Forks Travel Guide
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First, life imitated art when The O.C. became the inspiration for a little reality show called Laguna Beach. Then, Desperate Housewives served as the basis for the original Real Housewives, and now it looks like The Twilight Saga may be spawning its own reality show too.
Once upon a time, Forks, WA was a sleepy little town in the middle of nowhere, but thanks to Stephanie Meyers, who set the Twilight books in Forks, the town has become the destination for fans of the franchise. There is even a documentary about the community called "Twilight in Forks," which will be released on DVD with "New Moon." So its no surprise that reality TV execs have come knockin' on Forks' door looking for the next big reality TV stars.
Who doesn't want to relive the magic of discovering the creepy boy in school is not only undead but also a 104-year-old virgin? "Twilight" fans now have an extra-special place to stay on their next pilgrimage to Forks.
Kalaloch Lodge in Forks just announced a one-night $149 "Bella package" for its log cabin accommodations. Vampire hunters get a map of Forks with clearly marked locations and "a special Twilight dessert," which we hope includes some kind of thick, delicious red sauce. But hurry up and read, because it's only available through May 31.
Meanwhile, on the Vancouver set of "New Moon," word got out that actor Michael Sheen ("Frost/Nixon," "The Queen") will play a vampire in the sequel. But this could be the last one shot in Canada if some members of the Washington legislature have their way: The state senate just passed a bill offering additional funding for TV and film crews who shoot there -- pretty clearly designed to recapture the "Twilight" dollars which are now flowing British Columbia's way. (The first movie was lensed in the southwestern city of Kalama.)
· Hunt for vampires and werewolves in comfort! [Visit Kalaloch]
· Twilight's Rival Vampires Set Up Shop in Vancouver [Jaunted]
· Senate passes bill hoping to lure 'Twilight' vampires [Seattle Post-Intelligencer]
· Twilight Travel coverage [Jaunted]
Parents across the country will be faced with an age old dilemma this summer, spend that precious vacation time getting your "Twilight" geek on or take the obligatory family road trip. Thanks to "Twilight" Fan Trips, you don’t have to choose. Now, you can pack up the whole family for A Vampire Baseball Adventure.
As the company’s website explains, “this trip combines the best in 'Twilight' fan experiences with opportunities to experience some of most notable Washington and Oregon Landmarks for a well rounded summer vacation”.
Poor Kristen Stewart. The teen "Twilight" star looked positively exhausted after landing at Heathrow Airport yesterday for a promotional tour of her vampire phenomenon.
Well, she'll have plenty of time to sleep before Summit Entertainment starts filming the sequel to the $121 million surprise hit of 2008. Never underestimate the power of a teenage girl, that's what we always say.
· Lucky Kids, Old People Attend "Twilight" Premiere [Jaunted]
· Twilight Freaks Are Good Business For Washington Hotels [HC]
· Celeb Travel coverage [Jaunted]
It's that flavor you can't resist: Take the teenage girl in your household to Forks, Washington, home of the fictional vampires of Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series. Forks, a former logging town, is taking its place in the spotlight ahead of the big fall release of "Twilight," in which the new girl in town discovers that (spoiler!) one friend is a vampire and one is a werewolf.
To accommodate visitors to this Olympic Peninsula destination--picked by the author, who had never been there at the time, because its climate was so far from her Arizona house--locals have started offering impromptu tours and wry in-jokes like signs for fake blood drives.
While the Summit Entertainment film, out November 21 and starring Kristen Stewart (the teenage girl in "Into the Wild"), was not shot in Forks, a road trip to this misty metropolis may just give you the insuppressible urge to do a little reading. Just not while you're driving!