There is an undeniable uniqueness and charm to Wilmington, North Carolina that makes it easy to call home. Residents and visitors relish in the downtown’s array of shops, restaurants and festivals and proximity to a special strand of beaches, marveling the sultry summers and mild winters. Wilmington, North Carolina embraces many personalities, blending its connection to nature with the vibrancy of a metropolis with rich history. Wilmington’s Historic Downtown is one of the most sought-after places to live, eat, shop and explore. There is truly something for everyone.

Which is why it was no surprise that USA Today 10Best awarded Wilmington as Best American Riverfront yesterday.

Our lovely city was among 21 other worthy competitors vying for the title. But the month-long online voting ended on Monday, October 20 and Wilmington received 33 percent of the total votes. Spokane, Washington received 28 percent. In the poll’s final weekend, Wilmington and Spokane received a combined 22,00 votes. The results were fittingly announced on the Wilmington Riverwalk overlooking the majestic Cape Fear River with the Battleship in the distance.

Wilmington is indeed a special place. The relaxed and friendly nature of the community is perfectly balanced with the social offerings and activities downtown. With the gorgeous parks, lively riverfront and downtown shopping area, there really is something for everyone.

Wilmington’s Riverfont was followed by: Spokane, Washington; Davenport, Iowa; Dubuque, Iowa; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Louisville, Kentucky; Chattanooga, Tennessee; Savannah, Georgia; Detriot, Michigan; and Richmond, Virginia.

We’re happy to call you home, Wilmington. Cheers to you!