Hi!! i need a vacation!! i am looking for some city recommendations for a long weekend vacation . . . im looking for somewhere where it would be fairly easy to stay "paleo" - id also love to do some biking, check out farmers markets, and do some fun yoga/fitness activities. any ideas?? thanks!!
Asheville, NC. Several tailgate markets each week. The Farmers Market. Yoga and more yoga. Biking in town, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and Pisgah. Art galleries and book stores for rainy days. Beer if you're into it. Lots of craft brewing in this part of the world. (gluten free too) There's usually a lot of free stuff happening. Kayaking and rafting are a local favorite pastime. If you stay a few minutes outside of Asheville, you'll save cash on a hotel room.
I'm sure these aren't the "coolest" cities in the nation but if you're ever in/near Iowa (yes, Iowa) I would suggest going to the Iowa City area. Cheaper than other places and still pretty cool. Iowa City is the home of the University of Iowa...so in the summer it's a little less crowded than during the school year. There is the Coralville lake in nearby Solon, the Farmer's market on Wednesday&Saturday is small but has lots of organic, local food. Iowa is known for great antique stores and I would suggest going to Decorum & Artifacts (along with the local thrift/consignment shops) There are lots of yoga places including hot yoga. Campus is neat to walk through and is right next to downtown. There are plenty of bars downtown, too (some even allow dogs inside if that's your thing). Great restaurants, many serve local beef, pork, poultry, veggies, etc. I would suggest heading to Red's in nearby North Liberty (lots of craft beers and cocktails if you do that) also they have an entree of sidepork, mashed potatoes, and brussel sprouts that is delish. There are a couple theaters for plays, comedians, bands. In the area are also the German towns of the Amana Colonies (http://amanacolonies.com/) and Kalona which has a large Amish population (http://www.kalonaiowa.org/).
If you decide to head West I would suggest going to Des Moines, too. Bigger than Iowa City so a bit more to do. Their farmer's market is amazing...larger with GREAT food, etc. Downtown, especially the East Village is full of great bars, restaurants, thrift stores/antique shops. I would suggest Zombie Burger (Zombie-themed burger joint with crazy combos like peanut butter, banana, bacon, burger) Stop by Raygun for sweet screenprinted shirts (there is also one in Iowa City). If you feel like cheating I cannot stress eating a original flour taco at Tasty Tacos enough (mouth is watering).
I could go on and on...so I'll quit now. Good luck on your adventures.
New Orleans is definitely cool. It takes a bit of planning to stat paleo there, but the "Green Goddess" restaurant, originally run by the husband of my fave authors, Poppy Z. Brite, is amazing: http://www.greengoddessnola.com/ I can also rec some a great organic, no sugar breakfast spot in the French Market, if you decide to go.