The Historic Inn Featured In The Groundhog Day Movie

Groundhog Day starring Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell, is a movie that seems to have renewed resonance as we enter year 2 of the groundhog day-like pandemic with no end in sight.

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The Victorian Bed & Breakfast from the classic film is actually a real place! Although it is not actually located in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, as depicted in the movie.

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The Inn featured in the 1993 film is actually located in Woodstock, Illinois!

the real life Inn from the Groundhog Day movie

Portrayed in the movie as the “Cherry Street Inn” where Bill Murray’s unfortunate character Phil stayed (again and again), the real life inn has been on and off the market for years with different names. But it seems to have settled down in recent years and is now aptly named The Cherry Tree Inn B&Ban obvious nod to the film.

Here’s a recent photo of the Inn during winter, the way it appeared in Groundhog Day:

the real life Inn from the Groundhog Day movie

Unfortunately for us old house lovers, only the exterior scenes were actually filmed at the Inn. All the interiors scenes of the Cherry Street Inn were built and filmed on a soundstage in a warehouse nearby.

the real life Inn from the Groundhog Day movie

The home was a private house at the time of filming in 1992 (not a B&B) and the film crew only went inside to turn on lamps for proper lighting effects for the exterior shots.

the real life Inn from the Groundhog Day movie

Even still, you get a sense of déjà vu from looking out the upstairs window to the street below as Bill Murray’s character Phil did each day:

the real life Inn from the Groundhog Day movie

the real life Inn from the Groundhog Day movie

The famous repetitive shot from the actual film:

the real life Inn from the Groundhog Day movie

The inn embraces its connection to the movie, and routinely sells out during Groundhog Day, despite the fact that the real festival takes place over 500 miles away in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.

the real life Inn from the Groundhog Day movie

The town in which the movie was filmed – Woodstock, Illinois – is just fifty miles from Bill Murray‘s hometown of Wilmette, Illinois. There is even a small plaque that reads “Bill Murray stepped here” on the curb where Murray repeatedly stepped into the icy puddle. There is another plaque on the building wall at the street corner that says “Ned’s Corner” where Phil was continually accosted by the hilarious Ned Ryerson.

It’s funny how Ned Ryerson (Stephen Tobolowsky) became more of a star/cult hero from this movie than the lovely Andie MacDowell, who was Murray’s co-star.

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Current proprietors of the inn Lori and George Miarecki purchased the 19th-century Victorian mansion in 2017.

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The house is painted a little differently today than it was in the movie, but otherwise, it looks very much the same from the outside.

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the real life Inn from the Groundhog Day movie

The house was built in 1894-1895.

Let’s have a look inside to compare the real interior to the movie scenes.

Above is the staircase landing as depicted in the movie.

Below is the actual staircase in the real house:

the real life Inn from the Groundhog Day movie

The dwelling is a total of 5,815 square feet with 6 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms.

Below is the main lounge of the inn from the film:

the real life Cherry Tree Inn from Groundhog Day movie

And here we see the actual living room in the real life inn:

the real life Inn from the Groundhog Day movie

You can see how the set designers took some inspiration from the real house with the use of the three bay windows.

The décor in the movie was definitely in line with the late 1980’s/early 1990’s:

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In the real inn, there are various little references to the Groundhog Day movie:

the real life Inn from the Groundhog Day movie

Here is the real inn’s kitchen (photos from the 2017 listing):

the real life Inn from the Groundhog Day movie

Guests are invited to take advantage of the whole house (with the exception of the private rooms, of course).

the real life Inn from the Groundhog Day movie

Fun fact: in 2020, actors Bill Murray, Stephen Tobolowsky, and Brian Doyle-Murray (Murray’s real life brother) reprised their Groundhog Day movie roles in a Super Bowl commercial for Jeep (because the Super Bowl was on Groundhog Day that year). As with the original movie, the ad was filmed in Woodstock, Illinois.

the real life Inn from the Groundhog Day movie

Here are a couple of photos when the inn was decorated for Christmas:

the real life Inn from the Groundhog Day movie

the real life Inn from the Groundhog Day movie

Up the beautiful staircase are the guest rooms.

the real life Inn from the Groundhog Day movie

They each have their own ensuite bathroom:

the real life Inn from the Groundhog Day movie

the real life Inn from the Groundhog Day movie

the real life Inn from the Groundhog Day movie

the real life Inn from the Groundhog Day movie

The guest room where Bill Murray/Phil stayed in the movie was created on a sound stage and appears larger than the real life suites. In the film, it even had a sitting area with a fire place.

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the real life Cherry Tree Inn from Groundhog Day movie

the real life Cherry Tree Inn from Groundhog Day movie

However, it seems the set designers who built the interior again took some inspiration from the real life house for Phil’s room with those turret 3-bay windows:

the real life Inn from the Groundhog Day movie

the real life Inn from the Groundhog Day movie

How fun would it be to stay here on any day of the year, let alone Groundhog Day?

the real life Inn from the Groundhog Day movie

This gorgeous, historic inn is definitely on House Crazy Sarah’s bucket list!

the real life Inn from the Groundhog Day movie

the real life Cherry Tree Inn from Groundhog Day movie

the real life Inn from the Groundhog Day movie

 

Sources:

https://cherrytreeinnbnb.com/

https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/344-Fremont-St_Woodstock_IL_60098_M73057-13076#photo17

https://www.enjoyillinois.com/explore/listing/royal-victorian-manor-b-and-b

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g36910-d12949096-Reviews-The_Cherry_Tree_Inn_Bed_and_Breakfast-Woodstock_Illinois.html

https://chicago.curbed.com/2017/2/2/14484258/for-sale-groundhog-day-movie-illinois-victorian-house

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0107048/mediaindex

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