Hippies from A to Z
by Skip Stone
The following is a list of places where there exists a sizable hippy
population, where there is tolerance towards hippies, where hippies are
free to pursue their lifestyle with community support. Whether you're looking
to visit or relocate, you can be sure there'll be places to stay, interesting
things to see and do, and lots of other hippies in these places. Since
most of these were posted on the site by visitors to Hippyland, I cannot
guarantee the accuracy of each report. You should check into these places
more before visiting and certainly before moving there! If you know of
any other places to add to this list please write to us -
"We've got lots of forests in North Alabama and sometimes a group called
the Rainbow People come to Mount Cheaha and harmonize with nature. There
are a great number of hippies living in the Calhoun County area; mainly
in Anniston, Oxford and Jacksonville, Alabama. If any hippies need somewhere
to move to, come on to Alabama. We have plenty of room and the people of
our land don't care what you look like."
"After spending the past few summers in the wonderful state of Alaska,
I must let you know that the entire state is a great place to be. All summer
long there are bluegrass shows, festivals and trips to be taken. Whether
you are into the Matanuska thunderfuck, fruity pebbles, or any of the other
delectables of the state, or just hitching around to see the land, you
surely are welcome no matter what you are. I've had more amazing experiences
in Alaska than I could ever imagine. My boyfriend and I hitched over a
thousand miles to Homer. We had no problems getting a ride. Jerry's twin
(right down to the nubby fingers) picked us up and let us camp in his front
yard, fed us strawberry daiquiris and smoked all night. Let everyone know
that Alaska is only part of the US because of it's government and monetary
units. Go and visit, you may never come back :)"
Delta Junction, Alaska - according to a contributor is the "highest
per capita weed smokin' community - about 85% of the town here does!"
Homer, Alaska - Located on the southern tip of the Kenai Peninsula
it's FULL of people living as they wish. Some in schoolbuses, some in cabins,
many w/o running water, electricity or with all the amenities, but the
hearts are full. There are people living off the grid and the entire town
is geared toward spirituality. The town of Homer has been called for many
years, 'the cosmic hamlet by the sea'. Check out available web sites...although
most of those are geared toward tourists. Do the bay...you will find many
interesting people living a conscious, purposeful life
Matanuska Valley, Alaska - Here grows the wonderful Matanuska
Thunder Fuck, people all over the country who have tried Alaskan weed beg
for more of this! Many laid back hippies moved to Alaska because marijuana
was legal until 1990.
Bisbee, Arizona - This small community really flourished when
the mining-company which owned the town bailed out in the mid-seventies
and hippies from all over moved in. There is a great community here, with
a co-op and lots of hippy artists living out in the desert. Check it out
for yourself! Have a brew and a few games of nine ball at the Bisbee Grand,
or play hacky sack in the grassy park in front of the mining museum right
Flagstaff, Arizona - a large community or family of hippies
came here for the diversity of "the kind" and other "party favors." With
the San Francisco Peaks and Sedona only twenty minutes away the opportunities
for adventure are endless.
Prescott, Arizona - The home of Prescott, University. You will
find a large number of artists, mountain bikers, hikers, and outdoorsmen
in this town, along with communes galore. Dancing circles of hippies beating
drums and enjoying life in the middle of the wilderness are seen on mountain
tops near here. People tell me that the university here is one of the most
open-minded in the world, and it offers a variety of alternative majors
(mountain climbing, kayaking, etc.) and the majority of students are studying
Sedona, Arizona - A hippie haven since before the Harmonic Convergence,
this little town grew way too big and unfortunately allowed Macdonald's
and other chains to destroy the charm. They say the vortexes are still
there, humming in the mountains and sacred secret places.
Tempe, Arizona - A visitor wrote us that "every Sunday there
is a gathering of kind brothers and sisters in Tempe at the Sail Inn. We
have been getting together for about two years for an afternoon of kind
vibes with the incredible Grateful Dead cover band Noodles. They play from
4:20 till? If you're ever in town, we would love to have you join us. Hope
to see ya sometime."
Tucson, Arizona - Home to the University of Arizona and a large
hippy population, Tucson is happening! 4th Avenue is a hangout with lots
of cool shops, cafes and clubs. The street occasionally gets transformed
into a huge Art Festival. There's usually some good music around town,
plus the nice climate and cheap smoke keeps everybody groovin'! That's
why some call it "TooStoned".
Arcata, California - "This is the best place to go if you're
a hippie.. well, besides the Haight-Ashbury. It's located in Humboldt County,
which is pretty well-known for it's marijuana growing. The community is
great, there are always festivals going on about the earth, such as the
Mushroom Fair, the Hemp Festival, North Country Fair, everything you can
imagine. I love it here! The people are so supportive of you.. they've
even made a law which states that women can indeed go topless around the
plaza in the centre of town. ; )
Arcata is a totally unreal place to check out and LIVE too! The rents
are cheap and it seems everyone is way laid back, with Humboldt next door
and being amongst the greatest redwoods in the world, how can you go wrong!"
Humboldt, California - "I Personally Don't Think You Emphasized
how Many Hippies And How Much Ganja There really Is Out in Humboldt, Humboldt
Is Like One Of The Main Places. We are the center of the "emerald triangle"...
need I say more?"
Mt. Shasta, California - "One of the most sacred places on earth.
Everyone is so totally kind. The mountain pours out its love and watches
over all its inhabitants. It snows for days in the winter, but in the summer
I go live in the woods and draw off the healing energies. Another kind
thing is that the cops realize that hippies are really laid back and we
do a lot for the community and keep it beautiful, therefore we all do well
living in harmony."
