Hippie towns?

topic posted Tue, March 7, 2006 - 4:46 PM by  Lil H
These are the ones I know of, tell me the ones you know of!!

Santa Cruz, CA
Ashland, OR
Bend, OR
Nelson, New Zealand
Nelson, Canada
Byron Bay, Australia
Humboldt, CA
Sebastopol, CA
Berkeley, CA
Sedona, AZ
Taos, NM
Venice, CA
Topanga, CA
Black Rock City, NV

There's gotta be tons more, I know there are a bunch on the East Coast but I can't remember their names right now.
posted by:
Lil H
Los Angeles
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    Fri, June 22, 2007 - 11:49 AM
    International addendum - Vale do Capao is a small hippie town in the middle of a national park in Brazil...
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    Sun, July 1, 2007 - 5:38 PM
    Arambol, in the state of Goa, in the country of India. Not many AMericans here, but lots of euro's. For breakfast, how about Yoga, Reiki, dutch Waffles and Euro paistries. Lunch? Walks on the beach and swims in the ocean with Isralies talking about where the psytrance party will be that night. Dinner? try one of there fine open aired restuarants, watch people roll up spliffs at the retaurant and smoke them! Maybe it will be you rolling these spliffs!? Then go get on your rented scooter or motorcylce and ride to Anjuna for some bunk Psytrance party, they say is on the beach but isn't really these days. watch the police come through party and close it down, get on moeped/ motor cycle and ride to some indoor party at some bar, hear music that is horrible low quality goan produced psytrance, smoke more spliff, look at your friends who are tripping. Then get on motor cycles and ride back for brakefast. After a few days here. Talk about your next place to go? Well your Going to Hampi, which is like Sadona ARazona, energy wise. Here you'll find more of the same, with added benifits of out door Artist guest houses were all they do is play down beat music all day, and all people do is paint and make art, very hippy, very new age and very euro, highly recommended.
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      Fri, July 20, 2007 - 6:53 AM
      how about brattleboro vermont? its a great little hippie enclave.

      and i 2nd bend oregon, well all of the southern coast of oregon and north california. aint nowhere like eureka, mendocino county, willits etc
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    Fri, December 28, 2007 - 6:07 PM
    What does a town hafta have to be a Hippie town? I want to nominate Bangor, Maine to the post.
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      Sat, December 29, 2007 - 7:31 AM
      manitou springs, co. lots of freaky people there.
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        Tue, January 1, 2008 - 2:32 AM
        Glad to see Ann Arbor on the list.
        A college is a good indicator:
        Fayetteville, AK

        also I keep hearing Austin, TX
        but I'm still a little scared of Texas
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          Wed, January 7, 2009 - 8:41 PM
          Austin is a very progressive city. Not at all like the rest of Texas. That's where I live now and i also lived 8 years in New Orleans. That's where my heart is.
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    Thu, March 27, 2008 - 11:02 AM
    Of the towns mentioned I have been to a few. I have family in Aheville NC and love it there. I went to Sedona and LOVED it, and also went to Taos and had the time of my life. Those are three of my favorite places, does that mean I'm a hippie? I hope.
    My cousin goes to college near Boone.

    Does anyone know anything about Yellow Springs Ohio? I don't know if it's considered a hippie town or not but when I lived in Ohio we went there sometimes for the bike trail, and I remember seeing tie-dye and peace signs all over the place. Not that that constitutes a hippie town.

    Also last week was my first visit to New Orleans and I myself would consider the french quarter a Hippie place. What do you think?
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      Mon, June 9, 2008 - 4:57 AM
      Never been.

      I've seen Yellow Springs mentioned before in connection though.

      Someone said:
      "What does a town hafta have to be a Hippie town?"

      Which is a good question, but it requires
      me to stop and think.
      More lists!

