8. Nanaimo Arts Council
On set: Chesapeake Shores Art Museum
“Life imitates art,” so goes the famous quote by Oscar Wilde. And like in Chesapeake Shores, the Nanaimo Arts Council at 78 Wharf Street, is the place to celebrate all things local art. Set in a distinct tall, slim building, the arts council houses pieces by Nanaimo-based artists, in addition to hosting performances and other events.
7. Commercial Street, Nanaimo
On Set: Austin/Nashville scenes
Standing in for Austin and Nashville is Nanaimo’s downtown Commercial Street. If you’re new to the show (spoiler alert ahead) you’ll notice that Tennessee is a far cry from Maryland, but these iconic southern cities serves as the crux of tension between the show’s two principal characters, Trace and Abbey, in seasons 2 and 3.
So, what should you take in along Commercial Street? This six-block stretch in Nanaimo is home to numerous shops, galleries, cafes and restaurants. You can get your live music fix with regular shows over at the Vault Cafe and Queen’s Hotel—two spots that happen to be Chesapeake Shores locales as well. It’s the ideal street for a slow stroll, morning coffee, or better yet, a stop at the Humanity in Art Urban Art Gallery, where local artists have turned the exterior of older buildings into large murals.