San Diego, California - Especially Ocean Beach, Encinitas areas.
Laid back mixture of surfers and hippies make for a cool scene. Check out
The Black a famous headshop in O.B. Also "blacks beach every full moon
at 8:00 p.m."
San Francisco, California - Is still happening, especially the
Haight-Asbury and Berkeley areas. The place where it all began in the Summer
of Love, 1967 and where it continues to this day.
Santa Cruz, California - "I'm not sure there is really a large
population of hippies IN Santa Cruz--it's kind of a melting pot of all
types of people--but if you're looking for some really beautiful scenery,
kind people, and totally peaceful chillin', head to one of the towns a
little bit north of Santa Cruz. Felton, Boulder Creek, Bonny Doon...it's
way mellow there, and everyone's basically into mother nature and their
brothers and sisters. It's also real close to the ocean. It's one of the
prettiest areas you can imagine...head there on your travels. You won't
Venice Beach, California - every Sunday people get together
and form a drum circle. "It's a hippie haven and it lasts until sunset.
Come visit us!"
Boulder, Colorado - "As one who has lived in and visited Boulder,
CO over the years, I must warn everybody not to judge a book by it's cover.
Sure, Boulder is a very hip & fun town, but times are changing. Due
to an ever-increasing influx of "hippies", Deadheads, Phishheads, etc.,
the local law enforcement has been cracking down on the free-spirited mentality
of our lifestyle. I have personally witnessed numerous human rights violations
& unnecessary arrests all stemming from pressure by the local government
& Boulder residents to "clean up the town". I mean, how many places
can you go where both you AND YOUR DOG get arrested in the same day?!!!
Don't laugh, because it has happened!"
Nederland, Colorado - 17 miles west, up the canyon from Boulder.
This town has old to young hippies from all over the country. Very awesome
music scene for a little mountain town (Leftover Salmon, etc...). "Majical
place." "Very kind in many ways."
Ellington, Connecticut - "Because, like there's a lot of hippies
here - it's a real trip man."
Newark, Delaware - this place is the home of the University
of Delaware. "Tons of hippies here. Most live on Madison which consists
of apartment/townhouses and this friendly group is very intelligent and
Orlando, Florida - "Gainesville is not all the bomb that you
say it is. it is not the "hippy capital" of phlorida. there are kydz there
cause there is a college. that's it. just a college. if there were no college,
the town would be non-existent. there are some nice kydz there, but no
family. they have some good shows maybe once a month. i live in Orlando.
it is mofuckin awesome! i have lived in many places and for about 6 mos.
in different places in phlorida. The "hippy capital" is definitely St.
Augustine. SUCH A fabulous family!! there's a beach, there's plenty of
places to sell crafts on the street all year round. there's tons of cool
shit like an old fort that you can trip around in and plenty of kynd folks.
not much of a nightlife unfortunately. They never have big name bands.
Orlando on the other hand is a mecca. we get awesome shows here pretty
regularly. we've got the house of blues, we've got a university, we're
an hour from the beach, an hour from Daytona Beach, not much further from
Gainesville, a little less from St. Augustine. we've got the big ekon river.
two drum circles every week. we've got the Orlando family. we've got the
Key West, Florida - "Despite the commercialism, the boat people
and street performers, still living the good life. The town is tolerant
of long hairs and pot is available from Jamaica. Love the town but there
are some drawbacks."
Atlanta, Georgia - "There is a certain area in Atlanta that
is known as Midtown which houses an area known as Little Five Points. This
is truly the hippie haven of the south - or at least Georgia. In this little
portion of town there are many body art and vintage shops, including a
favorite of the locals called Groovy Girls. Other odds and ends are sold
around here such as African drums, futons, and crystals. Just like the
goods that are sold here, the people are an assorted mixture as well. New
age Flower Children, aging Flower Children, skateboarders, and Rastafarians
line the streets daily. Drum circles are common practices here. Little
Five Points and the nearby Piedmont Park also host the Pot Festival every
Big Island and Kauai - Lots of growers here. Scene is low key
and laid back. Communes around. On Big Island, the hippies are all in the
Puna District mainly in the Pahoa area from Kalapana to Pahoa and from
Pahoa over to Volcano.
Maui, Hawaii - Still full of hippies living on the slopes of
Haleakela, the dormant volcano, in places like Kipahulu, Kula, Hana, Paia.
You'll need a few gold cards to visit here. This scene is expensive.
Moscow, Idaho - "You will find some of the most absolutely wonderful
people there! Besides the people, Moscow is the Mecca of outdoor activities
and being one with nature and life."
Bloomington, Indiana - "This town has a modest, but decent,
hippie community. At 4:20 (p.m.) at a park on 9th Street, there is a drum
circle. Also a cafe/restaurant called the Runcible Spoon is visited by
many hippies and other interesting people. A few hippies (roughly 6) work
there as well. The restaurant is located on 6th Street downtown. Across
the back parking lot of this restaurant is a little natural foods Co-op
store called Bloomingfoods, where many hippies are employed, and where
most hippies buy all their essentials. On Kirkwood Avenue, the most active
part of the downtown, there is a little shop called the Dharma Emporium,
owned and frequented by lots of groovy people. On Walnut Street, there
lies a shop called the Magic Bus, owned and operated by a bunch of hippies
that live in the back; kind and gentle folk. Also, the town of Bloomington
is mostly liberal, and there are a lot of interesting people. Just stay
away from the west side of town: this is a "thriving" commercial part of
town with no trees and a lot of new subdivisions. Bad, bad, bad."
