How To Spend A Weekend In Atlanta & Visiting Mystic Falls!!! - The Abroad Blog (2022)

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(Last Updated On: September 15, 2022)

Hey everyone! I recently spent a weekend in Atlanta visiting some family and finally doing my MUCH anticipated Vampire Diaries tour! If you know me, you know that TVD has been the highlight of my 2020, so I was very excited to do the tour after finishing season 8 (*cries*) just a few days prior. If you’ve never heard of Vampire Diaries (~leave~), let me explain!

It’s a supernatural drama series that aired on the CW back in 2009 and wrapped up in 2017. It’s now on Netflix (thank god). The show is about a group of high school students who get involved with two vampire brothers, Stefan and Damon, and later become intertwined with the supernatural world as more vampires, witches, wolves, heretics, and others gradually take over the small, southern town of Mystic Falls. Mystic Falls is a make-believe town in Virginia that’s based on the real-life town of Covington, Georgia. Covington is located an hour outside of Atlanta. Now that you’re caught up, let’s hop into the details of my weekend in Atlanta!

Disclaimer: This blog post is sponsored by Been There Done That. They gifted me one of their CITYLOGUES, which I’ll be discussing in detail toward the end of this post. All opinions expressed here are my own.

A Weekend In Atlanta: Visiting Mystic Falls

On Thursday, November 12 I flew 2.5 hours down to Atlanta, Georgia! My first stop was Covington, aka Mystic Falls! I booked a 2 pm tour and had a few hours to kill in the town. I was dropped off in the town square, the show’s most popular filming location, and after I was done *freaking out*, I took myself out to lunch at the Mystic Grill!

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The Mystic Grill

The Mystic Grill is a popular hangout spot in the Vampire Diaries and was a much-needed stop during my weekend in Atlanta. Filming only took place outside of the Mystic Grill, as all interior scenes were shot at a sound stage. I didn’t realize this until I walked into the restaurant and didn’t recognize it, but it’s still cool! And the food was incredible. After I ate, I was told to explore the rooftop to get a good view of the town’s clocktower and to see some of the menus that were signed by the cast. Definitely do this if you visit!

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The Vampire Stalkers Tour

After lunch I made my way to the Covington Visitors Center for the Vampire Stalkers tour. If you love the Vampire Diaries as much as I do, you NEED to do this tour. It’s the only tour in town that brings you to all of the major filming locations, including exclusive access to the Lockwood Mansion! The founder of Vampire Stalkers, Jess, has met several of the cast members and even works for the Ian Somerhalder Foundation. You can ask her anything!

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Our tour kicked off in a park in Covington that was used for several scenes throughout the 8 seasons, including many scenes that took place at Whitemore College, the cemetery, and best of all, the famous Delena rain kiss!!! Next up were visits to Elena and Caroline’s homes!

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Fun fact: They are actually right next to each other. You’d never know that in the show, but they’re neighbors! The homes were also only used for exterior filming, but so many iconic scenes were shot here…

Like when Damon and Elena kissed for the first time on her porch, but it was really Katherine. If you know you know.

Visiting The Lockwood Mansion

After we got photos here, we made our way to the Lockwood Mansion! This was my favorite part of the tour because we had exclusive access to the mansion and could explore the grounds! We walked through the barn where the cast often hungout, walked through the backyard where SOOO many iconic party scenes were filmed, including the second Miss Mystic Falls, the Masquerade ball, and the June Wedding *cries*. Seeing this with my own eyes was… iconic (to say the least). We also checked out the front and learned several fun facts about the show, including that the cast members never actually drank while filming. The brothers are always shown drinking bourbon, but it was actually just tea. The blood bags were a gross mix of cornstarch, water, and red food coloring.

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Fun fact: Paul and Ian now have their own bourbon line called Brother’s Bond. How cute.

From here we retuned to the town square where we found out the clocktower’s bell was actually used when filming (season 8) and that Ian (Damon) was actually suspended from the clocktower when he was looking down at the destruction of Mystic Falls at the end of season 6.

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The Stars & Gift Shop

At the end of the tour, we checked out the various stars throughout the town (Covington is known as the Hollywood of the South), the alleyway near the Mystic Grill (you know, the one where everyone dies), and the gift shop! The gift shop was super cool because it had several props on display, including the actual safe that Stefan was locked in (that was such a bad summer for him), the boy’s daylight rings, and outfits worn by the actors!

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So that’s my day in Mystic Falls! For all those wondering, I DID do this alone. I love doing tours alone and found some other solo travelers who were as obsessed with the show as I was. If you’re a fan I couldn’t recommend this tour more! I actually finished season 8 the night before the tour, so everything was fresh… including my emotions.

After my tour I made my way to Atlanta to see my family! Let’s get into that!

