Winter in Beloit is a great place to beat the blahs.
Winter in Beloit is fun, whether you’re into getting bundled up or hunkering down. There’s plenty to do both indoors and outdoors to keep your spirits up!
1. Warm Up With a Tasty Glass of Vino by a Roaring Fire at DC Estate Winery!
Winter in Beloit is fun with a wine tasting! Conveniently located just minutes off I-90 in a picturesque setting, DC Estate Winery offers a romantic taste of Tuscany. With a beautiful and welcoming tasting room and a beautiful fireplace, DC Estate Winery is the perfect spot to relax, savor delicious wine and enjoy warm hospitality.
2. Hike or Snow Shoe in Big Hill Park!
Big Hill Park is one of Beloit’s most scenic sites, and a great place to enjoy winter in Beloit. The 190-acre park is located on the bluffs of the Rock River and boasts nature and hiking trails, an environmental education center, bike trail, cross-country ski trail, a scenic overlook with spectacular vistas.
The park was purchased around 1925 and began to take shape as a park in the early 1930’s with the construction of stone fireplaces for picnickers to use. These fireplaces can still be seen today along with the famous 90 ft. bluff on the west bank of the Rock River. The bluff had been used to hold annual ski jumping competitions by the Beloit Ski Club. Even though the ski jump is no longer in existence, the spectacular view remains from the top of the bluff. There are nature trails constructed throughout the entire park allowing for abundance of wildlife sighting. Beloit is also on the midway point of the 320 mile long Rock River Trail. The city offers snowshoe rentals at the Leisure Services office.
3. Take in an Independent Film Every Wednesday During BIFF Year ‘Round and attend the Beloit International Film Festival
The Beloit International Film Festival (BIFF) presents an independent film each Wednesday at Hendricks Center for the arts for just $5 during BIFF Year ‘Round! BIFF also presents an annual ten-day film festival that celebrates the power of independent film from around the globe. This year is their 15th anniversary and will be held February 21-March 2.
Local residents and visitors from across the nation fill venues ranging in size from 40 to 400 seats to view 100 films and to meet scores of filmmakers who come from throughout the U.S. and around the world.
4. Take a walk around the beautiful grounds of Beloit College!
Beloit College, the state’s oldest private college, sits high on a hill overlooking the Rock River. The campus offers a picture-perfect location to meander through 40 wooded acres of winding walkways and view the beautiful architecture and public art. There are also two museums on the campus—The Wright Museum of Art and the Logan Museum of Anthropology. Both museums are free and open to the public.
5. Improve Your Golf Game or Take on Zombies in a Game of Doge Ball at Ironworks Golf Lab
Just because it’s winter in Beloit, doesn’t mean you can’t improve your golf game! At Ironworks Golf Lab, you can use of three simulators to improve your game or just have fun. The HD simulator lets you choose from 100 courses from around the world, and the other two simulators let you choose between golf or 14 other games, including hockey and zombie dodgeball! There are also adult beverages and snacks available. You can make your reservation online.
6. Enjoy Nature at Beckman Mill Park
Beckman Mill is one of the best places to enjoy winter in Beloit. The park is the property of Rock County and encompasses 50 acres in a beautiful rural setting. It is open year-round from 5 am to 10 pm and features the “Thomas G Kautz Nature Trail” that includes a savanna trail, an accessible boardwalk across native wetlands, and a forested hiking trail in the northern reaches of the park.
7. Enjoy Free Music at Merrill & Houston’s Steak Joint!
Merrill & Houston’s Steak Joint is not only a premiere steak house, it’s a great place to listen to music while enjoying a cocktail. Every Friday evening from 8-11 pm, you can enjoy great live music from popular bands like Duane Worden, and Gary the Band! Get the schedule here.
Antique hunting is almost as good as stepping back in time. Discovering items decades or centuries old, and reusing them, has a unique charm to it. Whether you’re on the hunt for a 19th century carved oak table, hoping to find some unique gift items, or just intrigued by the idea of discovering old treasures, a visit to Beloit’s antique shops awaits you!
Start your day around 10 a.m. so you have plenty of time to shop around. You can visit all the places on our list on a Friday or a Saturday. In the trail below we have you starting south of the border and heading North.
9. Warm up with Wine from Around the World and Complement your Selection with Small Plates and Stone-Fired pizza!
Velvet Buffalo Café is sultry, witty, and refined. Located in the heart of downtown Beloit, in the Hotel Goodwin, Velvet Buffalo Cafe offers a worldly experience through its expertly chosen wine and culinary menus. The in-house wine bar offers a carefully curated selection of wines by the glass, as well as an extensive bottle list, from all parts of the globe.
10. Put Your Feet Up in Front of Your Own Fireplace in a Suite at Ironworks Hotel