On July 23, 2015, this dream came true.
My mom, 2 1/2 year old daughter and I packed up and drove straight to Steveston in Canada. The guesthouse we stayed at was one block away from the main street where some of the filming takes place...how exciting! This vacation was meant to be fun and relaxing, so we didn't create an itinerary, but rather chose what to do in the moment. It was perfect.
Our first day, we immediately took my daughter to the nearby water park, as she had done such a good job with the 4 1/2 hour drive! She deserved some good play time. It was great! We had to pry her away from the park - I don't think she ever would have left if it was her choice. Heading back to our room, we stopped in at a chocolate shop located on the first floor of our building called "Sinfully the Best"...wow! AMAZING. Yes. We got a box. And my daughter suckered her own chocolate out of the employees! They were so kind.
On day two, we took the first half of the day to rest (it was pouring rain), but decided midday to search for the house used to film the home of Regina Mills...we were successful! In full Madam Mayor cosplay, I stepped out onto the sidewalk in front of the house, hedges neatly trimmed, and gate halfway open. My heart raced, my breath stopped. All I could think was, "Henry, I'm home!" I cannot tell you how thrilling it was to see this house!
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Pictured on the left is the reflection of Regina Redeemed approaching Dr. Hopper's office...watch out Archie! (Note: This sign is never taken down in between filming. It's always up, so go find the door when you visit and get a good picture by it!)
After dealing with Dr. Hopper, we then made our way to the Storybrooke bread shop (see below) to purchase their famously wonderful bread. Wow. It really was delicious!!! Regina didn't have to throw any fireballs or rip out any hearts over this place. What wonderful service too!
I do have a funny story that happened while we were walking down Moncton Street. There was a group of young girls, probably high school aged, walking behind us. They were whispering and chatting amongst themselves and every few seconds they'd throw out a "Lana...", "Lana!" to see if I'd turn around! I was totally snickering as they each passed me one at a time and turned around to see if I was Lana. Nope! Sorry girls! Just a bit of fun cosplay going on! It was hilarious.
On day three, Faustino was gracious enough to spend half the day giving us a private and magnificent tour of Vancouver. We had a blast! He showed us where the New York OUAT scenes were filmed and the huge beautiful park near the water. My daughter absolutely loved playing with him and creating fun games...I have to say, he's really great with kids! Just a gracious and wonderful host. Thank you, Faustino!!
On our fourth and final day, we stopped in at the Storybrooke post office to purchase an armful of souvenirs, and made our way home. Look what Lana sent me on the wind on our way out of Canada: A feather of hope! A perfect way to end our Storybrooke vacation.