Just a day after the real-life Punxsutawney Phil forecast six more weeks of winter, the bed and breakfast where Groundhog Day was filmed hit the market. You could buy it, set an old-fashioned clock radio to go off at 6:00 a.m. playing "I Got You, Babe," and relive the same day over and over—and over and over and over and over and over and over and over.
The 5,815 square-foot Royal Victorian Manor is a gorgeous and impeccably restored 1895 mansion that's currently being operated as a B&B, just like the "Cherry Street Inn" that hosted Bill Murray's character in the film.
By now you've figured out the house is nowhere near Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. It's in Woodstock, Illinois. But the town still has an annual "Groundhog Days" festival just to celebrate the fact that it was featured in the 1993 film. This year, the events included a symposium with writer Danny Rubin and a walking tour of the film's locations.
The property itself currently honours the Groundhog Day legacy, with plaques installed acknowledging the film. You could continue to operate the property as a B&B or, as the listing encourages, it might be "easily turned into the grand single family it once was." But you'll probably always have to accommodate fans who want to get a peek at the inn to relive some of the 12,395 days (a figure estimated by the blog What Culture) that Murray's character spent there.
Recently, Murray did an AMA at Reddit, where he talked about how Groundhog Day was an overlooked masterpiece that should have gotten more credit:
The script is one of the greatest conceptual scripts I've ever seen. It's a script that was so unique, so original, and yet it got no acclaim. To me it was no question that it was the greatest script of the year. To this day people are talking about it, but they forget no one paid any attention to it at the time… But doing the movie, shooting the scenes over and over, it's like an acting challenge. It's like doing a play and those same scenes over and over and again, so you can try to make it better or deeper or funnier than you made it previously.
Perhaps when you purchase the house, you'll turn it into a museum devoted to the film and help give Groundhog Day the rightful attention it deserves. [Estately]