20 minutes over the northern Calif. border. Ashland is a college town with lots of shopping, parks, theater, art and of course outdoor activites. Camping, fishing, winter skiing, water skiing. Lots of free places to parking lot camp or in the great outdoors. Tons of Hippies, young and old.
The hill and valley environs of Ashland Oregon speaks to the hippie mind with an eastern slope of lush greens created by flowing water contrast by rolling oak cover hills to the West. Under the cover of a celestial sky. Like a garden in the sun, Ashland has long born the fruit of many artists and seekers. Give time to Ashland and you will experience a living museum of the movement that predates that of the Haight.
Ashland is hands down the most magical, incredible and delicious country in oregon (just my humble opinion of course!). lithia park is a trippers delight, filled with duck ponds, a human sized rat wheels to play on, trees of every family and a gazillion and a half hiking trails for you and your pals to discover! on any given day you will see little billows of smoke arise and big, wandering eyes enthralled in all natures majesty. i cant say enough about this wonderful place filled with beauty, spirit and the best vibe you can possibly imagine! if you do take a road trip on over, you must check out evo's downtown. its hip beyond belief, not that every place in ashland is not, but it is a hippie lovers delight! peace to you all, and i hope your paths will someday lead you to this breath of fresh air!
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Posted by mikey on 2013-10-04 23:16:25
A word for all "hippies" . Unless you are in your 60s ..you ARE NOT a hippy. Fake whole foods market wanna be cool people who are in their 20s ARE NOT hippies. Hippies DO NOT exist. There are 60 year old former hippies but anyone from todays generation claiming to be a hippy is a fake wanna be cool person. Real hippies didnt call themselves hippies,,society did. And once i read that Ashland has no hispanics..i said "im moving there now"!!!
Posted by Ashlander NoMo
on 2013-07-08 00:47:56 My Score:
If you love to hang out with elitist snobs who can't go half an hour without dis'ing all those not fortunate enough to reside in Assland - this goes for the shaggy surf bumbs and "elite homeless" as well, and you've got a fat trust to live off of because the food is incredibly over-priced with an additional tax thrown on top to boot (you can't even get biscuits and gravy for under $10;) if you love to act the ultra-sensitive empathic humanitarian while turning up your nose at anyone who strikes you as slightly below your socio-economic class; if you love to surround yourself with chronic substance abusers who spare no effort to convince themselves and everyone else of their high level of spiritual enlightenment; if you enjoy surrounding yourself with highly evolved cannibals and confidence artists par excellence
then this is the town FOR YOU!
Take it from somebody who lived there in 2002 and moved back recently (now running away.) Certainly not the laid back hippy town I remember - the Buddhists I knew all left too.
Posted by AdamsARK
on 2012-03-04 13:03:10 My Score:
I left Indianapolis. IN to connect with people with land of a healthy environment and resources to build a self+sufficient community based on love and light. I am currently in San Francisco as of Sunday March 4, and intend to travel up to Ashland within the next couple days. My intention is very briefly outlined on www.adamsark.com there is
an Ark concept + building floating islands of natural and recycled materials
a building deisgn as an expansion of the Earthship Biotecture model
a healing and rejuvenation lounge experience love and light
a thrive institute to understand love and light
a community structure to live love and light
but I am willing to do anything and everything I can to help you reach your path in order to empower myself with the experience and placement to eventually attain my own path. Let me know if I can be of service in excahnge for food and lodging or if there are any projects you could connect me to. I will probably be in Ashland by Monday+Tuesday. Namaste
Posted by Ashland resident
on 2012-01-27 19:08:12 My Score:
I live in Ashland now and let me tell you, it's too damn expensive to live here! They think they're special because it's all So Oregon has to offer so they jack the price up on everything but don't pay you shyt in wages. The homeless people are a laugh, they're all kids and they all WANT to be homeless. They choose this lifestyle because it's a culture to them. Then they have to nerve to beg. I don't give them anything! If you live in California and want to move to Oregon, please just pass through. We don't want you. We've had enough of all you Californias coming here and taking what little jobs we have and living off the system. Thanks but no thanks.
Posted by Brian!
on 2011-10-03 18:57:19 My Score:
I lived in Ashland for nearly 10 years, then moved to San Francisco for nearly another 10 and the back to Ashland - upon where I then transplanted to Portland, OR.
Ashland is a beautiful town. It is small and the nearby "large" town of Medford offers little in the way of convenience and energetically is very different from Ashland. Ashland still remains more liberal/progressive than Medford, which consists of a lot of out-of-work loggers and farmers. I think the biggest business in the area is Harry and David - 20 years ago it was the logging companies.
to be a great family town. Most families have been displaced by retirees from California though. When I left Ashland, I was informed that 40% of all houses are second homes or vacation homes now - and I believe it.
The basic story goes - person sells their house near San Francisco for a million dollars they bought for $75k. They move to Ashland to retire, outbid the locals who can't possibly compete on price, AND buy a second or third home as an "investment".
Currently, if you live in Ashland you'll notice the age demographic is mostly people in their 20s (college students) and people in their 60s and above. Not to say that there aren't 30s,40s,&50s in town, but you'll clearly see the dip. Families are way down. Only 2 of the 5 elementary schools remain open as there is just not enough kids to fill them.
Along with families, many of the artists in Ashland have also been displaced along with just about anyone who didn't come to the town with a wad of cash already in the bank. I think this is the same story with any great small town in the US these days.
Finally, the retirees all moved to Ashland because it is so beautiful, storybook, and eclectic. When they get there, they pass laws like, no playing frizbie in the front of Lithia Park. No drumming in the park either. No skateboarding. Well, map it like this: Youthful energetic activity = ordinance against it downtown anywhere.
