Hidden Gems-Part 1
Beloit, in and of itself, is quite a hidden gem. It’s not uncommon for people who have never been to Beloit to mispronounce it, as well as question it’s geographical location. However, once a person has visited the area, they are delighted and surprised by all that Beloit has to offer. People that are already familiar with Beloit applaud the Farmers’ Market that takes place every Saturday from May through October in the heart of the revitalized downtown and the weekly free concerts in Riverside Park on Friday evenings throughout Summer. There, however, a plethora of attractions, restaurants, and lodging options that even some locals are unaware of. Here are a few hidden (and sometimes quirky) gems in and around Beloit! Hear more about hidden gems as heard on the Travel Wisconsin Show on January 27, 2018 on 620WTMJ.
Enjoy home cooking on a working farm that serves authentic farm-to-table breakfast and lunch Wednesday-Sunday 8am-3pm. Kids will love seeing the goats, ducks, chickens, and pigs on the property. Owners and husband & wife, Dan & Barb, are famous for their biscuits and gravy and their “Duck Butt” muffins, scrumptious muffins made with real butter and duck eggs! Recently, an outdoor pizza oven was installed outside, and Dan and Barb will be serving homemade pizzas this summer! They also sell hormone and antibiotic-free beef, pork, chicken, and lamb, and gourmet brats, as well as baked goods, artisan goat cheese, country crafts, and goat’s milk soap. Double B Farm & Country Café accepts cash only, and no check or cards. Take a quick tour with this video.
Clara Bo & Gatsby Wine Bar is located off the beaten path in a residential neighborhood that takes you 90 years back in time. The eatery’s ambience is inspired by the jazz era’s silent film star—Clara Bow—a household name during the Roaring 20s. In the summer months, you can dine on the outdoor patio. Clara Bo is known for serving the freshest seafood, delivered daily to the restaurant. Welcoming staff will help you perfectly pair your entree with wine from its cellar, where the Gatsby Wine Bar is located (watch a video here). They also have cool events like paint & sips, trivia, regional wine dinners, special brunches, and cigar nights on the patio. It’s not just dinner at Clara Bo’s it’s an experience!
At Ironworks Golf Lab, you can use one of three simulators to improve your game or just have fun. The HD simulator lets you choose from one hundred courses from around the world, and the other two simulators let you choose between golf or fourteen other games, including hockey and zombie dodgeball. Ironworks Golf Lab also offers golf instruction, club fitting, and competitions. The complete practice facility includes target ranges and chipping and putting ranges, and you can monitor your progress with their advanced ball/club tracking and trajectory analysis. In addition to bettering your golf game, the lab provides the fun for your next party. Games include Mini Putt, Tic Tac Toe, Window Smash, Tractor Range, Poker, and many more. Enjoy adult beverages or soft drinks as well as an appetizers while you play!
1810 Emerson House is located in an elegant, residential neighborhood near historic Beloit College. The house, built in 1930, is a lovely example of Georgian Colonial Revival architecture. There are two well-appointed guestrooms with ultra-comfortable queen beds and cozy linens in a serene and elegant setting. Each suite has its own private bath outfitted with Lord and Mayfair toiletries and a luxurious collection of distinctive products. Breakfast is served each morning on fine china in the formal dining area. In the evening before guests leave for dinner, a delectable antipasto plate with an assortment of tasty appetizers is offered along with complimentary wine or sparkling cider. Desserts await guests as a final treat upon their return for the night. The guest house is just blocks from downtown shops and restaurants.
Beloit College Campus:
Founded in 1846, Beloit College is the oldest continuously operated college in Wisconsin and was founded while the state was still a territory. The campus offers 40 wooded acres of winding walkways, effigy mounds, and two museums including the internationally renowned, Logan Museum of Anthropology which contains artifacts from around the world. Displays include Native American baskets, pre-Columbian and prehistoric Native American ceramics. The Wright Museum of Art, also located on the campus, has beautiful architecture as well as fine art displayed inside. More than a dozen exhibitions, drawn from the permanent collection, regional and student artists, and national touring shows fill the galleries year-round. Both museums are free of charge.
Tin Dog is a vintage-style record store with a hip, modern, and clean space. They carry both new and used records. There are several bins filled with a variety of albums from $3 or $4 to $15. It’s a great place for avid collectors or a new-comer to vinyl. They also sell 8-track and cassette tapes, clothing, and speakers and sound equipment. Check out Tin Dog Records in this video.
The owners of Bushel & Peck’s started out as Farmers’ Market vendors selling lamb, chicken and eggs from their farm in 2005. Their store front opened in 2008. Today, B&P is part restaurant, part store, part preservation kitchen, and part farm. They also host a variety of events including weekly trivia nights, weekend brunches, wine tastings, and lunch-time educational programs. This video walks you through their farm and kitchen.
A classic Wisconsin pub known by locals for friendly staff and excellent deals like, “Free Bacon and Dollar Beer Night” every Wednesday after 7 pm, $1 tacos on “Taco Tuesdays,” as well as their Friday fish fry and Sunday wings. Burgers chicken strips, beer fries, and Italian beef sandwiches are also get rave reviews.
The Beloit Janesville Symphony Orchestra is now in its sixty-fourth year. In addition to its series of classical and pops concerts, each year it performs Independence Day concerts in Janesville and Beloit, which are offered free to the public. Beginning as a volunteer community orchestra in 1953 at Beloit College, it has grown into a respected regional orchestra in Wisconsin and Northern Illinois.