25+ Triangle Spots Where You'll Actually Enjoy Keeping Your New Year's Resolutions
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With Neomonde Mediterranean

25+ Triangle Spots Where You'll Actually Enjoy Keeping Your New Year's Resolutions

By Erin Greenawald
Wednesday, Jan 16 2019

Now that we're a little bit into the year, you may find that your original excitement for your New Year's resolutions waning. But it doesn't have to be this way! Businesses around the Triangle are here to support you in achieving your goals—and having fun doing it. 

Read on for some of our fave spots in Raleigh and Durham for eating healthier, working out, learning new things, prioritizing self care, spending less and living life to the fullest. 

GOAL: Eat Healthier 🥦

Dine on Lebanese Home Cooking at Neomonde Mediterranean at Neomonde Mediterranean Durham
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Try the Mediterranean Diet at Neomonde

The Mediterranean Diet has been named the best diet of 2019, and when you get food that's this wholesome AND delicious, it's no wonder. If you're not sure where to start, Neomonde has you covered. They've been dishing up recipes brought straight from Lebanon for over 30 years in Raleigh—and recently opened their downtown Durham location (you can also snag them in between in Morrisville)! Don't forget to grab some food to go, too, and you'll be eating healthier all week long.

Dine on Lebanese Home Cooking at Neomonde Mediterranean
$   .  Neomonde Mediterranean Durham   .  Durham
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Eat Clean at Happy + Hale North Hills at Happy + Hale
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Eat Clean at Happy + Hale

The Triangle's answer to the fast-casual salad trend can't be missed this time of year (think Chop't but waaaay more local). Besides signature and build-your-own salads and grain bowls, you can also snag a myriad of other healthy options here: from smoothies to breakfast scrambles to multicolored superfood lattes! Find them in DTR, North Hills and in Durham!

Eat Clean at Happy + Hale North Hills
$   .  Happy + Hale   .  Raleigh
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NOW OPEN: Fount Coffee + Kitchen at Fount Coffee + Kitchen
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Go Gluten Free at Fount Coffee + Kitchen +219 fire icon

This new RTP coffee hotspot is bringing something unique to the table—an entirely gluten-free menu. It's also predominately organic, made up of real whole foods and supportive of local farmers FTW. With smoothie bowls, salads, sandwich stacks and small snacks, you have so many options for eating well.

NOW OPEN: Fount Coffee + Kitchen
$   .  Fount Coffee + Kitchen   .  Morrisville
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Fuel Your Hustle at Raleigh Raw at Raleigh Raw Juice Bar & Cafe
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Juice it Up at Raleigh Raw

Thinking of trying out a juice cleanse this year? Raleigh Raw has you covered with tons of superfood-packed (and super delicious) juice options, and even cleanse packages. If juicing isn't your jam, you go the smoothie or poké route instead. Plus they offer fun add-ins like blue spirulina, CBD oil and collagen for a little extra healthy oomph to your food.

Fuel Your Hustle at Raleigh Raw
$   .  Raleigh Raw Juice Bar & Cafe   .  Raleigh
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Eat Well at Living Kitchen at Living Kitchen Raleigh
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Fool Yourself Into Eating Veggies at Living Kitchen

Living Kitchen is the perfect way to sneakily pack in more veggies. The restaurant tackles comfort food faves—from BBQ and BLTs to pizza and quesadillas—and makes them completely plant-based. That's right: no meat, no dairy, but all your fave dishes. You can also get salads, juices, and more on this flavor-packed menu.

Eat Well at Living Kitchen
$$   .  Living Kitchen Raleigh   .  Raleigh
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Chomp Down Poké at ZenFish at ZenFish
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Grab a Protein-Packed Bowl at ZenFish

Durham has hopped on the poké craze, creating delicious, healthy bowls of fresh raw fish with all the fixings on 9th Street. Your taste buds and stomach will definitely find their zen at ZenFish!

Chomp Down Poké at ZenFish
$   .  ZenFish   .  Durham
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Savor Tasty Coffee & Mini Donuts at Sola at Sola Coffee Cafe
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Snag a Sumptuous Salad at Sola Coffee Café

It's a little off the beaten path, but Sola has some of our favorite salads in the Triangle. These protein-packed bowls will fill you up without weighing you down. You'll just have to avoid buying some of their famous hot mini donuts when you're done (or don't because treating yourself is part of health, too!).

