By: Kyrie Sismaet By: Kyrie Sismaet | December 14, 2022 | People Lifestyle Feature Travel & Recreation City Life Architecture Neighborhoods Travel Weekend Escapes Celebrity Trends Women of Influence Latest Television Entertainment Local Community List - Entertainment
Although the second season of the stunning HBO hit "The White Lotus" came to a grand close, that doesn't mean the paradisal wanderlust vibes have to! While fans speculate where the next season of the global vacation-anthology might be set, we think many spots right here in the SF Bay Area could be a gorgeous fit.
Here is a list of a few of our many scenic locations that we believe can be captivating settings for the next iterations of "The White Lotus," where even if it doesn't come true, you can still actually visit and feel like you're the main character anytime!
4045 St Helena Hwy / (707) 967-6272 / Website
The radiant sun and endless grapevines of Wine Country- what could be a better atmosphere for a luxurious getaway? Whether for imagining it as the central focus of a vacation-themed show, or for actually planning a relaxing day trip, Napa and Calistoga are perfectly picturesque for any occasion. This is especially true once you see Calistoga's absolutely breathtaking Castello di Amorosa, which is a massive 121,000-square foot property that makes any photo look regal.
Bridgeway, Sausalito / Website
"The White Lotus" centers on providing thought-provoking, though sometimes sardonic, commentary on wealth disparities and lavish lifestyles, and just like the Dead Kennedy's hit, "Moon Over Marin," this opulent side of the Bay can provide plenty of posh landscapes for such dynamics and conversations. Sausalito is a charming coastal town that tremendously feels like it was taken straight out of the Amalfi Coast with its serene old-world aesthetics and endless hillside houses, evoking a European seaside escape just past the Golden Gate Bridge.
3080 Rio Rd, Carmel-By-The-Sea / Website
If showrunner Mike White ever wanted to film in the southern Bay Area, our instant choice would be the divinely enchanting Carmel, which is a majestic beach town renowned for the traditional cobblestone, delightful downtown, and the captivating architecture of the historic Mission Basilica. Though the show's seasons are only around seven episodes long, Carmel holds plenty of pleasantly magical surprises that will keep you coming back and exploring for way longer.
Grant Ave & Bush St / Website
The swanky vintage vibes and traditional cultural architecture of San Francisco's chic Chinatown- we can already imagine these iconic aspects of the vibrant neighborhood being fully utilized and showcased as the show's characters venture down the enthralling alleyways and dine at all of the fantastic authentic restaurants! Whether or not our vision comes true, you can still have a thrilling adventure all on your own in this storied community taking scenic photos, reveling in the rich food, and hopefully getting lucky fortunes from the original Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory.
Innovation meets indulgence- this would be our slogan if a branch of The White Lotus expanded to this sleek and stimulating tech hub on the Peninsula. The cutting-edge modernity of Palo Alto could ingeniously interact and add an interesting dynamic with the opulent magnificence of the show's vacation theme, not to mention the city's charming architecture and worldwide identity as a destination hotspot. The University of Stanford's campus embodies Roman regality with its historic sandstone towers, while neighboring Woodside showcases the palatial Filoli Estate, replete with a bucolic garden and fairytale-like courtyards.
Half Moon Bay is the Bay Area's hidden gem on the western edge of the peninsula that could easily have a feature show all on its own with its sweeping coastline, secluded forests, and absolutely grand Ritz-Carlton resort. If the show were to be set in the fall, Half Moon Bay's incredible Pumpkin Festival could be highlighted as well, which is a local can't-miss favorite acclaimed for their humongous record-setting gourds.
The Presidio is an ever-popular San Francisco destination on the northern end for the Walt Disney Family Museum, the artistic Woodline, and restored vintage wartime architecture. It would be beautiful to see such storied buildings be elevated on the big screen, along with neighboring sites of the glorious Palace of Fine Arts, rustic brick-Fort Point, and the swanky Pacific Heights neighborhood defined by their classic Victorians.
Whether or not our dream of "The White Lotus" comes to the San Francisco Bay Area, these photogenic gems are still award-winning all on their own! Now we're wondering who you think the next cast will be!
Photography by: Courtesy of DianeBentleyRaymond, George Rose, NNehring, Ryan Herron, Spondylolithesis, SpVVK/ Getty Images