Let Hollywood screenwriters be the guide to a romantic getaway destination with the leading lady or man in your life. Star in your own local romance with any one of these five locations with ties to popular movies. All are within a two-hour drive of Kenosha, Wisconsin.
“Love Actually,” Cedarburg, Wisconsin
This quaint historic city is mentioned in the film when one character travels from England to Wisconsin to meet American women. Located 20 minutes north of Milwaukee, it offers seasonal festivals, outdoor activities, an array of interesting shops & restaurants and cultural events. Consider a stay at the Washington House Inn.
“Prince & Me,” Madison, Wisconsin
Though not filmed in Wisconsin, the University of Wisconsin-Madison is the main locale where the leads meet and fall in love. Visit this beautiful college city and see what the cast & crew missed, including the Olbrich Botanical Gardens, a free tour of the state capital building then spice things up with a visit to the suburban National Mustard Museum.
Actor Mark Ruffalo’s hometown, Kenosha, Wisconsin
Star of such romantic comedies as “Just Like Heaven,” Mark Ruffalo was born in Kenosha, Wisconsin so why not be a tourist in your own town? Ride the downtown 1950’s restored electric trolleys. Get an all-day pass for $3.00 to hop off and on to enjoy restaurants and museums then stay overlooking Lake Michigan at the Best Western Harborside Inn & Conference Center.
“Groundhog Day,” Woodstock, Illinois
Every year Woodstock, Illinois celebrates its starring turn in this comedy. Visit the Woodstock Opera House that hosts year-round musical events and theatrical productions and have a bite to eat at the adjacent Stage Left Café. Book a room at the Royal Victorian Manor Bed & Breakfast, better known in the film as the Cherry Street Inn, where Bill Murray’s character stayed night after night after night…
“Sixteen Candles” in Evanston, Illinois
Evanston was one film location for this John Hughes directed movie. It’s home to the 240 acre Northwestern University campus, a place that’s perfect for a hand-in-hand walk among a mix of Gothic and modern buildings. For a romantic souvenir enter Dave’s Down to Earth Rock Shop for gemstones, jewelry, minerals and fossils. The Bahai Temple of North America (currently one of seven worldwide) is worth stepping over the Evanston border into neighboring Wilmette to view the temple’s architecture and in-season gardens and fountains.
Filmmakers know the formula for romance and a visit to any of these local cities can be the basis for a blockbuster romantic getaway.