Garland, Alaska: Where was A Cozy Christmas Inn filmed?

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Set in the fictional town of Garland, Alaska, Hallmark's romantic movie A Cozy Christmas Inn was entirely filmed in Utah.

The film is a sequel to 2014's Christmas Under Wraps, one of Hallmark's highest-rated movies of all time, which was also recorded in the Beehive State.

Garland Alaska

This is the story of Erika (played by Jodie Sweetin), a real estate executive from Seattle who travels to Alaska during Christmas time to buy a small bed and breakfast for her boss. The owner of the beautiful property turns out to be Andy (David O’Donnell), her ex-boyfriend from college.

But as is often the case in many Hallmarkies, while Erika tries to convince Andy, she starts to fall in love with the location, its people, and in particular with the charming owner of the remote house in the mountains.

Here is our (almost) spoiler-free guide to the filming locations of A Cozy Christmas Inn.


Welcome to Garland, Alaska

A Cozy Christmas Inn location
In the movie, Garland is a picturesque, adorable little village in the middle of nowhere, ideal for a Christmas getaway.

According to the tourist brochure that Sharon Farris (played by Vivica A. Fox) gives to Erika, the town features spectacular views of both Mount Healy and Denali National Park and Preserve, located in Interior Alaska, in the north of Anchorage.
Image courtesy of Hallmark Channel


Where is Garland Alaska
Located in Ogden Valley, almost 50 miles outside of Salt Lake City, Huntsville, Utah, doubles as the fictional Garland town.

Huntsville is a lovely small community on the shores of Pineview Reservoir, surrounded by gorgeous parks and beaches.

There is also Utah’s oldest business, the Shooting Star Saloon restaurant, and the Huntsville Astronomic and Lunar Observatory (aka HALO), hosted in the same Inn featured in the movie.
(You can open all the locations on Google Maps by clicking on the links below in the captions ↴)
Image courtesy of Scott Law - Map


Garland Inn
The cozy Garland Inn is actually the unique Compass Rose Lodge in Huntsville.

Opened in 2018, this modern and cute farmhouse lodge offers 15 spacious and elegant rooms.

This cool boutique skiers’ hotel is a great venue for a romantic retreat in the snow like the awesome location, also in Utah, where Falling For Christmas was filmed.
Image courtesy of Hallmark Channel - Map


Where was A Cozy Christmas Inn filmed
The silo attached to the building is the HALO Observatory with a retractable rotating roof.

Here you can gaze at distant galaxies with a massive scope in the dark Utah sky, with minimal light pollution.

The on-site coffee shop featured in the movie, where you can have a cappuccino, is called First Lift Coffee.
Image courtesy of Google Maps


Hattie's Diner
Hattie's Diner was filmed at The Lodge at Huntsville Square, which doubles as Garland Square.

Located on the same street as the hotel, this rough-cut timber building is the ideal place to hold all kinds of events such as weddings, receptions, or conferences.
Image courtesy of Hallmark - Map


Meet the A Cozy Christmas Inn Cast

Jodie Sweetin
American actress Jodie Sweetin stars as Erika McNicoll. Sweetin is best known for her role as Stephanie Tanner on ABC’s television series Full House, and the Netflix spinoff Fuller House.

Most recently, she also appeared on CBS's reality show Beyond the Edge and the Food Network's Worst Cooks in America.
Image courtesy of Hallmark


David O'Donnell
Actor and producer David O'Donnell portrays the charming owner of the B&B, Andy Holliday.

O'Donnell has starred in several films for Hallmark including Christmas Under Wraps, the movie on which A Cozy Christmas Inn is based, holding Hallmark's record for the number of household viewers at 6 million.

In Christmas Under Wraps, Andy seduced surgery resident Dr. Lauren Brunell, played by Candace Cameron Bure. So, we assume that this previous romance did not live happily ever after.


Brian Doyle-Murray
Andy's father, Frank, is played by Brian Doyle-Murray, the older brother of Bill Murray, who has appeared in many films including Caddyshack, Ghostbusters II, and Groundhog Day just to name a few.

In Christmas Under Wraps, Frank was Santa and the owner of Holliday Shipping.

Returning to their roles are also Jennifer Aspen as Claire, and Page Petrucka as Hattie.

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3 comments:

1- Anonymous - Oct 30, 2022, 6:21 PM
Helen Ga. Is an alpine village in North Ga. Mountains. It would be a beautiful and Gr8 Place to make one of your movies! I am an OverTheRoad 18 wheeler, 58 states, and Canada is a "One of a Kind", beautiful and friendly... Thanks "Ron!"

2- Car title loans - Dec 1, 2022, 1:53 AM
For a movie that supposedly took place in the freezing weather of Alaska, I didn’t see anyone wearing gloves and hardly anyone wearing a hat. Not very realistic.

3- Anonymous - Dec 15, 2022, 3:42 PM
Brian Doyle-Murray is Bill Murray's OLDER brother. He played Frank Holliday, owner of Holliday Shipping, not a car loan salesman. Frank's son, Andy, was the town handyman.


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