We took a short road trip to coastal North Carolina. Actually, we stayed on Albemarle Sound in the town of Edenton, North Carolina. While it is “coastal” it’s not directly on the ocean.. Several years ago we had been there, very briefly, when the temperature must have been close to 100° so we didn’t spend much (any?) time walking outside. We thought it was time to give the town a second look!

Edenton nc waterfront

This is probably THE most photographed view of the town of Edenton, NC. The view looking out to Albemarle Sound with the clumps of trees in the water is dramatic and eye-catching.

Take a look at this map to orient yourself:

map of Edenton North Carolina

For this trip we chose to stay at a Select Registry hotel:

The Inner Banks Inn

Here is the story with our room: take a look at the website and you can read all about it.
President and Mrs. Reagan stayed in this room! As did Dolly Parton. No, not at the same time! Well, how could we resist such a notorious room?
The bed was SO HIGH they did actually have a stool on one side which was very helpful.

Edenton NC hotels

The Inn was lovely. The entire staff was very helpful and the room was enormous and comfortable. If you take a look at the post I wrote about our stay in Southport, NC. and scroll down a bit you can see some of the things I look for in an Inn and what I consider important. Well, one of those things is a rug in the bathroom. I know, it’s a small detail! But I cannot tell you how many Inns and hotels never, ever have a rug. It is rare. (Ok, this is a bit of a rant!!) Anyway, the Inner Banks Inn had a nice white rug in the bathroom. Nice detail, y’all.

Their restaurant,  The Table, served fresh local fish, vegetables and meat. We sat outside after dinner enjoying the soft air and star filled skies.

Breakfast was served on the terrace. And then….I used one of their many bicycles to explore the town. This is one of my favorite ways to see any town and is always good for taking pictures.

Slide show of scenes around town:



Edenton is old…the court house is the oldest in the state having been built in 1767 and still in use. In fact, the present N.C. State Supreme Court came to the Edenton Court House several years ago to hear a case…and they all stayed at The Inner Banks Inn.
The population is just over 5,000.
One of the main industries in the early town was the textile mill: see the last slide above for a sign for the present museum. The Cotton Mill was built about 1900 and operated for almost 90 years. Today the main building has been converted to luxury condominiums; the mill workers houses have all been renovated and are charming!

Our weather has been warm but very nice which made for perfect sight seeing in and around Edenton. If you are anywhere in my area and looking for a quick getaway, I recommend this town. We have stayed at numerous Select Registry inns and have always found them to be good… some are more pricey than others (this was very reasonable) but they DO pay attention to detail!


Have you experienced these Inns? Do you have any others to recommend? Would love to hear comments.









  1. NO< have not been to YOUR NECK OF THE WOODS but on your map I spied GREENVILLE that would have been named after MY GREAT times 4 GRANDFATHER!
    It looks like a lovely place…………….
    PS. The REAGANS were neighbors of MY AUNT in SANTA BARBARA!
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    • Elizabeth: Oh, so many coincidences! Hate to disappoint you, but Greenville was nothing exciting. We did go there to a gallery I had wanted to see and I bought some ceramic pieces of Stan Andersen (see my IG feed) and….just may buy a painting we fell in love with. But Edenton was a treat. Always nice to get away, if only briefly!

  2. I would love to get back to your part of the country again. The closest to you was when we visited So Carolina. I love staying in refurbished buildings with history – and that one seems to fit the bill!
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    • Well Cyndi, you just need to come back! Let me know when you do and we will plan a meetup. Actually, I am really REALLY wanting to come out your way to see old friends and co-workers in Santa Rosa. Maybe early spring. So now I will go over to your blog to see just what you are packing!