9 fittest towns of the West
It’s easy to be fit out West, with big mountains, bike-friendly towns, and beaches that practically beg for a volleyball net
Where the athletes eat: Fuel up with a hearty, no-fuss breakfast at Kono’s Surf Club Café ($; 858/483-1669), next to Crystal Pier in Pacific Beach, where you can eat right by the water. And be sure to hit one of the many farmers’ markets around town.
Where the athletes eat: Schooner or Later ($; 562/430-3495), right on the water in Long Beach, serves all-American fare for breakfast and lunch. You also can't go wrong at any of the cliffside restaurants along the Newport Coast, where you can watch the sunset, go tidepooling, and maybe spot a dolphin.
Where the athletes eat: Snooze ($; 303/225-7344) updates its pancake menu seasonally. Carbo-load on scones at Spruce Confections ($; 303/449-6773).
Where the athletes eat: You gotta try the pumpkin-chai Kristin Armstrong Gold Medal Muffin at Big City Coffee ($; 208/345-3145). For dinner, head to restaurant-distillery Bardenay ($$; 208/426-0538) or Tony’s Pizzeria Teatro ($; 208/343-1052), where Tony, from Naples, serves nothing but Napoli-style pizza.
Where the athletes eat: Get your morning brew at Backporch Coffee Roasters (541/617-3984). Jackson’s Corner ($; 541/647-2198) has wood-fired pizzas, sandwiches, and, on Thursday nights, killer burgers with seasonal ingredients like local morel mushrooms.
Where the athletes eat: Stop in at Macy’s European Coffeehouse ($; 928/774-2243) to hang out with the pro runners getting a post-workout fix. Another great choice is Pizzicletta ($$; 928/774-3242), founded by a local whose bike travels around Italy inspired him to make pizza and gelato here.
Where the atheletes eat: Locals loyal to La Medusa ($$$, 206/723-2192) show up religiously, eager to eat from a Sicilian-inspired seasonal menu where 90% of the produce comes from the local farmers’ market. Past meals have included sautéed second-growth morels and Walla Walla onions, and zabaglione with fresh raspberries and figs.
Where the athletes eat: When you get hungry, Gertrude's Restaurant ($$; 719/471-0887) serves healthy gourmet fare in a sprightly bistro setting. Or shop for fresh produce at Old Colorado City Farmer's Market (719/574-1283).
Where the athletes eat: Fresh and seasonal culture runs so deep, it spills into neighborhood markets like Bi-Rite (415/241-9760; biritemarket.com) in the Mission, where the guy working the deli counter is apt to hold a degree from the Cordon Bleu. Visit the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market (www.ferrybuildingmarketplace.com) where every chef worth his volcanic rock salt shops.