Needmore, Indiana - "This is a tiny, tiny place way, way out
in the boonies, but an ideal location for a commune, wouldn't you say?
Yes, Lothlorien is the name of the place and is just south of Bloomington
a ways. Lothlorien is the beautiful location of many festivals throughout
the year, and they have an open season during which space can be reserved
for celebrations. Lovely, lovely place. Their website is: http://www.kiva.net/~elf
Quad Cities, Iowa - "We have started a small hippie community.
Our Rainbow Family has potlucks every other Sunday campouts every month
Lawrence, Kansas - "The place is very chill and down to earth.
As much as marijuana seems to be a symbol of hippydom, i would have to
say that Lawrence grows some of the finer buds in the states, of course
next to Oregon and Boulder."
Louisville, Kentucky - "Bardstown Road is a large street where
you can not only find hippies, but every kind of person there is. The best
parts of Bardstown Road stretch for about 3 miles. It's lined with eclectic
shops, head and hemp and beads and vintage clothing...as well as vegetarian
cuisine. It's a great place to just take a walk. It really does look like
it's straight out of 1968. There are great coffee shops with outdoor cafes,
"gently used" book stores, instrument and record shops, head shops, vintage
clothing stores, specialty stores and everything in between. It's absolutely
the best place in Louisville to visit!!!"
"There is a happy thriving hippie community here. Cherokee Park is
home to many drummers and smokers. This city also has a solid gay community,
and a well-known affinity for birthing original bands--there are very many
opportunities for budding musicians to meet like-minded folks...Also many
poets and artists claim Louisville for their home. It is groovy."
Industry, Maine - "Plenty of old hippies, die hard hippies,
new hippies and a bunch of drunk ones too you. Ever hear of Hempstock?
That's in the town right next to us. Then Harvestfest isn't too far away
Starks, Maine - "Home of the annual HEMPSTOCK. More than 30
bands will play through-out the weekend of August 14th...many local bands.......There
were no reported arrests last year !!!! And everyone is Hippie like up
there in Maine anyway..."
Mount Rainier, Maryland - "A funky little town near DC that
literally hasn't changed since the 60's. Or if it has, the resemblance
has gotten even closer. Since there's a major African American presence
it has a somewhat Rastafarian ambiance. Check out the Glut Food Co-op (started
by Marxists in 1969), the Eye Opener coffee shop (owned by a Deadhead)
and the used furniture / alternative health stores. Possibly the cheapest
place you can live between the mountains and the Chesapeake, if you're
Takoma Park, DC/Maryland - "Takoma Park is known as the Berkeley
of the East. Competitors, we're more modest than that, please challenge
us to greatness. DC is famous for being the most politically liberal big
city, but then it's also famous for being the nexus of the Counter-Counter-Culture
(it's actually hip to be drug free here, though you can do just about anything
in public and still get elected to high office), so you may be wondering,
where do hippies fit in? As it happens, Takoma Park is not the sad, commercialized,
isolated enclave of hipness that you find in most big cities. It is at
the geographic heart of a wreath of easygoing, progressive, really racially
integrated, communities. Which is why we've escaped gentrification and
"hip"-ization & remain a low-key, 70's style small town. White-bread
hipsters with racial jones beware.
Hippiedom here is not about commercial lifestyle. It's part of the
culture. Nobody moves here for the shopping or arts, but very large percentages
of the populations are vegetarians, recyclers, renters, non-car owners,
members of the two co-ops. We cheer on the annual Reel mower Brigade in
their efforts to ban gas lawnmowers. To benefit our large illegal alien
population, who can vote, we have a tradition of hiring police chiefs committed
to not cooperating with the IMF. Bizarrely, we're also a mecca for evangelicals
and libertarians who share a similar political zeal and fondness for natural
food - one of the organic co-ops is the world's largest Christian book
store, and the other is staffed by ex-Maoists. There aren't many tensions
in the community, though. Our favorite mayor was a ninety yr. old Socialist.
Anyhow, we used to have two wild roosters, but one got run over. You can
hear the other one crowing behind the boarding houses downtown, between
the House of Musical Traditions and the Metaphysical Chapel, on the spring
solstice when the Foggy Bottom Morris Men gather to dance the sun up.
Definitely a community for longtime residents & hippies-at-heart;
fair-weather hippies will get bored and move to some overrated part of
DC. We've already got too many yuppies, most of whom were still hippies
before they moved here and got a job teaching at the Jane Goodall Institute
or Nuclear Environmental Research group or something similar in town, so
I guess they're okay."
Amherst, Massachuesetts - "Home to the annual "Extravaganja"
festival, Amherst residents are about to vote on a decriminalization of
marijuana referendum. Amherst boasts a huge student population -- from
Amherst College, Hampshire College, and UMass-- and is less than 10 minutes
from Northampton, another hippy haven. Great concerts and shows, wonderful
cheap restaurants, and an extremely liberal community."
Northampton, Massachuesetts - "Great place for hippies and hippie-types.
Tolerant largely gay community welcomes "alternative people". Love the
place! Lots of hippie shops and restaurants too!!"
West Newbury and Newburyport, Massachuesetts - "are filled with
tons of young hippies. In Newburyport there are a lot of cool little coffee
houses located on an old 1800 waterfront. Many places to toke up and everything
is always readily available. People such as Toots and the Maytalls, Livingston
Taylor (James' bro) and David Grisman have performed in this small town."