Basically, the new locals have managed to gut a good portion of the town's charm and yet find time to complain about the "youth" who just loiter around the downtown. Of course they don't understand that they outlawed just about everything the youth could do. Worse, you'll see plenty of silver-haired folk in city council meetings trying to get more laws passed to ban the youth from downtown completely (no loitering... unless you are a tourist I guess?)
I used to tell people that Ashland is the best small town to live in that I have ever visited. Now I think that a good portion of the baby boomer generation needs to kick off and die along with a house price drop in the area. When people who work in Ashland can afford to live in Ashland, the town might regain its full demographic again and come back to life.
Today, if you are 60+ in years, you'll have a grand time in Ashland with others your age.
Posted by mikribl
on 2011-10-03 02:05:30
Carebear - My husband and I and our two boys live in Klamath Falls and are interested in visiting your site. We are go-green and would love to see what you have going on and ways we could help around the site. Hit us back to discuss further @ email@example.com.
Posted by Ponderosa9 on 2011-07-22 11:27:42
I have visited Ashland several times, however, have reservations about ever moving there due to the many of the reasons suggested above. How can a town that is liberal not house the homeless children and teens on the streets? Why does a town that is liberal refuse to open its urban growth boundaries to build more housing? Is it really fair to the poor and middle classes, that the urban growth boundaries causes them to have to commute 15 miles from Medford to Ashland, to serve rich tourists from San Francisco at minimum wage?
I would say that in terms of housing, Bend is more liberal than Ashland, since they have affordable housing, a lower cost of living, less of a homeless population, and wish to expand their urban growth boundaries for more housing, businesses, and a new university. Why is Bend not mentioned here?
Furthermore, if Ashland was really liberal and tolerant, why do they not pass an ordinance against displaying Confederate Flags? One time I was there, someone had a Confederate Flag at I-5 / North Mountain street.
And, why do they not pass a Hate Crimes act? There are reports of anti-gay graffiti at Southern Oregon University.
Nevertheless, most of the comments here about Ashland were very positive. So perhaps we should visit again. Indeed, the town has the best natural foods stores I've ever seen. And, they have great weather, mountain biking, hiking, trail running, organic farms, and a Passive Solar Ordinance. And, it is good that they do not allow dogs in Lithia Park.
Perhaps Ashland simply needs more of us with a sense of social justice to move in and help the homeless and advocate for gay rights? Or, will the Conservatives in Jackson County always dominate?
Posted by Camcam
on 2011-06-22 09:41:50
To carebear: hey! I'm traveling through the west coast and I've spent some time in the Washington around beautiful port Angeles and also sometime in Seattle but it is time to go south.. I was wondering how u felt about visitors maybe 2 to 3 nights . I am willing to do whatever to help out while on my journey. I will be leaving Seattle within the next day or so . Let me know so we can share information ! Thanks !
Posted by Obiwan the Monk on 2011-06-09 18:08:59
Looking for a place in So. Ore to set up and build Yurts. Ashland would rock. Any place south of Sunny Valley.
Posted by Carebear on 2011-06-07 17:42:56
Hello, we are starting an ecovillage on a small piece of undeveloped property right on the bank of the Williamson River a few miles north of Chiloquin. If any go-green fun, loving people want to exchange work on property for a campy nature site write how we can connect with you on this board. Thus far we have a cabin, chicken coop, garden plot, boat dock and canoe.
Respectful people with a good attitude can stay as long as they desire. Single parents with kids okay... Peace out. (No drunks or druggies except for what is organic)
Posted by friendlyhippieneighbor on 2010-12-26 19:57:55
Hey guys! I'm going to be at Southern Oregon U this next upcoming quarter starting Jan 3rd, and I must say that I love Ashland! I am from the Seattle area and I thought we were all a pretty big group of hippies up here, at least until I visited Ashland. If anyone from Ashland is friendly enough to help out a friendly guy and future resident of Ashland in finding some quality cannabis, I would appreciate it very much. My tolerance is very high and I've been getting ounces of top shelf buds for $200 up here in Seattle, I use it for medical purposes. So if anyone can help out, that'd be much appreciated. I'd like to see how the bud down in Ashland compares potency-wise and price wise to my Seattle stuff. Thanks guys! Peace!
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-10-27 19:06:47
DONT FORGET THE WEED MAN P.S. Brian "Shaggy" Smith, Is The Town Snitch. Down with Vanderlip!
Posted by Willow on 2010-02-13 03:25:27
We were thinking of moving to shady cove or a small hippy town somewhere in that area and was wondering if there are places to rent there and if there's any costruction or concrete work there? I clean houses and was wondering if it's hard to find that kind of work there? Are the people nice? We would like to live in a small hippy town where people are generaly nice and excepting(not so judgemental). Does this place exsist in southern oregon? If anyone has any information about a job or house for rent in southern Oregon, could you please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, that would be very cool of you. Peace
Posted by weedless in southern oreg on 2010-01-14 05:56:57
where is all the dank at?!?!?
Posted by Tommy Tomorrow
on 2009-12-04 19:44:03 My Score:
Everything is as others say -- great. So here's not-so-grand : SOU still fosters unbelievable perception of Hispanic culture, plaques down its admin. hallway asking students to recognize that "major heritage" of southern Oregon. What ?? when? where ? It's part of CHANGING what's been developing for a century and more as our Comfort Zone. PLEASE unrelentingly HEAVILY emphasize the English heritage of Shakespeare : keep things the way they are !
