'North Carolina has only three tenets of life: humility, hard work and family life. Bring all them together and bam, you have a formula for a happy life.'
Gregg Allman, a famous rock n' roller who wrote history with his band the Allman Brothers' Band, spent quite a few years of his life in Eden, NC, and his words of honest observation speak volumes about the way people in and around Eden seem to lead their lives.
In general, southern states in the US are prone to simple life as long as they are not rattled into living a life of ostentatious pretence. Keeping in line with this stream of thought, it would only be proper to say that Eden is a place that, despite being a notable tourist favorite in the area, is not at all given to whims and fancies that being a tourists place seems to bring to a city, more often than not.
At the end of the day, Eden is still as much about itself and its own, along with those who visit here. It's a small community that seems to thrive in anonymity and obscurity, with no qualms at all, and certainly no aspirations to strike it big.
This post is especially aimed at allowing our readers who are drawing up plans to visit Eden in near future a chance to get know more about the local hospitality industry.
Various grades of Eden hotels will be discussed and recommended in the course of this post.
Cheap Lodging in Eden
Eden is a city of very limited means and modest tastes. It's not like those properly primped and primed beach cities that one can spot every few miles along the East Coast of the country. It is a rather shy and meek rendition of what a city like Miami, with all the chaos and commercialization subtracted.
But that fact should not be mistaken or misinterpreted to assume that Eden is not welcoming of tourists, quite the contrary.
People of Eden are quite warm and welcoming, much like any other southern country, provided that you are honest enough to accept this warmth with sincerity.
To be very straightforward and blunt, it should be stated that the state of hospitality and hotel industry in this city is far from being in absolute pink of its health. For the number of tourists that visit Eden annually (on an average 50 to 60 thousand), the number of hotels in Eden is quite low and unaccommodating. Despite that, a majority of these are cheap hotels that are usually hired by tourists as a temporary nightly stay solution while they make a fleeting pit stop at Eden during their coastal trips.
For tourists who wish to know the particulars of such cheap hotels, the Econa Lodge can be a perfect solution (and a perfect case study, too!). Located at a sprightly distance of 2.5 km from the city center, the Econa Lodge is most famous for its no-frills hospitality, backed by authentic Southern Delicacies.
Shayona Inn and Lodge can also be a good way to allow your body a good night's sleep after a long day of outing around Eden.
Luxury Doesn't Come Easy in Eden
Eden, as far as the myths and stories go, is supposed to a place of absolute pleasure, not too different from the paradise. Green trees laden with sweet fruits, sunny weather that keeps your spirits warm, cool streams of crystal clear water and comfortable shades to keep you relaxed is a picture of fictional Eden painted in scriptures. In that sense, Eden, North Carolina, is not too different from this picture.
However, what makes Eden a true paradise is the fact that it houses a handful of luxury resorts that are opulent enough to make palatial homes of royalty look like one-bedroom condos.
Among these handful of luxury Eden hotels, the one that needs and deserves a quoted mention is the Hampton Inn & Suites, located near the Eden City Center. Locked and loaded with suites of taste and finesse, Hampton Inn brings the best of luxury hospitality to Eden tourists.
Also notable in this area and segment is Baymont Inn & Suites. Much like Hampton Inn & Suites in terms of pricing and services, it is slight less sprawling if one is to compare the area occupied.
Alternative Lodging Options in Eden
As noted earlier, Eden is a small community that does not depend much on tourism for its revenue generation. So, it makes sense that there are not enough hotel establishments to accommodate a steady inflow of tourists that the city has grown accustomed to in years.
This problem of deficiency is somewhat addressed by homeowners and property investors who have brought the popular trend of holiday rentals and summer house rentals in Eden. Holiday rentals provide a great alternative to tourists to choose to stay the way they really want to.
Among other independent hotels in Eden, boutique category has also gained traction, accounting for much of the revenue share of hospitality industry in Eden.
It should, nonetheless, be noted that renting a summer house or a villa can be quite expensive if your duration of the stay is short.
Do's and Dont's of Sightseeing in Eden
Eden is a small city with cumulative population as sparse as 20,000. So, tourists need to be aware of the fact that it is not always easy to get things that can be taken for granted in larger cities.
For example, late night gourmet food trucks can be a norm in New York City, but not here in Eden, where everything closes for business at 7 pm.
Local Transportation in Eden
Being a small city, the state of local transport in Eden is, quite reasonably so, not too flashy. Buses run with quiet regularity of a milkman to and fro between the important locations in the city.
The best idea for tourists who have valid driving permits is to rent a car for the duration of their stay in order not to rely on sporadic frequency of buses and not suffer from the unavailability of taxis or cabs.