Ann Arbor, Michigan - "There is a Hash Bash every year there
and so many hippies come. Ann Arbor is a great place."
Saugatuck, Michigan - "This is truly a hip community, located
along the shores of beautiful Lake Michigan, surrounded by picturesque
sand dunes. Saugatuck is the epicenter of many western Michigan coastal
communities offering a very laid-back chilled atmosphere, and amongst the
population you will find an immense multitude of artists and a majority
of open-minded people. The downtown is very eclectic, with many far-out
shops, including the popular Shakedown Street, offering a variety of Grateful
Dead and hippy-related merchandise. Coffee shops are also quite abundant
here. There's also a lot of very cool natural attractions, such as Mt.
Baldhead and Oval Beach. The entire scene here reeks of peace. I must say
that this town is the ultimate chill-spot."
St. Louis, Missouri - "There is a substantial hippie community
that exists on St. Louis' South Side around the area of South Grand Avenue.
There is also another older, but growing hippie enclave in a close-in suburb
of St. Louis. Known as the University City Loop along 10 blocks of Delmar
Boulevard, the area is hopping with hippie-run shops and vendor stands."
Columbia, Missouri - Downtown Peace Park and Peace Nook
Westport, Missouri - "Missouri has more then two hippy hangouts (gasp!).
Westport's a very cool place. It has head shops, VW buses, and lots of
Missoula, Montana - "...is a hip place with many hippies. Its
population is small so everything is laid back. It's very similar to Eugene
Oregon, but without the rain. There are a lot of hippy stores and vegetarian
restaurants. The town lies over a pretty river and is next to a large mountain
so many people hike, bike, hunt shrooms and river raft. Missoula is also
the home of Plunker, one of the founders of the Rainbow Nation."
Omaha, Nebraska "...is a pretty phun li'l town. Pretty good
family. There are NO CLUBS there, so those annoying clubkids are not even
present (woo-hoo!). They'll introduce you to a real rave, which everyone
should experience. Omaha also has the oldmarket which is downtown and a
fun place to hang out day and night with a park to the east, the Big Slides
(extreme amounts of child-like fun) on the north, the abandoned warehouses
are also right near where the parties rage at night. Lots of grassroots
organizations are sprouting up. Definitely worth checking out if you're
traveling through to Boulder or somewhere."
Taos, New Mexico - "I went to Taos, New Mexico last summer and
found the place swarming with beautiful people. There are a few communes
right outside of town... where Easy Rider was filmed. Lots of freaks around
and so much to learn from each other... ecstacy. A bit touristy, but not
too corrupt with society."
Silver City, New Mexico - is a hippy mecca. They have loads of
herbal stores in the city with "classes" on locating and identifying local
herbs. Their co-op bulletin board is loaded with new age info. They have
drum circles and a number of communes within 25 miles of the city, some
better than others. Don't forget to ask about the hot springs.
Ithaca, New York - "...has one of the largest hippie populations
in New York State. It has natural beauty and is crawling with old and new
hippies. It's home to many communes, head shops, natural groceries, drum
circles, and kind bud. Ithaca has a sizeable college population."
New Paltz, New York - Home to State University of NY at New
Paltz, this small town has a sizable hippy community as well as students.
The young feeling is a refreshing change from upstate NY's older crowd.
"There are just as many real hippies there as there are in Woodstock, N.Y.
I know this because I am a long hair dreded hippy that lives near by both
of these locations. The good thing about New Paltz is that it isn't nearly
as hyped up as Woodstock. This provides for a nice relaxing atmosphere."
Tonawanda, New York - "There is a lot of hippies in Tonawanda
NY. We have protested so many times and when we used to be the Lumber Capital
of the world, we made them stop cutting the trees down, and we saved a
lot of trees."
Woodstock, New York - Not the actual location of the famous
festival (that is Bethel, N.Y.), and a bit of a tourist trap, but yes,
lots of hippies live here.
Asheville, North Carolina "...is undoubtedly one of the kindest
places on the East Coast. Nice nuggets, a lively and experimental music
scene, and the overall friendly atmosphere make this town a must for nomadic
freaky friends! I'll see you when I roll through town."
Yellow Springs, Ohio - (east of Dayton) pop. 10,000 "Home of
the Ivy League Antioch College, head shops, hemp and Earth Friendly clothing
and jewelry stores, several music stores (one specializing in hand made
drums) and several specialty gift stores. One of Dayton's biggest hippie
Columbus, Ohio - pop. 2,500,000. High Street @ Ohio State University
(Largest University in the US, 70,000 students) dozens of head shops, 100's
of specialty stores including 50 record and tape stores (tons of used)
dozens of hemp clothing stores.
Waynesville, Ohio - "Near Fairborn. The Renaissance Festival. Hippies
everywhere you look and lots of stuff about medieval times.... you can
buy clothes and different things. It's a great place to meet people and
everyone shares everything."
Just about Any city in Oregon West of the Cascade Mountains is a Hippy
Haven. Oregon is the only state where hippies enjoy a majority at the voting
booths come election time. There's a saying going around "Hippies don't
die. They just move to Oregon." During the past few years hippies have
been moving to Oregon in droves because there's employment for hippies
here, and we hippies can go full out in our glad rags in public view with
out being accosted, laughed at or put down. Oregon is a true hippy Haven.
Under an oz. of pot isn't illegal here. It's only a civil fine that would
cost you $500.
Corvallis, Oregon - Corvallis, Oregon has a lot of hippies.
"There are so many coffee shops and bookstores to see them at. The waterfront
is a wonderful place to sit and enjoy if you are a hippy."
