Slip into the Silver Screen
Films have the power to transport us. They can even change our lives by opening new worlds and reminding us we’re not alone. If you’re a film buff or a mega fan of one movie in particular, you’re in luck. Some former filming locations are open to the public, including these eight houses that are available to rent for a night or a weekend getaway. Whether you love action-packed adventures, magic and wizardry, windswept romance, or just a good, classic Christmas story, transport yourself to one of these real-world locations for your own starring role.
Romance in Rodanthe
Fall in love with stunning Hatteras Island in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Nights in Rodanthe, starring Diane Lane and Richard Gere, was filmed on location at this fantastical weathered inn, which was relocated and completely redecorated to match the film set exactly. Explore wildlife and the peaceful Carolina coastline in your free time. Contact Sun Realty for pricing.
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It looks like an unassuming cabin in the woods—but wait, there’s more. This lakeside retreat, located on Bouckaert Farm in Fairburn, Georgia, was also the spot where a number of Marvel movies were filmed, including Black Panther, Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame. For superfans, you’ll actually be staying in Tony Stark’s (aka Iron Man’s) cabin. Besides all this, it is a relaxing, beautiful spot to spend a few days. From $800 per night at Airbnb .
We’re With the Band
If you experienced the ‘90s, it was hard to miss the Spice Girls. Relive your girl-power glory days by spending the night in the Spice Bus. Featured in the movie Spice World, it’s been given a complete makeover to accommodate overnighters and guests seeking a unique weekend away. Inside, the bus features cool Anglophile design and is perfectly positioned on a beautiful marina, with a bar, restaurant, and shop on site. From $177 per night at Airbnb .
“You’ll shoot your eye out, kid!” If you’re a fan of the classic film, A Christmas Story, you’ll know those iconic words by heart. You’ll also be interested to learn that Ralphie’s house is open year round for public tours and overnight stays. Check out the museum and gift shop, then have lunch at The Rowley Inn, where locally sourced burgers are paired with movie-themed delicacies. Perfect for a nostalgic family getaway. Contact A Christmas Story House & Museum for pricing.
Room with a View
Film buffs will get their fair share of movie history by booking this sunny room in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn. The Victorian-style bedroom was used as a set in the Ryan Reynolds’ film Definitely, Maybe, as well as Damages with Glenn Close, and Solitary Man, starring Michael Douglas and Danny DeVito. Beyond film lore, Ditmas Park is a wonderful place to explore. This suburban New York neighborhood is a trove of diversity, with restaurants showcasing Japanese, Filipino, Mexican, and Tibetan cuisine. From $75 per night at Airbnb .
Happy Groundhog Day
When Bill Murray wakes up for the umpteenth time and it’s still Groundhog Day, we feel some pity for him. In contrast, when you awaken at the Cherry Tree Inn—featured in the fan favorite Groundhog Day—you’ll feel nothing but delight. Enjoy a big homemade breakfast, then meander around Woodstock, Illinois, which was founded in 1844 and still boasts plenty of old-fashioned charm. Contact Cherry Tree Inn B&B for pricing.
Photo: Cherry Tree Inn B&B
Harry Potter Haven
Borrow a broom and fly off to Britain’s De Vere House, which appeared in the Harry Potter franchise as Godric’s Hollow. Situated in historic Lavenham, England, this historic medieval village is home to over 300 protected heritage properties and offers plenty to see and do for film and history aficionados. As a bonus, you will be hosted by a local who really knows her stuff. From $216 per night at Airbnb.
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Filmed in 1989, Steel Magnolias will live forever in movie history as a celebration of women, Southern culture, and self-care. Relive your favorite film memories (like Dolly Parton as the ultimate hairdresser) by staying at the Steel Magnolia House Bed & Breakfast, located in historic Natchitoches, Louisiana. The house is rumored to have played a role in the Underground Railroad. Guests can enjoy the full Southern treatment, with a leisurely breakfast and plenty of pampering. Contact Steel Magnolia House for pricing.
Photo: Steel Magnolia House
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