I lived 7 years in New Milford and I will vouch that between the essence of New Milford and the shops in Kent, CT you will get the Gilmore Girls experience. And it is really tough to shop local all the time. They have my favorite restaurant and my favorite store right across the street from one another. “Other nearby towns also lend some elements to Stars Hollow, including New Milford, Litchfield, and Kent.” While they love the boost in tourism provided by Gilmore Girls , Washington has been around long before the world first heard the opening notes to the show’s catchy theme song, Carole King’s “Where You Lead.” The center of it though, the Stars Hollow of it, is only three blocks. Question about Stars Hollow real life analogues. Getaways > New Milford Follow Route 202 South to pretty New Milford, Connecticut. The next day, start with breakfast and coffee from the Hidden Valley Eatery in Washington. And be sure to stop for ice cream at Arethusa Farm in Bantam, home of delicious ice cream that rivals Taylor’s Soda Shoppe. They had the most amazing breakfast burritos. As a side note, it was also used for filming parts of … It’s a tough situation. The energetic spirit and small town charm of Stars Hollow are alive and well in Connecticut. I don’t do well with impermanence. They have used that same lot (the "town" with the church, gazebo, Luke's diner, Doose's market, etc) for dozens and dozens of movies including "The Music Man," "Elvira's Haunted Hills," and this seasons, TV show "Eastwick." The town of Stars Hollow is so inviting and quaint, and we went in search of the closest town that resembled it. The last time we went, they’d changed quite a few things. A few store fronts remain empty to this day. Stars Hollow, the small-town setting of Gilmore Girls, seems so charmingly idiosyncratic that one might assume that it is entirely a work of fantasy, but in reality, creator Amy Sherman-Palladino took inspiration from some real life locations. Joanne recently posted…Encouraging Hearts and Home– Back to Our Routine. Stars Hollow is the beloved fictional town that everyone's favorite Gilmore Girls characters call home. Copyright ©2021 Connecticut Office of Tourism. It’s where the Mayflower Grace Inn is located, and thus the starting point for the idea that would become Stars Hollow. You can read about New Milford here: When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Gilmore – My Gilmore Girls Obsession. Also, it’s hard when a local shop charges two the three times more than what you can get online. Eric and I lived in New Milford for five years. Marty’s is a little more akin to Central Perk from Friends than Luke’s, but you could tell instantly there was a Stars Hollow-like community at every table. Zillow Show More Show Less 41 of 41 Stars Hollow is the fictional town that the Gilmore Girls is set in. When I first saw Gilmore Girls, I actually thought it was filmed there, but then as I watched on, I realized it was just CA. As a quaint seaside village on the coast, Camden is full of Stars Hollow New England charm. Where it all began. 6 New England Towns That Feel Like a Real Life Stars Hollow - Hippie In Heels These 6 cute New England towns are just like a real like Stars Hollow. No matter how many times you visit, it could never be enough, and no matter how much advanced warning, you’re always taken by surprise. The rent is high, and Connecticut in general is hard on small businesses. They offer vegan and gluten-free fare and they hang local art on the walls for purchase to help grow the New Milford arts community. I drove by on a visit from NJ and saw the windows covered. As much as everyone enjoys Lorelai and Rory's piquant banter and manic pixie shenanigans, the quintessential rural New England town of Stars Hollow is truly the star of the show. It would be really cool if there was a new kind of “visit” back on Stars Hollow on TV, just to see where Luke and Lorelai’s relationship led to 10 years later, if Rory and Dean ever got back together, or even to find out if Kirk and Lulu got married. Bank Street is essentially the main street of New Milford and it intersects with Railroad Street, the other main street. Towns like Washington, New Milford, Bantam and Litchfield inspired the creators of the show, and they continue to draw fans looking to capture a little of the Gilmore Girls magic. The center of it though, the Stars Hollow of it, is only three blocks. New Milford American flags galore, a picture-perfect gazebo and welcoming vibe basically make New Milford the twin of Stars Hollow. Tucked away in the picturesque northwest corner of Connecticut, Stars Hollow Yarns offers sustainable and thoughtfully sourced yarns, knitting & crochet notions, and gifts for the modern handcrafter in a welcoming, inclusive environment influenced by the fictional town of Stars Hollow. I just love that you had an armadillo groom’s cake! Along the way, take a short detour to the Bridgewater Village Store in downtown Bridgewater for some famous Bridgewater Chocolates, local honey and maple syrup, and of course, coffee! Dec 28, 2015 - I've been obsessed with the quirky