Savor Tasty Coffee & Mini Donuts at Sola
$   .  Sola Coffee Cafe   .  Raleigh
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GOAL: Work Out More 💪

Bike or Run the American Tobacco Trail at American Tobacco Trail
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Bike or Run One of Our Favorite Trails

Once the weather gets a wee bit warmer there are so many gorgeous trails around the Triangle where you can work out for free while exploring the beauty of your city. Take the American Tobacco Trail, an extraordinary 22-mile course that will take you on a tour of NC nature across forests, highways and counties while you give yourself the work out of a lifetime. Check out more of our fave running trails here.

Bike or Run the American Tobacco Trail
Free   .  American Tobacco Trail   .  Durham
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Take an Aerial Class at Cirque de Vol at Cirque de Vol
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Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

When you're trying to get back in the workout flow, sometimes shaking things up with a totally out-of-your-comfort-zone workout is the way to go. For instance, have you ever wanted to perform an aerial act like the performers in the circus do? Try it out with an aerial, silks, trapeze, lyra or acro class at Cirque de Vol! Other unique options include a treadmill/crazy pilates machine class at FlowCorps, a bungee cardio class at the trampoline gym!

Take an Aerial Class at Cirque de Vol
-   .  Cirque de Vol   .  Raleigh
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Stretch in the Galleries at 21c Museum Hotel Durham
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Stretch Somewhere Strange

There are several opportunities to take yoga classes in spots more interesting than your standard studio. Maybe you'd like to immerse yourself in art and meditation on a Sunday morning at the weekly session at 21c? Or get down on the rooftop of Unscripted? Or enjoy a free vinyasa flow at the COR Museum? Keep an eye on our calendar in Raleigh and Durham for more pop-up events in fun places!

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Stretch in the Galleries
$10   .  21c Museum Hotel Durham   .  Durham
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Join the Fullsteam Ahead Run Club at Fullsteam Brewery
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Get Motivated with a Club

Several local bars and breweries try to help you balance out your beer intake with weekly workout clubs, and the group feel is the perfect way to motivate yourself through the run (the promise of a beer afterward doesn't hurt, either). Several local favorites include the nOg Run Club at Raleigh Beer Garden, the Ponysaurus Run Club and the Fullsteam Ahead Run Club. Check with your local watering hole to see if they offer a weekly workout group!

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Join the Fullsteam Ahead Run Club
Free   .  Fullsteam Brewery   .  Durham
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GOAL: Learn Something New 📓

Sharpen Your Skills With SkillPop at Downtown Raleigh
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Sharpen Your Skills With SkillPop

If you're looking to learn something new, look to SkillPop. The startup hosts in-person, interactive classes in a range of topics from calligraphy to photography to pasta making in both Raleigh and Durham.

Sharpen Your Skills With SkillPop
$$   .  Downtown Raleigh   .  Raleigh
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Take a Class That'll Craft Your Culinary Skills at Whisk
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Craft Your Culinary Abilities

Love food? Get 'whisk'd away in the art of anything and everything about food and cooking with classes at Whisk! From cooking school basics to explorations of cuisines around the world, you're sure to find something that fits your taste (buds).

Take a Class That'll Craft Your Culinary Skills
$$$   .  Whisk   .  Cary
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Expand Your Skillset at Artspace at Artspace
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Expand Your Talents at Artspace

Artspace is an amazing spot in downtown Raleigh to expand your mind. With a class line up ranging from Shibori Dying to iPhone Photography to Figure Painting, there's a little something for everyone.

Expand Your Skillset at Artspace
$$$   .  Artspace   .  Raleigh
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Learn Brewing Basics at Bull City Homebrew at Bull City Homebrew
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Learn Brewing Basics at Bull City Homebrew

Beer is basically another food group in the Triangle, and now you can be a brewmaster. Sign up for a class and you'll get the lowdown on how to make your own beer or wine.

Learn Brewing Basics at Bull City Homebrew
$$   .  Bull City Homebrew   .  Durham
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Sip & Savor Free Vino at Wine Authorities at Wine Authorities - Wine Shop
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Gain a Deeper Appreciation of Your Vino

Yes, drinking wine can be educational. Weekly tastings at wine bars around the Triangle teach you all about what you're sipping on. A few faves include free tastings at Short Walk Wines, classes at The Wine Feed, and free tastings twice a week at Wine Authorities, but you can also check with your neighborhood wine shop to see if they have anything on the calendar!

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Sip & Savor Free Vino at Wine Authorities
Free   .  Wine Authorities - Wine Shop   .  Durham
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GOAL: More Self Care 🧖‍♀️

Find Sanctuary in the Salt Cave at Skin Sense at Skin Sense, A Day Spa
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Find Sanctuary in the Salt Cave at Skin Sense

Step into Skin Sense's Salt Cave to breathe the pure, mineral-infused air. Lined with pink Himalayan Salt, the cave is a sanctuary, ideal for yoga, meditation or relaxation.

