The Best Hippie Towns in New England
Hippies still live among us. Some have long hair and dress weird, but some have real jobs and make a comfortable living.
What are hippies? They evolved in the late 60's as a flower power counterculture that dressed unconventionally, and chose not to conform with typical social norms. Some will say that Deadheads are the only true hippies left, but I say you don't need to be a Deadhead to be a true hippie.
NEW HAVEN - Yale University, with its big thinkers and intellectuals, was the center for political rallies back in the late 60's featuring Jerry Rubin, the Black Panthers, and Abbie Hoffman. New Haven was hippy-freakin' heaven man! Get this, Group W Bench is the oldest running head shop in the country.
UNITY is a town of 3,000 in Waldo County and is Maine's Hippyville. Unity is the home of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association and the Common Ground Country Fair. Unity college is the most liberal of all the liberal arts colleges because its entire curriculum is based around sustainability science, which I read about but still don't understand. Good luck.
NORTHAMPTON Massachusetts is a city of 29,000 and is know as the academic, artistic, musical, and countercultural mecca of the state. It's also been labeled the most politically liberal medium sized city in the country.
Thrillist.com has named KEENE, as the hippiest of the hip in New Hampshire. There is lots and lots of granola-ness in this city of 24,000, which is host to the Keene Music Festival and a large number of vegan restaurants.
The city of CHARLESTOWN has been named Rhode Island's hippest city in the state probably based soley on an area called The Fantastic Umbrella Factory. Charlestown also plays host to the Rhythm & Roots Festival and the Narragansett Tribe Pow-Wow.
BURLINGTON Vermont gets the nod as the best hippy city in this state. Why? Easy...Phish, Bernie Sanders, and Ben & Jerry's