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Old 06-19-2015, 10:02 AM
 
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I'd love to hear about communities in the US that offer a truly unconventional lifestyle. As an example, we have family that live on an island off of Maine with 60 people, no year-round store (and just a tiny one in the summer), only a handful of cars, and a one-room school house where the kids go home for lunch. I'm interested to learn about other communities with an unusual way of life.

Thanks in advance for sharing!
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Old 06-19-2015, 10:59 AM
 
Location: Milwaukee
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Well, other islands (like Washington Island up in the Wisconsin county I grew up in) would be similar in that vein. I imagine there are lots of extremely isolated (and often native) spots in Alaska that don't feel very much like conventional US life. Isolation (via water or land or mountains or desert or whatever) is probably key; ethnic make-up and traditions a corollary.
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Old 06-19-2015, 11:02 AM
 
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Venice Beach, Calif.
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Old 06-19-2015, 01:08 PM
 
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Thank you both for your replies. Cheese plate - I look forward to looking into Washington Island. JanND - I've never been to Venice Beach - what makes it unique?
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Old 06-19-2015, 03:49 PM
 
Location: Western Colorado
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Telluride, Colorado
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Old 06-19-2015, 04:18 PM
 
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Thanks for starting this thread RootedRabler! A few weeks ago I started a thread lamenting how homogenized some much of the U.S. and even the world has become. While globalization will probably mean fewer major international conflicts, it also leads to world homogenization. It's nice to have a thread for discussing the inverse.

It's no coincidence that a significant portion of the few unique places left are islands with no direct connection to the mainland; geographic isolation seems to help them maintain their unique culture. Here are a couple I know of in WA state:

Vashon Island - A New York Times article aptly described Vashon as Mayberry meets Burning Man. In some ways Vashon is a throwback to traditional small-town community life, but there's also a strong artistic/counter-culture element as well. There aren't very many other places with family farms and weird post-modern sculptures right next to each other.

San Juan Islands - Similar to Vashon, but much father away from any population center (which of course means they're even more isolated), the community of this archipelago consists of artists, farmers, and fisher-persons (mostly fishermen). They're bustling during the summer tourist season; very remote the rest of the time.
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Old 06-19-2015, 05:38 PM
 
Location: TOVCCA
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Two more islands:

Mackinac Island, MI--no cars, Victorian flair, arty
Catalina Island, CA--no cars, marina culture, arty
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Old 06-19-2015, 05:52 PM
 
Location: Oklahoma
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Colorado City, Arizona
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Old 06-19-2015, 06:03 PM
 
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The Farm, Summertown, TN, hippie commune ongoing since 1971
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Old 06-19-2015, 06:07 PM
 
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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Islands are always the best sanctuaries to off the mainstream grid.
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