Calling All Elizabeths: This NC Town Has a Sweet Deal for You

Elizabeth City, North Carolina want to celebrate people who share its name.

If your name is Elizabeth, you're in for a treat.

The town of Elizabeth City, located along the coast in North Carolina, where the Inner Banks meet the Outer Banks, is celebrating all its namesakes with the "Calling All Elizabeths" promotion that includes many sweet deals to entice visitors. The deals include discounts on accommodations, dining, and activities for travelers named Elizabeth and kicks off from Nov. 9 to Dec. 30, 2020.

City scene in Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Courtesy of Visit Elizabeth City

"We wanted a fun and exciting way to celebrate our town and invite travelers to experience this hidden gem of the South. Elizabeth is the fifth most popular name in the United States, so we hope to have quite a few Elizabeths answer the call and enjoy the sights and sounds of our inviting waterfront community," Corrina Ruffiuex, executive director of Visit Elizabeth City, shared in a statement.

Mural and coffee shop in Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Courtesy of Visit Elizabeth City

According to Ruffiuex, the small town's actual name origin remains a mystery. However, legend has it, the name comes from Elizabeth "Betsy" Tooley, a local tavern proprietress who donated much of the land for the new town back in the 18th century. But, there's also a rumor that the town was named after Queen Elizabeth I of England or the nearby Elizabeth River. Whichever story you believe is okay, because all roads still lead to Elizabeth.

While in town, Elizabeths and their travel companions can explore the 20,000 acres of nearby state parks, take to the waters for kayaking, sailing, and paddleboarding, take in a bit of birdwatching and hiking at Fenwick-Hollowell Wetlands Trail, or visit one of the town's art galleries.

Families kayak on the water near Elizabeth City, NC
Courtesy of Visit Elizabeth City

The promotion also includes 15% off a one-night stay at the Hampton Inn Elizabeth City or 15% off a two-night stay at Pepperberry Inn. It also comes with a specialty brew at Ghost Harbor Brewing Company and a specialty Elizabeth Latte at The SweetEasy, 10% off tapas at The Mills Downtown Bistro, and discounted menu items at Montero's fine dining restaurant.

For activities, the promotion also includes a discounted two-hour private rowing or sailing lesson for $25 or $50 at Sail River City and a complimentary Science-To-Go kit from Port Discover for children 18 years or younger. And that's just the beginning. Check out the complete list of all offers on the town's Elizabeths page now.

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