I wouldn't live anywhere else in NC but Wilmington.
Almost every day after work I drive down to the marina and get on my boat and go for a nice little booze cruise. Have a few beers, stop by one of the bar/restaurants on the water and grab a fresh mahi sammich.
Head home about 9ish.
Most days my girl, her friends and a couple of my buddies will meet me there around 6 pm.
UNCW and all the pretty things that it brings is right in the middle of town.
Boating, diving, and spearfishing from April 15 through November. and after that surf fishing.
Raleigh and CLT are great and all, but the lifestyle is in Wilm.
Sounds alot like the place I grew up in but on the opposite coast.