My wife and I stayed at the Captain's Quarters Inn hosted by Don & Diane Pariseau. We chose the Wine & Dine package. We had room 7, the Capt. Dennis Connors room. It was spacious, quiet and full of afternoon light coming through 4 windows. The furnishings were nautical themed, the bead comfortable and the room clean. In the evening after we arrived, we had a wine tasting with cheese in the Victorian parlor. Don & Diane formerly ran a restaurant in Napa Valley and Don is knowledgeable about wines. We had 2 whites, and 2 reds paired with 3 cheeses. It was very informal and Don is very interesting to talk with.
Saturday's breakfast was whole wheat pancakes topped with cooked apples and homemade sausage. The pancakes were light and went well with the perfectly seasoned sausage. Sat. morning we took a 2 1/2 hr walking tour of the town that started from the Visitor's center. We learned much of Edenton's history and got to see the interiors of a number of historic houses.
That evening about 8 of the guests at the inn had a gourmet dinner prepared by Diane. The menu was a first course of Alaskan Cod marinated with turmeric, wrapped in rice paper and served in a light ginger broth. The second course was beef tenderloin sauced with red wine & shiitake mushrooms, served with white truffle mashed potatoes and grilled winter vegetables. The courses were accompanied by a 2008 Mad Fish Bay Chardonnay & a 2007 Lodi Cabernet Sauvignon. Dessert was caramelized Coconut Budino pudding with poached pear. Everyone thought the tenderloin was the best they had ever had and all of the other dishes were equally excellent.
Sunday morning we had another wonderful breakfast of omelet filled with goat cheese, leeks and tomatoes, accompanied by bacon, creamy cheese grits, and an oatmeal scone.
Don and Diane are gracious hosts and we are planning to return.