No, my car wasn't in the repair shop. It wasn't that I had business that took longer than expected either. I stayed three nights because I felt like I was at home with Maureen and Ray and their beautiful B&B in the charming Elizabeth City. From the moment I rang the doorbell and appeared exhausted on their doorstep, they took care of me with compassion and thoroughness, as if I was their little sister who'd run away from home.
I haven't read the other reviews yet, but I assume they describe the fabulous, ample Celtic room. I took long, luxurious naps in the comfy four poster and tended to assignments in the sitting area like it was my own home office. Huge windows overlooking the downtown area beckoned me to go explore. The First Friday Art Walk was a fun surprise - I arrived just in time - and I felt right at home among the good people of this fine little city. Maureen was especially generous with her time and hospitality, and every establishment she recommended earned five stars from me.
Coffee miraculously appeared on a tray at daybreak. Breakfasts were simply amazing and filled me up for the entire day. I kid you not. Ray makes exceptional coffee, the B&B's own blend! If you're lucky enough to see his omelet or spiced pear on the menu, or Maureen's frittata, then you are in for a real treat. Do NOT skip breakfast because you will be missing out on something extraordinary.
These two exceptional innkeepers leave nothing to chance; every detail is attended to. You will come and go as if it's your own home, and if you need something, it's already been taken care of - even before you knew you needed it! Ray and Maureen have been together for 40-something years, a loving and equal partnership which I don't always see when staying at B&B's. It's refreshing and admirable. They could write the book on how to run a B&B as a couple.
I have already passed the Elizabeth CIty B&B business card on to another frequent traveler, and I just can't wait to visit Maureen and Ray again. My needs will be purely social next time as I ended up renting my own "little sister" bungalow within walking distance. Watch out! You may end up doing the same after spending three days in Elizabeth City with Ray and Maureen Donnelly. Thanks to them, I had the best B&B experience of my life!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We invite you to spend a relaxing time at the Elizabeth City Bed & Breakfast in historic Elizabeth City. We offer tastefully decorated rooms with television and private baths. The parlor or Lodge offers the opportunity to socialize with other guests over a glass of wine, soda, or tea.We are conveniently located near charming shops, restaurants, museums, golf courses and the "Harbor of Hospitality" around the banks of the Pasquotank River. Park your car or moor your boat for free for 48 hours to walk among the many historic homes and downtown buildings in this waterfront community. Then, come to enjoy an evening or longer at the quaint Elizabeth City Bed and Breakfast, a non-smoking environment.Enjoy some peaceful moments among the flowers and birds in the courtyard. In the warmer weather you may wish to have your gourmet breakfast in the courtyard. We also offer a comfortable dining room for your convenience. A hearty wholesome breakfast with freshly brewed coffees, fruits, pastries, and breakfast entrees is available every morning to start your day.Our B&B is located in one of the Elizabeth City's many historic districts, only a few short blocks from the water front area with its parks. Walking maps of the area are available to help you navigate through this peaceful city which serves as a gateway to the Outer Banks. Maybe some of you may walk down the same streets as Wilbur and Orville Wright did on their way into history at nearby Kill Devil Hills. We cordially invite you to come for a visit, to be our welcomed guests and to experience the hospitality of the area and The Elizabeth City Bed & Breakfast. ... more less