Eugene, Oregon - Near the site of the Oregon Country Faire (each
July) where each year hippies gather to celebrate their hippiness. Home
to the University of Oregon, many cooperatives, communes galore, a real
cool Saturday Market, and eco-consciousness.
Portland, Oregon - is a wonderful place that is very tolerant
of hippie-types. Plenty of great people, and home to some great places,
such as the nationally famous Saturday Market, a great place to meet people
and just chill on the waterfront.
New Hope, Pennsylvania - There are a whole lot of hippies there
and lots of shops. It's on a river and there's a smaller one within it.
Many, many shops a lot of artwork, nice places to eat (Places you can eat
lunch outside by the river and exotic flavor ice creams)."
The Rainbow Gathering
This movable community of Rainbow Family members gathers for a few
weeks each year in some remote location. Check out their web page for more
Hilton Head, South Carolina - "Everybody on this li'l tourist
island is flowing. There's a small, but vivid hippie population, who tend
to gather at Looce Lucy's or Black Market Minerals in Coligny Plaza, and
The Hemp Seed off Sea Pines Circle. Unless you're at the high school, nobody
is a hassler. It's good as far as South Carolina goes, I'd say haul your
asses down here for a little peace on the beach."
Spartanburg, South Carolina - "It's a medium size city in Upstate
SC. I grew up on the east side with tons of hippies. Our parents were the
original flower children and for the most part raised us in true hippie
fashion. There isn't a lot for teenagers to do in Spartanburg, but we make
do. One of our favorite places to hang out is Pill Hill, a park near the
high school. Anyway Spartanburg is a nice city, kind of boring, but definitely
full of hippies."
The Farm, http://thefarm.org, Summertown, Tennessee - This commune
founded by hippies including Stephen Gaskin, has pioneered the hippie communal
lifestyle. Check out their website for more info! For a good history of
The Farm see the Vegetarian Times story http://www.thefarm.org/general/vt95.html
Austin, Texas - "the second largest vegetarian population in
the nation....along with some great scenery here in the hill country. People
should check it out. My older brother lives there, and works as a chef.
Almost every night we get 2 or 3 bucks from each of his roommates, head
up to Central Market and get tons of fresh fruit, vegetables, etc. - and
have a giant veggie-kabob for dinner. It feeds everyone and also provides
for a great way to get together at night in the backyard and just hang
out. Barton Creek Park is another great hangout - it's a linear park that
follows Barton Creek - along the cliff walls there are several caves for
exploring... just a totally surreal environment. Everyone in Austin just
seems so mellow and content, i wish i could live there - but for now I'll
just be happy with visiting...."
"Hey, there are more than Mormons in Utah! Check out Moab sometime,
you'll find plenty of hippies there!"
"There aren't that many hippies but there is weed everywhere!!! And
a lot of other drugs. What else is there to do up here?"
Burlington, Vermont - "on Church Street is the coolest place
to be. There's varieties of people including hippies, mostly new hippies.
There's also a restaurant type place off Church Street called Necters,
which is where all the bands eat when they come to play down the street
at Club Toast. Necters serves the most addicting gravy fries you will ever
eat. Bands such as Phish, Belizbeha, and tons of others eat there. There's
also really cool places to shop, and there's a green which is the hippies
Floyd, Virginia - "Having grown up in the Blue Ridge, I am fortunate
enough to have been thoroughly familiarized with the hippie pilgrimage
that has taken place since the early 70's.....and they're all still heading
to Floyd county. I believe there must be upwards of 10 intentional communities
up on the beautiful plateau where Floyd County is situated and the numbers
are ever growing. The nice thing, too, is that the population is fairly
consistent, that is to say that it's not really too transient. People go
there and they tend to stay. It's amazingly beautiful, and I'm so glad
that it's just right outside my back door."
"There is a large hippie community in Northeast Washington especially
around the small town of Republic and Northern Stevens county."
Bellingham, Washington -"This beautiful place is an island of hip folk
in the Northwest."
Olympia, Washington - "Old and young hippies hanging out among
the earth and animal friendly paradise in the Northwest. Veggie restaurants
Orcas Island, Washington - "In the San Juan Islands. It's an
old hippy commune where many hippies still go. It's a campsite so if you're
looking for vacation, it's definitely the place."
Seattle, Washington - "I moved here two years ago from LA and
find this town to be the most hip place on the west coast. From Fremont
to Belltown, from Pike Place to Capital Hill, Seattle is what's happening."
Morgantown, West Virginia - "Downtown on High Street and surrounding
areas are two REALLY good head shops...The Den and Cool Ridge, several
coffee shops, including The Blue Moose (the best bohemian coffee shop}.
There's also a really good bead shop, comic shops, bike shops, and bunches
of restaurants. In West Va. anywhere long hair is the norm, (I even worked
at Monkey Wards w/shoulder-length hair) and there are lots of long-haired
self-sufficient types living in the woods with sweat lodges, drumming parties,
outhouses, log homes, herb gardens, and co-ops."
Madison, Wisconsin - "A beautiful downtown, with a beautiful
university right on the lake, lots of housing co-ops, and really friendly
and nice people. People from Wisconsin tend to be slightly dingy, and Madison
is considered to be the craziest town in the state (it's also the state
capital) - but it's the right kind of crazy, in my opinion. The only drawback
is that it gets a little cold there in winter."
