Visiting the Real Filming Locations of ‘Twilight’
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The actual places where Twilight was filmed take place in both Oregon and Washington so you’ll have to plan your time accordingly. Unfortunately, due to time constraints, we were only able to visit locations in Oregon:
- The Swan house (St. Helens)
- Parking lot where Edward saves Bella (St. Helens)
- Thunderbird & Whale Bookstore (St. Helens)
- Alley (St. Helens)
- Bloated Toad restaurant (St. Helens)
- Petite Jolie – Angel Hair Salon (St. Helens)
- Jilly’s (Not a filming location but where they got the prom dresses and set decor from) (St. Helens)
- Multnomah Falls (Corbett)
- Carver Cafe (Damascus)
- The View Point Inn (Corbett)
- Cullen House (Portland)
- Ballerina Studio (Portland)
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The Swan House
Location: 184 S 6th St, Saint Helens, OR
The Swan house was an easy find. I would suggest parking in the parking lot that you’ll come across on your right-hand side before you go up the small hill. The house is within walking distance from the parking lot.
Parking Lot, Alley and Thunderbird & Whale Bookstore
Location: 260 S 2nd St, Saint Helens, OR
Tip: Find the parking lot first – it’ll be much easier scouting out the alley and bookstore.
All three of these locations are right next to each other. When we had first visited the parking lot we had no idea the alley and the bookstore were right within that same area too. We ended up getting lost looking for the bookstore and didn’t realize we were already near it when we had visited the parking lot!
Bloated Toad Restaurant
Location: 330 S 1st St, Saint Helens, OR
When we got to this location we couldn’t help but re-enact the scene with Jessica and Angela bumping into Edward and Bella as they were leaving the restaurant ;)
Petite Jolie – Angel Hair Salon
Location: 251 S 1st St, Saint Helens, OR
I was really excited to visit this place and get a chance to see Catherine Hardwicke’s director’s chair in the window but sadly we came upon a vacant store :(
Location: 299 S 1st St, St. Helens, Oregon
I never got a chance to step inside but if you do go for it!
The View Point Inn
Location: 40301 East Larch Mountain Road, Corbett, OR
The View Point Inn is a gorgeous place especially on a sunny day. Enjoy the drive up to it – it’s really beautiful and reminds you a bit of Twilight with all the tress around :)
Check out this great interview with the co-owner of the inn, Geoff Thompson, giving viewers a tour of the Inn and discussing the parts that were filmed there.
Don’t expect to find the place where Jacob finds Bella waiting for Edward outside the inn – that scene was actually shot in Pasdena (tip from Twilight: Director’s Notebook).
Location: 50000 E Historic Columbia River Hwy, Corbett, OR
You can see the falls in a quick scene in Twilight – when Edward and Bella are on their way to the baseball field they are on that bridge that is pictured behind us and in that scene you can see the falls in the background.
If you do come to the falls, take the hike up all the way to the top. It’s hard work – bring a pair of tennis shoes and water! – but the view from the very top is well worth it and absolutely BREATHTAKING.
Location: 16471 S.E. Highway 224, Damascus, OR
I had referenced the address for Carver’s Cafe from Experience Twilight but the GPS didn’t lead us in the right direction with it. It’s because the cafe is actually located in Damascus, not Carver which the website lists it as – just make a note of that when you’re on your way to visit it.
The first thing I did was look for steak and berry cobbler on the menu ;P Sadly, both of them were not listed. I later learned from my handy dandy Twilight: Director’s Notebook that screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg wrote up the Carver Cafe diner menu after visiting “Forks Coffee Shop” in Forks, WA and reading what they served – that’s how steak and cobbler got included in the movie. If you’re interested you can view Carver’s complete menu here.
Don’t forget! Before you leave, be sure and sign the Twilight fanbook! The waitress who served us said the first fanbook they had had got stolen so they started up a new one, which I believe was 3/4 full of signatures when we were there.
The Ballet Studio
Location: 800 SE 10th Avenue, Portland, OR Thank you to @kaseysarah for helping me find this address again! :)
This place was just used for the exterior shots when Bella is headed to meet James.
The Cullen House
Location: 3333 NW Quimby St., Portland, OR
Unfortunately, these were the only photos I was able to take. When we visited the place that day it looked like it was moving day for the family who lived here. They looked busy so we didn’t want to bother them with questions.
The Cullen House is known as “The Hoke House”. Check out this great post about the house with more exterior and interior shots.
Photos are only allowed from the streets – this is a PRIVATE RESIDENCE.
It took us a few trips around the block to find the house – it’s tucked away towards the back of all the other residences.
Twilight tidbit from Twilight: Director’s Notebook: Catherine Hardwicke says “I’m trained as an architect and I couldn’t help but do a little digital remodeling and re-landscaping – even on this gorgeous house. Then, when I read Breaking Dawn during editing – I thought – ‘This house sounds big – esp. the wedding scene – I better add another story on it.'” (p. 159)
You can see the third story added up on top in the still from the movie below.
All addresses are thanks to Experience Twilight.
Twilight screencaps thanks to Twilight Poison.
All other images are my own.
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