Other college towns have fallen : first the few more Mexican restaurants, then the Latin Dance circulars posted on phone poles; then when the whole state has a high-enough percentage of That Other culture, it starts to pervade on campuses in your college towns, just "for the majority". There's no DIVERSITY of LANGUAGES, only BICULTURALISM that's imbalanced. Are we to ADAPT to EVERY culture and language in the galaxy ? That's not nature and that's not natural. Keep Ashland PRO-NATURE, and CONSTANT build up, not out -- more advances in what you have, your proven identity, not widening out to encompass every living species on the planet !
Posted by Electric,Eddie,Hippiesinc on 2009-09-02 05:58:10
I live here it isn't all that ! Ashland ,Oregon that is .. Nice creek called Lithia filled with Lithium and nude freaks every summer. Things are just changing all over people don't connect like they use to...
Posted by fabwriter on 2009-08-22 19:23:03
Ashland is a physically beautiful place..however, physical beauty doesn't pay the bills. I moved here from the Northeast and now I'm moving back due to inability to find a decent job to support myself and 2 kids. Ashland is a place for pseudo hippies and rich hippies. NOT the real deal. Don't waste your time in Ashland. Unless you want to see a bunch of rich retirees and Californians.
Posted by rckstrdave
on 2009-06-18 22:20:00 My Score:
I lived in Ashland for six years. At the time this article was written, these statements rang truer. The town is increasingly becoming a secret hideout for celebrities and D-listers, and the elderly retirement community is skyrocketing. A lot of money is based around the Shakespeare Festival, the place is feeling more commercial all the time. Still a very hip, gorgeous place, but I moved one town up to Talent--much cheaper to live here, very close to Ashland, and significantly far from Medford.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-01-11 06:41:51
I, as the youth of Ashland, am very, very pleased with my town. I feel safe here, the people are friendly, vivid, and real, and the lush mountains and glittering streams are picturesque. While I do agree that Ashland is typically a town for those who are richer, there are many apartments and other options for those less able to afford to live here. Our schools (I, a student of one) are amazing, not only do we learn about the basics but we also learn about nature and peace and love, in true hippie nature. We have unbelievably low dropout rates and high test scores. Our hospitals are superb and we have a wide variety of local, natural, organic food. We have artisan's markets, festivals, theatre, a wide variety of music and dance, a grower's market, and of course, the heart of ashland's hippie community, the co-op. I would highly suggest moving, or at least visiting this authentically beautiful place that I call home.
We were not named one of the top ten geo tourism (tourism that has little impact on the environment) cities to visit by National Geographic for nothing.
Posted by Bonsai girl on 2008-12-31 02:46:07
I lived in Ashland for 18 years and by no means was wealthy. Now I live in Phoenix AZ. There is a community in Ashland, people care about each other and people join together to fight for what is right. Let me tell you, you will not find a more generous bunch of people. Children are taught to clean up their neighborhoods. No crime (Except for the occasional graffiti art under the one railroad tunnel on water street.) Ashland school district was ranked among the top in the country for public schools, yes some schools shut down..but you failed to mention that the children who do go to school there get a damn good education and constant donations from the local community due to the hard work of the Ashland schools foundation. How many kids do you know get to go to Cuba for a debate team trip or host Japanese hs football players every other year (every other year our kids travel there) for the Pacific Rim bowl. I mean really. Kids aren't scared to go to school because of gangs or gunshots at night. Newcomers to Ashland are welcomed in with open arms and there are so many community resources for those less fortunate. You have to help yourself with an honest heart.
Posted by Stephanie on 2008-11-30 22:22:41
I have been dreaming of moving to Ashland since I was a little girl.I am now 22 years old...a bigger little girl, now and I will be moving to Beautiful Ashland Oregon tomarrow.And I just can't wait. There is no words to really describe the serene beauty that Ashland beholds...unless you yourself have ever once held it in your own heart and seen it with your own eyes!
Posted by Was A Real Town on 2008-03-30 07:43:07
What a fairy tale, pretentious litle lily-white town this hss turned out to be. I call it the land of the Viagra Poster Child- youngish active retirees from Marin who probably were solidly middle class but sold their overpriced homes and cashed out and now look down their noses at us 'poor locals'. What a joke. This town has poor apartment dwellers, students and rich retirees- that's it. No working class, no moderates, no blacks, no hispanics, no nothing except repetitive, boring ass plays from a long-dead white man. Later.
Posted by post ashland on 2008-03-28 21:24:23
I lived in Ashland for 20 some years. It is beautiful, but I moved because i couldn't get a job that paid a decent wage & couldn't afford the taxes on my house.
It USED to be hippy paradise, but there is zero tolerance there now.
Posted by keepin' it real on 2007-11-09 07:43:47
I came across this website lookin' for some resources for homeless people in southern Oregon, and might I say I am a little shocked. All y'all "hippies" think Ashland is such a wonderful place, what about diversity and helpin' out the less fortunate, and hip things like that that Ashland doesn't have? I am surprised that I am the only one, that I could read, stating the obvious...Ashland is a rich, white town, with retired Californians taking up the market. Talk about lack of community support, there are no affordable housing projects, schools are shut down, and we just barely got our library back. I thought being a hippie was about respecting the mother earth and our fellow men and women, and keepin' it real in all ways possible. well, Ashland definitely doesn't seem real to me...more like a comfortable bubble to rest your load for a while, outside of the chaos and depression of the real world. Their idea of news is the local parade and what business is trying to stay afloat. Sure, it's nice to separate ourselves from the things that make us sad and feeling way too privileged, but, by no means is that paradise. Paradise is a world without, not a world hidden. peace, and good luck.
Posted by Goober on 2007-08-31 13:28:00
I've lived in Ashland for about a year now and would like to say something about this town, and especially to address some of the comments below.
