Now you can explore The Vampire Diaries filming locations.
If you’re a total Vampire Stalker you are going to flip out when you go to Mystic Falls, or as we call it in the real world, Covington, Georgia. Like you, I’m a huge fan of The Vampire Diaries. No I haven’t been watching it since 2009 when it started, but when I finally got on the wagon this year, I binge watched every single episode in the matter of a month. Yes, a month. Naturally when I ran out of episodes I did what I do best, travel. And what better way to get your fix of your favorite neck-biting vamps than by squeezing in a weekender to Covington to explore the Vampire Diaries filming locations. Let me tell you, it’s a whole new level of geekery and I highly recommend it.
So wait… how much will that cost me? Some budget-friendly tips to keep your money in your pocket.
Okay, okay, you’re budget minded and I get that. Naturally you want to get right to it. Is this even a feasible trip? No sense in getting your fangs out if you can’t actually afford it. Good news, visiting Georgia is actually pretty budget friendly. Here are some points to keep you winning:
- Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport is a flight hub, one of the largest in the U.S.. This means your flights are much cheaper than say, if you were trying to fly into Tampa. You can also check out my articles on budget flights. Hey, even I like to save mula (there’s always a kid or an animal who needs it more than I do).
- Renting a car – really you’re going to have to do this. Covington is the kind of place to check out and deserves more than a once over. I always rent from Kayak… there’s no affiliate link there just good old fashioned truth. It’s plain out the cheapest.
- Lodging – well this depends on your “Katherine” level. I’m a total Katherine when it comes to lodging. Call me spoiled but the hotel industry was my first career. I like unique places to stay, especially historic (and in light of the theme here, a historic inn would be perf)! I can recommend the Twelve Oaks Bed & Breakfast. Firstly because they actually use this property for filming and secondly, because it came highly recommended to me by the Covington Visitor’s Bureau (and they don’t just put travel bloggers anywhere…we get the goods). Apart from this, you can always save when using hotels.com in Atlanta which is just a half hour away. If you’re thinking of camping nearby, check out this gear at GearWeare.
- Oh and hey, while you’re at it, if you’re a fan of The Walking Dead, you may as well knock that geek trip off your list too! It’s just an hour from Covington! Check out my article here.
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Vampire Stalkers Mystic Falls Tours – Winging it Versus Having a Guide
Okay so now that we’ve sorted that, let’s start talking! The Vampire Diaries filming locations in Covington A.K.A. Mystic Falls, are pretty much public property which gives you one of two options. You can either wing it, or you can take a guided tour.
Me personally, I prefer the guided tour (and I generally dislike tours they bore the crap out of me), but when it comes to a film (one you know darn well you’re crack addicted to) a guided tour is anything but boring. The ONLY tour to take for this is the Vampire Stalkers Mystic Falls Tour. Which will run you $55 USD / person and worth every dime. Plus it’s partnered with the Ian Somerhalder Foundation which I love (and in fact am working on my own campaign to help his cause).
There are three and only three reasons I opted to take a guided tour of Mystic Falls with Vampire Stalkers over chumming it along on my own:
- Jessica the guide (and founder of Vampire Stalkers Mystic Falls Tours) knows more than
youI do about The Vampire Diaries filming locations. She’s from Covington, Georiga, she’s been watching The Vampire Diaries filming since it began in 2009, and she knows the cast. This makes it obvious then, that taking this tour will leave me me insider knowledge and backstories I otherwise NEVER would have known. Oh and her startup story is awesome too. She is overall just a ball of sunshine and adored by the cast and of course now me.
- Mystic Falls Tours has access to the VERY private Lockwood Mansion estate where loads upon loads of scenes have been filmed. When you wing it you just get the creepy drive by version. AND, you don’t get to meet George Lockwood, the infamous fabulous feline.
- You may get to actually see the cast of The Vampire Diaries filming while you’re there. Now I’m not guaranteeing anything, but let’s just say they are known to ham it up with fans when they are done and being seen with Jess is never going to hurt the situation.
Here are some of The Vampire Diaries filming locations I was able to see on the Mystic Falls Tour
Many scenes are shot here. Bench scenes, town scenes and more. As soon as you stand in the Square you feel like you’re in the show. It’s pretty cool.
Elena’s Father’s Doctor’s Office
The show has to remove the props because people tend to steal them. This one got to stay though! Pretty cool!
The Mystic Grill
Gah! The Mystic Grill like for really reals! So cool hearing about all the scenes filmed here. You can actually eat inside however, keep in mind all the inside stuff is filmed at a sound stage. P.S. the food is UHMAZE!
Mystic Falls Courthouse
When you roll into Covington this hits you! Boom, you’re in Mystic Falls. This is really the icon of the exterior set of Mystic Falls.
The Damon and Elena Rain Kiss Scene
We all melted when we saw this one. Like c’mon, this is one of the most memorable scenes in the series!
Movie magic turns this into Whitmore Campus. Pretty cool! This is actually a local park which is very peaceful and serene.
Where Bonnie Stops Matt’s Heart
In the current season we all just saw how Bonnie used her witchy magic to stop Matt’s heart and barely start it again. Whew! That was here!
The Lockwood Mansion
Such an amazing estate. This historic real life home is Tyler Lockwood’s home in Mystic Falls. Lots of cool parties and scenes shot here. You can’t miss George either. He’s the resident spotlight stealer. He loves attention, so expect him to come around when you’re there!
Most of the cemetery scenes are done on the sound stage, but this has been used for scenes before.
And just for fun! The stars in town:
Now I know you’re stoked. If you’re like me you’re an uber fan and you swear you have to make it to Mystic Falls or you’ll die. Please remember while we all love the Vampire Diaries filming stuffs, there are some things you shouldn’t do. As in… don’t be that person that ruins it for everyone. No one likes that person. If you see talent (they are really cool and often will come by to say hello if they have time), please keep in mind these people work 12-16 hour days. They have a lot of responsibility to remember lines and get into the characters we all love. Don’t be an ass. Use your best judgement. Don’t ever steal anything from the set. Sure it’s a trophy but at what cost. This type of move will cause nothing but problems for the people who aren’t doing these things.
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