Embrace the Charm and Quirks: Living in a Small Town is like “Gilmore Girls”

How 'Gilmore Girls' Spurred Me to Relocate to a Charming New England Town a Decade Ago, and How I've Turned My Stars Hollow Fantasies into Reality

Inspired by Gilmore Girls, I moved to a small town in New England 10 years ago, living my Stars Hollow dreams.

lauren drinking coffee next to a window in her house in small vermont town I moved to a small town in Vermont as an adult. – Lauren Harkawik

Remember the enchanting New England small town on “Gilmore Girls”? The one that made you yearn for a cozy and character-filled existence? Well, buckle up, fashion lovers, because I’m about to take you on a delightful ride, showcasing the humorous and lovely similarities between my small Vermont town and Stars Hollow.

Dot’s: Our Very Own Luke’s Diner

exterior shot of dots diner in lauren’s small vermont town Dot’s is like our Luke’s from “Gilmore Girls”. – Lauren Harkawik

Step into Dot’s, the social hub of our small town, where you’re guaranteed to bump into someone you know. It’s as if the entire neighborhood is on a first-name basis, just like those quick-witted townsfolk on “Gilmore Girls”. When Tropical Storm Irene wreaked havoc on Dot’s, the community rallied together, determined not to let their beloved diner go down. Trust me, it’s more than just a place for pancakes and coffee – it’s an institution!

Crafts Inn: Our Beautiful Inn in the Center of Town

exterior shot of crafts inn in lauren’s small vermont town Like Stars Hollow, my town has a beautiful inn. – Lauren Harkawik

Crafts Inn, our town’s anchor, is no Dragonfly Inn, but it certainly adds to the charm of our community. Festivals and merry celebrations find their home in the inn’s yard, creating a picturesque backdrop for our small-town shenanigans. If only I had Lorelai and Sookie whipping up culinary wonders in the kitchen!

Our Annual Traditions at the Town Gazebo

shot of the gazeebo in lauren’s small vermont town The Stars Hollow gazebo is a big character on “Gilmore Girls”. – Lauren Harkawik

Ah, the town gazebo – a rendezvous point for our quirky events and beloved traditions. It’s not just a simple structure; it’s a catalyst for laughter and community spirit. Imagine the joy of witnessing the Make-A-Wish Duck Race, with rubber duckies bobbing in the river, while folks cheer and clutch their prize-winning certificates. This is where the heart and soul of our town gather, just like in Stars Hollow.

Memorial Hall: Tales of Passionate Voices and Town Meetings

exterior shot of memorial hall in lauren’s small vermont town The town often congregates at the hall. – Lauren Harkawik

While our small town may not utilize Memorial Hall for our own version of Town Meeting Day, it remains a crucial space for public gatherings, lectures, and discussions. Picture a room filled with captivating voices, just like Babette and Miss Patty in Stars Hollow. There’s no shortage of impassioned opinions, and I relish the thought of engaging in the town’s colorful debates.

Molly Stark: A Revolutionary War Heroine

statue of molly stark holding a baby and rifle in lauren’s small vermont town Molly Stark was alive during the Revolutionary War. – Lauren Harkawik

In our small town, we pay homage to Molly Stark, a heroine of the Revolutionary War. Standing tall, her statue depicts a woman holding a baby in one hand and a rifle in the other – a testament to her bravery and resilience. Legend has it that Molly’s husband uttered powerful words at the Battle of Bennington, rallying his troops to victory, and forever cementing her place in our town’s folklore.

Culinary Adventures and Antique Treasures

exterior shot of jezebels restaurant in lauren’s small vermont town Jezebel’s Eatery is home to a British market. – Lauren Harkawik

Our town boasts a colorful menu of restaurants, each with its own specialty. At Jezebel’s Eatery, you can indulge in a mouthwatering Reuben while perusing aisles of British grocery staples. Trust me, your taste buds will thank you, and your pantry will never be the same.

exterior shot of the antique store in lauren’s small vermont town Like Mrs. Kim’s business on “Gilmore Girls,” we have a beautiful antique shop. – Lauren Harkawik

No small town is complete without an enchanting antique store. Chapman’s Antiques is our very own treasure trove, adorning the heart of downtown. Step inside, and you’ll find yourself enchanted by the pieces that lend character to our homes. It’s a bit like stepping into Mrs. Kim’s domain, minus the strict rules and disapproving glares.

Quirky Characters and Hidden Delights

painted horse sticking its head out of a barn window in lauren’s vermont town I love passing by the quirky fake horse in my town. – Lauren Harkawik

Every small town needs its peculiar delights. In our case, it’s a whimsical painted horse, seemingly peering out of a window. Although this horse’s origins remain shrouded in mystery, it adds a touch of whimsy to our daily lives. I can almost hear Lorelai bantering with it as she strolls by, while Rory timidly stays at a safe distance due to her horse phobia.

highly decorated porch of a boutique in lauren’s vermont town There are so many fun decorations and knickknacks on the porch. – Lauren Harkawik

Sunday evenings in our town have an enchanting quality as the businesses wind down, and the decorated porches begin to shine. As I stroll through downtown, I can’t help but admire each porch, adorned with whimsical decorations that transform them into delightful mini-houses. It’s a testament to the trust and tight-knit nature of our community, knowing that leaving items on the porch overnight is perfectly safe.

The Ebb and Flow: Traditions, Celebrations, and Seasons

berries growing on a bush in lauren’s small vermont town Berries grow at the start of summer. – Lauren Harkawik

Living in a small town is not just about buildings and events; it’s about embracing the annual cycles and traditions. While berries may not be the first thing that comes to mind, their vibrant color symbolizes the beauty of our yearly rhythms. From festive celebrations to the changing of seasons, our tiny details create a tapestry of community spirit.

The True Essence of Small-Town Living: Our Vibrant Community

shot of laurens house and yard in her small vermont town I love my small-town life. – Lauren Harkawik

Ultimately, what truly makes living in a small town like Stars Hollow is the people. My neighbors, with their laughter, passions, and quirks, form the beating heart of our town. We are more than just characters; we are a close-knit community, sharing the joys and sorrows of life together. It’s a gift and a privilege to be a part of such a vibrant tapestry of connections.

So, my fellow fashion enthusiasts, if you’ve ever yearned for the idyllic small-town charm brimming with laughter and love, venture into the world of “Gilmore Girls”. Embrace the cozy bistros, quirky characters, and spirited traditions. Who knows, you might just find yourself falling head over heels for a real-life small town that serves up its own unique blend of fashion and charm.