Spotlight On: Covington GA And 'The Vampire Diaries' (2022)

Whether you're an avid traveler or a "go to a new place maybe once a year" type person doesn't matter once you set foot in Covington, Georgia. This town is full of southern charm and intriguing history that can leave any guest feeling like they don't want to leave. I recently got to have this experience when my fiancé offered me the chance at a road trip I'd been wanting to take. For the past seven years I've been dying to mark off a very important item on my bucket list, to eat at The Mystic Grill Restaurant in Covington.

Now if you've never seen the hit CW series "The Vampire Diaries," still running strong in its seventh season, then you're probably confused as to why I'd want to drive five hours to eat at one restaurant. In the TV show, the Mystic Grill is a highly featured location where the residents of Mystic Falls, human and supernatural creatures alike, go to have a drink, chow down on some food, and even start a few fights with some foul enemies.

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So naturally when I first heard that they had made the fictitious restaurant come to life in the city of Covington I knew I just had to go one day. Now that I've finally been I can give you a first hand account of this unique restaurant and a few other "Vampire Diaries" inspired parts of town that'll have you packing your bags and hitting the road!

The first stop I always suggest any traveler makes when they go to a new town is the travel center where they have all kinds of information for tourists and where there is often a very kind and helpful employee ready to answer all your questions and give you tons of suggestions. While Covington definitely didn't disappoint on this forefront, they also offered something rather special.

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The perfect opportunity to take some really cool photos before you even get to the main part of town! Outside the travel center in Covington was the "Welcome to Mystic Falls Virginia" sign that has been shown multiple times in the TV show and that I never imagined getting to see considering Mystic Falls isn't a real place.

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Once inside the travel center, there were even more photo opportunities with the tons of memorabilia and cardboard cut outs they had from not only "The Vampire Diaries" but many other Hollywood hits such as "Gone With The Wind" and "In The Heat of the Night" just to name a few.

After leaving the travel center, it was time to head to The Mystic Grill to grab some lunch. Once standing up close outside the restaurant's front doors I became overwhelmed with excitement. For seven years I had been watching this TV show I loved dearly and had always wanted to just go to that town and that restaurant and now I was finally here.

I looked up at the beautiful and enormous clock tower that loomed in the sky next to The Mystic Grill and had flashbacks of Damon and Elena jumping off that clock tower in season six. I suddenly wondered what the whole town must have been like when they were filming that scene.

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After I finally gathered my whits and stepped inside the restaurant my excited nature was only fueled more by the beautiful decor and welcoming atmosphere the place had. My mind was buzzing as the waitress seated us. What if a member of the cast walked in any minute to grab some lunch? I'd seen a lot of fans post about that online and I couldn't fathom what my reaction would be if that did happen while I was here. I'd like to imagine that since I'm a journalist who has had my share of interviews with celebrities that I would have been chill. No sightings happened while I was in town though, so I wasn't forced to find out!

My fiance and I began looking at our menus and deciding on food when I looked to my left at the bar we had been seated next to. During my glance at the array of drinks that any vampire, hybrid, or human would enjoy I noticed something on the back of one of the chairs at the bar. I scooted to the edge of my seat to get a better look and had to keep myself from shrieking once I read the words engraved on the plaque that said, "In Memory of Our Dear Friend Alaric Saltzman."

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Anyone who watches the show and knows who Alaric is and the story of his character knows just how important this little piece of detail is. I think it's wonderful that even the inside of the restaurant pays tribute to the show and the fans who have loved it since season one.

Now I could tell you about the food at The Mystic Grill, but honestly that would be an entire other article in itself because there were so many good things about it. I can advise you however to definitely drink the sweet tea because it was better than any tea I've ever had in my home state of Tennessee and my fiancé exclaimed that the Clock Tower Burger is an experience in itself. The best way for you to know all the juicy details is to go try it for yourself!

Now comes the point where I'd like to give a shout out to our incredible server, Noah. This guy was so gracious and welcoming by asking about where we were from, how our Valentine's Day went, if we were fans of the show, etc. He then went above and beyond by offering to ask his manager if we could go upstairs and see the upper levels and the roof of the restaurant.

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I hadn't read anything online about these areas of The Mystic Grill, but I figured as long as we were there it would be cool to check out the entirety of the spot. We finished our meal and received permission from Noah to head upstairs. Once upstairs we found several levels and rooms of very nice lounging and dining spaces that looked like quite the place to throw a party. On the walls lining the staircase was a collection of framed menus that had been autographed by various members of the cast of "The Vampire Diaries" and even cast from the spinoff show "The Originals."

