Groundhog Day Again in Woodstock, Illinois | Midwest Living

Groundhog Day Again in Woodstock, Illinois

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

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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;

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

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;

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

Woodstock trip guide: Where to eat and 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;

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;

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

(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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