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If "Gilmore Girls" Actually Happened In Real Life

Stars Hollow, everyone's favorite fictional town, is actually based on a real small town in Connecticut. And it's just as charming and beautiful.

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Stars Hollow is the beloved fictional town that everyone's favorite Gilmore Girls characters call home. Lorelai and Rory Gilmore created a lifetime's worth of memories in Stars Hollow, and this quaint New England town is loosely based on a combination of real small towns in Connecticut. Amy Sherman-Palladino, the show's creator and executive producer, said the idea for Gilmore Girls was born after she visited the Mayflower Grace Inn in Washington, Connecticut.

"At the time I was there, it was beautiful, it was magical, and it was feeling of warmth and small-town camaraderie," Sherman-Palladino told Desert News in 2001.

Washington and surrounding towns, like New Milford, played a large role in shaping the Stars Hollow that Gilmore Girls fans all know and love.

Here's what it would look like if Lorelai and Rory spent a day hanging out in the real town based on their fictional Connecticut home:

Lorelai and Rory might live in a white country home that looks something like this.

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They would definitely start their day at Marty's and order two large cups of coffee.

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It might not be Luke's, but it's still coffee. Mmmmmmm, coffeeeeeeeee!

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Lorelai would work at The Mayflower Grace Inn, a fancier version of the Independence Inn for visitors to stay at.

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And use the local mailbox in town when she runs her errands.

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This is the perfect bridge for Rory to longingly sit and wait for Jess to show up.

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And the food market where Lorelai shops for groceries.

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Major perk: She wouldn't have to run into Dean while picking up some coffee.

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Rory would of course spend all of her spare time at the charming Hickory Stick Bookshop.

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Especially during Banned Books Week, a holiday both she and the bookstore think is important.

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There are even cozy plaid chairs where Rory could sit and read her favorite novels.

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The Gilmore ladies would probably run into each other in the nonfiction section at the Hickory Stick Bookshop.

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And head out to the town square for a brisk walk.

This photograph was taken in a nearby town outside of Washington, Connecticut.
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This photograph was taken in a nearby town outside of Washington, Connecticut.

Why not spend some time with the Washington Art Association, a nonprofit organization run by local artists and volunteers?

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Bryan Memorial Town Hall is where Lorelai and Rory would go for town meetings. Luckily, none of them would be run by Taylor in Washington.

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And Rory would wander the lovely and picturesque streets afterward, without any sign of Kirk, Babette, or Miss Patty.

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Huntington & Hope would be the local antique shop of choice where customers don't have to bargain like at Kim's Antiques.

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There are beautiful New England churches that Lorelai and Rory could walk past on their travels through town.

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Even though Rory never showed an outright interest in religion, there's a ton of local history for her to check out.

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Since there doesn't seem to be a gazebo in Washington itself, the characters would have to make their way to nearby New Milford to hang out in one.

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Most importantly, as long as the Gilmore duo had each other, it wouldn't matter if they were in Stars Hollow, Washington, or in another world entirely.

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