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what is the coolest US city for a vacation??

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Created June 05, 2012 at 1:48 AM

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!!

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on June 07, 2012
at 07:29 PM

Yes! Also wonderful!

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on June 07, 2012
at 12:29 PM

Visited Wilmington a couple years ago, loved it! And I was soo impressed with Dock St. Oyster Bar- awesome food and very reasonable prices.

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on June 07, 2012
at 10:44 AM

I adore New Orleans, but that is one city where it would be very, very hard for me to keep to paleo.

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on June 07, 2012
at 04:21 AM

And it's home to the Cultured Caveman Food Cart - 1477 NE Alberta

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on June 07, 2012
at 03:42 AM

I get up to the East Bay regional parks whenever I can, especially Redwood.

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on June 07, 2012
at 03:34 AM

I hear Shoot the Freak is gone from Coney Island, but there are still lots of rats in the subway. Scurry scurry!

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on June 07, 2012
at 03:28 AM

The world capital of smoked brisket is nearby.

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on June 07, 2012
at 03:26 AM

Alas Lulu's is gone but maybe someone else is serving killer lamb shank in Madison. And in PDX there's Jakes crawfish and marrowbones at Petit Oiseau.

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on June 07, 2012
at 03:17 AM

Anchorage has more to offer, but it would still be one looooong weekend for most everyone unless they were coming from Homer.

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on June 07, 2012
at 03:13 AM

Hate traffic? Avoid Seattle.

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on June 06, 2012
at 10:20 PM

Tell me some good Paleo places to eat, please! I'm moving there in August!

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on June 06, 2012
at 06:52 PM

Get yourself to Austin!

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on June 05, 2012
at 07:15 PM

Ditto. Tons to do in Maine, especially in & around Portland. Plus generally not as expensive for tourists as some other cities in the US, and the weather is awesome, especially if you want to escape from someplace hot & humid.

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on June 05, 2012
at 05:48 PM

+1 for Seattle. Ah, I miss it. Definitely visit in July/August. Not, um, February or March.

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on June 05, 2012
at 04:13 PM

I lived in Wilmington for about two years! I miss Dock Street Oyster Bar so much it hurts...and the smell of Bradley Creek at low tide.

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on June 05, 2012
at 03:10 PM

Asheville is wonderful place. It's high on my list of places it would be fabulous to live or visit again and again. I miss living close.

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on June 05, 2012
at 02:30 PM

there is even a Paleo restaurant in Portland. Dick's Kitchen, 3312 S.E. Belmont street.

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on June 05, 2012
at 02:23 PM

great to know!! thanks guys!!

B4b56fcc5ebad76ed8e1709dedf01f86

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on June 05, 2012
at 02:07 PM

Well you could do both - even by bicycle if you're relatively fit!

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on June 05, 2012
at 01:18 PM

+1 for Wilmington!

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on June 05, 2012
at 12:58 PM

I was born and raised (until about 19 years old) in Asheville. It's my lifetime goal to move back just because it's so awesome, and someday I will.

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on June 05, 2012
at 12:26 PM

Fairbanks, Alaska

Bd142c32b4055224d3191461f1f57520

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on June 05, 2012
at 03:37 AM

Anywhere in Oregon rules, but since it's city - Portland, hands down :)

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on June 05, 2012
at 02:42 AM

Hahaha, I live in Houston and it sucks! :-) Seriously, don't come visit here, especially for Paleo-ness. Central Iowa where I moved from is SO much better and waaay more Paleo. Kasra, your answer made me laugh. I haven't been to Austin yet, but I get the feeling it is kind of like the red-headed hippie stepchild of Texas so I'm sure I would like it.

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on June 05, 2012
at 02:23 AM

I'm in Seattle area but Portland came to mind as well.

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on June 05, 2012
at 02:18 AM

Yes we would have fun and I would enjoy your eating habits.

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on June 05, 2012
at 02:15 AM

:) i live in madison!

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on June 05, 2012
at 02:08 AM

lol jk .

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on June 05, 2012
at 02:05 AM

thanks, great idea!! ive never been there!! too bad you have to work, would be fun to meet up there :)

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on June 05, 2012
at 02:04 AM

I second San Francisco. Portland and Seattle are also pretty awesome.

