Bloomington for Health Nuts

A RAIL TRAIL RUNS THROUGH IT

In the early 2000s, the town saw an opportunity to transform its now-defunct CSX rail corridor into a 3.1-mile linear park, ideal for running, walking, cycling and economic development. The bustling B-Line Trail opened in 2011 and will soon be joined by the 57-acre Switchyard Park.

RAINBOW BAKERY TAKES THE ALL-VEGAN CAKE

Bloomington’s iconic Rainbow Bakery is famous for its all-vegan menu of specialty baked goods, whipped up by the storeowners, metalsmith Lisa Dorazewski and audio engineer Matt Tobey.

CYCLING LEGACY FUELS MODERN DAY BIKING HUB

Cyclists and mountain bikers come from all over to ride the rolling hills and wooded trails at Hoosier National Forest and at the 46-acre Wapehani Mountain Bike Park. Every year, the Hilly Hundred draws more than 5,500 cyclists to town for a two-day, 100-mile tour.

INNER PEACE IN THE HILLS OF BLOOMINGTON

Thanks to a Buddhist cultural center founded by the Dalai Lama’s brother and a cluster of independent yoga studios, this Midwest town has become an unlikely hit with yogis and mindfulness practitioners.

INDIANA'S LARGEST FARMERS MARKET A MUST-SEE

Every Saturday from April through November, 100+ local vendors gather at the Bloomington Community Farmer’s Market to sell items like microgreens, tamales, small-batch barbecue sauce, paleo foods, organic fruits and vegetables, maple candy and Italian pastries.

THE UGO DUO: THE ENERGETIC ENTREPRENEURS BEHIND VEGAN BARS

Rebecca Walter and Tracy Gates started making UGo bars
by hand when they realized many of the so-called health bars sold in stores had shelf lives of a year or more. The vegan, gluten-free, non-GMO and fair trade snack is taking off, with high-profile fans including YouTuber Mark Miller as well as Nike athlete and 2016 Olympics hopeful Andy Bayer, and it’s available in running stores and Kroger locations across the nation.