Beneath the Sheets—Cedar Springs

Posted Sep 14 2017, 8:57 pm

It’s no surprise that the mountains hold a very special place in my heart. They always have. And if you ask me, there aren’t a lot of places that are more romantic than the mountains. Which is why, it was why when it came time to create a fictional new town for The Springs, the logical place was…you guessed it…the mountains!

I’ve been lucky enough to grow up spending a great deal of time in a beautiful small lakeside town Invermere, British Columbia, which is my second home and also the town I based the Cedar Springs on for both The Springs series and the spin off series, The McCormicks.

Join me Beneath the Sheets as I show you some of my favorite sites as they apply to The McCormicks Series!

Main Street Cedar Springs

I imagined this building on the corner as Lake, Live, Love where Declan first proposed to Evie in In This Moment

Further down Main Street is the Bakery. In Cedar Springs this is Dream Puffs where Suzy is serving up her famous cinnamon buns! (I can tell you the cinnamon buns at the Invermere bakery are also pretty delicious!) 


The Grizzly Paw is a huge focal point for all of the books that take place in Cedar Springs. And how could it not be? Located at the end of the road, right next to the beach and great lawn, it’s the perfect place to meet. This is where Gwen and Ian met for the first time (well, not really…) in Love in the Moment.


In One More Moment, the gazebo where Cal stumbles upon Milena doing yoga and then later (spoiler alert) they share a VERY romantic moment…is based on this picnic shelter on the public beach in town. 

And of course…the Dockside which is Ian’s marina and the setting for so many moments in all the books is based off kind of a medley of places. But pictured below are some docks that I imagine the Dockside docks full of boats to look like. This is where in Only for a Moment, Jade and Mitch would have gotten on the boat that took them to the middle of the lake where there were all kinds of fireworks! 

I hope you enjoyed that little Beneath the Sheets look at some of the locations that inspire so much of my writing!

There are so many more actual spots in ‘my’ little town that have inspired scenes in both the McCormick books and of course the Springs books and I hope to share more of them with you soon. Especially the locations that will play important roles in both Amber and Chelsea’s books, both coming SOON! 


I’d love to hear what you think? Are there any places you’d like to see pictures of? I’ll try and get them for you!




22 responses to “Beneath the Sheets—Cedar Springs”

  1. Karen Smith says:

    Gorgeous I would love to go see this!

  2. Lisa says:

    I am soooo enjoying the Cedar Springs collections, I am now reading Bria & Jax story! I also have a love for the Canadian Rockies, I live in rural Ontario, but lived in Canmore and Banff after Universary for 4 years. Still owns my heart.

    I loved the McCormicks and Castle Mountain, so very excited to hear there will be more Castle Moutain ahead.

    Keep those fingers typing!😊

  3. Cynthia St. Germain says:

    This looks like a place you could just relax and enjoy.

  4. Joanne Keniston says:

    It’s so nice to have a picture in mind when reading the books. I just love this series and wish there was a place like this town near me. May just have to put this town on my list to visit! What about the lodge? I’d love to see where that inspiration came from 😊

  5. Ramona K says:

    Love this and can’t wait for more McCormicks..
    Love them all. But Declan and Evie..

  6. Eileen AW says:

    I have another place to add to my bucket list of places to visit. WOW!! I love these pics as much as I love the series. Thank you Elena for sharing them. Now I need to see the hotel the Springs is based on.

    • elena says:

      Ohhh…Eileen…I’m working on the hotel. It was mostly my imagination but there was definitely some inspiration as well…
      So glad you love the books. <3

  7. Sally Meyer says:

    I’ve read all the books and am looking forward to Chelsea and Amber’s stories. Thank you, great entertainment.

  8. Jamie says:

    Loved seeing the inspiration behind the series! I can see why it inspirational – it is beautiful!!

  9. Gale S. says:

    I’m good…if you could send me to the bakery, please. 🙂 The pics are great and they DO look like what I pictured into my head!

    • elena says:

      I’m so glad the real life pictures match those in your head! And I would happily send you to the bakery…just as soon as I get myself a cinnamon bun…. 😉

  10. Delores White says:

    They were almost liked I’d imagined them to be, beautiful!!

  11. Delores White says:

    Beautiful pictures, just like I imagined them to be!!

  12. Ortencia Solis says:

    Looks like sure a peaceful place, I’d love to be able to visit

  13. Carol Beddow says:

    What wonderful and friendly place to ne

  14. Charlene Burlison says:

    I would love to stay here for vacation or even move to a place like this.

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