By Sloane Walsh ’25
Lots of stores and shops in Washington are similar to those of Stars Hollow (minus the difference in names), like the Hickory Stick Bookstore, the Hardware Store, Washington Market, and Town Hall. Sadly, Washington is missing the infamous gazebo. Viewers say that Stars Hollow is based on other towns in Connecticut, like New Milford and Kent. Yet, we can’t let the home of the Canterbury Saints take the gazebo.
Luke’s Diner also doesn’t exist in the depot, a sad loss for the people of Washington. We have Marty’s, but knowing how much Lorelai and Rory loved the coffee from Luke’s, there is no way Marty’s could compete. But I’m also pretty sure that Luke’s diner wouldn’t have avocado toast or a yogurt parfait;Marty’s is clearly more progressive and unique.
Amy Sherman-Palladino didn’t make her fictional town a replica of Washington, but there are still parts of our town that feel like Stars Hollow. So on your next trip to the depot, make sure to find some similarities between Stars Hollow and our hometown. Of course, it isn’t a perfect replica of Stars Hollow, but it has everything you need. For example, Washington Market is missing the iconic Taylor Doose, but they make up for it with their incredible coffee cake (ask Mairin Hoffman ‘25 if you want a second opinion).