Stare tourism office promotes Gilmore Girls getaway in Washington area
The Connecticut Office of Tourism is promoting a “Gilmore Girls” themed getaway that would allow fans of the show to see the places that influenced the creator, including sites in Washington and New Milford.
“Gilmore Girls” followed the mother-daughter relationship between Lorelai and Rory Gilmore in a fictional small Connecticut town called “Stars Hollow.” It ran for seven seasons and aired on the WB, turned CW from 2000 to 2007. It returns on Nov. 25 with a four-episode revival on Netflix.
The show’s creator Amy Sherman-Palladino said she was inspired to write the show after staying at the then Mayflower Inn in Washington and driving around the area. This prompted a sold-out fan festival last month where 1,200 or so fans interacted with some of the cast and recreated experiences on the show.
While Washington residents have said the town was only the inspiration for Stars Hollow and is not a real-life replica, the state’s tourism office is advertising the trip with the slogan “Visit the ‘Real’ Stars Hollow, Connecticut.”
The website states, “Although the charmingly quaint New England town is not on the Connecticut state map, its inspiration can be found throughout the Litchfield Hills region. 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.”
Some of the attractions include the Mayflower Grace, Marty’s Café, The Washington Food Market and The Hickory Stick bookshop in Washington. It also promotes New Milford’s green and gazebo, as well as a few shops in Bridgewater.