Mecklenburg County (North Carolina)
It's not uncommon to hear the phrase "Char-Meck" when refering to the area.
Charlotte and it's bedroom communities.
Charlotte has several smaller townships within it's sphere of influence.
The area is very green, unlike most cities, and I do stress VERY. Nature lovers will like Charlotte.
Charlotte's central location is nice, you aren't too far from the mountains or beach. The closest (large) bodies of water and waterways are:
James K. Polk birthplace in modernday Pineville, South Mecklenburg.
Charlotte has several places to eat. Charlotte is very much a Carolina city, dispite it's outside influence, so try the barbeque.
A local favorite is Cheerwine soft drink, you should give it a try. As for beer, Char-Meck is nothing out of the ordinary.
Southern Comfort rules apply.
Charlotte's crime rate is nothing to smile about, but you're unlikely to experience trouble.
Allergy sufferers be warned, because of it's nature beauty Charlotte and it's surrounding areas will be hell on you during the spring, you should come another time, or bring meds.
Char-Meck does not have a high HIV rate.