Okay, campers, rise and shine, and don’t forget your booties ’cause it’s cooooold out there today.
When it comes to Groundhog Day, other than Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania there is no more famous place than Woodstock, Illinois
We celebrated Groundhog Day a few days early, as we toured the filming location of the 1992 movie “Groundhog Day” starring Bill Murray.
The day actually turned out to be a fantastic day to go sightseeing as the weather finally cooperated with out plans to be outside. It was a nice, warm 45 degrees and it was a bright and sunny day.
When we first arrived, our plan was to eat right away as we got to Woodstock square around noon. We parked in a two hour parking area. That was our time limit we set as that was what we thought the boys would be tolerant of.
We immediately walked to the middle of the square and took some photos by the bandstand. Gabriel was kind enough to snap a photo of us dancing.
Strike up the music, the band has begun
The Pennsylvania Polka
Pick out your partner, and join in the fun
The Pennsylvania Polka
Soon after our “First Snowfall Dance” we took a walk over to the famous “Ned’s Corner”.
Right down the street from Ned’s Corner is the “Tip Top Cafe”, now a taqueria.
Right outside the “Tip Top Cafe” is the spot where Bill Murray’s character steps off a curb into a pile of melted snow.
We knew it was a doozey, but we were able to keep our feet dry.
Afterwards, we finally were able to sit down and have a bite to eat a Papa G’s Restaurant located across the street from The Pennsylvanian Hotel (Woodstock Opera House). You may remember this building from certain movies scenes. Sadly, we don’t have any photos, but we can definitely say that the food was excellent compared to your normal, quiet, small-town restaurant.
We decided to head over to the other side of the square again to view a couple other movie locations, but first we headed into a bookstore where Gabriel wanted to take a photo with a groundhog.
Through the square again, we stopped at Gobbler’s Knob where the main festivities are held.
Can you believe that on the other side of the road there was another groundhog? We stopped to get a family photo with Willie Groundhog.
Afterwards, we visited the theater and alley featured in various points in the movie.
“Old Man’s Alley”
A quick drive down the road lead us to the final stop of our trip.
Even though we visited a few days early, the excitement of Groundhog Day was all around. We saw many other visitors and all the storefronts decorated just for the Groundhog Day celebrations.
If you can make the special trip to Woodstock around Groundhog. It’ll be worth the trip!