"Madison is a VERY groovy place, and state street is chock full of head
shops/coffee shops/every shop that deviates from the norm that you can
think of......there is even a Nepali restaurant that I loved....also loads
of interesting people throughout the town. I
couldn't believe how many street performers I saw, there were devil-sticks
flying everywhere and lone saxophonists filling up the empty alleyways,
soothing your mind like a mental Halls cough drop."
Vancouver, Victoria and Nelson, Canada - "(A.K.A. hippytown
in the boonies)? Vancouver is the founding city of Greenpeace, and our
mainstream neighbours to the south (of course not including you marvelous
and open-minded brothers + sisters) call us Columbia of the north! AND
WE'VE LEGALIZED HEMP TOO!"
Tofino, British Columbia, Canada - "It's right on the ocean,
and I have never seen so many free spirited, beautiful people in my life.
Everyone was so kind to everyone. Lots of free flowing clothes and flowers.
You're always near a beach for a picnic, or just lounging. My guitar was
quite welcome there. Tofino is not particularly friendly since the locals
are inundated with the mass influx of tourists every year, so they have
become somewhat immune to outsiders."
Kitchener Ontario Canada - "Hippies roam the streets of Kitchener
and especially Cambridge. We are up there along with the freaks and jocks,
geeks and the boring ones. Hippies are the best, with our butterfly shirts
and bell-bottoms, we have our own twists to the 60's fashions."
In response another visitor wrote:
"Thought I'd add a note to what our obviously young friend above has
said, the scene here is extremely diversified, there is much to do see
and experience. I have jokingly referred to Kitchener for years as the
Berkley of Canada. For some strange reason this little city is a drawing
card for hippies. But don't show up expecting chaos and revolution in the
air, because for the ten years I've lived here, most of what I've seen
is behind the scenes, although the older hippie and deadhead community
here threw some of the biggest bashes going."
The Gulf Islands B.C. Canada - "particularly Gabriola, Hornby
and Cortes. Enchanted, laid-back, new-age. Hornby Island does in fact have
hippies. However, the island has become overcrowded and increasingly slick
and commercial. Not so "groovy" now. Cortes Island, which is rather remote
and is a pleasant looking place, was inundated by marine radiation dumps
from government ships about 30 years ago before pollution regulations were
enforced. Many people on this island have developed cancer as a result
of this, including the majority of the local police department who regularly
patrol the area. Under no conditions, would I ever choose to live there,
as a hippy."
Joussard, Alberta, Canada, Location of the NORTH COUNTRY FAIR.
"Each summer on June 20-23 (sometimes on the 19th, depending which one
falls on Friday) there is a Summer Solstice Celebration held in this little
northern Alberta town. Hippies and free spirits alike come from all over
to enjoy this wonderful enlightening experience of live music, new age
work-shops, dancing and of course the artisan market. Situated beside the
Lesser Slave Lake, there are many great places to camp on and off the fair
site. It's like taking a step back in time, if only for one memorable weekend
a year, to see beautiful people join together and celebrate the longest
day of the year. This year is the 20th celebration of the North Country
Fair and it will surely be a huge gathering of the free."
Sherbrooke and Lennoxville, Quebec, Canada - "the townships are
also the most English place in Quebec. Many old and younger hippies live
out in the country here. There's also been a few sizeable communes, one
of them mysteriously gone leaving all their stuff behind."
Montreal and Quebec, Canada - "also have huge countercultural
activity. If you're looking for cheap drugs you've come to the right place.
Rent is super cheap, but jobs may not be available."
"Just want to add a note about Montreal. This is a city with a lot
of Spirit. It's a place where freedom and individuality are cherished.
Where people can still get by doing their art & music. Where hundreds
of drummers and dancers meet on the mountain to celebrate regularly. Where
you can always find a good veggie meal, and share a spliff on the street
with a friend. Many Rainbow Family folks here too."
Mexico - Long an escape for the gringos, still an interesting
country to visit from Baha to the Yucatan, lots of places to explore and
Maruata, Mexico - "On the coast of Michoacan, Maruata has been
a mecca for some time now. The big Parties are Christmas and Easter. No
hotels, only camping. Lots of drums and other music. The locals are Nahuatl
Indians, and extremely friendly. Best beach on the West Coast of Mexico.
Good herb for around five dollars an ounce, plus the occasional peyote
surprise. Please bring sheets of blotter acid, there's always a terrible
shortage. Things are a bit weird since the gathering of '95-'96 but there's
always room for a few more freaks."
Zipolite, Mexico - "I was there maybe 3 years ago and it was
the best most beautiful hippy place ever. Hammocks on the beach $1 a night.
Grass can be ordered and delivered from ones hammock. Food is great too.
Strong waves - watch it! Nice sunsets."
Costa Rica - "is a way cool place. There are many kind nature
spirits there. Hey, every time someone greets you they say "Pura Vida"
(pure life). Just that line shows you that the country is totally at peace."
"What can I say except for that this is the ultimate haven for anyone
who has grasped peace and knows how to live life to the fullest.....Pura
Vida (pure life) is not only the universal greeting, but it's a great substitute
for "cool". (My bus driver Rodrigo used it that way). The people are very
hip here. Incredible atmosphere......and the food is the best I've ever
Guatemala - Lots of hippies live in communities here. Mayans
are very cool people, but check with the State Department for warnings,
as occasionally there is political violence in certain areas.
Tikal, Guatemala - A very important hippy ancient Maya site.
Stay on the island when in Flores. The town is a bit rough. Tikal is beautiful,
make sure you go out into the jungles where you can see so many monkeys!
The grass is top quality there too. But sometimes climbing those pyramids
can be a bit of a scary experience, especially when remembering that they
were built extra steep just so when you were thrown down the steps you
weren't going to stop till you hit the bottom!"
