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Groundhog Day Again in Woodstock, Illinois

Years after the film's release, the setting for Groundhog Day still rocks with small-town charm.

A cool tour

The two-hour tour of Groundhog Day's film sites draws crowds and includes lots of trivia. Guide Bob Hudgins starts at the 1890 Woodstock Opera House, which anchors the town's 19th-century square. (While he was scouting locations, director Harold Ramis looked out a window in the tower and thought Woodstock could represent Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, in the movie; Bill Murray's character also tried to kill himself by leaping from this window.) Chic shops and restaurants fill the square. The tour shares stories from the six-month filming and ends at posh Royal Victorian Manor B&B, featured as The Cherry Street Inn in the movie.

If you're in the area outside of the festival dates, you can take the Groundhog Day Walking Tour on your own; just download a map from the Groundhog Days site.

Walking tour information

Royal Victorian Manor B&B

A cool tour

The two-hour tour of Groundhog Day's film sites draws crowds and includes lots of trivia. Guide Bob Hudgins starts at the 1890 Woodstock Opera House, which anchors the town's 19th-century square. (While he was scouting locations, director Harold Ramis looked out a window in the tower and thought Woodstock could represent Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, in the movie; Bill Murray's character also tried to kill himself by leaping from this window.) Chic shops and restaurants fill the square. The tour shares stories from the six-month filming and ends at posh Royal Victorian Manor B&B, featured as The Cherry Street Inn in the movie.

If you're in the area outside of the festival dates, you can take the Groundhog Day Walking Tour on your own; just download a map from the Groundhog Days site.

Walking tour information

Royal Victorian Manor B&B

Woodstock trip guide: Where to shop

Seasons by Peg At this seasonal home decor and gift shop, patrons find home-decorating eye candy and tasty sweets. The glass counter displays as many as 30 kinds of hand-dipped chocolates, turtles and toffees, plus Cobblestones gourmet foods (pictured). (815) 206-3666; seasonsbypeg.com

Designs by Maida Chicago interior-designer Maida Korte brings her HGTV style to this home-furnishings showroom. (815) 337-2046; designsbymaida.com

Green Box Boutique You'll find fair-trade, local and ecofriendly goods sold in the gallery setting on the town square; wines from nearby Salute Vineyard are $24.95 a bottle. (815) 337-7303; greenboxboutique.com

Read Between the Lynes The staff of teachers, avid readers and aspiring writers offers encyclopedic insight at this cozy bookseller. (815) 206-5967; readbetweenthelynes.com

Woodstock trip guide: Where to eat and stay

WHERE TO STAY
Royal Victorian Manor Owners Karla and Everton Martin restored the 1894 Victorian mansion (pictured) and opened it to guests in 2010. This five-guest-suite B&B exudes luxurious touches. You won't find frou-frou here, and you'll enjoy the big breakfast, served on china and crystal. From $125. (815) 308-5432; royalvictorianmanor.com

WHERE TO EAT
La Petite Creperie Located in a Victorian home, this French bistro serves savory and sweet dessert crepes and specials, all big enough to share. The sauteed chicken and goat cheese Pagnol crepe pairs well with a glass of crisp white wine. (815) 893-0765; lapetitecreperie.net

FOR MORE INFORMATION: McHenry County Convention and Visitors Bureau (888) 363-6280; visitmchenrycounty.com

(A version of this story appeared in Midwest Living® November/December 2011. Prices, dates and other details can change; please check specifics before making travel plans.)

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