More specifically, we wanted to visit Collinwood from Dark Shadows. This gorgeous mansion is a real place in Newport, RI, called Seaview Terrace. One of the last great summer “cottages” built by the elite wealthy in the first quarter of the 20th century, it transforms nicely into a dark and mysterious castle when filmed at night with mist falling all around.
2) Bedford Falls
It’s a Wonderful Life makes us cry every time we it! And the town is so quaint. The attention to detail in all the shots is simply amazing. Fun fact, Jimmy the Raven (seen below in the bank) was a skilled animal performer who made appearances in over 1,000 Hollywood films between the 1930s and 1950s!
1) Walnut Grove
The Little House on the Prairie town was a riff on the ones featured in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s books. Watching the kids walk to school and then Pa riding his wagon to the mill just made us wish we could spend an afternoon there, buy a piece of candy in the Olsen’s store, and then head to the pond.