First off, Ashland is by far the best place I've ever lived. Definitely a major hippie town. Yeah, Evo's is hip, but if you want to generally go to a hippie haven, hang out at or outside of the Ashland Food Co-Op. More hippies than you could shake a stick at (should one want to shake a stick at hippies). The Co-op, however, is expensive. Many people instead shop at Shop N Kart, which is also a health food store, though much bigger and cheaper.
What can I say, Ashland IS an expensive place to live. We rent a house as buying one is expensive here, but despite the somewhat high cost of living, it's well worth it for what you get here. We actually go to Food for Less in nearby Medford (12 miles) for cheap food shopping, and that's where you'll find any chain store you could imagine. Most Ashlanders don't like going to Medford (we call it Dreadford), but it's useful for some shopping.
Ashland has TONS of culture - theater, art, artists, dances, music, etc. If you're into spiritual things like I am, there's more than you could possibly choose from - more healers, classes, workshops, events, festivals, etc. then you could possibly participate in/with. Be sure to check out www.webspiritcommunity.com, which is a website devoted to spiritual activity in Ashland and has over 2,000 members, many of whom receive daily e-mails that anyone who's a member can post, and there's a calendar of daily events.
Finding a job here CAN be difficult, so beware. I should say finding a decent paying job can be difficult, and you might have to work in Dreadford to afford living here.
Also, did I mention, the place is BEAUTIFUL. The valley is surrounded by two different mountain ranges (one with tons of trees, one more bare) that are both beautiful and you can see them everywhere in town. The people are generally ultra-friendly, tons of hippies, and even the tourists in town to see the Shakespeare festival are cool. Lithia Park is wonderful and the downtown shops are also great. Even though the population here is 20,000 or so, because of all the tourism for Shakespeare, there are great places to shop and eat since the town services a lot more than just that 20,000.
I could say a lot more, but I would recommend to visit before living here to see if it's for you. It's truly a wonderful place. :-)
Peace & Love,
Posted by Dee! on 2007-08-14 21:41:54
I love Ashland. I grew up in Grants Pass, moved away for a year to Hawaii, and moved back to Ashland in July. It's the nicest place i've ever lived. However, I am tired of driving all the way to GP for my pot, so if any Ashland dealers see this, please please please, contact me at email@example.com
Posted by LucyInTheSky777
on 2007-08-03 00:39:50 My Score:
I LOVE ASHLAND! beautiful town, with great downtown area, lovely little shops, good weather, pretty surroundings, my dream home :)
PLUS they have the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, which shows the bards plays live, often in full costume, and... its just great. seriously, go there. you will love it.
Posted by JohnO on 2007-07-02 02:20:14
I live in a suburb of (bible belt buckle) Tulsa and have been a long time Libertarian, quite at odds with the prevailing culture. However I see a trend, the prevailing culture does not always prevail. This is considered a conservative area, yet there is a thriving blues/jazz culture here, to which the conservatives tend to give a polite wink. People do what they want to do and there is plenty of room for a divergence of ideas. Any given day you can go to the city courthouse and see the drug case parade, even though less than an ounce of pot is a misdemeanor, you get a fine and if paid, they expunge the record, no jail time. The reason as far as I can see is downstairs there are two cashier windows to which are lines of people who pay fines. Looks to be a veritable cash cow. It seems the city is using drug money to finance it's operation.
The same goes for illegal aliens who get caught driving with no license.
I hope to see this form of government die on the vine someday with the legalization of marijuana, I think the free market will someday prevail and the closet tokers vindicated. I never bought that tired old crap about (all) tokers being lazy or stupid. Ashland looks like the kind of place I would consider a move to (been looking) except there seems to be a bit of fear on the side of some long time residents who hate the idea of personal freedom. I take issue with those of you who use this board to say your anti hip ways are the only correct way to be, sure the hippies could use a bath and should get a job. But to malign all aspects of their culture because you want things just to stay the way they were (in the good old days) is just plain asinine. BTW, what's going on at city hall that they had to hire a nazi for interim police chief?
Coming for a bit of tourism soon, peace. JohnO
Posted by Danny on 2007-06-21 19:48:48
Ashland is an awesome place! My family moved out there about 10 years ago and I've been visiting ever since...I am trying to convince my finance to move out there. Does anyone know how the hospitals are out there? She is going to be an RN
Posted by Paul on 2007-04-29 05:57:42
Ashland is good for rich hippies. The people that hang out in the park seem more like homeless kids than hippies. Ashland has counterculture but you better have money. If you are going to visit Ahslandastan, Oregon and you drive a car , parking is horrible. I know . I go there for business every week.
Posted by Earthbound on 2007-03-22 10:25:12
Moving to the area next month... glad to hear about all you kindred spirits, down there!! Looking forward to meeting you all.
No insult intended, but if you (the non-stoner) want people to stop stereotyping us, maybe a good move would be to strive for better spelling...I smoke a ton, but still know how to spell "librel"...
...in the end, at least you're not threatening people with violence!!!
The Ueber-Ashlander posting those threats will soon enough realize that being peaceful does NOT always constitute letting people beat you up!
Ghandi was a great man, but I'm not Ghandi! I intend to protect myself, particularly from some sexually frustrated rednecks, whose Mommy did'nt hug him enough, Neither did mine... If I come home bloody, so do you!
Walk in a good way (or at least try...)!!
Posted by Dr Tim on 2007-02-25 17:06:09
Coming to Ashland? Bring money, lots and lots and lots of money.... u will need it.
Posted by me on 2006-08-01 04:56:13
I've been reading the comments about hippies--it all sounds nice and fine, but considering how real estate agents, corporate management and how high rental prices are becoming, including the Ashland market--just hope you guys work to fight the dark forces of corporate assimilation and greed!
