For as long as I can remember, every Thanksgiving, there were (and still are) two things you will definitely find at my mom and dad’s house: turkey and White Christmas. I guess you could say it’s our way of kicking off the Christmas season. For this reason, White Christmas has always been near and dear to my heart. It’s my favorite “feel good” holiday movie. I know every lyric to every song, and pretty much every line in between. It’s just that good!
When Greg and I started dating in college (the second time around… it’s a long story!), we were on our way back from a day trip to Gatlinburg and Greg mentioned he had never seen White Christmas. Obviously, this was a total deal-breaker in my book, so I broke up with him. No, I’m kidding. When we got back to campus, I ran into my dorm, grabbed the DVD and my laptop, and for the next two hours, we sat in my car watching White Christmas… in April. Being the sci-fi/action movie lover that he is, I was shocked when he said he really liked it. He was a keeper. ; )
Fast forward almost six years. White Christmas is now a holiday staple in our house. Phil Davis, played by the hilarious Danny Kaye, is his favorite character, and mine is Emma, the housekeeper, played by Mary Wickes (I love her in By the Light of the Silvery Moon and as Madame Le Mond on I Love Lucy!). Like in many good films, the locations play very important roles and are almost like characters themselves. The Columbia Inn of Pine Tree, Vermont is no exception.
The first room in the Inn is the lobby. The floor-to-ceiling windows, loads of white trim, and “lodge charm” are irrefutably inviting. I absolutely love how open and airy everything is. If we were to build a house, I would definitely want to use this space as inspiration for the entry… minus the check-in counter, of course… and maybe the deer head.
Aside from the overall openness, my favorite aspects of the Columbia Inn are the high ceilings, exposed beams and stonework throughout. In the dining area (pictured above), you can see them in action.
Right off the the dining room is my favorite space in Columbia Inn – and a room I would love to have in our future dream house. There’s an extra long window seat that wraps all the way around the room, facing an awesome indoor fire pit that has a huge copper chimney right above. I realize the Columbia Inn isn’t an actual place, but I can imagine having amazing parties in a room like this. I’m also in love with the wide plank black floors.
Here’s another shot of the same room. Doesn’t that look so cozy? Fun fact: Rosemary Clooney was only 26 when White Christmas was filmed, and Bing Crosby was 51. For some reason, I’d never noticed the age difference, have you? Also, Dean Jagger (who played General Waverley) was the same age as Bing, but acted a lot older in the film.
I’ve always liked this vignette in the cast party scene… I think it might be because of my obsession with shelves and hardback books.
I love the simple Christmas decorations in the Inn. Everything in classic green and red against the white woodwork really brings home the “White Christmas vibe”. Notice the tree silhouettes on the doors in the background? That would be a fun and easy DIY project using vinyl to add another layer of “Christmas” in your own house around the holidays.
In regular 50′s fashion, the bedrooms at the Inn are small and quaint, but they don’t lack in the charm department. By the way, don’t you love how they are going to bed with full makeup and bright red lips?
Every time I see this billboard, I wish I had one to frame and hang in the house for Christmas. Down the road, I might attempt to recreate one. Matching up the fonts would be a lot of fun. Yep, I’m a total font geek.
Who knew all of that vintage early American charm and character could be captured on a sound stage?
So, what about you? Do you have a favorite Christmas movie you wouldn’t mind moving in to?