The Ultimate Guide to Exploring The Vampire Diaries Filming Locations in Covington

I can't get enough of The Vampire Diaries, so when I finished watching all the episodes, I knew I had to indulge my obsession in a different way. And what better way to satisfy my...

I can't get enough of The Vampire Diaries, so when I finished watching all the episodes, I knew I had to indulge my obsession in a different way. And what better way to satisfy my cravings for neck-biting vampires than a weekend getaway to Covington, the real-world Mystic Falls and the filming location for The Vampire Diaries?

Unveiling the Secrets of Mystic Falls in Covington, GA

If you're a die-hard Vampire Stalker like me, you'll be thrilled to visit Mystic Falls, or as it's known in reality, Covington, Georgia. As a huge fan, exploring The Vampire Diaries filming locations has been a dream come true for me.

I may not have been watching the show since it began in 2009, but once I hopped on the wagon, I binge-watched every single episode in just one month. Trust me when I say that it takes geekery to a whole new level, and I highly recommend it to all fans out there.

Budget-Friendly Tips for your Mystic Falls Adventure

Now, I understand the importance of sticking to a budget while indulging in your vampire fantasies. So here are some budget-friendly tips to help you make the most of your trip:

Flying Into Atlanta

Consider flying into Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, one of the largest flight hubs in the U.S. This will save you money compared to flying into other destinations. Saving money is always a good thing, especially when there are so many other uses for it.

Renting a Car

To fully explore Covington, you'll need a car. It's located just outside the city and deserves more than just a quick visit. Personally, I always rent cars from Kayak because they offer great deals on rentals.

Where to Stay

Your choice of accommodation depends on your level of "Katherine." I, for one, enjoy unique and historic places to stay. That's why I highly recommend the Twelve Oaks Bed & Breakfast. Not only is it a historic inn, but it's also a filming location for The Vampire Diaries. The Covington Visitor's Bureau recommended it to me, and they know their stuff when it comes to finding great places to stay. Alternatively, you can also save money by staying in Atlanta, just a half-hour away, using Kayak.

While you're in Covington, you might as well check off another geek trip from your list if you're a fan of The Walking Dead. It's just an hour away from Mystic Falls!

Vampire Stalkers Mystic Falls Tours - The Ultimate Experience

Now, let's talk about the best way to explore Mystic Falls. You have two options: you can either wing it or take a guided tour. Personally, I prefer the guided tour because when it comes to a show as addictive as The Vampire Diaries, a guided tour is anything but boring.

The only tour you should consider is the Vampire Stalkers Mystic Falls Tour. It costs $55 USD per person, but trust me, it's worth every dime. Plus, it's partnered with the Ian Somerhalder Foundation, which makes it even more awesome.

Here are three reasons why I opted for a guided tour:

  1. Jessica, the guide and founder of Vampire Stalkers Mystic Falls Tours, knows everything about The Vampire Diaries filming locations. She's from Covington, Georgia, and has been a fan since the show began in 2009. Plus, she knows the cast personally. Taking this tour will give you insider knowledge and backstories that you wouldn't know otherwise.

  2. Mystic Falls Tours has access to the private Lockwood Mansion estate, where many iconic scenes were filmed. When you wing it, you only get a drive-by view, but with the guided tour, you get to explore the mansion and even meet George Lockwood, the fabulous feline resident.

  3. There's a chance you might see some of the former cast members of The Vampire Diaries during your tour. While I can't guarantee it, they are known to interact with fans, especially if they're seen with Jess, our amazing tour guide.

The Vampire Diaries filming locations The iconic Mystic Falls Square in Covington, known for its appearances in The Vampire Diaries.

Exploring the Mystic Falls Tour Highlights

During my Mystic Falls Tour, I had the opportunity to visit some of the most significant filming locations from The Vampire Diaries. Here are a few of them:

The Square

Many memorable scenes were shot in Mystic Falls Square. As soon as you stand there, you'll feel like you're stepping into the show. It's a must-visit location for any fan.

Elena's Father's Doctor's Office

While most props from the show are removed to prevent theft, Elena's father's doctor's office is still intact. It's a cool spot to visit and soak up the show's atmosphere.

The Mystic Grill

The Mystic Grill, a fan-favorite location, is a real place that you can actually eat in. However, keep in mind that all the interior scenes were filmed in a soundstage. But trust me, the food is amazing!

Mystic Falls Courthouse

When you arrive in Covington, the Mystic Falls Courthouse will welcome you into the world of Mystic Falls. It's an iconic location that captures the essence of the show.

The Lockwood Mansion

The Lockwood Mansion is an incredible historic estate that served as Tyler Lockwood's home in Mystic Falls. Many memorable parties and scenes were filmed here. And don't forget to say hello to George, the attention-loving resident feline.

Mystic Falls Square in Covington, The Vampire Diaries filming locations The Courthouse from the Square, one of the iconic locations from The Vampire Diaries.

The Stars of Mystic Falls

As you wander around Mystic Falls Square, keep an eye out for pavers on the sidewalks. Among them, you'll find the imprints of the show's stars like Paul Wesley (Stefan Salvatore), Ian Somerhalder (Damon Salvatore), Nina Dobrev (Elena Gilbert/Katherine), and the Worthington Manor (Lockwood Mansion).

An Enchanting Gallery of Covington

Don't miss the photo gallery at the end of this article where you can explore the beauty of Covington and its Vampire Diaries filming locations. I've handpicked some captivating images to make your vampire adventure even more thrilling.

In Conclusion

I know you're excited about visiting Mystic Falls, but please remember that there are some things you should never do. Don't be the person who ruins it for everyone else. If you happen to spot any of the talented cast members during your visit, remember that they work long hours and have a lot on their plate. Show respect and use your best judgment.

And one final note, never take anything from the set as a souvenir. It may seem tempting, but it only causes problems for those who are not involved. For more information on visiting Covington and exploring The Vampire Diaries filming locations in the greater Atlanta area, check out The Covington CVB.

Now go forth and immerse yourself in the enchanting world of Mystic Falls. Happy hunting, fellow Vampire Stalkers!

Note: Images used in this article are from the original source.

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Caption: The Courthouse from the Square - The iconic location in Covington that captures the essence of Mystic Falls.