When you first hear about a list of the best hippie towns in each state, you probably think “Austin” without a second’s hesitation — but don’t be fooled. Apparently Thrillist thinks “the REAL hippie vibe” belongs to our neighbor just a little down south: San Marcos.
A few days ago, Thrillist posted a piece that named the most hippie town in each of the 50 states. Though the article says hippies are a bit hard to define nowadays, it describes them as ranging “from free spirits on college campuses to mountain-dwelling stoners, boomers still living in the ’60s, and boomers-turned-yuppies who buy expensive art.”
So why wasn’t Austin chosen as the top contender for the list? We’ve got the live music, rich history, and art around every corner. Heck, we’ve even got Hippie Hollow. But really, it seems like Thrillist didn’t choose Austin as the most hippie Texas town because it was the obvious choice.
“Austin is an easy pick here,” the article says. “As the inherent weirdness of the place has still been preserved despite the influx of tech money and millenials.”
But San Marcos has the river of the same name “known as much for lazy float trips as for its pervasive hippie culture.” Thrillist mentions San Marcos in the ’60s and ’70s, when hippies moved there and stayed. Apparently, the town was also at the forefront of the movement to legalize marijuana.
“Like much of Texas, it’s seen an influx of younger people in the past decade and the character here isn’t as zany as it might have been 20 years ago,” Thrillist says. “But San Marcos’ hippie community is still alive and well, and far more concentrated than anywhere else in Texas.”
We’re not sure we agree. But it’s OK, man. Peace and love.