      Ithaca, NY
      Eugene, OR

      Beware the 'hippie town' in an otherwise
      conservative state. That's all I'm saying.

      in case you all aren't 'hip'.
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        Mon, June 9, 2008 - 9:30 AM
        I can't believe I haven't seen Woodstock, New York!!!!! Can be a little touristy...but when they go home....what are ya left with? HIPPIES!!!! My kids and I had a great time there at a drum circle in the middle of town....also...Keane, New York.
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    Fri, June 20, 2008 - 12:37 AM
    Fairfax, CA
    Bolinas, CA

    Fairfax because well a lot of hippies live there (old hippies and neo-hippies) --- lots of music including a lot of people outside playing music at any time of day any day of the week ... a lot of people with dogs ... sustainability is KING/QUEEN .... a lot of people refuse to own cars ....lots of organic farms and gardening .... live music any night of the week .....

    Bolinas for basically the same reason except there also are lot of locals who would prefer you NOT find Bolinas. Whenever the county puts up signs showing the way to Bolinas, the locals come and take it down. So it is town you have to KNOW how to get there exactly or you'll pass the turnoff every time.

    We live out in Forest Knolls in the San Geronimo Valley and I'd call all of the San Geronimo Valley --- hippie community --- 4 tiny villages all right together ....

    We love it here ... LOTS of love, peace, joy, and bliss!!!!
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      Sun, February 1, 2009 - 7:32 PM
      In the northeast:

      Massachusetts - Greenfield, Shelburne Falls, Wendell
      Vermont - Brattleboro, Guilford, Bellows Falls
      New Hampshire - Keene
      Maine - Bangor or the mid-coast
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    Fri, February 13, 2009 - 3:19 PM
    Humboldt is actually a county - within Humboldt tho' for the list would be
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      Fri, February 13, 2009 - 3:20 PM
      Pai, Mae Hong Son, Thailand -
      organic cafes, simple lifestyle, live music - reggae festival
      and backpacking.
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    Wed, March 18, 2009 - 5:47 PM
    maybe nobody know this town "Montañita" (little mountain) located in Ecuador South America. It's a lovely beach town,,, where hippies hang out.
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    Wed, July 1, 2009 - 5:14 PM
    In Australia... (someone may add to this)

    Victoria: Castlemaine, Warrandyte (Still to a small degree), Some of the Yarra Valley (country region east of Melbourne) eg: Healesville and Warburton/Yarra Junction (not a huge population but they are there). There's an intentional community near Healesville too.

    NSW: Byron Bay, Nimbin (and surrounding) but Nimbin is now known as "Numbin" because it's hugely populated with drug addicts now, some as young as 11yo (you find children selling drugs openly in the street in Nimbin), Bellingen, Woolgoolga, Nambucca Heads. Pretty well most towns along the mid north- north coast of NSW.

    QLD: Maleny

    Tasmania: Cygnet (small population but then the whole state has less than 500,000 people) lol
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    Thu, September 10, 2009 - 1:47 PM
    HI, I just joined this tribe, and I love this thread. I love small interesting, towns.

    I'm from Eugene OR, at the moment, I'm finishing up a degree there, and it certainly has the opinion that it is one of the original Hippie towns, and many places in ORegon are definittely great little hippie towns.

    However, Bend, OR, on your original list, is definitely not a hippie town. My family lives in the countryside outside of Bend, and so I lived there for seven years. Central ORegon is one of the best places in the world for outdoor activities, which is why my parents live there. ANd yes, the people there are VERY progressive on ecological matters, but most are social conservatives. Most people who live in Bend are very wealthy, very bussiness minded, and the county it's in goes republican at every single election. It's a pretty place, but certainly not a liberal, or hippie friendly one. PLaces along the ORegon cost are small, beautiful and Hippie friendly though. Places such as Yachats, on the central coast, and Astoria in the north.
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    Sat, November 14, 2009 - 10:45 PM
    Bisbee Arizona and Homer Alaska ! Oh this is such an old post , where are all the hippies, where oh where are you hiding !
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    Sat, February 27, 2010 - 3:19 PM
    nelson, tofino and kaslo BC <33
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      Sat, February 27, 2010 - 4:03 PM
      anywhere I live!!!!

      maybe start a new thread here. there has been some good discussion of "what became of the hippies" on Psychonauts tribe and some other places.

      better a psychonaut than a psycho nut!!!!
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    Sat, March 20, 2010 - 9:22 PM
    Yellow Springs, Ohio is a very hippie town. It's an oasis in the sweltering pool of conservatism that is southern Ohio.
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    Sat, April 3, 2010 - 8:07 PM
    HiYa incoming from Yucaipa, CA, definetly not a Hippy town, so to speak, but there are some friendly bikers evidently. Any body been out to Slab City in Imperial county CA.

