Blog Originally Posted on My Crazy life
My daughter and I have recently become fans of The Vampire Diaries (TVD). We had such a wonderful girls day out exploring Mystic Falls I thought I would share our experience with you.
For those who do not already know Mystic Falls is actually located in Covington, GA. My daughter lives in Birmingham. I spent the night with her so we could head out early the following morning. It is a 3 hour drive from her apartment plus we needed to factor in the hour time difference. I must admit, only the thought of Ian Somerhalder could get me out of bed at 3:30 on a raining morning.
We promptly arrive at 9:05. Our scheduled tour is set for 10. We decide to pull into the local Chick-Fil-A for breakfast. I’m not going to lie, we also needed to freshen our makeup. You never know who you might see. Our trip was on a Monday. The previous Friday TVD had actually been filming in the town square. The town itself reminded me of home. Visually just the same in so many ways. As we entered Chick-Fil-A we were immediately welcomed by the friendly staff and several regulars. Two older gentleman took a seat beside us. I found it odd that they didn’t immediately recognize us as vampire stalkers. They struck up conversation as to why in town and pointed out some local places on down the road with historical significance. These two guys could have also cared less about vampires. They shared stories of their friends, wives and normal everyday life. Upon walking out the door I suddenly felt adopted by the town of Covington. I will stop in for breakfast every time I come through town just to visit.
What had began as a raining morning turned into a cloudy morning. I booked a tour through Vampire Stalkers Mystic Falls Tours. We met up with our tour guide Chloe downtown at the visitors center. I will not break down the entire tour because Chloe does a much better job than I. She knows her stuff. She also has personal experience with the actors, has been a stand in and played as an extra in many episodes. Since filming was done on Friday we missed out on that action. However you never know when you might get lucky. Shout out to The Gilbert House for allowing us to take pics with Mojo on their front porch. The ability to see these homes in person and the kindness of the neighborhood is amazing. Vampire Stalkers also has a store with many cool items including autographs. Any fan of TVD will absolutely love this tour. Check them out online to shop and book a tour!!
While we toured the square Chloe pointed out the favorite eating places of the actors. I will be returning to make sure I try them all. For lunch we decided to try Bradley’s BBQ. Super friendly staff. I know you are going to get tired of me saying just how friendly people are, but it is so true! The food was out of this world. I had the vamped up sandwich and my daughter had the pulled chicken sandwich vamped. All I can think of to say is AWESOME.
After lunch we had a couple of hours before the Mystic Grill opened for dinner. Now this was a must do on our list. Up until a couple of months ago there was no actual Mystic Grill. It was just an empty building used for filming. We decided to head up the road to Conyers to check out the voodoo shop and some sites used for The Originals. That will be a tour I will take later this summer. We spent an hour in Conyers before returning to downtown Covington. We still had time to spare so we just took in all the charm the town square had to offer.
The Mystic Grill was well worth the wait. The inside is so beautiful. The first thing you notice is the beauty of the woodwork. Our server Nick was very informative and super sweet. I began with a Vampire Kiss cocktail. It was to die for. My daughter chose to go with the fried pickles as an appetizer. Let me tell you, I don’t like pickles. Can’t stand them. I pick them off of everything. Well I gave one of these little crispy things a try and fell in love. The dipping sauce was yummy. As of now I will eat pickles but only fried ones from the Mystic Grill. My daughter chose the chicken with garlic potatoes for her main course. I chose the fried meatloaf. The presentation was impeccable. Food was super delicious. We cleaned our plates and moved on to dessert. My daughter claimed she didn’t like pecan pie. I talked her into sharing the rum pecan pie with caramel salted ice cream. She liked it. So one of us didn’t like pickles, yet ate them here. The other didn’t like pecan pie yet ate it here as well. This alone should be enough reason for you to take the time to dine at the Mystic Grill. Our dining experience wasn’t over yet. Nick suggested we take a tour of the place since there wasn’t a crowd present. We took him up on the offer. A hostess was standing on the second level lounge area. She was more than happy give us a tour. Upstairs is a relaxing waiting area with bar. If you have to wait on your table, you wait in style. Off to the side is a banquet room which has a TV for viewing the TVD 😉 and seats 25 people. The most amazing aspect of this room is the wall. Pictures do not do justice to the beauty. The wall is made up of old recycled doors. At the end of the banquet room there is a little balcony which can be accessed via hallway as well. It overlooks the downstairs bar area. Nice little touch. There is still more to be seen. Out the door to the roof is the construction of a bar/entertainment area in progress. I personally am looking forward to returning and spending a nice evening relaxing on the roof. As with everyone else we met in town, we got to know our hostess very well. She was so friendly and personable. I want to take a brief moment to wish her well on graduation this spring and good luck at UG 🙂 A trip to the grill wasn’t complete without buying a tshirt on our way out the door. Folks I would drive hours just to go here and dine anytime.
As we are walking to the car my daughter tells me how much she loves this town. To the extent she is already thinking wedding here then house buying. We discuss how extremely nice and friendly every single person was that we met. It reminded me of a SyFy movie where the town is as sweet as syrup but they are luring you to sacrifice. In the end no sacrifice was necessary to enjoy this pleasant town. We made it out safe and plan to return often 🙂
follow @EyeofNewt68 on Twitter for The Gilbert House fun