A Weekend In Atlanta: Exploring The City

I’ve been to Georgia several times because my uncle, aunt, and cousins live there! Growing up, we’ve done the iconic Georgia Aquarium together (they have dolphins), and the World of Coca-Cola, two of Atlanta’s most famous attractions.

Piedmont Park

This time around, I wanted to explore new parts of the city. On Friday morning, my aunt and I walked around Piedmont Park! This park is a huge city park with great views of downtown ATL. It’s also where Music Midtown takes place each fall! We got lunch in the nearby area of Virgina Highland afterwards. For dinner, my family took me out for some classic southern BBQ, a must when spending a weekend in Atlanta!

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Sweetwater Creek & Ponce City Market

On Saturday, we got up and explored Sweetwater Creek! There’s an abandoned paper mill here and many scenic hiking trails.

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For my last night in town, my family took me to Ponce City Market! This is my number one recommendation for a weekend in Atlanta, aside from seeing the dolphins in the aquarium of course! Ponce City Market is a giant, indoor/outdoor food market with shops and a unique rooftop. You can find any kind of food you want here! We got Chinese, but there was also Cuban, Japanese, American, Italian, French, and more! The BeltLine, a former railway corridor around downtown Atlanta, connects to Ponce City Market.

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Above all, the roof is the BEST part of this place! There’s mini golf, arcade games, a bar overlooking Midtown, and even an ice skating rink during the winter months! It’s 21+ after 5 pm on the weekends.

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To sum up, I had such a good weekend in Atlanta visiting my family and was so glad to finally visit Mystic Falls! Binging all 8 seasons of the Vampire Diaries has been the epitome of my quarentine, so this tour was a 2020 highlight for sure.

Been There Done That

Now let’s wrap up with the sponsor of today’s post, Been There Done That!

Been There Done Thatis a series of interactive posters designed to inspire you to reignite your passion.Their products are part bucket list, part journal, and a part of your life. Their posters feature authentic “100 Best” lists, curated based on reviews and ratings. Not only are the posters fun to scratch off, they have stunning artwork underneath, motivating you want to scratch of all 100. Whether it’s reading 100 books, visiting 100 cities, or watching 100 movies, Been There Done That helps you take your passion from 0 to 100.

I was fortunate to receive the CITYLOGUES Poster, a 100 incredible cities bucket list scratch poster, from Been There Done That. It’s been so fun to reflect on past travels during this time and to look forward to adventures to come! If you’re interested in purchasing a scratch poster for yourself or a loved one, check out Been There Done That!

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FAQs

Do you need a tour for Mystic Falls? ›

The tour takes you through the filming locations of The Vampire Diaries series. However, even if you don't take the tour, you'll still be able to see the majority of these locations up close–except for 'The Lockwood Mansion' (real name is Worthington Manor).

How much does it cost to tour Mystic Falls? ›

Tours are $55.00 per person for a 3 hour guided tour, the Lockwood mansion is exclusive to Mystic Falls Tours and amazing to see. Tons of photo ops!

Can you do your own tour of Mystic Falls? ›

The hourly rental is $40, 1/2 day rental (4 hrs) is $150 and a full-day rental (8 hrs) is $250. For a self-guided tour of Mystic Falls, I highly recommend the full-day rental. This gives you enough time to visit all of the filming locations of The Vampire Diaries, take great pictures, and explore the town square.

Can you visit Mystic Falls from Vampire Diaries? ›

Mystic Falls Tours provides guided tours to the sets used on the hit CW show "The Vampire Diaries." "The Originals" and "Legacies" All tours are guided by the Vampire Stalkers, a group of fans that have become friends with the casts of your favorite show and now have the awesome job of showing you the sets and helping ...

Can you tour the Salvatore mansion? ›

If you're really dedicated, you can also swing by the Salvatore Boarding House location up in Atlanta (598 Abernathy Road, NE, Atlanta, Georgia), particularly if you have to head back that way. Or, if you're an Originals fan, take the 20-minute drive over to Conyers, GA, to do a walking tour of The Originals, too!

Can you visit the Salvatore house in Mystic Falls? ›

Salvatore Boarding House

The enchanting place has been used for several films and TV shows and can be visited by interested fans. The second location used for the Salvatore Boarding House includes Glenridge Hall, situated at 598 Abernathy Road, NE Atlanta, Georgia.

Is Mystic worth visiting? ›

Mystic, CT is absolutely worth visiting! Mystic is home to some amazing shops, restaurants, waterfront areas to explore and lots of New England charm.

Is Mystic walkable? ›

Downtown Mystic provides a great opportunity to walk around this historic district, visiting the many different shops, restaurants and other attractions. There are some activities that will let you explore the Mystic River while others will provide some tasty meals.

