Greensboro is decent. Winston-Salem is a larger city. Its 30 minutes west of greensboro and offers a little more as far as entertainment. You could plop in the middle of both in a nice town called Kernersville.
It is a bit cheaper and has very nice housing. The car scene in NC is not that of SoCal, but hey, its a slower place here.
Big cities of interest for day or weekend get aways.
In Hours(from greensboro)
1 VIR raceway
1.5ish away Charlotte, Lake Norman and Raleigh
2ish Boone, Hickory, Roanoke
3.5ish Coastal areas and Asheville
5ish Robinsville and Tail of the Dragon