4 Fabulous Getaways Inspired by Novels

When your internal compass begins reeling and life leaves you feeling a bit off course, toss a weekend’s worth of seaside swag, a beach worthy novel or two and a few essential toiletries into a canvas duffel and set sail for the shore.With thousands of tranquil cottages awaiting your arrival, follow the imaginations of novelists and filmmakers to alluring U.S. coastal getaways. 

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getaways inspired by books 

1. For a truly vintage escape, plan a weekend getaway to California’s Crystal Cove State Park Historic District, the location selected for the final beach scene in the 1988 film adaptation of Iris Rainer Dart’s Beaches novel.The meticulously restored 1930s to ’40s era bungalows offer both seaside and bluff ocean views with private and dorm-style cottages.Twenty-four of the 46 structures in this historic, seaside colony are completely renovated and available for year-round rental.Enjoy weekly movies on the beach at the Beaches Film and Media Center as you learn about the role Crystal Cove played in the early film industry, or breathe in coastal breezes while discovering your artistic talents in plein-air art lessons and sea glass wrapping.


2. Visit the golf cart community of Colonial Beach in the Northern Neck of Virginia, home to charming 1900s bungalows with cottage style decors and magnificent water views.Stroll the half-mile boardwalk, enjoy alfresco dining or share drinks with friends at the local Tiki bar.Many of the small towns depicted in author Sherryl Wood’s bestselling novels were inspired by summers spent visiting her grandparents in Colonial Beach, with her Chesapeake Shores series airing for a second season on the Hallmark Channel this summer.


3. Author Nicholas Sparks set the scene for his novel, Message in a Bottle, in the port city of Wilmington, North Carolina.The 1999 film adaptation was shot in coastal communities throughout Maine, with Boothbay Harbor the largest and most picturesque.Boothbay’s Harbor historic sites, crashing surf and island excursions are gems waiting to be discovered from short‑term rental apartments overlooking the harbor, chic studio cabins with beach access and waterfront hotels with dockside dining, private balconies and harbor views.


4. The 1959 romantic drama, A Summer Place, authored by Sloan Wilson, was filmed in the coastal artist’s haven of Pacific Grove, California, where Monarch butterflies migrate in October and John Steinbeck, author of novels such as Cannery Row, Of Mice and Men and The Grapes of Wrath, was raised and later owned a small, garden cottage.Modeled after Ocean Grove, New Jersey, the Butterfly Town is known for its Victorian architecture, with over 1,000 Victorian homes and cottages waiting to accommodate visitors as they enjoy the town’s old‑fashioned charms.Walk or bicycle the 18-mile Monterey Coastal Recreation Trail while enjoying endless ocean views from rocky Lovers Point to Cannery Row and Fisherman’s Wharf.


From bungalows to seaside bluffs, lobster rolls to plein-air art outings, U.S. coastal cities are home to some of the most historic and exquisite locations just awaiting your arrival.Plan your coastal getaway today whether with family, friends or a few inspiring novels.