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Posted by Renee
on 2006-01-09 01:07:09 My Score:
You hippos are the heartbeat of our society and that sound still rings true yesterday as it does today. PS Love your sites skin!
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Posted by Harleyhippy on 2005-11-30 03:09:02
TrueAshlandNative and Ashland Homeowner sound the same person. A hateful, intolerant Republican refugee from 1945 Germany via Argentia. I wonder if that's the attitude of most Ashland residents or just some right-wing reactionary who's answer to everything is violence?
Posted by True Ashland Native on 2005-11-05 19:18:30
Some of us true Ashlanders have decided to take thing in to our own hands.
If your and vagrant, drug dealer or low lives hassling people in the plaza, you may get your head kicked in.
The police have backed off so it's up to us. You'll think the police are girl scouts compared to us.
Born and raised in Ashland.
Posted by Chris on 2005-11-02 18:44:59
Just wondering how things are in Ashland? Girlfriend and I are getting real sick of yuppie bullshit in Bend, and want to move to a smaller town. Is Ashland worth a look?
Posted by on 2005-10-24 10:31:30
I would say it is equally if not more human nature to be at peace, to love one another, and to respect the world we live in. I am glad there are still strong groups of people who promote peace and love for all--That is so much better than shrugging and saying "war is human nature." We have all been told that we are alive due to these wars being fought in the name of freedom. Freedom is never won through violent means....it is a gift inhernet to all of us, and just by being born, we are entitled to it. No one needs to "earn" freedom or love. No war "needs" to be fought for peace. And we are alive because someone loved us enough to bring us into this world and provide for us as we grew!
The more we hear about peace and harmony, the more our minds will be nourished with beauty and joy....no seeds of violence will have room to grow in a mind full of love. So by all means.....cherish the hippy movement! Success and worthiness cannot only be measured financially, if at all.....it's what's inside that makes us who we are!
Posted by Rain on 2005-10-07 04:24:33
I think that most people think that all hippys are the storners.They aren't! I mean to tell you the truth hippys are free spearted people that are into some thaings that most people aren't.they are librels.HIPPYS RULE.PEACE
Posted by on 2005-09-28 02:17:30
I have nothing against any hippies in general but I would just like to put my two cents in. Hippies are constantly about being against wars and encourage everyone to live peacefully and in nature, which is great but no where close to the ugly truth. There will always be people in this world who will want to dominate over others, and has been like that since the beggining of time, and it still is like that in animals, to include humans; therefore its human nature. Let's just say that we never had wars in the beginning and everyone lived happily... there will always be those who are willing to step on other peoples feet so they can survive... and that's no different today, but its just in a modern way which we know as war. If there weren't army's out there to defend ourselves from these kind of people who will do anything to dominate, hippies would not have the pleasure of being who they are today. If the Nazi's had their way during WWII, hippies would not exist today, and neither would anyone besides the "superior race". Now how is that for a reality check people? War will always go on, but I'm not saying every war is justified... I'm simply stating the well known fact around the world, "Freedom does not come without a price". And we didn't have the army's we have today you wouldn't be living in Ashland, Oregon and loving it... you probably wouldn't be alive because your parents or grandparents that gave birth to you would never have made it past the 1950's the way the Axis powers were advancing... and neither would you be able to smoke marijuana out in public parks because any sort of a Dictatorship or Totalitarian ruler wouldn't permit that. How is that for another thought? Hope I have opened some eyes to the true world!!!
Posted by ashlandnative on 2005-09-25 06:15:07
There are not any true hippies in Ashland anymore. There are a bunch of lazy criminals that hang out in Lithia Park during the day selling and using drugs. Most people think these are hippies. But they are dirtbag homeless punks. At night they sleep illegally in the Ashland Watershed. They plant marijuana and set up shanty tent sites. Their campfires threaten the Ashland Municipal water supply all summer long. They leave tons of garbage and urinate and deficate directly into Ashland Creek. A little ways downstream, in Lithia Park, good people let their children play in the same water.
Posted by ashlandnative on 2005-09-09 08:22:44
All hippies should fucking die.
Posted by Ashland home owner
on 2005-06-26 18:13:08 My Score:
All the ugliness on the web site, ugly smack talk about tourists...rich people in Ashland, etc. Where's the love all you unemployed, spare changin' hippy wanna-bees? I remember the real hippies, they were much different then the grunge crowd running the streets today. And what's with the refusal to take a bath thing the hippies of today have? All the hate for tourists in Ashalnd when none of you hippies live here either. You pass through, hit all the locals and tourists up for spare change, deficate and urinate on our buildings and in our streets. You smoke dope in front of our children and make this cute, friendly town a little uglier than it would be without you.
Oh, and in regards to dreadlock Johnny and his nasty dog....I'm so glad the 5-0 finally caught up with his drug dealin ass. He belongs in Juvie and and his mother should be in jail, not raising his dog.
Posted by jou on 2005-05-24 17:25:28
Ashland is where I spent my early hippy years in the late 60s. And what a magical place it was! Mostly college students and retirees at that time. Anyone could attend the theatre rehearsals for free. Easy and affordable place to live.
Then it was DISCOVERED by the Beautiful People with the Big Bucks. Now it is a very exclusive little burg where real estate and everything else is unreachable. Still beautiful, but it now has that underlying putrid stench of M-O-N-E-Y and everything seems a bit artificial and forced.
Still, I always enjoy stopping in at Lithia Park when I'm passing through. And wonder where some of the old friends are today.
