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12 Great Places You've Never Heard Of
by Lynn Byczynski

Mother Earth News    Translate This Article
20 July 2006

When Mother Earth News went searching for places with beautiful scenery and recreational opportunities, civic pride and a healthy economy with a community of people who care about the environment, sustainability, alternative energy and fresh, wholesome food, some well-knowns came up, such as Portland, Oregon, and Boulder, Colorado, but they wanted unknown great places. They searched for smaller towns that are less expensive but still interesting.

Fairfield, Iowa, made the cut for its Maharishi Ayurvedic Health Spa, more restaurants per capita than San Francisco, and for having 25 art galleries on the downtown square.

Mother Earth News noted the influence of Maharishi University of Management's presence on the community's cultural and health-oriented concerns.

Fairfield is also host to the yearly Eco-Fair, has the most number of homes with solar energy or other green building features, and the most acres of organic cultivation in the state. It has earned praise for its lively entrepreneurial spirit.

The article also highlighted Maharishi Vedic City, 2 miles north of Fairfield, where all structures and city layout follow the design principles of Sthapatya Vedic, or Vedic architecture. In addition, the sale of nonorganic food is banned, and construction of 100 acres of greenhouses powered by wind and solar energy for year-round production organic food has recently begun.

Making Mother Earth News' 'don't miss' spot were the Maharishi University of Management's Golden Domes.

Joining Fairfield on the list of the '12 Greatest Places You've Never Heard of' were: Ithaca, New York; Blue Hill, Maine; Athens, Ohio; Wimberley, Texas; Decatur, Georgia; Northfield, Minnesota; Grand Junction, Colorado; St. George, Utah; La Grande, Oregon; Grants Pass, Oregon; and Sitka, Alaska.

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