“Gilmore Girls” is one of my all-time favorite TV shows. From the witty, fast-paced banter to Rory’s love for books to the close-knit mother-daughter relationship (my mom & I used to watch it together, and still sometimes refer to each other as one another’s ‘Rory’ and ‘Lorelai’), what was not to love? To this day, I still religiously watch the reruns on ABC Family. However — books and banter aside, another love of mine was the show’s fictional town, Stars Hollow. Each time I watched the show, I marveled at the town’s quaint structure and charm and its friendly (and often quirky) residents. Everything appeared perfect and picturesque, and I fantasized about moving to Stars Hollow and living out my days gossiping with the nosy dance teacher and quarreling with the uptight grocer.
This got me thinking about contemporaries I’ve read and the fictional towns where I wouldn’t mind living, especially if it meant stumbling across the unavoidable hunky hero (because in romance, every town has one). So let’s take a roadtrip to my favorite I-wish-they-were-real-so-I-could-live-there small towns (seat belt mandatory, cheesy girl-pop playlist optional).
First stop is in Truly, Idaho. Readers are first introduced to this little Northwestern gem in Truly, Madly Yours (aka, The One That Started It All) when Delaney Shaw returns home and is forced to stick around for a year as indicated in her stepfather’s will. Delaney might’ve snubbed her nose at the tiny town, but being surrounded by sexy bad boys like Nick Allegrezza doesn’t seem so bad to me! (PS: Truly makes another appearance in Gibson’s Tangled Up In You…as does another bad boy hottie)
After a quick stop for fuel, 7-Up and gummi bears, we head south to the aptly-named Heaven, Texas (penned by one of my fave authors, Susan Elizabeth Phillips) where everything really is bigger — from the hair-dos to the men. Prime example: Bobby-Tom Denton, the cowboy hat-wearin’, over-the-top, flashy football player. Poor Gracie may have her hands full with him, but in a town where the hospitality is as grand as Bobby-Tom’s cowboy boots, you just can’t help but want to take a trip down south to experience some good old country livin’ for yourself. (PS – for those who’ve read Heaven, Texas & are looking for a little something extra, SEP has posted a never-before-seen epilogue for Bobby-Tom and Gracie HERE)
We wrap this roadtrip up with a trip to Tumble Creek, Colorado, which is the small town setting for Victoria Dahl’s Tumble Creek series. So far, I’ve only read Talk Me Down (Tumble Creek #1), but it was uh-mazing! The characters were so realistic, yet were still people I’d actually want to hang out with! Plus, the town’s sheriff, Ben, is my kinda hero — I definitely wouldn’t mind being pulled over by him for speeding!
There you have it — three towns where I could happily see myself as a resident. Sure, small towns may have their downsides — nosy neighbors, no Starbucks, 9 p.m. curfew — but I still think it would be fun to live in a place where everyone knew your name and watched out for each other. As someone who’s lived in the city for all of her life, I welcome the eccentricities and intimacy small towns offer.
By that notion alone, I’ve added a few of Debbie Macomber’s books to my TBR pile. Her stories are set in the fictional town of Cedar Cove, which is loosely based on Port Orchard, Washington. I have an affinity for coastal towns, and as far as I can tell, Cedar Cove seems like the perfect place to add to my “I-wish-they-were-real-so-I-could-live-there” list!
ROAMING QUESTION: Do you have your own I-wish-they-were-real-so-I-could-live-there small towns? If so, what are they and where did you find out about them?