Like a Local: Elizabeth City

Elizabeth City is at the crossroads of history and revitalization. The result: a town where water, hospitality, and hometown pride are deeply revered, while new restaurants, the arts, and tourism are welcomed.


C&H Oyster Bar in Elizabeth City

Leave it to the experts at this Elizabeth City oyster bar, where every October the usual crowd returns hungry for meaty mollusks.


Traveling North Carolina’s Swamps

Swamps keep their secret wonders hidden well. Under their murky black water, behind impenetrable tangles of vines, and among towering cypress draped in curtains of Spanish moss, adventure lurks.


The Muffin Man

Andy Montero built his Elizabeth City restaurant on baskets of pastries.

May 2012

Carolina Cowboy

The Tar Heel State helps Bobby Plough find his calling.

February 2012

Lighter Than Air

When German U-boats began to hound Allied forces, the Navy took to the sky and constructed an air station in Weeksville that built blimps — soft, quiet fighters that helped turn the Battle of the Atlantic and lift the nation to victory.