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After all these amazing discoveries we finally reached the door to the roof. Outside was a beautiful view of the town square and an even more breathtaking up close view of the clock tower. I felt like I could practically reach out and touch it it was so close. In that moment with just the two of us on the roof I don't think I've ever had such a magical memory to hold on to.

After we came back downstairs we decided to head around the rest of the square to some gift shops we had passed on the way to grabbing lunch and to see what else the town had to offer. Our first stop was by the Vampire Stalkers Store located on the corner of the square across from The Mystic Grill. It normally isn't open on Mondays but we happened to hit a streak of luck that day. Inside the store was any "Vampire Diaries" fan's dream. Wall-to-wall coverage basically of any kind of TVD merchandise you could possibly think of from bags, coffee mugs, cellphone cases, jewelry, posters, autographed items, and more.

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It was also inside this store that I met Jessica Lowery and learned about "Vampire Stalkers" and The Mystic Falls Tours she gives. I unfortunately didn't have time to take one of her tours that day but a quick Google search online will show you glowing reviews about the experience from other fans. The tour takes fans around to various filming locations from the show and gives a lot of insight to the world of filming. Some fans have even been lucky enough to be taking a tour while filming is happening and actually see some of the cast in action! Remember me mentioning the spinoff show "The Originals"? Well the tour for that show is offered as well! Ready to go see what it's all about? Go buy your tickets here or just stop by the store once you get into town.

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Aside from information about the incredible experiences she is offering, Jessica was incredibly awesome by helping me pick out some gifts for my "damon obsessed" mom who hadn't made the trip with us. My mom wound up loving her gifts and wants to visit the town for herself soon too.

Now I had to decide what souvenir I'd be getting for myself and I decided that instead of buying a t-shirt like I do on almost every trip; this time I would take advantage of something that was hard to find. A replica of Caroline Forbes's daylight ring. Hot Topic hardly sells any "Vampire Diaries" merchandise and if they do it's mostly for Damon and Stephen, not for any of the other characters. So one might could imagine my excitement when I saw Caroline's ring in the store.

So even though I didn't have any vampire sighting while in town, Covington was a magical and welcoming town that made me never want to leave. Thank you to everyone I encountered during this road trip and I hope to be back to see all of you again soon.

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FAQs

Where is wickery bridge Vampire Diaries in real life? ›

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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.

What part of Georgia did they film Vampire Diaries? ›

Covington, Georgia, served as the show's primary filming location since the first season.

Where was the shooting location of The Vampire Diaries? ›

Initially, the show was filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. However, following the first episode, production moved to Covington, Georgia — which acted as Mystic Falls for the show's seven seasons. Other areas around Atlanta also doubled as the fictional town.

Can you visit the Salvatore house? ›

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!

Where is the actual Salvatore house? ›

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 Boarding House real? ›

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.

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.

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 ...

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.

Where are the waterfalls located that are in The Vampire Diaries? ›

They filmed an episode of Vampire Diaries here. Amicalola Falls In Dawsonville, GA.

Can you stay in The Vampire Diaries house? ›

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!

Where did Klaus stay in Mystic Falls? ›

Klaus' Family Mansion is the Mystic Falls residence of Niklaus Mikaelson and Elijah Mikaelson, and former residence of Rebekah Mikaelson. They were joined there by other family members for a short time. Klaus had his hybrids compel construction workers to renovate the building.

Can you walk around Mystic Falls for free? ›

For starters, you can walk around Mystic Falls for free because it's an actual town! You can enjoy your visit to the town of Covington, Georgia in many ways. But one of the most popular ways to explore this town is by visiting the filming locations of the show The Vampire Diaries.

Is the Salvatore mansion still standing? ›

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.

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!

Who owns the 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.

Does Elena still own the Salvatore house? ›

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.

How much is the Salvatore mansion worth? ›

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.

Is there a real Salvatore family? ›

The Salvatore family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most Salvatore families were found in USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 2 Salvatore families living in New York.

Does people live in Mystic Falls? ›

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. In order to visit “Mystic Falls Virginia” in real life, you'll have to go to Covington, GA.

Who owns the Salvatore house in season 7? ›

However, it is no longer used. 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.

Where is the Mystic Grill in real life? ›

But what you may not have known is that Mystic Grill is an actual restaurant in Covington, Georgia that you can visit! The TV show was so popular over the years filming right in the heart of Covington, that the owners decided to bring the onscreen restaurant to life.

Where is Elena's coffin? ›

Both Bonnie and Enzo frantically tell Damon that Elena was not awake and she was still slumbering in her coffin in a storage building, in New York City.

Who lives in the Lockwood mansion? ›

The mansion was the residence of Matt Donovan, Stefan Salvatore and Damon Salvatore, after the Heretics' arrival.