Posted by Bibble on 2005-05-11 01:25:21
I have a suggestion:
if you are thinking of being a tourist (shudder) or being a rich bastard in Ashland Oregon please don't. If you want to vandalize starbucks, respect our existing culture, and give money to those who perform their talents on the sidewalk make yourself at home.
Tourists are known to mysteriously dissapear here.
Posted by mcdaniel
on 2005-05-06 03:49:54 My Score:
i love you all though
Posted by mcdaniel
on 2005-05-04 22:08:12 My Score:
hello< i have lived in and out of ashland for about four years< i played guitar on the streets and was very loved by the locals there as they walked by and heard my tune< dont be shy and sing your heart out< it is a very nice place and the poeple there are very loving< there is one thing that sometimes bothers me< it is when i se a homeless person on the side sitting on the bench drunk and yelling out nonsence< i felt like slapping him in the head and telling him to grow up< places like these should be appreciated< and i dont care if a homeless person is burnt out from drinking too much or if they are just tired of living< they dont need to burdain people that value life<< i have no respect for these people< but gladly there isnt allot her in ashland< ive only came accross maybe a couple< but still they should go to another city or town where they can live in slime if they want to act like a fool< the answer lies in love and respect< anyways< the rest of this town is ever so beautiful and the hippies there and the locals are just very beautiful people
Posted by Baruch Gerard on 2005-03-16 13:12:42
Hi to all,
I am looking to re-locate. Ashland has come up for me in the past and I have been there.
I would like to hook up with someone and have dialog.
I am 58 years old and a concert level pianist/ composer and vocalist. Also I hold spirituallity very important in my life.
I also have a mobile business called 'The Bike Doc' which is a complete professional bike service on wheels.
I have been living in Santa Fe, NM for the past 4 years and it seems that I have learned what I have come here for and I desire to me back at the west coast area.
I am open to be contacted at Baruch88@yahoo.com
thanks and blessings,
Posted by soo canadian... eh? on 2005-02-14 22:22:35
Ashland is the most magical place in the world. You will be lucky if you get to experience it's awesome drugs, people, and nature. Every town has its faults but, Ashland is right next to perfect. You will have to think very hard to say a bad thing about this town.
Posted by goinghome on 2005-01-28 20:27:28
actually, I'm just kidding.
Posted by goinghome on 2005-01-10 20:43:08
Calling all my hippie brethren!! Bring your humor, your marihuana, and your pubic crabs! Ashlands is the HIPPIE CAPITAL OF THE WORLD!!!!
Bring your friends, your friends friends!!
Bring your intestinal bacteria! Bring your dead and dieing! COME ONE, COME ALL!!! ...to the Hippie HEAVEN that is ASHLAND, OR!!
Naked virgins run wild and cops don't seem to exsist here!!!
You can smoke CRACK on City Hall and show your crack to the public!
Drink water out of the rain spouts!!! Take a CRAP on someones lawn!!!
IT'S ALL GOOD here in Hashland, OR!!!!
Posted by on 2004-11-30 06:32:42
johnny with the dreads is in juvie, his mom has maynard. is that all, person who was asking?
everyone else, please don't move to ashland. all things should be kept in balance and my town is in danger of losing it. some say too many left wingers, some say too many right, but my point is...
quit moving to ashland, which we've already perfected. stay in your own crappy town and fix it so you like living there, assholes.
Posted by oag on 2004-10-21 19:43:51
oops. last name of the guitarist was "huckabee" maybe?
Posted by oag on 2004-10-21 19:42:22
last name of the huckabee maybe?
Posted by on 2004-07-09 18:33:40
I really do feel for you two ASSHOLES....Talk about upbring and education WOW!!!!! It is without a doubt a pity that you both had idiots for parents....to bring such retards into this world!!! You must really have a sexual hangup sweetheart....whats wrong cant get REAL sex you have to use an innocent girl and your imagination??? By the way my daughter works and most likely is paying to keep you two loosers alive!!! You are very sad individuals.........I really hope someday soon you both get what you REALLY deserve and it is a long,slow torture!!!!! Take care and God Bless!!
Posted by Belial5150 on 2004-07-03 14:58:25
Hippys are without a doubt the LOWEST form of scummy lifeform anywhere. How do you know a hippy is living with you? He talks smack about everything you do (environmentally enlightened -they think) and he refuses to pay his way or leave. I was born and raised in southern oregon and the most aggrivating thing that I can think of is an uneducated waste of space whose parents PAY him (or her) to stay away at college taking basket weaving /philosophy or anthropology and fucking up our WORKING logging harvests with their corporate funded green peace bullshit. Go back home and make your parents deal with you -we're tired of you assholes!
