miles of this location   Increase Range
     View    16NC   LEE'S    11.1 nm at 335 degrees   (Private)
     View    NC01   HARVEY POINT DEFENSE TESTING ACTIVITY    12.5 nm at 71 degrees   (Private)
     View    86NC   CRAIG CRAFT    14.6 nm at 15 degrees   (Private)
     View    54NC   DILLARD    14.7 nm at 30 degrees   (Private)
     View    PMZ   PLYMOUTH MUNI    16.0 nm at 215 degrees   (Public)
     View    7NC   DONALD'S AIR PARK INC.    18.4 nm at 195 degrees   (Public)
     View    NC28   MEADSTOWN AIRSTRIP    19.2 nm at 57 degrees   (Private)
     View    1NC3   FLETCHER'S    22.3 nm at 66 degrees   (Private)
     View    15NC   DRAGONFLY FIELD    23.3 nm at 303 degrees   (Private)
     View    ECG   ELIZABETH CITY CG AIR STATION/RGNL    23.7 nm at 54 degrees   (Public)
  Other Nearby Destinations
There are 38 destinations within 100 nautical miles of this location   Increase Range
     View    Coach House Inn, Edenton, NC      0.1 nm at 112 degrees
     View    Dairy Queen of Edenton, NC      0.1 nm at 112 degrees
     View    Edenton Airport FBO - superb!      0.1 nm at 112 degrees
     View    Edenton Visitor's Center, Edenton, N.C.      0.1 nm at 112 degrees
     View    Edenton Waterfront and Lighthouse, NC      0.1 nm at 112 degrees
     View    The Chicken Kitchen of Edenton, NC      0.1 nm at 112 degrees
     View    Plymouth Wednesday's Potluck      16.0 nm at 215 degrees
     View    Airbase Cafe      23.7 nm at 54 degrees
     View    BLACKWATER Training Facility      31.1 nm at 34 degrees
     View    Flying over THE GREAT DISMAL SWAMP, NC      40.1 nm at 17 degrees
     View    NC Aquarium at Roanoke Island      43.0 nm at 99 degrees
     View    Stripers      43.0 nm at 99 degrees
     View    Commemorative Air Force Pancake Breakfast      43.3 nm at 338 degrees
     View    First Flight      43.6 nm at 91 degrees
     View    Blue Skies Grill      45.5 nm at 7 degrees
     View    Virginia Aviation Associates, FBO on PVG      45.5 nm at 7 degrees
     View    East Carolina Football Stadium from the Sky      46.2 nm at 239 degrees
     View    Biplane and Warbird Rides at 42VA!      46.8 nm at 33 degrees
     View    The Fighter Factory Museum      46.8 nm at 33 degrees
     View    Unique German WW II Hangar and Aircraft      46.8 nm at 33 degrees
     View    WW I Hanger at VA BCH Airport - Fighter Factory      46.8 nm at 33 degrees
     View    Bellamy Manor & Gardens Bed and Breakfast      54.4 nm at 280 degrees
     View    Virginia Diner      61.2 nm at 340 degrees
     View    Howard's Pub      63.0 nm at 152 degrees
     View    Southern Outer Banks      63.0 nm at 152 degrees
     View    The Dead Fleet      66.3 nm at 3 degrees
     View    Busch Gardens Amusement Park      73.0 nm at 355 degrees
     View    CHARLEY'S      73.0 nm at 355 degrees
     View    Chikahomony House Restaurant and Antiques      73.0 nm at 355 degrees
     View    James River Plantations      84.5 nm at 338 degrees
     View    Crab Muffins at Diggs Seafood      90.0 nm at 354 degrees
     View    Kings Korner      94.6 nm at 331 degrees
     View    Merrior Resturant      94.6 nm at 4 degrees
     View    Nice day trip from WAS area      94.6 nm at 4 degrees
     View    Scenic flight with food at the other end      94.6 nm at 4 degrees
     View    Doubletree Hotel      95.6 nm at 338 degrees
     View    The Tobacco Company      95.6 nm at 338 degrees
     View    Virginia Aviation Museum      95.6 nm at 338 degrees
  

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