My daughter and I started watching Gilmore Girls in 2000, along with every other preteen girl in America. What was different is that we not only fell in love with Lorelei and Rory, but we searched out the US for our own Stars Hollow. You know, the cute little town that was one of the main characters of the show. It had Luke's diner, a town square and the charming town troubadour. Who doesn't want a town troubadour?
That was 2000. In 2003 we made the leap to leave San Francisco in search of our own Stars Hollow. We used FindYourSpot.com to find a town that had four seasons, a private independent school, a Unitarian Church, and was a tourist destination. (Note, I just did it again and Eureka Springs is on my top 10 list still. I guess it was meant to be. Leave a comment with one of your top 10!)
I remember it kept showing us Taos, some small town in Idaho, and Eureka Springs. We had lived for a year in the Ozarks and knew we liked the region, but had never actually been to Arkansas. That meant that my husband needed to drive out and do a little scouting. He spent 3 days in town. He met with the private school head master, he went to church, he wandered around looking for a place to rent, and he found our new home.
We chased after our own Stars Hollow after watching a TV show, using a website, and one weekend trip by my husband. Crazy. Brilliant, but crazy.
The question, after almost 10 years, is did we find it? When I think about it long and hard, discard some of the stuff that could happen anywhere, and really consider the joy that a fictional town like Stars Hollow had and the real town we live in I would say yes. Yes, we found it. People know my name, they reach out when bad things happen, they celebrate when good things arrive, they gather in the town park, they fight off big industry together, and the town is packed with charm year round.
We just need the troubadour!
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