As long as I've been a Dead Head, which is coming up on 30 years now, it's been a running joke with my friends that we would all eventually go off together and retire to the old hippies' home. Now, of course, we're about ready for the old hippies' home, for real.
So, where should people like us (which encompasses a pretty diverse demographic!) retire to?
You could try Austin. Bit of an attitude adjustment in Texas. And it is not cold in the winter but it is hot as hell in the summer. But even then the Barton Springs is a great place to hang out and sell your leather goods when you need relief.
Like the colder weather? Madison, Wi. is a great town with great folks of our kind. Another town in that colder arc is Missoula, Montana. It's a small town and you definitely need to have your living figured out but it is definitely the right scale to be ultimately liveable.
Wanna do Cali? Try Arcata - though I don't know how it has changed since the pot revolution.
Southeast? Asheville, NC had a rainbow population last time I was through. It is a sweet little city but it is in NC, which is a challenging thing at times.
Don't tell me these towns ain't got no heart - just gotta poke around.
I too am looking to find my new home for the later years of this life. I have been blessed with acres in the Pocono Mountains, and it is beautiful, but damn I am tired of hauling firewood to stay warm in winter. Looking for a nice warm hippy friendly kind of town,, where I can have a garden, sell my jewelry, and just live simply... aor maybe a responsible helpful hippie to help out for now....
21 rooms but one will do (in the mountains, by a stream filled with trout, overlooking a meadow filled with flowers and deer and elk surrounded by an aspen tree grove)
"Here's my half a dollar if you dare .. double twist when you hit the air. Look at Julie down below .. the levee doing the dopaso"
So odd to run across this Topic! Thanks Marye :) Was gifted this book last month. I think the gifter thought the book was actually about Jimi... NOPE!
An old folks home in Cali. filled with a good number of Old School Hippies... Even have tables in the dining Hall , unspoken of course, ~The Haight, BC & The Haight, After the Summer of Love. I think the storyline gets a bit far fetched, all that damn under the table sucrets tin sharin Viagra.. but kept me thinking well past the end of the book. Spunky bunch no doubt~ Revolt was indeed near &as always, beware of Nurse Ratched
Grateful Meadows & TL's hideaway sound MUCH Kynder :)
on Craigslist or some such, there comes up for sale something like an old Boy Scout camp or family compound with numerous small houses on a small chunk of land. I think that would be a good option if you had a group of folks together.
...Of which I am one. My wife, who I have 6 years on, and I have been discussing this idea more and more. All the points brought up are great, especially the cultural disadvantage of country vs. city vs. pocketbook. We too are folks that like to be near the ocean and love animals. My wife attended Sonoma State and then lived in SF in the early seventies. She sold leather goods on Telegraph Ave for a spell. I am originally an east coaster (Miami) but have lived in the LA area (Venice and now Playa Del Rey for over 25 years. Our favorite city is SF and the Bay area and we have friends in Oakland. Our dream would be to retire to the bay area, but like you said Marye...the price and abilty to make a buck presents a great obstacle in that regard. Of course, LA isn't much better so we see ourselves having to split from here eventually too. We have been to Portland and Eugene and considered that area. I really like the Pacific Northwest for the vibe and geographics. We have also considered parts of Washington State, like the peninsula and Bellingham, but don't know much about the area re culture, political climate, etc. Eugene would be ultra cool because of MG and Babbs and the old Prankster presence. My wife thinks it's too far from water though. I would really like to be around a bunch of old hippies and being around too many consrvatives would not bode well for my aging bones and psyche. We couldn't handle it, so the search continues. I do love the idea of land inhabited by old deadheads. Maybe a lot of acrerage with affordable cabins for sale in different parts of the country to accomodate all geographic tastes and budgets.
Moved from southern New England to NC at the height of the housing bubble. The house I bought in NC would have cost at least double/double-and-a-half at the time up north. Even with the crash, it's obvious that I couldn't afford to go back...this move is irrevocable!
So maybe I plan to retire here, assuming I can keep my job/am not forced to move. Which, some days seems to be as much a pipe dream as our hippie retirement village.
Village? Don't you think we could use an entire state? Ocean on one side, mountains on the other, mild winters unless you want snow (that's what the mtns are for..). Oh, wait -- that's where I live now!
That's a big reason I haven't already moved!
also, WRT retiring in the Bay Area, you probably know this already, but it's expensive as hell here. Once you've lived here for decades you don't notice as much, but if you come from somewhere else the sticker shock can be fierce.
I do not underestimate the homecoming feeling of being in the Bay Area or my good sense in listening to it forty-some years ago. Eugene has some of that quality too, though I once was involved in a really interesting discussion on a Eugene mailing list concerning the number of Bay Areans who move there and flee within the year. But it's pretty, it's a college town, and it has hippies. It has a slow-growth ordinance and it's surrounded by country. So it hits quite a few sweet spots.
Humboldt and Mendocino are also possibilities, notwithstanding some of the scary tales in Tales From Humboldt County, but I've actually spent more time in Eugene, though not recently.