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Memphis, Oklahoma, Santa Fe?

do any of you live in or around memphis, oklahoma city, northern texas, or santa fe? basically my mission is to find the coolest places to visit on my road trip.

i’m a musician, so any recommendations for artist-friendly, forward-thinking towns along the way? any “best kept secrets” i should be aware of…

thanks in advance!

i’m sure you guys will know! =)

p.s. i started a similar thread about the south here, so if you are familiar with places in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and/or Georgia, please feel free to let me know as well!

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  • sorry your about 1500 miles too far east for me.

  • Hi, I live in Denton, Texas, which is a pretty forward thinking town. There are 2 universities there, one is a big music and art school. However, I am not sure how interesting it would be to an outsider. It is about 30 miles from the Texas/Oklahoma border. However, Austin, Texas, 200 miles south is a fantastic town. It is full of art, music, and outdoor activites in a beautiful setting. It’s a funky, free thinking, hippieish place. It would be well worth the detour.

  • I am also from Denton. It’s a cool little town with a few coffee shops, both serve tea as well. I have always called Denton a “mini-Austin” although it is not quite is liberal. There is a small community theater here too that has shows playing a lot, although I have never been to one. I could recommend some good eats if you were not raw. The closest thing here is Mr. Chopsticks that has plenty of vegetarian options. I am not sure how raw your diet is but there is also a vegan cafe called Spiral Diner located in South Dallas and Fort Worth, I haven’t been yet but have been dying to try it out. Oh, and if you happen to be in Denton and need to restock on raw supplies. The Cupboard natural food store is your best option. There is also a fairly decent local music scene here as well, although I’m not as tied into it as I once was. Good venues exist here: Hailey’s, Dan’s Silver Leaf and Rubber Gloves are the best.

  • I lived in Santa Fe + NM for 10 years, but I can’t remember one raw/vegan place! I think Cafe Oasis in SF has some raw. There’s a Wild Oats Market there too that will have raw takeout. For sure go to 10,000 waves japanese spa…$20 for unlimited hot and cold tubs + sauna. And its really beautiful and special. http://www.tenthousandwaves.com. For music El Farol is really fun, and I think its the oldest bar in the U.S., www.elfarolsf.com If you have time you should go to an Indian Pueblo like Acoma outside of Albuquerque, http://sccc.acomaskycity.org/. Which is somewhat close to the Ann Wigmore Foundation, http://www.wigmore.org/index.html. Or Taos Pueblo, http://www.newmexicohistory.org/filedetails.php… Taos is amazing too.

    You might want to think about looking on rawfood.meetup.com, it’s local communities that get together for raw potlucks. I’m sure they would welcome a raw traveler. What a great way to meet other raw fooders! Here’s Santa Fe’s, http://www.meetup.com/rawfoodsnm/

    http://www.santafe.org/Calendar/ Have fun!! I’m jealous, I miss Santa Fe everyday.

  • Austin, TX. It’s called “Live music capital of the world” for a reason. Even in grocery stores you see people playing music. And everyone is so cool about it. There’s a raw foods section in WF headquarters located on 6th/Lamar st. There’s also a very big raw food meet-up group who meets every first saturday of the month, I’ve been to it only once though. There’s farmers market downtown every Sat & Wed. See the list of farmer’s markets in and around Austin, you can find one almost everyday.

    http://www.austinfarmersmarket.org/food.php

  • oh! if you do go to taos something really fun just outside of Taos is the earthship community. Earthships are homes people have built that are off the grid, completely self-sustained and built from recycled materials. They’re quite cool. I don’t know if there are any tours, but in my experience the homeowners LOVE showing off there all the bell and whistles.

    Or you could pretend to be a buyer ;) http://www.taosearthships.com/

  • oh my gosh these suggestions ROCK! i can’t wait! (i’m going to print this page for my trip!)

    chriscalton—i’ll be going through the Carolinas as part of the “pre-ATL” portion of my road trip. ;)

    daniefon, caleb, tggoeraw—you are making me re-think my route to include austin. that would mean going through alabama and mississippi (which i’ve been training to write my whole life), and maybe baton rouge? i’ve heard the NO music scene moved there. thoughts?

    schmoopee—i will DEFINITELY be heading to that spa! yay! what an encyclopedia you are!

  • p.s. could anyone recommend cool places in austin?

  • I just moved from Memphis. GO TO MIDTOWN! P & H Cafe was my hang out but the Cooper-Young area has some cool places. Blue Monkey and HiTone always have great music and HiTone is the building where Elvis took karate lessons. Midtown is the artsy cool area and is my top recommendation. Beale St gets all the attention but unless The Dempseys are playing at Blues City, I would steer clear of the over priced drinks and covers…

  • pianissima, what types of places are you looking for in Austin? music, art, food, outdoors, etc.

  • Lalovelady—thanks. booked P & H! and waiting to call Blue Monkey. ;)

    daniefon—oh my gosh… it’s overwhelming… music places? cheap places to stay?

  • That is great! I miss that place so much! There still might be a few pictures of me on the wall by the dart board. Tell them Lovelady sent you!

  • haha. i will indeed. =)

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