How much does the Salvatore house cost? ›

The real residence is actually located in Covington, GA—and it's now on the market for $450,000. In contrast to the creepy and sometimes violent happenings that occur on the show, the house's beautifully detailed interiors foster a sense of peace and cheerfulness.

Where is the Salvatore house in Mystic Falls? ›

Atlanta area & Covington

Glenridge Hall in Sandy Springs was the original "Salvatore Boarding House," though because they used the location so often, they recreated the interior of the home on the show's sound stages in Decatur.

Is the Salvatore house in Mystic Falls? ›

The Boarding House is said to be one of the creepiest places in Mystic Falls. In 2019, the house was donated to Caroline Forbes, by Damon Salvatore, in honor and memoriam of Stefan.

Can you go into Elena's house? ›

2 Stop – Elena Gilbert's House

A three-minute drive from the Welcome Center you'll find Elena's House. It's private property so you can't sit on the iconic bench used in so many scenes during the show but a picture in front of the house will work just fine.

Are there any towns like Mystic Falls? ›

Although Mystic Falls is pretty much just a fictional town, the real town behind the name isn't. Located 35-miles east of Atlanta, in the beautiful state of Georgia, you'll find the cozy town of Covington - AKA, the real Mystic Falls.

What is so special about Mystic Falls? ›

Mystic Falls is a picturesque town located in southwestern Virginia. Aside from the town's foundation in 1859 (in the series timeline) by the Founding Families, the town also has a long history of vampires, witches and werewolves, causing Mystic Falls to be an uncanny village with a dark secret.

Can you live in Mystic Falls in real life? ›

Mystic Falls Virginia is NOT a real place! What is this? You can still grab a great photo with the real welcome sign from the show though at the Covington Visitor Information Center.

Is the Salvatore Boarding House still standing? ›

What happened to the Salvatore Boarding House? Despite a long list of passionate petitioners, the house formerly known as the Salvatore Boarding House was torn down in 2015. The 14,000 square foot mansion, also known as Glenridge Hall, was initially built in 1929 for Thomas K.

Where do you get blood bags in Mystic Falls? ›

The bags are available in The Alley Gift Shop, which is also home to the Mystic Museum located directly below the restaurant.

Where is the Salvatore grave? ›

The mausoleum is located in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Can you stay in any of The Vampire Diaries houses? ›

The entire property was an authentic stage set for the hit television show The Vampire Diaries for eight years. During your stay, you may enjoy touring the grounds, lake and a private tour inside the mansion. Don't miss the opportunity to stay right where the action happened!

What is the Salvatore house now? ›

The new Salvatore Boarding School is the Kent Rock Manor, a large event venue state that includes the pond, the buildings next to it, and the baseball field. The mansion is located at 5520 Kent Rock Rd in Loganville, 3 and a half miles west of Walnut Grove (thanks a lot Tommy for the info!).

Where is Elena's lake house? ›

Gilbert Family Lake House is a summer house owned by the Gilbert Family at Dunham Lake, located some distance away from Mystic Falls.

Can you walk around Mystic Seaport for free? ›

Can you walk around the Mystic Seaport Museum for free? You need to pay admission to walk around the grounds of the Mystic Seaport Museum. If you'd like to see spend time by the water for free, we recommend that you visit the nearby Mystic River Park.

Are there Dolphins at Mystic? ›

MISTY and Stormy, the two bottlenose dolphins at Mystic Aquarium, are practically mascots for the attraction. They thrill more than a million visitors each year with their leaps, dives and weird noises. But the dolphins will be leaving within a matter of weeks, and they won't be back for a long time, if ever.

How far is Mystic from casino? ›

Yes, the driving distance between Mystic to Foxwoods Resort Casino (Station) is 13 miles. It takes approximately 20 min to drive from Mystic to Foxwoods Resort Casino (Station).

Are there sharks in Mystic? ›

Mystic Aquarium is home to both brown-banded and white-spotted bamboo sharks.

Is there a AAA discount for Mystic Seaport? ›

Mystic Seaport

Must show photo ID or birth certificate. AAA Members Discount – $3 off admission for up to four in your party with proof of AAA membership. Active and Retired Military Discount – Lowered rates for military and families.

Is the Salvatore school a real building? ›

The Salvatore Boarding School isn't a real school, but the house is. The Vampire Diaries used the Glenridge Hall mansion as Damon and Stefan's family home in season 1 of The Vampire Diaries.

Where is the real Salvatore school? ›

Owner(s) The Salvatore Boarding School for the Young & Gifted is a private boarding school located in Mystic Falls, Virginia. It was established by Alaric Saltzman and Caroline Forbes in 2019.

