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Weekend in Woodstock with Dinner and a Play

Woodstock Opera House 121 Van Buren Street, Woodstock, IL 60098 815-338-5300

Do you want to get away for the weekend and never have to start your car? Plan a week-end in Woodstock. You won’t miss your car as everything is in walking distance. The Woodstock Square is picturesque and was the setting for movie Groundhog Day. The square is lined with shopping and dining establishments as well as the Woodstock Opera House. For this excursion we recommend staying in a local bed and breakfast, dining in a local restaurant, and attending a performance at the historic Woodstock Opera House.

The Woodstock Opera House was built in the 1889. Orson Welles, Paul Newman, Tom Bosley and Geraldine Paige are just some of the actors who have performed there. Today, the opera house is still featuring theater, music and ballet productions. Prior to your visit check the schedule at the Opera House and purchase your tickets in advance.

Alexandria House 315 Dean Street Woodstock, IL 60098 815-206-5000

We also advise making a reservations at one of local Bed and Breakfasts. The Alexandria House Bed and Breakfast is less than a ten minute walk from the station and the square. To get there from the Metra station, head east on West Church, right on North Benton which becomes East Van Buren Street. Turn left at Dean Street and the Alexandria House is on the left. Bicycles are available for their guests to use. Prior to your evening out, you may want to go for a ride and check out the sites.

228 Main Street Woodstock, IL 60098 815-337-9100

Before heading to the Opera House, plan to eat dinner at Pirro’s Restaurante. We once again urge you to make reservations as the weekends can be busy.  Pirro’s is known for their Italian food and wine. Located a short walk from your lodging.  Head south on Main Street, left on Cass Street, right on South Benton which becomes East Van Buren, then left on Dean Street. The restaurant is on the left. After dinner head back the way you came and you will see the opera house across the square.

After dinner and the show if you are not ready to call it a night you may want to stop at one of the local bars. Check other Woodstock excursions for suggestions of things to see and do during your visit.

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