Posted by jonny-o on 2004-07-02 02:38:55
uh.. lady.. nobody really cares about your fucking daughter. oohhh.... your baby girl can suck my cock.. oh wait she already did. i thought maybe you could have taught the bitch better.whatever man i am just looking for some smack. oh but good news for ya she did have a nice tight pussssy. maybe you wanna get with me to??? firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted by Caren on 2004-06-23 01:41:40
I am from a very small hillbilly town if you will in Pa. I have raised 3 children here and my oldest daughter at about 20 had visited the west coast and came back to tell me she was moving to Oregon to spread her wings.It was the hardest day of my life to let go of my beautiful baby girl but I knew she was a very strong willed and beautiful girl who would be ok!! She traveled across country by car and saw so many new and exciting things and met some very nice and careing people.When she arrived in Bend Oregon she found a job and settled down[some what][she is and always will be a free spirit]!! She spent a couple yrs there and then moved on to Ashland....she would call me and say Mom this town is so awsum.....I am so happy here...the people are so kind and careing...they talk to you...they say HELLO...I am happy here!!! Well I finally got to visit Ashland and was there for the birth of my first grand baby....my visit was for 3 wks and I was so amased at the people there...they were very kind,they did say Hello...it was wonderful.....I missed the birth of my grand baby[due date was WAY off] I came home to Pa and my daghter gave birth about 2 weeks later[with a midwife at that which is more a west coast thing then here ]and I was very very nervous about that] but my daughter was only in labor 3 hrs and gave birth at home to a beautiful beautiful baby angel girl!!! Her midwife was wonderful and of all the horror stories I hear of births here at hospitals my blessings to all those midwifes in the west coast.Ok I guess I have really rattled on here and I guess I just want to say I am a hippie from way back and I am glad I lived the life I have and that my daughter had the guts to go clear across country to find a nice place like Ashland and it doesnt matter what we wear or how we live we are ALL HUMAN and God looks at us all the same.my daughter had a totoly beautiful, beautiful baby girl[my grandbaby] in a tepee and I could not be any more prouder of her...she stands up for what she beleives and she is one of the kindest careing woman I will ever know!!!! She may dress a little differant and you might call her a hippie but she would be the first person there to help if you needed anything....So it just really made me feel sad when I read the comment that said they would slash a hippes tires...WOW you know what that could be my daughters tires you slash and my grandaughter could be in that car......HOW IN GODS WORLD WOULD YOU FEEL THEN.GOD BLESS ALL IN ASHLAND!!!
Posted by bob on 2004-06-11 09:34:23
oh, and i almost forgot, when you are on the plaza, remember to drink the lithia water. You cannot come to ashland without trying it!!
Posted by bob on 2004-06-11 09:31:45
Ashland is a truly great town!! People here are more openminded than other places around, pluss there is good weed, good food, beautiful parks, and for the most part -nice people. but then, there are the tourists who think that they own the town. Immagine walking down the sidewalk. it is hot, almost 100 degreas. and you are surrounded by people walking every which direction, and dont even bother to move for you when you ask politly. that is downtown ashland in the summer time. Tourists who think they own the place. But then you move up into the park (lithia park), you walk by the duck pond surrounded by tourists. However not as many as the sidwalks. you keep walking into the shade of the trees, there is a family sitting in the grass haveing a picnic. You hear children at the playground. you keep walking, there is a group of teens playing frisbe. and if you keep walking you will go across bridges over lithia creek, maybe even pass through places smelling of weed. if you go far enough you will get up to the resevor, catch people swimming, tanning, jumping off the rope swing (if it hasnt been cut down). Ashland is the funnest town, and if your not an outdoor person (which i hope is not true) then maybe you could catch a play, and bee like the rest of the tourists in the sidewalk trapping you, as you sweat like a mad dog!! well peace...
Posted by Paul on 2004-05-26 16:57:27
To the writer Rod Personette,
I hope that you are reviewing this post as it is very important. Ashland is still going to happen, the events yesterday just through in a small kink, but have been resolved. I need to know if you want me to goto Ashland via Asheville or just straight to Ashland, the home of the free, let me emphasize free in all aspects, that is why that I cannot wait to get there, either way i will have to wait on you for a seven day period, unless that is that you want to go ahead and justtravel to Asheville first together tomorrow Thursday, as I have arranged for fudning through a very dear friend. I apologize to the reviewing community of hippie.com as I know that this is not a forum to pass personal messages, but this is a very important peice of communication, as smoke signals are frowned upon in the dry season here in the foothills of the great Smokey mountains. Rod meet at the library at 2 p.m. today Wensday the twentysixth.
PEACE AND LOVE TO ALL PEACE AND LOVE TO ASHLAND AS I AWAIT YOUR SERENITY AND PEACE.
Posted by Paul aka lopice on 2004-05-24 23:44:23
Excuse the type errors, as I have a left ulnar nerve injury that prevents clean swipes of the keys, I hope that the climate in Ashland along with some natural springs, hot and cold with an undetrmined amount of mother earth's natural medicine (marijuana) will resolve this annoying physical issue. Oh and by the way hippies are great people, did I mention that they are great loving people, who after all are only the making of good speed bumps in the minds of the, well you know.
Peace and love Paul
Posted by paul aka lopice on 2004-05-24 23:38:42
I have often linged for a place to relocate and actually begin to enjoy life. It is my utmost and sincere intention along with a fellow traveler to be in Ashland in a hop, skip and a jump, and for Rod I know he will wnjoy the humor. North Topsail Beach is a small community on the eastern shore of the Carolina North, that i had intended on perching, however, after reading reviews posted by my fellow hippies, I have decided to follow my bretheren to your local. Spirituality and serenity is something that I have longed for wuite some time and now is the time. I look forward to participating in physical and intellectual events with people like myself, you know after and extended period of years I may even try to force my hand into the local political circle to continue in help broadening the minds of the narrow minded selfish right wing population that makes life somewaht intolerable for people like to me. Ashland calls with all the cools, people, places things and the climate. As my friend so penned, the Oregon trail beckons. See ya soon.
Love and peace to all Paul
Posted by P. Rodney Personette
on 2004-05-22 15:31:11 My Score:
Gosha'mighty dang, I and mine'll be drifting to Ashland, soon. Thanks for so fine and dandy a synopsis of the site we westering dreamers have targeted. A 21st century Oregon Trail is beckoning those of who take pictures and leave footprints. I only leave one footprint, actually, what with bein' an amputee...
We will be doing a bit of "guerrilla journalism" and a lot of thinking & dreaming and driving on...
Thanks for the excellent review. If you could use an editing bored (and you could), please do not be too timoid to contact me, Rod at :email@example.com
Hoping to see you, soon.