    I'd recommend :
    Ocean Beach for those in San Diego area
    Tonasket/Kettle falls area in Washington State
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    Mon, May 24, 2010 - 3:02 AM
    So what IS a Hippie town? I see Berkley listed, and I remember that in the Summer of 1970 it ALREADY wasn't really. And in the '90s it SURE wasn't. Which is an awful shame, for the place where the Summer Of Love really happened. I guess for me it's the people there, not the place, and long haired hippie freaks are awfully hard to come across nowadays, no matter where you are. Live a good life went the way of struggling to make a living, free love, which really WAS about love, not just sex, went the way of deadly STDs, caring about people just 'cause they're people went someplace, probably ultimately had something to do with Republicans and Ronald Reagan, even though, strangely enough, he turned out to be a more mellow President than he'd been a Governor. The attitude is gone away, the community has disappeared, the love has dried up, and the hopes and dreams mostly never became reality, even though the "of course they're right and you can trust them, they're the government" zeitgeist DID get banished into the darkness it belonged in. But even that is creeping back, with everyone accepting things like the Patriot Act without even half understanding what it actually is and what it lets the government do, mainly because they think they personally are safe because "I'm not a terrorist", and they just don't realize that one does not have to be a terrorist, all it requires is that some federal agent claim that he SUSPECTS someone MAY BE CONNECTED somehow to terrorism, without ever having to present any evidence or having to prove anything at all to anyone, for someone to lose all of his supposed rights.

    OK, sorry, this wasn't meant to be some political rant, just an expression of sadness for things lost, probably never to be found again. And the Patriot Act isn't really the problem, it's just another symptom of things slipping backwards towards the '50s.

    And I guess, using a sort of "closest thing to it around nowadays" standard, you ought to add New Hope, Pennsylvania to the list.
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      Mon, May 24, 2010 - 3:46 AM
      my own philosophy: there are almost no "ex-hippies." it's not about the clothes or the hair, it's about attitude, and even when changing times and circumstances put many of us in situations where we had to, or chose to, take fairly ordinary jobs (or maybe we were "karma yogis" who found it part of our path,or go back to school, or cut our hair or shave our legs, or depend on conventional medicine, or acknowledge that "free love" wasn't quite as free and easy, or as loving, as we'd hoped. once you've embraced what I still consider the best of hippie values, they are part of you for life.
      I like being around "my people," which for me mean the ones who can see that it's still a pretty dress even if it;s become worn, and who say "right on" when you say, "Goodwill came through again!" when they admire an embroidered jacket. the ones who cheer for you when they ehar you just re-made friends with the former lover from whom you've been estranged for the last 30 years, and who don;t look at you as if you are a bizarre species for not watching television or for saving up your urine as a nitrogen source for your garden or for raising your child in a pretty much gender-neutral way and being open to any spiritual path, or none at all.
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        Wed, July 14, 2010 - 11:16 PM
        So happy to see this tribe is still going strong! I haven't written a tribe post in a very long time, so I am happy to see that something I created is still having lively discussion!
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          Wed, July 14, 2010 - 11:26 PM
          someone who recently joined our "hippiemuseum" yahoo!group lives in Mount Pleasant, MI where there is a strong old AMish influence and a bunch of countercultural stuff. sounds like a sweet little town, college town for Central Michigan U.
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    Tue, December 7, 2010 - 11:25 AM
    Puna on the Big Island, Hawaii.
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      Fri, January 14, 2011 - 8:45 AM
      Denver isnt so bad, i was just there for a widespread panic concert and everyone there was soooo friendly.. not just at the show but everyone i met around the city... i plan on moving there in the next few monthes... i mean how can it not be a hippie town.. marijuana is practically legal
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    Mon, May 30, 2011 - 10:22 AM
    FLOYD, VA - a gem in the Blue Ridge Mountains... and a great tribe settlement to call home. :)

    Anyone know of any East Coast Beach Hippie Towns?

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