Bd142c32b4055224d3191461f1f57520

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on June 05, 2012
at 03:37 AM

Anywhere in Oregon rules, but since it's city - Portland, hands down :)

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on June 05, 2012
at 02:30 PM

there is even a Paleo restaurant in Portland. Dick's Kitchen, 3312 S.E. Belmont street.

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on June 07, 2012
at 04:21 AM

And it's home to the Cultured Caveman Food Cart - 1477 NE Alberta

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on June 05, 2012
at 12:22 PM

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.

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on June 05, 2012
at 12:58 PM

I was born and raised (until about 19 years old) in Asheville. It's my lifetime goal to move back just because it's so awesome, and someday I will.

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on June 05, 2012
at 02:23 PM

great to know!! thanks guys!!

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

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on June 05, 2012
at 03:10 PM

Asheville is wonderful place. It's high on my list of places it would be fabulous to live or visit again and again. I miss living close.

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on June 05, 2012
at 05:40 AM

San Francisco is the most pretentious city ever, so Paleo goes hand in hand with it in some ways. Anyway, just visit NYC. You won't be bored.

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on June 07, 2012
at 03:34 AM

I hear Shoot the Freak is gone from Coney Island, but there are still lots of rats in the subway. Scurry scurry!

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on June 05, 2012
at 01:01 PM

Wilmington, NC or Asheville, NC

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on June 05, 2012
at 01:18 PM

+1 for Wilmington!

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on June 05, 2012
at 04:13 PM

I lived in Wilmington for about two years! I miss Dock Street Oyster Bar so much it hurts...and the smell of Bradley Creek at low tide.

Bbd349fe334481d99c091333b87cacb5

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on June 06, 2012
at 10:20 PM

Tell me some good Paleo places to eat, please! I'm moving there in August!

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on June 07, 2012
at 12:29 PM

Visited Wilmington a couple years ago, loved it! And I was soo impressed with Dock St. Oyster Bar- awesome food and very reasonable prices.

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on June 05, 2012
at 02:17 AM

Austin, TX is also another great, albeit hot, place to exercise all of those options.

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on June 07, 2012
at 03:28 AM

The world capital of smoked brisket is nearby.

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on June 05, 2012
at 02:04 AM

Santa Fe is outstanding for all of the above. If you decide to come, look me up and I'll show you around.

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on June 05, 2012
at 02:51 PM

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.

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on June 05, 2012
at 02:11 AM

San Diego. I lived there for a year and now I'm back in LA and I miss it so badly! It's seriously one of the most laid-back places I've been to.

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on June 05, 2012
at 01:53 AM

You can do all the aforementioned activities in San Francisco. If I didn't have work I'd go come with you.

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on June 05, 2012
at 02:18 AM

Yes we would have fun and I would enjoy your eating habits.

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on June 05, 2012
at 02:05 AM

thanks, great idea!! ive never been there!! too bad you have to work, would be fun to meet up there :)

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on June 05, 2012
at 06:45 PM

I'd say most cities along the west coast. I am partial to California, especially northern CA. San Francisco is amazing. It has fresh food (so easy to stay paleo!), tourist attractions, culture of all sorts, and a cooler summer climate. Plus, the surrounding region has amazing areas: Marin County (Muir woods, the headlands, Point Reyes, Lucas Valley, I could go on and on), Napa Valley, and Berkley.

So many options for Paleo people. I love it!

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on June 07, 2012
at 03:42 AM

I get up to the East Bay regional parks whenever I can, especially Redwood.

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on June 07, 2012
at 07:29 PM

Yes! Also wonderful!

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on June 05, 2012
at 12:08 PM

Portland is great, but I say Hood River, Oregon!

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on June 05, 2012
at 02:07 PM

Well you could do both - even by bicycle if you're relatively fit!

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on June 05, 2012
at 08:04 AM

I second Seattle!

Lots of fresh seafood, amazing farmers market downtown(Pike Place Market), mountains to bike/hike, lakes to kayak in, ice caves(~2 hours outside of Seattle), plenty of parks in the city limits...also mild summers, so if you visit in the summer, the weather will likely be beautiful, but not ungodly hot.

I'm not a biased Seattlite or anything. ;-)

Portland and San Diego are good options as well!