Where is Caroline Forbes house located? ›

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

Do vampires exist in Mystic Falls? ›

Aside from the town's foundation in 1860 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.

Where is the Salvatore mausoleum located? ›

The mausoleum is located in Charlotte, North Carolina.

How much did Elena Gilbert get paid? ›

Dobrev played Elena Gilbert, Wesley portrayed Stefan Salvatore, and Somerhalder starred as Damon Salvatore. As reported by Screen Rant, Dobrev, Wesley, and Somerhalder each made $40,000 per episode by the end of The Vampire Diaries.

Did they film inside Elena's house? ›

Elena Gilbert's home

Yes, on the show, the house burned down in season four, but the property is still standing in Covington. The house is currently occupied (it was on the market in 2012), but going inside isn't important anyway. Only the exterior of the house was used during filming.

Where is the skull bar in Vampire Diaries? ›

Scull Bar is a location at Whitmore College. Olivia Parker worked here as a bartender.

Where is Stefan Salvatore's grave? ›

In the one part of the cemetery is Fell's Church and the tomb. Stefan told Elena that in an older part of the Cemetery is the Salvatore Mausoleum and that's where his father is buried.

Can a vampire enter your house without being invited? ›

In order for a vampiric being to enter any owned house, whether they're humans, witches, werewolves, or doppelgängers, they must first be invited by the owner. Once invited, the vampire cannot be uninvited unless the ownership of the house changes.

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.

Was the Twelve Oaks Bed and Breakfast used in The Vampire Diaries? ›

There's plenty for fans to see and do, including a tour of key locations used on the show. If you want to stay in town in true Vampire Diaries style, look no further than the Twelve Oaks Bed & Breakfast. Not only was it a filming location for the show, some of the rooms are themed after the characters!

Who is the oldest original vampire? ›

Mikael Mikaelson. As the father of the Original Vampires, he was the oldest and the most powerful vampire in the TVDU universe. Mikael was Esther's husband, Dahlia's brother-in-law and Klaus's stepfather. He was the father of Freya, Finn, Elijah, Kol, Rebekah and Henrik.

Who was the original vampire? ›

Jure Grando Alilović or Giure Grando (1579–1656) was a villager from the region of Istria (in modern-day Croatia) who may have been the first real person described as a vampire in historical records. He was referred to as a strigoi, štrigon, or štrigun, a local word for something resembling a vampire and a warlock.

Why did Damon leave Mystic Falls? ›

Damon offers to sacrifice himself to make sure that Katherine returns to hell during their plan to stop the hellfire from destroying Mystic Falls. He says that it is the only time that he becomes a good brother to Stefan, compelling him to leave and stay away from the tunnels.

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.

How expensive is Mystic Aquarium? ›

Entrance fee is $35.00 at the gate for an adult. Child. 3-12 $25.00 . Child 13-17 $29.00.

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.

Why did they break Salvatore house? ›

Most of you know this already but according to the site http://wetpaint.com/salvatore-mansion-has-been-demolished-1402225/ " According to the owners, the cost of bringing the mansion up to code was too steep."

Where can I meet The Vampire Diaries cast 2022? ›

TV Convention

We're thrilled to be returning to the Hanover Marriott Hotel in Whippany, NJ in 2022 for The Official Vampire Diaries/Originals Reunion Convention. Join us for an incredible show, where you can see some of your favorite stars from the franchise - The Vampire Diaries, The Originals and Legacies!

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.

Is Mystic Village free? ›

Visiting the Old Mystic Village is something you must do if you are visiting Mystic, Connecticut and the stroll through the village is free and that is perfect for your cheap day trip to Mystic.

What bridge was used in Vampire Diaries? ›

The infamous Wickery Bridge - known most famously in TVD for being the bridge where Elena's parents died and she later became a vampire. Seeing this spot in person was incredibly cool - and kind of dangerous!

Is there a Mystic Falls in Virginia? ›

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. In order to visit “Mystic Falls Virginia” in real life, you'll have to go to Covington, GA.

Where is Elena's house Mystic Falls? ›

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. Tip: Right beside Elena's House you'll find Caroline Forbes house #2118.

Who is Katherine sired to? ›

Before Tyler was resurrected as a werewolf, Klaus remained the only hybrid of his bloodline until Adyelya, who is of Klaus' blood, sired Katherine.

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).

Can you stay in the Lockwood mansion from Vampire Diaries? ›

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!

Can you stay at 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.

How big is the Salvatore house? ›

The 14,000 square foot mansion, also known as Glenridge Hall, was initially built in 1929 for Thomas K. Glenn and was later renovated by his granddaughter, Frances Mayson, and her husband Joseph.

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