Elizabeth City, NC MM51 We arrive at Mariner's Wharf, a row of complimentary, first come, first served transient slips in downtown Elizabeth City as the last light dips below the cityscape. While the slips are a bit tight and there's no electricity, we can stay here for 48-hours as a guest of the city. For over 25-years, a welcoming committee named the "Rose Buddies" greets visiting boaters with a little wine, cheese and helpful information about the area. We also get a free copy of a handy brochure entitled, "Cruise the Carolina Loop," which provides information about a round trip featuring both the Dismal Swamp and Virginia Cut routes. Dubbed the "Harbor of Hospitality," Elizabeth City truly encourages boaters to stop here, and its revitalized waterfront, shops, restaurants and Museum of the Albemarle are good reasons to do so.