‘I smell snow.’
This past December I traveled to California searching for new filming locations to visit and write about. And of course, Gilmore Girls was in my mind when I booked my plane ticket straight to Los Angeles.
Christmas in Stars Hollow, what a wonderful thing! In Lorelai Gilmore’s own words: “Everything is magical when it snows. Everything looks pretty. The clothes are great; the coats, scarves, gloves, hats.”
Unfortunately, not everything’s what it seems and real snow didn’t fall over the beautiful town of Stars Hollow. Anyhow, it was absolutely a dream come true to visit Gilmore Girls’ iconic filming locations.
Here I tell you all about my experience!
A TRIP TO STARS HOLLOW AND THE GILMORE GIRLS’ HOUSE IN WARNER BROS.
If you are wondering where Stars Hollow is actually located, the answer is the Warner Bros. Studio in Burbank, a 30-minute drive from Downtown L.A.
If you book the Warner Bros. Studio Tour, you’ll have the chance to visit the different film sets that were used and re-used over and over again in movies and TV series such as Friends, Shameless, Pretty Little Liars, Batman, and of course, Gilmore Girls.
You also get to see some sit-com interiors (such as The Big Bang Theory), props, the original Batmobiles, and costumes.
The tour costs $69 and you can get the tickets through their web page: https://www.wbstudiotour.com/
Once you get inside your tour cart, make sure to tell your guide that you are a Gilmore Girls fan so that he or she points at the different exteriors used in the series. Even though some of them will be pretty easy to recognize, others have been altered for subsequent productions.
As I made the tour two years after the Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life was released, the interiors were no longer there.
But I was amazed to walk among Stars Hollow’s famous landmarks such as the gazebo, Miss Patty’s and of course, Lorelai and Rory’s house.
There is a coffee stand in Lorelai’s backyard that serves also hamburgers and sodas, and while you shop for merchandise on her porch you hear the series’ soundtrack playing constantly in the background.
I had the most wonderful time!
a visit to Chilton with an amazing view of l.a.
Other interesting Gilmore Girls’ filming location easy to visit is Chilton’s exteriors at the Greystone Estate in Beverly Hills (905 Loma Vista Drive).
It is open every day from 10 am to 5 pm and it is totally free, but you definitely have to get there by car (there is no parking fee). The manor is only open for special events so you can only visit the gardens.
Check out Greystone’s web site for more information: https://www.greystonemansion.org/