Whether you’re planning a trip for the whole family, a weekend getaway with the girls or a romantic adventure for two, Beloit, Wisconsin, should be the next destination on your travel calendar. Check out these weekend itineraries below to start planning your adventure to this historic, beautiful destination!
Come winter, spring, summer or fall, Beloit is a unique place to take the family for a recreational weekend.
There is no better place to spend an afternoon with the whole family than at Ironworks Golf Lab. This state-of-the-art facility has visual sports simulators that will entertain the kids with virtual games of basketball, football and even “zombie dodgeball.” As the kids shoot hoops and score touchdowns, you can practice your golf swing. Choose from more than 80 golf courses from across the globe as you work with a professional instructor for one-on-one tips.
If you want to have some fun outdoors, get closer to nature at Welty Environmental Center. This facility, named after ornithologist Carl Welty, provides year-round educational programs for all ages, with a focus on wildlife and ecology.
The family will also have a great time enjoying America’s favorite pastime by watching the Beloit Snappers, a Class A minor league baseball team. Don’t forget to take your picture with the mascot, Snappy D. Turtle!
If you plan your family visit for the fall, stop by The Apple Hut. While visiting, you can pick your own apples, enjoy fresh apple cider, cider donuts and shop for locally made crafts in the gift shop.
The whole family will need to fuel up with great food while exploring Beloit, and there are plenty of dining options available. Experience a true farm-to-table meal at Double B Farm and Country Café, where everything is made from fresh, local items (watch a video here). Lucy’s #7 Burger Bar is famous for their stuffed Juicy Lucy burgers, and you will love the craft beer! Get a glimpse of the menu here. Satisfy your sweet tooth by stopping at Flying Pig or Northwoods Premium Confections for some treats after your adventurous day. The offer a variety of gourmet popcorns, fudges, ice creams, candies, and chocolates!
Weekend with the girls
Spend a picturesque weekend with the girls exploring downtown Beloit—it’s the perfect place for rest and relaxation.
When you’re spending a weekend with the girls, you want to experience fresh food you can’t eat anywhere else. Start your day out with breakfast at Bushel & Peck’s Local Market (this video walks you through their farm and kitchen), or head to the Beloit Farmers’ Market for a local food experience to kick-start your day. The farmers market is also a great place to find artisanal jewelry and souvenirs to bring home.
For some outdoor fun, the whole group will love doing yoga outside at Nature at the Confluence. The property sits on the land where Turtle Creek and the Rock River meet and is a relaxing space to stretch, meditate, and fully embrace your weekend away. Click here for a quick refreshing tour! You might also enjoy a hike in one of Beloit’s beautiful parks, such as Big Hill Park or Riverside Park, which both offer fantastic views of the area.
A girls’ trip isn’t complete without a luxurious spa experience, so treat yourself at WM DaySpa. It has a wide variety of options available for pampering, including haircare, skincare, massages, and manicures. Fun new specials are available each month, so be sure to schedule your visit to the spa a few weeks in advance.
After a relaxing massage, enjoy some retail or resale therapy at the shops in downtown Beloit. Explore unique stores like the 4,000-sq.-ft. furniture, fashion, and gift store, The Nest Egg and the eclectic Tin Dog Records (video here). You and the girls might even catch an outdoor concert or festivals while you’re downtown; the area hosts more than 50 events each year.
What would a girls’ weekend be without a night on the town? Catch a show by Beloit Civic Theatre, housed inside the 200-seat Elizabeth Reinholz Theatre, or attend a gallery show or class at the Beloit Fine Art Center. End the fun day with dinner at the jazz-age-inspired Clara Bo and Gatsby Wine Bar, named after 1920s “it girl” Clara Bow and for F. Scott Fitzgerald’s popular classic, “The Great Gatsby.”
At the end of a great evening out, you and the girls can stay at 1810 Emerson House Bed & Breakfast for a relaxing and cozy night. This historic home provides an elegant setting for a restful sleep, and a three-course gourmet breakfast is served every Saturday and Sunday.
Bring your sweetheart on a romantic rendezvous in Beloit and see for yourself why it was named a “Most Romantic Main Street” in 2017 by Mainstreet America.
For a romantic weekend, you can’t beat hearing live music. Beloit is a fantastic place for music-lovers of all kinds. Turtle Creek Chamber Orchestra is a string ensemble that plays concerts all summer. You can hear jazz, musicals, classical and even pop music at one of its shows. Founded in 1953, Beloit Janesville Symphony Orchestra is the premier symphony orchestra of Rock County, Wisconsin. On Friday nights in the summer, you can catch live music from a wide variety of bands at Harry’s Place, a pavilion located at Riverside Park.
Stroll across the beautiful grounds of DC Estate Winery, which has 700 grapevines, and experience a “taste of Tuscany” when you enjoy a wine tasting. Another romantic place to visit and eat a succulent dinner is at Merrill & Houston’s Steak Joint. This rustic restaurant features photos of historic Beloit and serves unbeatable specialties, including the signature The Ironworks, a rib-eye steak served with “the works” (a combination of buttery scallops, lobster, shrimp and breadcrumbs), chicken Vesuvio and wild mushroom ravioli.
Merrill & Houston’s Steak Joint is located inside the Ironworks Hotel, so you can walk from dinner to your room in no time. You and your sweetheart will fall in love with the Ironworks Hotel—especially after a busy day exploring the town. Each suite, in this luxury boutique hotel, has its own fireplace, and the industrial style of the rooms makes it the perfect romantic setting to spend the night in during your weekend for two.