Amsterdam, Holland - THE hippy center of Europe. Marijuana sold
legally in more than 400 coffeeshops, a long history of tolerance, beautiful
old city, great vibes everywhere, and yes the friendly Dutch speak English.
Hippie Heaven! Lots of headshops, smartshops, rave venues, hip fashions,
museums and concerts. The Vondelpark has been a gathering place for hippies
since the 60s. Please see our Hip Guide to Amsterdam at http://hipplanet.com/amsterdam/amsterdam.htm
for lots more info.
Belgium - "I moved from Brussels to the little town of Mesnil
Eglise (yes, Belgium) and see from the 75 habitants half of them are old
and new tekno-hippies. From the solar energy professor to artists and bio
food producers all invite friends to spend the summer in the woods of the
Ardennes. This makes a lot of people smokin' and roamin' the 3 streets
of the village... The melting pot with the original farmers worked well
out during the last 25 years."
Prague, Czech Republic - "The capital of Czech republic is also
a capital of hippie life-forms here in Czech and also for a quite a lot
of them from other countries. Mary Jane is not legal, but there are a lot
of small clubs, organizing the festivals, concerts, theatre and a lot of
other actions, where the MJ smoke is tolerated. It has a kind of legality
as by our law you can smoke it, but can not grow it, trade it etc."
The Greek Islands - European hippies flock to dozens of islands
in the summer. Hot spots are Ios, Santorini, and Crete. "Other really hot
places in the Greek Islands are Paros and AntiParos. The two islands are
half an hour from one another. I live in Greece so I know the really cool
places. There you can find a lot of Hippies, ( French, English and Greek
Christiania, Copenhagen, Denmark - "is a free-city and the ultimate
hippie haven in Europe, after Amsterdam, of course. In Kristiania you can
smoke dope as much as you please and the city is very beautiful with many
attractions and a lot of young people... among the hippies most popular
rock band Gasolin. For more info, check out www.christiania.org "
Helsinki, Finland - "There is a small hippie-community here too...
Not a big one, but a GREAT one... As said here before, there's a lot going
on in Kaisaniemi Park, but also in Koff Park, where at night you can hear
the congas and really get (high) into the spirit of Helsinki. Just in the
neighbourhood where I live, Kallio, there are loads of hippie parties,
smoky living rooms and little peaceful parks. Of course, because of the
cold winters, there's really no life after summer... but I highly recommend
Finland from May to Septemberů"
"If you want to have really psychedelic vibrations in Finland, please
visit in Kaisaniemi´s Park in Helsinki. Lots of nice people, well,
only in summertime, sadly. Bring your own shaman drum and enjoy... But
be careful, the cops are not very friendly here."
"There is a huge hippy movement here started about 2 years ago. There
are only 5 million people in Finland and 18% of the youth are on drugs,
mostly ganja. I am very proud of the hippy movement here. You can spot
the hippies here. If you dress like them they more than likely will offer
you a joint!!"
Geneva, Switzerland - "It's a real hip city... Pot is almost
legal here now, the town's full of somehow-illegal-but-tolerated places
where you can sit, listen to some really cool music while rolling a nice
one and have a beer for a couple of coins... Hey, it's a great place! And
it ain't THAT expensive. Less than Paris! The best is in summer, at the
end of July. There's a huge open air festival which really looks like a
small Woodstock...Same spirit (almost) and lots and lots of friendly people
who are just there for the music, the spirit and the party... It lasts
for a week. It's the PALEO festival and I think you guys should get to
Spain - Spain is the European country that is closest to Morocco,
with more than 1500 years of cannabis and hash smoking history. "Here are
a couple of places in Spain that you NEED to visit:
Altea (in the province of Alicante)- Paradise! A beautiful little
Mediterranean town where everyone's as free as he wants to get.... Don't
miss "Franky`s Place", in Benidorm (just 5 miles away), a little 20 year
old semi-underground bar where you can find the "relax" and good music,
having a peaceful smoke.
Ibiza (Mediterranean Island, 75 N. miles out of Spanish Coast)
This is THE place. Ibiza is the big party scene. Lots of young beautiful
people, music, beaches, etc."
Thailand - A beautiful, friendly, tolerant country (it is full
of Buddhists after all). Unfortunately economic development and unbridled
tourism has deformed this country. Check out Ko Samui or Ko Phanghan for
a real getaway. Stay away from Bangkok, Pattaya and Phuket. Chaing Mai
too has changed for the worse. The hill tribes of the north are worth a
Bali, Indonesia - The beauty of this island is surpassed only
by the beauty of the people and their Hindu/animistic culture. A mecca
for hippies! Ubud is a great place to base. Give Kuta Beach a wide berth
unless you like surfing, shopping and getting hounded.
India - A hundred lifetimes is not enough to absorb the culture,
the land and the people of this amazing country. Many a seeker has found
nirvana here. Goa is one of many places where hippies congregate. Other
groovy places are Kerala State in the south, full of canals, Rajastan,
deserts and forts, Benares if you want to get holy, the foothills of the
Himalayas to get high on the mountains and charas.
The Himalayas - "There are hippies everywhere, man! Well, in
India anyway. I was there from January to June and they seem to be most
concentrated in the Himalayas. You can find people high on all sorts of
drugs, including the awesome sight of the mountains covered in snow (it
was my first time in the snow, by the way and my somewhat awkward attempts
at walking up and down the slopes generated a few laughs from the stoned
ones). I was told that being in India is like being stoned without having
to smoke anything. It is true! If you're a real hippy you won't want to
go to Goa, find your own piece of hippy heaven like I did, (unless you
really MUST go to Goa!). My advice for hippies is GO NOW!"
