Asheville, North Carolina
For fun, the 87,000 residents of this mellow enclave hike to the summit of Mount Pisgah or browse the galleries along the French Broad River. And they eat. The city has 10 farmers markets and an abundance of chefs mingling the best elements of Southern cuisine and farm-to-table cooking. For non-carnivores, the town's hippie culture and great ingredients add up to very tasty vegetarian and vegan fare.