Beyond Stars Hollow: Gilmore Girls Inspiration in Connecticut Last Updated 4/20

Each year, fans gather in Litchfield County to celebrate Connecticut’s favorite fictitious town, Stars Hollow. Recreate the magic of the "Dragonfly Inn" with an overnight stay at the Bee & Thistle Inn, located in Old Lyme. Another way to explore the magic is by experiencing the Gilmore Girls Getaway. Here are some other cities and towns around the state featured in the popular television show Gilmore Girls that are worth a visit.

Hartford – Almost every episode featured Friday night dinner at Rory’s grandparents' house. Take a drive down Prospect Avenue and Scarborough Street in Hartford, and the majestic homes will make you feel like you’re in Richard and Emily Gilmore’s neighborhood.

While you’re there… the Gilmore Girls couldn’t live without coffee, so stop for a cup at Blue State, then do what bookworm Rory would do and head to the historic homes of these famous authors!


New Haven – Home to the campus of Rory’s alma mater, Yale University. She was editor of the Yale Daily News, so pick up a copy as a souvenir and see if you can find the Whiffenpoofs singing under an arch. Be sure to look for the stuffed replica of Yale’s mascot, Handsome Dan, like the Girls did at the one and only football game they attended. Hint… he’s in the admissions office!

While you’re there… spend some time shopping downtown like Lorelai did when she was looking for her “new getting-back-together-with-Luke dress,” at The Shops at Yale. When you’re done hitting the shops, grab some of the Girls’ favorite foods—burgers, pizza, tacos and ice cream—at one of these local spots!


Collinsville – Washington Depot may have been the inspiration for Stars Hollow, but scenes for the pilot episode were filmed in this village of Canton.

While you’re there… drop in for breakfast at LaSalle Market, which looks so much like Luke’s Diner from the show, you’ll expect to see Luke behind the counter. After strolling Main Street—where you might run into some local troubadours!— search for treasures at these nearby antique shops that could rival Kim’s Antiques from the show.


Small Towns to Big Screens

Want to explore more? Connecticut towns have also played a part in many made-for-TV Christmas movies and Academy Award-nominated films.