Fairfield, the Cornbelt Cosmopolis


Local folks freaked out at first when Maharishi Maresh Yogi, world leader of the transcendental meditation movement, bought the deserted Parsons College campus in the 1970s and thousands of his devoted followers from all over the world took up residence in nearby Fairfield. Today all live in harmony. A town of some 10,000 residents, Fairfield boasts more than 50 eateries, among them Thai, Laotian, Indian, Mexican, upscale French desserts, and vegetarian -- perhaps the most eclectic dining scene in the entire state. Remarkably, the town has become an entrepreneurial capital as well, with 40 computer-related and marketing companies doing business here, and one of the state's largest concentrations of millionaires. It also boasts a burgeoning art scene with 19 venues participating in the monthly First Fridays Art Walk. With its golden domes, the campus (now known as Maharishi University of Management) attracts an international student body and occasionally hosts demonstrations of and competitions in the art of "yogic flying," which to the uninitiated looks suspiciously like hopping. If you want more than just a cursory campus tour or would like to sign up for a visitors weekend, call 800-369-6480 or 641-472-1110. Fairfield is 50 miles west of Burlington on US 34.


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