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Washington Depot:The Real Stars Hollow

It’s almost that time of the year again, Gilmore Girls season, also known as fall. Fall is that time of the year when the weather gets colder, pumpkins come out, decorating and town events/festivals start, which is exactly what Gilmore Girls is composed of. The beloved town of Stars Hollow was inspired by a small town in Connecticut, Washington Depot. Washington Depot is the place to be if you’re looking to spend your day as a Gilmore Girl and what better time is it than fall to do so.


As seen in many of the Gilmore Girls episodes, Lorelai and Rory live off of coffee, it’s their main source of survival. They drink it any time of the day and any time they have access to it. You can never miss an episode of Lorelai and Rory not drinking coffee. As Lorelai says “Coffee, Coffee, Coffee”. Seen in many Gilmore Girls episodes as well, Lorelai and Rory’s love for Pop-Tarts. So start your day off with a coffee and a Pop-Tart from The Po Cafe located in Washington, Connecticut. The Po Cafe makes homemade Pop-Tarts and always has coffee ready to go. The cafe gives off a similar vibe to the local diner seen in Gilmore Girls, called Luke’s Diner. People also like to visit the cafe, Marty’s, which people think gives off more of a Luke’s diner vibe, is another great place to visit.


Rory Gilmore lives in two worlds and one of them is books. Every episode you can catch Rory reading. With a total of 339 books that Rory has been seen reading in Gilmore Girls, a book is a perfect thing to pick up at the Hickory Stick Bookshop. Stars Hollow Books was inspired by a small bookstore in Washington Connecticut, The Hickory Stick Bookshop. If you ask the workers at The Hickory Stick Bookshop for a “Rory Reads Reading List” they will gladly give you one. You can even find a small section of Gilmore Girls books, from cookbooks to fill-in books.


The Independence Inn that Lorelai first started working at was inspired by the Mayflower Inn in Washington, Connecticut. The Mayflower Inn includes not only an Inn but a spa and meals for a relaxing getaway. The Inn is supposed to make guests feel like they are staying in the actual Independence Inn so they can get the true Gilmore Girls vibe although the Mayflower Inn is a little more modern. The creator of Gilmore Girls, Amy Sherman Pallidno, got the idea of creating the show Gilmore Girls just by staying in the Mayflower Inn.

Town Green:

The town green is where all the festivals happen, and in Gilmore Girls there is always a festival right around the corner. The festivals give Gilmore Girls the true fall feeling. In Washington festivals are also always right around the corner. You can get a view of the town church, restaurants, bookstore, etc, right from the town green. You can spend an afternoon just walking around for a relaxed day, just like the Gilmore Girls do.

Food Market:

The food market in Stars Hollow, Doose’s Market is always a great stop to get something quick. It is inspired by the food market in Washington, Connecticut. It’s small, friendly, and you might casually run into people you know all the time, which is just like Doose’s.

Gift Shop:

In Washington there is a cute little boutique that attracts many people when they are taking a trip to see the real life Stars Hollow. It’s called Five Janes. They sell clothes, jewelry, bags, hats, etc. But what attracts most customers is their Gilmore Girls collection. There are things from mugs that say Luke’s Diner on them, to Gilmore Girls wall art, even Gilmore Girls salt and pepper shakers, and so much more. So if you are taking a trip to Washington definitely check out this gift shop.

You can find so many other things in Washington that you can easily compare to how Stars Hollow is. You’ll feel like you’re actually in the real Stars Hollow, making this trip quite memorable and fall is the perfect time to do so.

Emily Moore

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