Vacations for Book Lovers

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Libraries will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no libraries.” – Anne Herbert

I didn’t discover a true, burning desire to read until I was out of my teens. I picked up ‘Bridget Jones’ Diary’ after I watched the movie and felt a kinship with the quirky character. The book became a Bible for me and I still have my tattered paperback copy to this day. My mother insisted I read these young adult books about a boy discovering he was a wizard. Harry Potter became a shared adoration and glue that held us together at the dinner table for long chats about the books. During my upcoming park review of Universal Studios Orlando’ Diagon Alley expansion, I will have to constantly remind myself I am a working professional as I know I will get lost in the wonder of seeing my favorite book come to life.

Books and the amazing adventures inside each one are like tiny vacations in themselves, but these experiences will have your inner nerd rejoicing.


It seems obvious, but not many people think to stop and enjoy the library while on vacation. They a free resource filled with experiences. You don’t have to be a member to enjoy the offerings. The Los Angeles Public Library has loads of the city’s history in newspaper archives and photos. The public library in Manhattan is often filled with art and free public classes, programs, and exhibitions. The Fort Wayne Public library is home to an amazing source for genealogy.

Library Hotel – New York

If you want a weekend where you will never have to leave your hotel room, The Library Hotel in New York is for you. Each of the 10 guestroom floors is dedicated to one of the 10 categories of the Dewey Decimal System. Sixty rooms are filled with books and decor that corresponds with its respective category. For example, the eighth floor is dedicated to all things in the literature category. Around 6,000 titles await you. Guests are also treated to a complimentary continental breakfast buffet and an evening reception offering wines, imported and domestic cheeses, fresh bread, crackers, and crudités.

The Nines Hotel – Portland, Oregon

Portland is a great place for foodies, but book lovers are catered to at The Nines Hotel. The hotel boasts a floor-to-ceiling collection of books which is curated by Powell’s Books. It is also located within walking distance of the store that contains four floors, stretching over an entire block, and over a million new, used, and out-of-print titles.

Middle-earth Experience

My fervor for Harry Potter barely eclipses my adoration for Tolkien. If you are for a visit to The Shire, you can experience the real Hobbiton movie set from ‘The Lord of the Rings‘ and ‘The Hobbit‘ film trilogies. Tours are available that let guests see Hobbit Holes, The Green Dragon Inn, The Mill, the double arched bridge and other structures and gardens built for the films. Stop by The Green Dragon for some nosh. All guests receive one complimentary refreshment from our exclusively crafted Southfarthing range.

Author Adventure

Western Massachusetts is home to several amazing authors. You can head to the Berkshires and visit Edith Wharton’s gorgeous estate, a replica of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s cottage, stop by Herman Melville’s house, and poke around W.E.B. Dubois’ home-site. Google your favorite author and check out their hometown. You will see the world around them that inspired their work.

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10 Comments on this article. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. DD June 17, 2014 at 3:25 pm - Reply

    Very interesting, never would have thought of these places other than Library of Congress.

  2. Karen June 17, 2014 at 11:04 pm - Reply

    What a brilliant idea. I love the thought of a book vacation. Fantastic

  3. Pamela June 18, 2014 at 5:58 am - Reply

    Great ideas, will have to check some of these out!

  4. Erin June 18, 2014 at 11:22 am - Reply

    Nice to see Portland on the list. If you love books this is the place to visit!

  5. Tiffany Hathorn June 18, 2014 at 11:36 am - Reply

    This post is right up my alley. I am a lifelong literature lover. The idea of The Middle Earth Experience and Author Adventure send a thrill through me!

  6. Alexandra McAllister June 18, 2014 at 1:52 pm - Reply

    WOW! This is such a great idea! I never thought of having a book vacation! Brilliant! Thanks for sharing.

  7. Neva @ Retire for the Fun of it June 18, 2014 at 2:48 pm - Reply

    Your story brings back memories of when my kids were looking for more books to read during the summer. We chose to live away from the bustling city life. This meant driving the kids to where the Library Bus came each week. This was a fun time for them.

  8. Terri Ingraham | Sugar Free Glow June 19, 2014 at 6:53 am - Reply

    I would love to see the movie set for the Hobbit!

  9. Pamela June 21, 2014 at 1:40 am - Reply

    What an interesting idea for a vacation, would love to go on one!

  10. BusyBee June 22, 2014 at 2:53 pm - Reply

    The library in NYC is just gorgeous. I cannot wait to see it again

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