Japan - Shimo-Kitazawa, Tokyo - "This is a great little
hippy part of Tokyo, no cars, lots of nice shops and restaurants, home
of Tokyo's first hemp shop and hemp restaurant, also did you know that
it is legal to sell mushrooms in Japan? Just look outside the station here!
Hokkaido is Japans North Island and is a nature paradise. It also has lots
of wild hemp growing, some of which is quite smokable apparently. Japan
Alps - during the summer it hosts lots of outdoor festivals and rave parties.
These are real hippy congregations - people you don't see too often in
Japan they suddenly appear. Where do they live?!"
Australia - Many communes in the bush, some small hippie communities.
Australians now spend more money on marijuana than on wine, and almost
as much as BEER! How things have changed down under!
Byron Bay, Australia - The "Hippie Capital" of Australia is a
place called Byron Bay (look it up!) which is situated at the top of New
South Wales, near Brisbane. Byron Bay and surrounding towns like Nimbin,
Mullumbimby, and Lismore are absolute havens for the alternative, new-age
New Zealand - Reports of hippies here and there. Kiwis are known
for their friendliness and hospitality. Hippies can be found in the Coromandel,
which is a peninsula just kind of across from Auckland. In Nelson at the
top of the south island there are little communities of hippies scattered
Waiheke Island, New Zealand - a 35 minute ferry ride from the
nations largest city of Auckland. (1.1 million people). With a population
of about 5000, Waiheke Island is very popular with those who want to live
closer to nature.
The Caribbean - The laidback island lifestyle attracts many
hippies. Warm weather, beaches and life in the slow lane finds hippies
in the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, St. Martin, the Grenadines, Jamaica
and other tropical ports.
Bulls Bay, Jamaica..... "love--guavajelly "
Dahab, Egypt - "Dahab is a small Bedouin village located at the
East Coast of the Sinai desert. Since the 70's, it's full of hippie and
vagabond types. The atmosphere of the place is really nice and laidback
with great music like ambient techno, reggae, 60s rock playing every where.
There are several campgrounds where you can stay at rates around 1$ per
night. In most restaurants you lay or sit on the floor on carpets and pillows,
outdoors or indoors just by the Red Sea. There are great coral reefs a
couple of meters from the shore, so many people come here for the diving.
Other activities are desert excursions to oases or Mt. Sinai, wind surfing,
cheap grass, desert parties, backgammon etc. Definitely a place to visit.
Dahab is a very, very special place. Those who like Amsterdam should go
to Dahab in winter (Christmas, New Year). Many Divers, Surfers, Trampers.
Most of them smoke, even the policeman, Bedouin people and taxi drivers
are stoned. The desert is great. Imagine riding on a camel and smoking
good stuff. Then go in the water and enjoy the fish!"
Nile River, Egypt - "Felucca (type of boat) on the river Nile
can be a most pleasant experience. They fit up to 8, so make sure you are
in with the right sort. The captain rolls the joints as its tough with
Egyptian papers having no gum. He cooks good chow too. And you have never
EVER seen a sunset like the one from a small little boat peacefully going
up the Nile. We ordered our boat from the Bob Marley Hotel run by Mohammed
Bob, he's a bit of a schemer but he's got plenty of ganja."
Israel - "Many hippies live here in the Holy Land. The only westernized
country where communes are part of the system."
Morocco - Once part of the hippy trail from Marrakech to the
Rif Mountains, Morocco is still an interesting place to visit. Hip, laid
back, places are Chefchaouen and Essaouira. Morocco is cheap and the hashish
is excellent. Be aware of the local customs and act appropriately. See
the Hip Guide to Morocco, http://hipplanet.com/morocco/hipmorocco.htm for
some first hand experiences and great photos!
Turkey - Perhaps the hottest destination for Europeans these
days (it's cheap!). This friendly country has much to offer, including
great beaches, culture, and shopping. Again, toe the line - remember the
movie "Midnight Express"!
South Africa - "If you're looking for hippies South Africa has
got them. Cape Town especially hosts a large hippy community, here we have
the famous Green Market Square where hippies sell their creation from clothes
to paintings. Every year from late June into early July thousands of people
make their way to Grahmstown, a small town in the middle of nowhere, for
the Grahmstown festival. Every hippy in the country winds up there sometime
time during the 2-week festival. The festival is actually an arts festival
where plays of all kinds (from miming to Shakespeare) can be seen, but
along with the abundant actors come the hippies, hoping to make a profit
off the large crowds of tourists and catch a few laughs at one of the many
comedy plays. The entire town consists of two main streets and several
theatre houses, what space is not being used for makeshift stages is a
hippy market the size of a football field. All those who have been to one
of the annual Grahmstown festivals agree on one thing; it gets better every
year. As more and more people come and the hordes of hippies become uncountable
the atmosphere seems to grow in a unique feeling of appreciation for the
newfound peace in this unstable country. As I returned home to Cape Town
after the latest festival I realized that I met more humane people from
all over South Africa than I had in years of travel. It's an experience
of a lifetime not to be missed."
Rustlers Valley, South Africa - "This is a place where people
come together in peace and celebrate life, arts and music. There is also
a permanent community there. They have recently had a disaster. A fire
destroyed most of their infrastructure, but they are rebuilding. To find
out more info about this magical place visit their website www.rustlers.co.za."
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