There is no shortage of great things to do in northern Illinois during the winter. One cold-weather tradition needs to be on your bucket list.

There is nothing quite like a small town gathering to celebrate a holiday. Everyone in town is involved in the town's festivities in one way or another. No truer statement can be made about what happens in the town of Woodstock, Illinois every year on February 2nd.

Woodstock's Groundhog Days celebration

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KEN FARVER/Woodstock Groundhog Days via Facebook
KEN FARVER/Woodstock Groundhog Days via Facebook

In 1992, the town was the location for the filming of the Bill Murray and Andie McDowel film Groundhog Day.

The celebration of the furry little weather forecaster covers a span of several days, beginning with the arrival of the town mascot, Woodstock Willie.

$2 showings of Groundhog Day at Classic Cinemas Woodstock Theatre. There are plenty of exhibits around downtown Woodstock, including a memorabilia exhibit at the library.

Of course the big event happens on the morning of February 2, When everyone gathers at Woodstock Square at 7 a.m. for the groundhog to do his thing.

Woodstock Groundhog Days via Facebook
Woodstock Groundhog Days via Facebook

You can also book a room in the same B & B where Bill Murray's character stayed in the movie, The Cherry Tree Inn Bed & Breakfast.

As you'll see in the pictures, your stay here will be top notch all around. From the four 2nd floor suites that include the room that Bill Murray's character 'Phil' stayed in, to the gorgeous grounds surrounding the house. This home was masterfully restored

The Cherry Tree Inn Bed & Breakfast in Woodstock, Illinois

Your accommodations at The Cherry Tree Inn Bed & Breakfast also include, from the reviews I'm reading, a stellar breakfast every morning during your stay.

Rooms at Cherry Tree Inn can be booked individually or you can even rent the entire home if you have a large group or event.

You should also know that each room also comes with a DVD player and a copy of Groundhog Day.

The 4 Suites of Cherry Tree

Let's start with the suite that is actually inside the home's turret, The Black Walnut Suite. This room features a four-poster bed and views of the archway seen in the movie.

Next, is The Cherry Blossom Suite. This is the only room with a jetted tub and shower. The rest of the suites all have walk-in showers.

If you're into nautical themes, The Old Oak Room is for you. The room features an old ship steering wheel.

Lastly, the room Bill Murray stayed in, The Magnolia Suite. If you've seen the movie you know the view out of that window.

The Cherry Tree Inn Bed & Breakfast is located at 344 Fremont Street in Woodstock, Illinois. Be sure to follow them on Facebook for special deals and events.

Stay at Illinois' Famous Cherry Tree Inn B&B Featured in Popular Film

This beautiful Victorian home in Woodstock may look familiar to you. This bed & breakfast is where Bill Murray stayed in the 1992 movie, Groundhog Day.

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