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Lexington, KY: Acclaimed author Laura Hillenbrand utilized the Keeneland Library in Lexington for her Seabiscuit research, where visitors today can explore more than 30,000 books related to the thoroughbred. Afterwards, they can enjoy a private tour the Keeneland grounds and step into scenes where the movie adaptation was filmed.
Charleston, SC: Inspired by the iconic Nicholas Sparks novel, The Notebook, travelers can pay a visit to the city where the film adaptation took place and embark on a fairy-tale getaway with Allie & Noah's Timeless Romance Experience, where love birds can relive the story scene-by-scene in the actual filming locations with one-of-a-kind experiences at Charleston’s most whimsical landmarks.
Elmira, NY: Known as the birthplace of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain fans can explore his personal study in Elmira, NY where he wrote major portions of these two classics, then dine at Hill Top Inn Restaurant to take in the view that inspired Twain’s writing before hopping on the Mark Twain Trolley heading towards his final burial place nearby.
Paris, France: Situated in the prestigious Place de Vosges, the Maison de Victor Hugo invites visitors into the private home of the famous French author, who penned The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Les Misérables. Showcasing his drawings, manuscripts and other personal artifacts from his life, the museum also houses a rich library. Take advantage of Hotel Barrière Le Fouquet’s “Extended Break” package to extend a literary tour, incorporating sights like Marcel Proust’s bedroom at the Musée Carnavalet, Oscar Wilde’s Hotel, world famous literary cafés Les Deux Magots and Café de Flore, Bar Hemingway and more.
5. Egypt: Right in time for Kenneth Branagh’s upcoming movie adaptation of Death on the Nile, fans can embark on their own Christie-style exploration of Egypt’s ruins on a 19th century steamer that cruises down the Nile for 10 days with Original Travel – in similar style to her own travels to see the ancient wonders.
6. French Riviera: Set in the 1950s against the backdrop of Grace Kelly’s unforgettable wedding to Prince Rainier of Monaco, travelers can recreate scenes from the novel Meet Me In Monaco with a French Riviera road trip. Kick off the trip in Cannes during the iconic film festival (be sure to book a stay at Hotel Barrière Le Majestic for the best access to the red carpet!) and then drive about 40 minutes along the coast for a romantic escape to Monaco, where couples can stage the proposal of a lifetime in Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo’s Suite Carré d’Or penthouse, with views overlooking the entire Principality.
7. Key West, FL: As a destination rich in literary history, Key West’s iconic Casa Marina, A Waldorf Astoria Resort is a century-old landmark where guests can lounge on the island’s largest private beach while reading novels by authors who once gathered on those same grounds, like Key West resident Ernest Hemingway and Tennessee Williams. Next door, at The Reach Key West, Curio Collection by Hilton, opening Dec. 1 following a multi-million-dollar renovation, guests can hide out in Four Marlins – the resort’s restaurant inspired by the famous photo of Hemingway on a fishing trip in Key West with his sons – in the Book Nook or Hemingway’s Hideaway cozy seating areas.
8. Fort Worth, TX: What better place to feel like you’re living in the renowned western novel Lonesome Dove than Fort Worth’s Stockyards, one of the last remaining neighborhoods in the U.S. that truly embodies the west, with original brick walkways, wooden corrals and a twice-daily cattle drive. End the day by eating at a Stockyards restaurant named after the book—Lonesome Dove Bistro—from celebrity chef Tim Love.
9. Jamaica: Renowned as the birthplace of the 13 James Bond novels and serving as the filming location for three Bond franchise films, Jamaica’s coveted northeast coast was also home to the mastermind behind the series, Ian Fleming. In celebration of the 25th Bond film being shot on-location in Jamaica, guests at Jewel Grande Montego Bay Resort & Spa’s can indulge in 007-inspired spa experiences at the Grande Spa followed by a classic vodka martini, shaken not stirred.