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on June 05, 2012
at 05:48 PM

+1 for Seattle. Ah, I miss it. Definitely visit in July/August. Not, um, February or March.

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on June 07, 2012
at 03:13 AM

Hate traffic? Avoid Seattle.

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on June 05, 2012
at 03:29 AM

Perhaps I am partial because I live here, but Maine is called Vacationland for a reason. It would be hard to narrow to a specific city though since our towns are small and all pretty much blend. Southern area connects to New Hampshire and our coastline is beautiful. Hiking, biking, Farmer's Markets, farms, etc, galore. During summer we are have our windows open all day/night - 50's at night, 70-80's daytime. If you want more of a guide, I would be happy to help. I have hiked every mountain within a 3 hour driving distance that I know of. Twice. :-)

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on June 05, 2012
at 07:15 PM

Ditto. Tons to do in Maine, especially in & around Portland. Plus generally not as expensive for tourists as some other cities in the US, and the weather is awesome, especially if you want to escape from someplace hot & humid.

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on June 05, 2012
at 02:07 AM

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.

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on June 07, 2012
at 10:44 AM

I adore New Orleans, but that is one city where it would be very, very hard for me to keep to paleo.

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on June 05, 2012
at 03:07 PM

WIN: Portland, Oregon. In both grocery stores and farmer's markets, I can find lamb kidney, alligator meat, rabbit sausage, ostrich burgers, blueberries, wild caught salmon, wild boar, elk, bison, local bio-dynamically grown wine, dandelion greens, hazelnuts, lamb, goat, grass fed beef...I even rummaged around in the bottom of a cooler at a recent farmer's market and found a buffalo tongue, a bag of chicken heads (put those back), and goat lungs. I rest my case.

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on June 05, 2012
at 02:50 AM

Chicago. Yes it's a city, but there is plenty to do if you want to stay active and the strip along the beach down town is gorgeous. I would also suggest Southern California, but I did it in a road trip which may require more time than you have.

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on June 05, 2012
at 02:04 AM

Where are you at? I was just going to suggest Portland, OR. I think Madison would be neat, too.

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on June 05, 2012
at 02:23 AM

I'm in Seattle area but Portland came to mind as well.

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on June 05, 2012
at 02:15 AM

:) i live in madison!

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on June 07, 2012
at 03:26 AM

Alas Lulu's is gone but maybe someone else is serving killer lamb shank in Madison. And in PDX there's Jakes crawfish and marrowbones at Petit Oiseau.

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on June 10, 2012
at 05:41 AM

Fairbanks would be an excellent Choice! I live in Fairbanks and also like going to Valdez (2nd best place).

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on June 07, 2012
at 06:56 AM

I live in Seattle and it is a great choice as is Portland and Vancouver Canada. I really like Washington DC and Clear Water Beach Fl. I do not see any farmer markets in Clear Water but the white sand beaches on the Gulf of Mexico are great.

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on June 07, 2012
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Sheridan WY. Boulder CO. Missoula MT.

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on June 05, 2012
at 05:31 PM

I would recommend cities with ideally a bit of everything - culture, history, food, scenery:

The summers usually have air shows, food festivals, hiking, farmer's markets, art festivals, fireworks, etc.

In no particular order:

Portland, Oregon

San Francisco, Cali

Boston, Mass

Austin, Texas

Ann Arbor, Michigan

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on June 05, 2012
at 04:32 AM

Fort Collins, Colorado. If you love the outdoors and bicycling, hiking, etc., this is the place. Great restaurants, pretty easy to stay paleo, and if you're up for it, lots of breweries. It's the Napa Vally of Beers!

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on June 05, 2012
at 02:08 AM

Houston, TX .

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on June 06, 2012
at 06:52 PM

Get yourself to Austin!

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on June 05, 2012
at 02:08 AM

lol jk .

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on June 05, 2012
at 02:42 AM

Hahaha, I live in Houston and it sucks! :-) Seriously, don't come visit here, especially for Paleo-ness. Central Iowa where I moved from is SO much better and waaay more Paleo. Kasra, your answer made me laugh. I haven't been to Austin yet, but I get the feeling it is kind of like the red-headed hippie stepchild of Texas so I'm sure I would like it.

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