Autumn in New York may be worth writing a song about, but as any “Gilmore Girls” fan knows, there’s nothing like fall in New England.
So last weekend, my aunt, cousin and I decided to take a trip to Vermont.
We checked tons of basic fall activities off our list in less than 48 hours — we took in the foliage, posed for pictures in a pumpkin patch, drank Pumpkin Spice Lattes from a drive-thru Starbucks, bought authentic maple syrup and then drove down to Connecticut to pick apples.
Just as we were about to head back to New York, my cousin Kathleen said,
Hey, isn’t the town Stars Hollow is based on in Connecticut somewhere?
I immediately recalled reading about a place called Washington Depot.
“Gilmore Girls” creator Amy Sherman-Palladino had been on vacation in Connecticut and was staying at a charming inn (which she based the Independence Inn on) in an adorable town where everyone seemed to know each other.
And she suddenly thought to herself, “Hey! This would be a great place to set a TV show.”
And then — poof! — Stars Hollow and “Gilmore Girls” was born.
I checked my Google maps and it was only an hour from the orchard we had just picked 20 pounds of apples at in.
We had to eat lunch somewhere,so we went.Here’s what happened.