Is Stefan and Damon's house real? ›

The show filmed inside Sandy Springs' Glenridge Hall for season 1. After that, a replica of the mansion's exterior and interior were used for Damon and Stefan Salvatore's home. That set was used for the rest of the series, as well as parts of The Originals, and it's now the main set for Legacies.

Where is the real wickery bridge? ›

The Vampire Diaries

The most notable element from the show filmed in DeKalb is the site of Wickery Bridge, which was used as the site of the tragic deaths of the characters Elena's adopted parents, Grayson and Miranda Gilbert. The bridge used is actually located at 5090 Klondike Rd., Lithonia, Ga.

Can you stay in Caroline Forbes house? ›

You can stay at Caroline Forbes' house listed on AirBnB!

Caroline Forbes' house is located at 2118 Floyd St, NE, Covington GA. Be sure to check it out on AirBnb.

Who owns the Salvatore mansion? ›

Zach Salvatore was the owner of the house, but was killed by Damon in Season One. After Zach's death, all vampires and hybrids were able to enter the house. In Season Two, Stefan and Damon decided to make Elena the new owner to protect her.

What happens if a vampire is not invited in? ›

In the True Blood series, vampires not only can't enter a house uninvited, they wil also be pushed out by an invisible force if the owner rescinds an invitation given earlier.

Can a vampire enter your house without permission? ›

In most versions, vampires are free to enter whenever and whatever they wish, it is extremely rare for vampires in the folklore to be limited by a person's invitation.

Does a vampire have to be invited in? ›

Some traditions also hold that a vampire cannot enter a house unless invited by the owner; after the first invitation they can come and go as they please. Though folkloric vampires were believed to be more active at night, they were not generally considered vulnerable to sunlight.

What is the kindest town in America? ›

This year, Newport, Rhode Island earned top honors on the U.S. list—making it the friendliest and most welcoming place in America—while Matera, Italy topped the international list.

What is the nicest small town in America? ›

We've rounded up some of the best small towns in the United States with under 15,000 residents, so you can plan your next getaway.
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What was filmed in Mystic Falls? ›

The Dukes of Hazzard, My Cousin Vinny and In The Heat of the Night were all filmed in and around town. But now, Covington is known for another production: CW's The Vampire Diaries. Just as with all of the productions listed above, people want to see the places where their favorite movie or show was filmed.

What does Mystic Falls smell like? ›

Mystic Falls evokes an atmosphere of relaxing mood. You'll find yourself lost in this deep and luxury scent. The bold notes of bay leaf and bergamot is a great option for a sophisticated and sensual scent. Comforting smoky & earthy fragrance.

What do you see on the Mystic Falls tour? ›

MYSTIC FALLS TOUR

The Originals tour sees tons of fun locations including but not limited too: Bourbon Street and all the scenes that it includes! Jardin Gris Voodoo Shop, Rousseau's Bar, Marcel's Bar, the entrance to the Mickealson Compound, and tons of alley scenes.

Can you go to Mystic Falls without a tour? ›

The tour takes you through the filming locations of The Vampire Diaries series. However, even if you don't take the tour, you'll still be able to see the majority of these locations up close–except for 'The Lockwood Mansion' (real name is Worthington Manor).

What happened to the Mikaelson mansion in Mystic Falls? ›

After Klaus decides to make Mystic Falls his home again, he has his hybrids build a mansion that would serve as his new home. After being resurrected by Damon, Elijah demolishes parts of the house while taking out his anger on Klaus and made the place his home too.

What town is the real Mystic Falls? ›

Although Mystic Falls is pretty much just a fictional town, the real town behind the name isn't. Located 35-miles east of Atlanta, in the beautiful state of Georgia, you'll find the cozy town of Covington - AKA, the real Mystic Falls.

Is the Salvatore mansion still there? ›

Despite a long list of passionate petitioners, the house formerly known as the Salvatore Boarding House was torn down in 2015. The 14,000 square foot mansion, also known as Glenridge Hall, was initially built in 1929 for Thomas K.

Can you visit Elena Gilbert's house? ›

2 Stop – Elena Gilbert's House

A three-minute drive from the Welcome Center you'll find Elena's House. It's private property so you can't sit on the iconic bench used in so many scenes during the show but a picture in front of the house will work just fine.

Is the Salvatore house a real house? ›

The CW spin-off is set in the Salvatore house from The Vampire Diaries, which was a real mansion. But did you know that Legacies and The Vampire Diaries didn't actually film there? There once was a time when it did, but that was long before Legacies.

Where do you walk in Mystic? ›

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Where is Elena Gilbert's house located? ›

The Gilbert House was a house in Mystic Falls. It was an important location until it was burned down by Elena, after the death of Jeremy, during Season Four.

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