Washington's future is built on a commitment to preserving its past. And no part of that past has a richer tradition than the arts. The Beaufort County Arts Council is one of the oldest and one of the most active in the state. Throughout the year, the calendar is filled with festivals, crafts shows and music. One of the most popular new additions has been "Music in the Streets," where monthly performances invite families to enjoy everything from chamber music, bluegrass and beach music to barbershop quartets. And the Turnage Theater, originally featuring vaudeville acts and silent films, is in the process of being revitalized and in collaboration with the ECU School of the Arts, will bring live theatre back to downtown Washington.
Main Street in Washington has a personality all its own. The Bank Bistro, Bill's Hot Dogs, The Little Shoppes of Washington, The Meeting Place, Wine and Words, and Scoops Ice Cream Parlor...these and countless other quaint specialty shops line the streets of downtown Washington. After spending any time in the area, they'll become as familiar to you as old friends. And while the town may be constantly developing and improving, the places that give it its character will be around for generations to come.
In a community built along rivers, it is no surprise that the lifestyle is built around boating. Every day, the rivers offer a uniquely peaceful tour of this amazing corner of the world. And several companies give you the opportunity to experience spectacular sites and breathtaking sunsets with private boat charters. Washington's waterfront is only 25 nautical miles to the Intracoastal Waterway and 65 miles to Ocracoke. The town's public boat slips are available for a daily or monthly charge and can accommodate vessels of up to 35' long and 15' wide.
North Carolina is about as perfect as it gets for golfers. Few states feature our combination of natural beauty, great weather and perfect terrain. From legendary courses such as Pinehurst to stunning new designs that are being built each year, North Carolina is a haven for golfers. The Inner Banks are no exception. The area is home to some of nature's best views and some of golf's best courses. You're sure to find some great rounds waiting for you at the Washington Yacht and Country Club. Nearby courses include Bayview Golf Course in Bath and Cypress Landing in Chocowinity. And located in Greenville, just a short drive away, are Ironwood Country Club, Brook Valley Country Club, and Greenville Country Club.
People may be drawn to the area for the river front lifestyle. But the best views aren't confined to the water. Each year, residents and visitors enjoy the landscape of Eastern North Carolina on horseback. Just 20 minutes away in Williamston, the Senator Bob Martin Eastern Agricultural Center is one of the most complete Equine facilities in the country. The entire center is located on 168 acres that will allow for multiple dressage arenas, cross-country courses, trails for recreation and camping spaces.
In the heart of the Inner Banks, nature built its best attractions long before man showed up. And you're invited to enjoy them all. A 7,000-acre gameland owned by the NC Wildlife Resources Commission features a series impoundments supporting large numbers of waterfowl and shorebirds. And you can experience the wonders of Goose Creek State Park where visitors can canoe the unhurried creeks, fish along the shores of the Pamlico and hike the over eight miles of well-marked trails.
The Inner Banks is an area built on an incredible history. And after touring some of the nearby sights, you'll understand why so many people have chosen to make it a part of their future. You can step back in time and tour through Washington's Historic District which includes 18 antebellum buildings. In the nearby town of Historic Bath, you will have the opportunity to explore North Carolina's oldest town (est 1705) which has the oldest church in the state and is the former home of the infamous pirate Blackbeard. A short ferry ride will take you to Ocracoke Island, home to one of the oldest active lighthouses in the country. Or you can tour Tryon Palace, the first permanent capitol of the North Carolina Colony and home to the Royal Governor. These are just a few of the historic treasures waiting to be discovered. And the more you explore, the more you'll fall in love with the heart of the Inner Banks.