town of Stars Hollow for years now, and did some research online to see which towns resembled it the most. Four buses will then stop individually in New Milford, Washington Depot, New Preston and Hopkins Vineyard on Saturday, spending about 80 minutes in each spot between 10:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Gilmore Girls stars Lauren Graham as Lorelai Gilmore and Alexis Bledel as Rory Gilmore. I am utterly heartbroken. New Milford boys soccer had title hopes, now just happy to be. Eric and I were talking about shopping at a local bookshop but I want to shop at Barnes and Noble too because I feel like they are next on the chopping block, and I don’t want to lose them! We have our own Chilton (Canterbury School) … It was simple, and humble, but it was the perfect flavor combination. That being said, the New Milford gazebo (right) looks mighty familiar. The downtown also has a gazebo in the middle of its town green and a street with shops that feels reminiscent of the one in Stars Hollow. Required fields are marked *. To get to the town we drove through New Milford, which had the world’s best gazebo in town. After a farm-to-table lunch at the organic eatery, the Green Granary, head for Route 67 East back toward Washington. I blame Amazon but I love Amazon. 32 Things to do in Connecticut this January, Explore > At least you have those happy memories and photos to hold dear… Nothing can replace these spaces, but we have to hope that something else wonderful will come along. It was my personal Stars Hollow. The Stars Hollow gazebo was the centerpiece of the town. Try downtown New Milford, (the Green area) or maybee the center of Bethel. I can’t tell you how many times we frequented this place. NEW MILFORD — In just this past week, Maureen Kenny, has seen people from Italy, Spain and the Czech Republic stop by the town green to see the real representation of Stars Hollow, the fictional Connecticut town in the television show “Gilmore Girls.” New Milford American flags galore, a picture-perfect gazebo and welcoming vibe basically make New Milford the twin of Stars Hollow. We got red velvet inside and it was legit disturbing to hack into it, in the most delightful way of course. If I was richer, I swear I would shop more local, but with a family four on one salary, we can’t always make it work. It was devastating. Walk around into the evening to see the street lights all lit up, and be sure to drive by the campus of the nearby Canterbury School, which some fans think looks similar to Chilton. They talk to the kids like they’re real people, who have interesting things to say. State representative candidates Harding, Colombo to debate. I hate that little downtowns everywhere are going through this. And yes! Sadly, the Gilmore Girls town doesn't actually exist, but you can get some small town Lorelei and Rori vibes from any of these 6 real towns. OMG THIS MAKES ME SO SAD AND I HAVE NEVER BEEN HERE. When you Literally Google ‘What Do People Eat?’. The show is actually filmed at the Universal Studios in California, but the town is inspired by Washington, CT. ... but if you drive about 15 minutes to New Milford, you will get that feel. We often go there for dinner and the kids get grilled cheeses, cupcakes, and ice cream. After a farm-to-table lunch at the organic eatery, the Green Granary, head for Route 67 East back toward Washington. Stars Hollow, the small-town setting of Gilmore Girls, seems so charmingly idiosyncratic that one might assume that it is entirely a work of fantasy, but in reality, creator Amy Sherman-Palladino took inspiration from some real life locations. There they have a town center similar to Stars Hollow with a gazebo similar to the one in Stars Hollow. Over The Shoulder Boulder Holders – Why Must Life Be So Hard! I’ve written about New Milford, CT a few times on this blog. New Milford, as a town, is a lot bigger than I’m making it out to be. 01-31-2009, 06:07 AM JViello : Location: New England. If you’re a fan of the television show, Gilmore Girls, you know that Rory and Lorelai Gilmore made their home in the fictional town of Stars Hollow, Connecticut. Let’s give them a fighting chance and keep them alive! Zillow Show More Show Less 41 of 41 Stars Hollow is the fictional town that the Gilmore Girls is set in. I did stop in New Milford, Connecticut. Beautifully said. Loss is loss, and I’m not beating myself up for mourning. They even crown a cherry queen- just like how Rory was ice cream queen at Taylor’s soda shop! For those of you who don’t know the reference, you must stop reading right now, and go watch Steel Magnolias. 01-31-2009, 06:07 AM JViello : Location: New England. The folks who work at The Sweet Spot are always friendly and ready to help. 7. Your email address will not be published. New Milford, My Stars Hollow, is Disappearing and it’s Breaking My Heart. The Stars Hollow gazebo was the centerpiece of the town. That being said, the New Milford gazebo (right) looks mighty familiar. I assume it takes many things from towns in the region (Or maybe the US in general?) 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