Photo by Julia Herlyn '23
The 2000s hit show, “Gilmore Girls,” is set in the quaint, fictional town of Stars Hollow, Connecticut–adored for its close-knit community, quirky businesses and New England charm. Although Stars Hollow does not exist outside of the “Gilmore Girls” universe, real Connecticut towns, like Washington, prove to bear a great resemblance to Stars Hollow, inviting fans to indulge in their “Gilmore Girls” fantasies.
The show’s creator, Amy Sherman-Palladino, visited Washington while staying at the Mayflower Inn & Spa. Using the town as inspiration, Palladino then decided to use it as a starting point to develop a plot for a television series, birthing “Gilmore Girls.” The Mayflower Inn & Spa was paralleled in the “Gilmore Girls” universe as the Independence Inn, where Lorelai Gilmore–one of the main characters–works at the start of the show.