Embrace Your Inner Gilmore Girl in Washington this Fall

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The beginning of fall is such a magical time in New England. The falling leaves are dazzling, the views are magical, and the weather is just cool enough to enjoy a warm cup of coffee while exploring the outdoors!

For any Gilmore Girls fans out there, you may already know that writer of the show, Amy Sherman-Palladino, stayed at Washington’s own Mayflower Inn and used the Town of Washington as her inspiration behind our beloved Stars Hollow. So we invite you to take a trip through Litchfield Hills to experience Connecticut’s “Stars Hollow” while embracing your inner Gilmore Girl right here in Washington this fall!

First things first, let’s get coffee

Washington Depot is the perfect spot to start your Gilmore Girls adventure. Start with a cup of coffee from Marty’s Cafe where you can pick up an americano, cappuccino, latte, or whatever kind of caffeine you fancy. Then, take a stroll next door to The Pantry where you can pick up a breakfast pastry or two!

“You like coffee?” “Only with my oxygen.” – Lorelai Gilmore

Marty's Cafe.

See what Rory reads at the Hickory Stick Bookshop

Stars Hollow just wouldn’t be the same without its small-town bookstore, and we can say the same for Washington! Come to our Hickory Stick Bookshop where you can find the latest bestsellers, new arrivals, and stationery. The Hickory Stick has even put together a “Rory Reads Book List” that you can get started on while sipping on your second (or third) cup of coffee! And if you are looking for a keepsake to take home, go across the street to Five Janes, a charming boutique where Rory and Lorelai would love to shop.

“I live in two worlds; one is a world of books.” – Rory Gilmore

Hickory Stick Bookshop. Photo credit: Alexandra Barnes @byalexandrabarnes

Go on a stroll through the historic Washington Green

The Washington Green Historic District is a great place to view small town colonial architecture, much like that of Stars Hollow. The First Congregational Church Meetinghouse might remind you of Stars Hollow’s church in the center of town. From the Washington Green, we invite you to visit the Gunn Historical Museum where you can participate in a self-guided tour of “Washington, CT: An American Story” that will bring you back in time for a fascinating history of Washington, except that Washington’s museum is not the former home of old man Twickum!

“Now, I don’t know what all your plans are, but the grand opening of the Stars Hollow Museum is this morning. Any takers?” – Lorelai Gilmore

Gunn Historical Museum's "Washington CT - An American Story" Exhibit.

Go on a window shopping stroll in New Preston

New Preston Village has beautiful local shops that are nothing short of charming. While window shopping, you can embrace your inner Lorelai by finding stylish accessories at Plain Goods, J. Seitz & Co., and Privet House. Or embrace your inner Rory and see what new stationery and writing supplies will catch your eye at D.K. Schulman Design. And before you go, make sure to stop by Sweeets for red vines, chocolate, and anything else that will help satisfy that Gilmore Girl sweet tooth.

“It’s all stuff I need or want or think I might someday need or want.” – Lorelai Gilmore

New Preston Kitchen Goods. Photo credit: @newprestonct

A short walk to the Thoreau Bridge

While hiking is not a typical activity that the Gilmore girls would jump up and down for, we know they would appreciate the cute outfits! If you are wanting to explore the wonderful outdoors, Washington’s Preserves are breathtaking this time of year. We have a spot that is just a short walk away and certainly worth the view – The Henry David Thoreau Bridge at the Hidden Valley Preserve. Rory would certainly appreciate the inscribed quotes along the bridge in honor of this poet and philosopher. And if there was an Old Muddy River Bridge in town that would have to be saved with a knit-a-thon, our Thoreau Bridge would be it!

“The universe is wider than our views of it.” – Henry David Thoreau

Henry David Thoreau Bridge. Photo credit: @thebuckfstopshere

Finish your Stars Hollow adventure with burgers and dessert

It just wouldn’t be a Stars Hollow adventure without the burgers and dessert at the end of the day. Over in Washington Depot, the G.W. Tavern has a great variety classic dishes and dessert options, plus a cozy atmosphere! Or stop in to the White Horse Country Pub & Restaurant for their House Signature Burger and the Royal Melting Chocolate Lava Cake. Then on your way home, grab a delicious High Five Pie and a coffee for the road from The Smithy.

“I would like a cheeseburger, with a side of cheeseburger, and see if they can make me a cheeseburger smoothie.” – Lorelai Gilmore

The White Horse Country Pub & Restaurant. Photo credit: @whitehorsecountrypub

For many of us, Gilmore Girls has a special place in our hearts and there’s no better way to celebrate our favorite show than walking through Connecticut’s own Stars Hollow right here in Washington!

Tag us on your adventure while you’re there at @explorewashingtonct!


About the Gilmore Girls Fan Fest
In the past, we have welcomed the Gilmore Girls fans to Washington during their annual Fan Fest. Because the Fan Fest will not be coming to Connecticut this year, we won’t be able to welcome them in person. But they will be doing a virtual “gathering of friends” this year! On October 17th, you can join them virtually. For information and tickets, visit: www.gilmoregirlsfanfest.com.


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