The city has a long history being part of the American Revolution, shown in sights downtown and surroundings. Wilmington offers a trip down memory lane: take a boat ride down Cape Fear River and shop in historic buildings filled with charming independent boutiques. For a date night, dine in American-style Manna; its white linens, exposed brick, and a charming bar make it a perfect intimate spot. Totally opposite is Blue Surf Café, a casual restaurant set in a shabby-chic atmosphere. This laid back city has a lot of charm, if you don’t believe, just watch Dawson’s Creek and One Tree Hill.