We had the pleasure of visiting 12 New England Inns that just shouted Gilmore Girls when we were in America. I don’t know about you, but I binge watched Lorelei, Luke, Rory and Sookie, and every one of the towns we visited in New England, shouted that they might as well be Stars Hollow, the fictional town from the hugely popular TV show.
I should add now that Gordon did not participate in my Gilmore Girls epiphany having not seen any shows other than when he wandered through the living room. He wouldn’t even have an opinion on Jackson, or Miss Patty, Paris, Jess or Emily. Hmmm. We have written about these inns before, but it is now time to collectively gather them and share the Top 12 New England Inns that Shout Gilmore Girls.
About New England
- 1 Top 12 New England Inns that Shout Gilmore Girls
- 1.1 In Maine:
- 1.2 In New Hampshire:
- 1.3 In Massachusetts:
- 1.4 Deerfield Inn in Historic Deerfield, MA
- 1.5 Captain’s House Inn in Chatham on Cape Cod, MA
- 1.6 In Vermont:
- 1.7 In Rhode Island:
- 1.8 In Connecticut:
- 1.9 And if you need a Luke’s Diner …. what about the iconic Moody’s Diner
- 1.10 And a bit of Romance, you have to kiss under a covered New England Bridge
- 1.11 Weekend Travel Inspiration
New England is made up of 6 states – Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. We stayed at inns in every state, as part of the Distinctive Inns of New England, Luxury Bed and Breakfasts, and every one of these shouted Gilmore Girls. I even had my “I smell snow” moments staying at these New England inns. Does it get any better?
Lorelai: Wait, close your eyes and breathe. I smell snow.
Rory: Ah, it’s that time of year.
Lorelai: Can’t you smell it?
Rory: You know, it’s like dogs and high-pitched noises. I think it’s something only you can smell.
Lorelai: I love snow.
Rory: Really, I had no idea.
Lorelai: Everything’s magical when it snows, everything looks pretty. The clothes are great. Coats, scarves, gloves, hats.
Rory: Thermal underwear, wool socks, ear flaps.
Top 12 New England Inns that Shout Gilmore Girls
Captain Jefferds Inn in Kennebunkport
There is something about pulling up at Captain Jefferds Inn, in Kennebunkport that is special. In fact, driving into Kennebunkport is very special as you pass some of the most stunning houses. OK, let’s call them mansions because this place oozes money, and these are some of the best examples of architecture from the late 1700s through the early 1900s. The history of this seafaring town is immediately obvious.
We see the surfers in their full wetsuits catching waves as fishing boats go back into the quaint harbor in the town. The waves of the Atlantic Ocean crash quite fiercely over the road. Latest prices here.
Camden Maine Stay Inn in Camden, Maine
Roberta opens the door to us at the Camden Maine Stay Inn and greets us so warmly in her very Italian voice. I go for the double kiss, which is the Italian way, but stop myself because we are not even over the threshold yet. But, I felt like it, so comforting was her welcome and so cheerfully Italian that it made me want to. This is our 4th Inn in our epic 12 Distinctive Inns of New England journey where we are staying 2 nights at each inn. Yet again, we are finding a totally different and enriching experience in Camden, Maine.
In New Hampshire:
Manor on Golden Pond in Holderness
We arrived at Manor on Golden Pond, Holderness, in New Hampshire and yes, this is the Golden Pond, immortalized in that dreadfully boring movie On Golden Pond that happened to win a lot of Academy Awards, so maybe I was the first not to like this movie. I did re-read the plot, and it is tenable and has some interesting quotes and seems more relevant when we were standing there as, Norman Thayer (Henry Fonda) and his wife Ethel (Katharine Hepburn).
There is something about walking into a large manor, set on 30 acres, and this is exactly what Manor on Golden Pond is. It is a very welcoming first visual impression. If you read us regularly, and we sure hope you do, I have a thing for open fires, and there were many of them in the various large yet welcoming parlor rooms. Plus, we had our first kiss under a covered bridge.
