Christmas Break

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The Edenton Tea Party was the village's most significant historical event.

Eric is back for a week from Phoenix to visit over the holidays, so Kim and I gave him some quality time with his sister and escaped, er, got out of our kid’s way for a night.  This is officially a tradition now, marking the third straight Christmas Kim and I have gotten away for an overnight while Eric and Spencer stay up all night watching movies and playing video games (I hope).

This year’s destination was Edenton.  The community was founded in the very early 1700’s; its old world charm leading to a moniker of “the prettiest town in the south”.  Edenton served as the first capital for North Carolina (1722-43), though its most notable moment in history occurred in 1774 as the revolutionary war simmered.

The Cupola House
  When news of the Boston Tea Party reached Edenton, fifty-one women in the village signed a pledge to boycott British goods.  The petition marked the first time women had publically protested British rule and London was shocked!

Enticed by this background, we reserved a night’s lodging at the Captain’s Quarters Inn, a rambling bed & breakfast built in 1907 and nestled within Edenton’s historic district.  Departing mid-morning for the 200 mile journey north, we stopped at New Bern for lunch and arrived in Edenton around 3:30PM.  After checking in we hit the streets to check the village out. A beautiful place, the downtown is replete with older houses that were wonderfully decorated for the holiday season.

The lovely old dentil-studded buildings along Edenton's main drag...
  The main drag exudes a different charm, its dentil studded retail structures harkening back to the 1950’s when Main Street was the heart of prosperity.  Edenton sits on Albemarle Sound, and there is a lovely marina / park area just beyond downtown that looks out to the sea.  And just off shore is the magnificent Roanoke River Lighthouse, a restored screw pile lighthouse that has been restored and relocated here (reviewed separately, below).

There seems to be numerous old homes to tour, though not much was open as late in the afternoon as we were tramping about.  We did get to stroll the gardens around the Cupola House, a restored 1758 household and had no doubt it would be interesting to peek inside.  Perhaps we will return in the summer someday, but as it grew dark and chilly we opted to retreat back to the B&B and get ready for dinner.

Another charming view of Edenton

Returning downtown in the dark, it was lovely walking past brightly lit colonial homes and listening to church bells clanging Christmas tunes.  We stopped for dinner at Waterman’s, one of three possible places to eat.  Two people we had talked to during our afternoon walk recommended this establishment, so it seemed like the ticket.  Unfortunately, their food seemed to be entirely pre-packaged stuff that was simply warmed up.  Neither of our dishes was memorable and slightly overpriced.  It wasn’t disastrous, just disappointing.

Kim rescued the evening by suggesting we stop at 309 Bistro & Spirits to split an appetizer and a drink (she claimed it felt like she hadn’t eaten anything yet!).  The Bistro was relaxed, mixed Kim a mean martini and served up some bacon wrapped scallops in a homemade sauce that was heavenly!  So a pleasant night after all.

vances says:
Sorry Brian - I think one of my wife's artist friends switched a setting when she went to Italy last summer...but I never find the time to dig in and discover the driver - perhaps I'll make that my resolution?
Posted on: Dec 31, 2012
spocklogic says:
Looks a pleasant getaway around the holidays. You must have been on the naughty list as I see you didn't get a new camera for Christmas...sigh!
Posted on: Dec 31, 2012
vances says:
lol...we were up late playing cards (Kim, Eric and I) while Spencer had a friend over for the night (watching movies at loud volumes). No quiet time until midnight, but it's the holiday season so a late night is fine!
Posted on: Dec 28, 2012
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photo by: vances