Peace to you,
Posted by rob on 2004-05-19 16:55:21
they make good speed bumps for tanks and large army vehicles
they smell too
Posted by DaisyM. on 2003-10-03 23:59:03
This is to all of you negative, uptight, so-called "hippies": Listen to yourselves passing judgements on everyone calling them wannabe hippies because they weren't alive during the late 60's. What right do you have to judge? My idea of a hippy is someone who is a pacifist, respects nature, unconditionally gives love to ALL humans and only detests one thing: war. You call yourselves hippies or peace lovers... you're hypocrites! You should all try to be a bit more mellow and judge yourselves before others- you sound like a bunch of grumpy, close minded old folks. You give the word "hippy" a bad name! Lighten up, enjoy life and "Live and let live!"
Posted by Ben Miler
on 2003-05-14 13:55:10 My Score:
Ashland just really blew me away. I just went there again and the town really far exceeded my expectations! I finally got to really explore Ashland, especially the shops. I was amazed just how friendly and open everyone is. I was able to speak my mind, which you can't do in my home town (Lakeview, Oregon). I previous criticized Ashland for having its pretentious and snotty element, but this time around, I was completely shocked just how down-to-earth and unpretentious everyone was, even in the ethnic shops! I guess I had the wrong impression when I attended World Peace & Prayer Day (which did seem to attract the more undesirable trust-fund hippies, and way too narrow age-demographics - that is, the 16-25 age range, for the most part). I was really pleased with the age demographics of Ashland itself, ranging from high schoolers to Baby Boomer-types who were around in the 1960s, with no age range particularly dominant (where in Lakeview, my town, it seems like the teenagers - under the age of 18 - and the old people - over the age of 60 - are the most dominant). Living in Ashland is quite expensive, and I'm sure living in the city limits on a fixed income might be next-to-impossible, but even if you can't live there, the town will amaze you. I really did for me (and it's too bad most of the surrounding areas is conservative - if you travel a few miles out of town on Hwy. 66 or Dead Indian Memorial Road, you'll find bullet holes on road signs which means that you've entered redneck territory - although I'm sure a few hippie types are living in those hills, but you wouldn't know if you don't live in the area). If your local redneck town is getting you down (because it has too many churches, a Jesus Fish on every other car, and speaking your mind seems to be sinful), or you live in a large, liberal city, but finding friendly people is next to impossible (because of the usually drawbacks of crime and traffic), you need to visit Ashland!
Posted by Ben on 2002-08-29 14:05:34
A correction needs to be posted: the event I went to in Ashland was actually called World Peace & Prayer Day, not Walk For Peace. My only complant of World Peace & Prayer Day was the rather narrow age demographics of the people attending, most of them were around the 16-25 age range (where are all the old-timers?). I found that slightly irritating, because even if they were in tye-dyes, and they actually had a rather mellow attitude, and you can actually talk to them, their knowledge of the 1960s seems rather limited (and many act as if they never heard of the Beatles, and only know of the music being performed on stage, mainly local acts I didn't find particularly good). I did meet this one girl there from Utah at the event, used to be a Mormon and once attended Brigham Young University (a place, as everyone knows, that is hardly a liberal bastion), changed her ways and started wearing the flowers and beads (how about that? Someone from a conservative upbringing becomes a hippie). One booth was selling stickers, and my favorite was "Smokey the Bear". Basically, it's Smokey the Bear smoking on a joint. Anyway, after returning to Eugene to visited, noticing how corporatized and strip-malled that town has became, I have to say, Ashland is actually even nicer than Eugene. If only the snobs in Ashland (who act like high society from Victorian-era England) would just go away, Ashland would be perfect. Someone has told me Ashland is being taken over by yuppies, but when I was there, I really didn't notice, this isn't Boulder, Colorado, after all. But sadly, most of the rest of Jackson County (the county Ashland is in) is conservative, as is most of Southern Oregon (lots of logging towns, right wing militia activity, and even rumors of Klan activity). But Ashland is so unlike the most of the rest of Southern Oregon you might as well be in the Bay Area, but on a much smaller scale, to call it the San Francisco of Southern Oregon would probably be quite accurate. I've been to many of these "hippie havens" in Oregon and Northern California, and so far Ashland is the best.
Posted by sassafras on 2002-07-19 00:05:22
Another perk around Ashland is the Pacific Crest Trail which runs a few miles south of town. If you're looking for real freedom, jump on that trail and if you're heading south, you'll hit Mexico in a few months or if you're moving north, you'll hit Canada sooner than that. I walked the whole trail in 2001 and I must say it was freedom in the finest sense - 6 months of rising to the sun (but sometimes later depending on what I wanted to do) and sleeping by dusk. You can rest on the path or find a nice river to relax near and there are no police or even park rangers to harass you. Just you and nature. Now is that a haven or what?
Posted by Ben
on 2002-06-24 13:33:00 My Score:
Incredible is this place! I was at the Walk For Peace event that was being held at the Wellsprings (aka Jackson Hot Springs) and all the people were simply kind. I was in utter shock when I was able to be friendly with people I hardly knew (try doing that in some conservative town in this state of Oregon). Unfortunately, thanks to the Shakespearian Festival, Ashland has attracted a rather annoying, elitist, pretentious, and snobbish "more-intellectual-than-thou" types amongst some college students. I find that very annoying because they really believe that the worlds revolves around them. It's nice to be fascinated with Renaissance art, scupturing, acting, painting, or whatever, I have no problem with that. It's only when they start believing that they are superior beings because they're in to this stuff is what really annoys me. Aside from that, this is perhaps the best town I have ever been in, as far as the counterculture scene is concerned, with the possible exception of Eugene.