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Gilmore Girls Self-Guided Tour

Rory and Lorelai went on many adventures during the 7 seasons of the popular Gilmore Girls series. But did you know that they filmed the pilot episode right here in Unionville?

They loved the scenery so much, they recreated Main Street Unionville on the film studios lot in Los Angeles, California. Try to see how many locations of Stars Hollow you can find on our iconic Main Street Unionville.


Photo: Sherman-Palladino, Amy. Gilmore Girls: Pilot Episode. 2000.

Photo: Sherman-Palladino, Amy. Gilmore Girls: Pilot Episode. 2000.

Photo: Sherman-Palladino, Amy. Gilmore Girls: Pilot Episode. 2000.

Photo: Sherman-Palladino, Amy. Gilmore Girls: Pilot Episode. 2000.

Luke’s Diner

If you’re a Gilmore Girls fan, then you know about Luke’s Diner. It is one of the most iconic things about the series. Luke’s Diner original location is 156 Main Street Unionville. It doesn’t quite look the same as in the show these days, but the detailing on the windows is still there.

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Town Gazebo

Our gazebo on Main Street Unionville never made an appearance on the show but was the inspiration for the well-known town centre gazebo where there were many town events and where many life lessons were learned on the show. Unionville’s gazebo can be found at 139 Main Street Unionville and is always decorated for the season. Visit the gazebo and have a revelation of your own.

Photo: Sherman-Palladino, Amy. Gilmore Girls: Kiss and Tell Episode. 2000.

Taylor’s Olde Fashioned Soda Shoppe

Another staple in the show that came from inspiration from Main Street Unionville, is Taylor’s Olde Fashioned Soda Shoppe. At the Old Firehall Confectionary in Unionville, you can purchase sweet treats, local goodies, and pick up a fresh cup of coffee. No wonder the producers wanted to include a similar store in the quaint little town of Stars Hollow. You can find the Old Firehall Confectionary at 170 Main Street Unionville.

Photo: Sherman-Palladino, Amy. Gilmore Girls: Ballrooms & Biscotti Episode. 2003.

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Scenery

The producers loved the scenery and coziness of Main Street, that they used arial and street footage of Main Street Unionville throughout the entire series. In the opening shot of the very first episode there is a view of a red brick church. The church is located at 150 Main Street in Unionville. A few moments later in the pilot, you see Lorelai Gilmore crossing the street to go to Luke’s diner, and you can see her walking in front of 154 Main Street Unionville, Tucci Armadio, a women’s clothing store. In multiple episodes of Gilmore Girls, they pan over a sign that says, “Welcome to Stars Hollow”. They covered up a sign of a local business in Unionville, and if you look closely, you can see the vines and greenery are covering the top of the sign and you can make out the words, Unionville Planing Mill. This sign can be found at 139 Main Street Unionville. Keep an eye out and see if you can find any more scenery shots of Unionville as you watch the Gilmore Girls!

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Gilmore Girls

Photos: Sherman-Palladino, Amy. Gilmore Girls: Pilot Episode. 2000.

How many of these sights can you find on your visit to Main Street Unionville?

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