Find Sanctuary in the Salt Cave at Skin Sense
$15+   .  Skin Sense, A Day Spa   .  Raleigh
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Floating Shanti at Floating Shanti
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Let Your Worries Float Away at Floating Shanti

Floating Shanti is a center for well-being and a source of healing and strength. Recharge your body and mind as you float weightless in a comforting salt bath that will soothe your soul.

Floating Shanti
$   .  Floating Shanti   .  Fayetteville
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Meditate Like the Monks at Global Breath Studio at Global Breath Studio
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Meditate Like the Monks at Global Breath Studio

Looking to start meditating? Or are you a seasoned pro looking for a community to practice with? Either way, this weekly meditation group—taught in the style of Thich Nhat Hahn—could be perfect for you.

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Meditate Like the Monks at Global Breath Studio
$5 suggested donation   .  Global Breath Studio   .  Durham
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Soak It In at Hot Springs Resort & Spa at Hot Springs Resort And Spa
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Soak It In at Hot Springs Resort & Spa

Get pampered by Mother Nature in Hot Springs, NC where naturally hot, healing mineral water is pumped up from deep underground. It's a trek out there but an experience this tranquil is well worth it.

Soak It In at Hot Springs Resort & Spa
$25+   .  Hot Springs Resort And Spa   .  Hot Springs
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GOAL: Spend Less 💰

Pump Up Your Friday with Free Espresso at Jubala Village Coffee
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Pump Up Your Friday with Free Espresso

What's better than a free morning jolt? Stop by Jubala on Friday mornings to get a free espresso shot and add a little extra oomph to your day.

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Pump Up Your Friday with Free Espresso
Free   .  Jubala Village Coffee   .  Raleigh
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Check Out First Friday at Downtown Raleigh
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Check Out First (or Third) Friday

Both Raleigh and Durham have one night a month where you can peruse downtown galleries and shops, enjoy special events and usually pick up a free glass of wine or beer on the way. Check out First Friday in Raleigh and Third Friday in Durham to enjoy the best art our cities have to offer—fo free!

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Check Out First Friday
Free   .  Downtown Raleigh   .  Raleigh
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Visit the Museum of Natural Sciences at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
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Visit a Myriad of Free Museums

Raleigh has so many stellar museums with free entry that you have no excuse not to check them out at least once! The North Carolina Museum of Natural Science, NCMA's permanent collection, the North Carolina Museum of History and the City of Raleigh Museum are always free to enjoy. The Museum of Life + Science in Durham has regular community days (usually twice a month) where residents can head in for free.

Visit the Museum of Natural Sciences
Free   .  North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences   .  Raleigh
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Explore the Sarah P. Duke Gardens at Sarah P. Duke Gardens
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Take in Some Natural Beauty +447 fire icon

Let's hope we get some more nice weather soon so we can enjoy all of the Triangle's gorgeous outdoor spaces! From Duke Gardens to Dix Park to the JC Raulston Arboretum, there are so many free outdoor spots to take a stroll, bring a picnic or just get some fresh air.

Explore the Sarah P. Duke Gardens
Free   .  Sarah P. Duke Gardens   .  Durham
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Enjoy Pac-Man and a Pint at Boxcar at Boxcar Bar + Arcade
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Game for Free at Weekly Tournaments

Boxcar is always a fun way to fill your time, but not usually a free one. But several times a week, they hold free tournaments in some of their favorite games—like air hockey Monday and skeeball Thursday—where you can play for free and compete for the championship. You'll have to shell out for the booze, but look for Boxcar's legendary drink specials to help you out there. We're hoping their new Durham location launches tournaments soon!

Enjoy Pac-Man and a Pint at Boxcar
$   .  Boxcar Bar + Arcade   .  Raleigh
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GOAL: Live Life to the Fullest 🙌

Just looking to have a little more fun this year? That's what we're all about. Get off your couch (and your phone) more, and instead get to exploring your incredible city. Keep an eye on our calendar in Raleigh and Durham and pick an event you wouldn't usually go to. Follow us on Instagram for more in-the-moment updates of cool things to experience around town. Or, if you want to take it up a notch, subscribe to Offline Premium for exclusive access to the best your city has to offer.

Here's to a big year ahead!

Erin is the Editor-in-Chief at Offline Media, a constant tea drinker, a lover of street art, and a creative (always) in training.
25+ Triangle Spots Where You'll Actually Enjoy Keeping Your New Year's Resolutions
25+ Triangle Spots Where You'll Actually Enjoy Keeping Your New Year's Resolutions