If you still get all the feels when Noah grabs Allie’s face and pleads, “It’s still not over,” then a honeymoon inspired by The Notebook just might be the perfect trip for you and your love. The film adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’s novel took the country by storm when first released in 2004, and it has left not a dry eye in the house since. If this movie has a special place in your heart, pack your bags and head on down to South Carolina for a trip straight out of one of our favorite love stories of all time.
Where to Stay
Much of the film was shot in and around the Charleston, South Carolina, area, which makes a great getaway location in and of itself. While most of the plot takes place in Seabrook Island, a private community about 20 miles outside Charleston, a lot of the actual sights were filmed in nearby Mt. Pleasant.
To stay somewhere the Hamilton family might approve of, check out the Wentworth Mansion in historic downtown. This grandiose hotel features 21 rooms and crystal chandeliers, charming marble fire places, and an ideal location amongst luxury at every turn.
For something a bit more Allie and Noah’s speed, Charlotte has thousands of Air BnB rental options, from cozy cottages to private apartments, that make for the perfect romantic respite after touring all the Carolinas have to offer.
Where to Go
If the carnival scenes have you in the mood for a night filled with amusement rides, food, and fun, check out Frankie’s Fun Park in North Charleston. While there isn’t a Ferris wheel, you can play mini golf and arcade games, race go-karts, and more. Just be sure to be safe and don’t even think about trying any of Noah’s dangerous tricks.
While the original beach scene (“If I’m a bird, you’re a bird”) was shot at El Matador State Beach in Malibu, California, you can still enjoy a movie-inspired beach day at one of Charleston’s own beaches. Folly Beach is a local favorite for its laid-back vibes, dolphin sightings, and surf lessons.
For the Day
One of the more famous and historic streets in America, King Street and its three areas make more than one appearance in the film. Along this street is where the movie theater from Allie and Noah’s date is located, where they take a stroll together, where Allie is trying on wedding dresses, and, last but not least, where the two pull the dangerous traffic-light stunt while lying down. (Don’t try this at home!)
Straight from the Hamiltons' summer-house scenes, the historic Boone Hall Plantation dates back to 1743 and is a must-see for any vacationers in South Carolina. Only eight miles from downtown Charleston, it’s one of the country’s oldest working farms, featuring pick-your-own crops, house and garden tours, and acclaimed exhibits.
Where to Eat
The sad scene where Noah spots Allie and her new fiancé through a restaurant window was filmed at the historic High Cotton, in downtown Charleston. For live music and delectable meal and drink options served in charming southern style, head to High Cotton for an authentically Charleston meal, whether for brunch or dinner.
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream
To re-create your own adorable scene inspired by when Noah and Allie stop for a smooch sesh post-ice cream indulgence, head to Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream on King Street. Grab a cone in your favorite flavor and then, well, you know what to do next.
For a romantic dinner like the one Noah makes for Allie when they’re newly reunited at his renovated home, get dolled up and head over to Charleston Grill for some romantic fine dining. You can sip fine wines or champagne and indulge in seafood and steaks for a special date night. (Fun fact: Ryan Gosling actually made this table while practicing getting into his carpenter character’s ways!)