I know you want to read about that, and about the Manor on Golden Pond, Holderness, in New Hampshire
Chesterfield Inn in West Chesterfield, New Hampshire
Harbor Light Inn in Marblehead, MA
Gateways Inn & Restaurant in Lenox, MA
Deerfield Inn in Historic Deerfield, MA
Captain’s House Inn in Chatham on Cape Cod, MA
Rabbit Hill Inn in Lower Waterford
Grafton Inn in Grafton
In Rhode Island:
Cliffside Inn in Newport
Inn at Harbor Hill Marina in Niantic
These Top 12 New England Inns that Shout Gilmore Girls all belong to the Distinctive Inns of New England.
And if you need a Luke’s Diner …. what about the iconic Moody’s Diner
And a bit of Romance, you have to kiss under a covered New England Bridge
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Well, now I am kicking myself that I stayed at a nondescript chain hotel in Waterford, VT instead of in a charming B&B. I had 3 kids with me and no husband along, so there was no chance of romance, though. I have a wooden, 4-post bed at home like many in your photos, so perhaps I am attempting to recreate a B&B atmosphere in my own house. (Alas, I must change the bed linens and make breakfast myself.) I dream of my daughter and I having a Lorelei/Rory type of relationship.
Loved this reply, I think we all like the romantic places.
I am a New Englander and a huge fan of the Gilmore Girls so I really enjoyed reading this 🙂 Now I must save up enough money and reserve enough space on my schedule to visit all of these places!
I am pleased you enjoyed this, particularly as you are a local. Definitely visit these inns, and get your Gilmore Girls fix. I did.
All these inns are beautiful and looks romantic.I’d love to stay in any of these… 🙂
They were all beautiful, and each special in their own way.
How romantic. I also am a fan of the Gilmore Girls. Aren’t they making a comeback? I could easily fall in love in one of these inns in New England. They are very charming.
They are making a come back; and the inns in New England were all charming.
OMG I love ALLLL of these! It’s hard to just choose one! As my name is also Lorelei, I loooove Gilmore Girls! If I’m ever in the region I will have to do a hotel hop! Saving this! #wkendtravelinspiration
This is the best that your name is Lorelei. You need to do this trip to all of the Distinctive Inns of New England. It has your name written all over it.
Charming inns! Love the photo with the cat at Chesterfield inn 🙂
Thanks, and I made the cat sit still while I got Gordon to get the shot. The inns were lovely.
The inns all look so cosy, just perfect in the cooler weather. I can picture myself curling up in front of a fire reading… maybe with the cat! ##weekendtravelinspiration
I can see that picture very well too…and a glass of wine and maybe some cheese?
Gosh I must get into Gilmore Girls, I feel so out of it. Those places look so warm and inviting. Thanks for re-sharing, these all look like places I’d really enjoy.
You have to start from the beginning and binge watch them all Lyn.
I loved your collection of New England Inns — great photos. It almost feels like I’ve visited them all.
Thank you, I am pleased you enjoyed this.
The New England area is one I haven’t visited much and some states not at all. My family always seemed to go west for our vacations and now I live on the West Coast. Would love to spend some time exploring this area. I never watched Gilmore Girls, but when I lived in Alaska I certainly smelled snow a lot. Saving this list for when I head that way! #WeekendTravelInspiration
I smell snow in Australia and Japan too. The New England area is beautiful and I hope you get to visit soon.
I love this! My daughters and I dreamed about a New England road trip in search of Stars Hollow when the show was originally on. We even did research to figure out which town was most “Gilmore Girls” but we never actually did the trip. I’m headed to Connecticut this summer so I’ll finally be hitting up some of those towns. I’m looking forward to it!
Do the Distinctive Inns of New England as we did. You will all love it. I think you will be off to great start in CT
I love Gilmore Girls! nice places;) and a cute cat! #wkdtravelinspiration
I am a fan of the Gilmore Girls, so visiting all of these inns was fantastic.
All those inns are so quaint and cozy. I could comfortably stay at any of them (perhaps not the one with the cat 🙂 )
The inns were all beautiful, and the cat was ok.