10 Ways to Beat the Winter Doldrums in Beloit!

10 Ways to Beat the Winter Doldrums in Beloit!

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! Take a look at the list below for some great ideas to beat the winter doldrums!

1. Attend the Beloit International Film Festival!

Beloit International Film Festival

The Beloit International Film Festival (BIFF) presents an independent film each Wednesday at Hendricks Center for the arts for just $6 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 1.

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.

2. Hit the Trail—Antiques and Beer That Is!

Beloit Beer Trail-Beginning Feb. 1, 2020

Lucy's #7 Burger Bar

If you’re in town for a few days and love craft beer, you’ll have a blast discovering great pubs and breweries in the Beloit area.

Antique Trail!

Roscoe Antique Mall in South Beloit

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.

Happy trails!

3. Put Your Feet Up in Front of Your Own Fireplace in a Suite at Ironworks Hotel


What better way to enjoy winter than by your own fireplace in your cozy suite in the heart of Downtown Beloit? You won’t even have to go outside to get a delicious dinner, as Merrill & Houston’s Steak Joint is adjacent to the hotel! Merrill & Houston’s also has live music every Friday evening! If you prefer to stay is a cozy bed & breakfast, you have that option as well at 1810 Emerson House!

4. Warm Up With a Tasty Glass of Vino by a Roaring Fire at DC Estate Winery!

DC Estate Winery Winter

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.

5. Hike or Snow Shoe in Big Hill Park!

Big Hill Park in Winter

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.

6. Listen to live Music!

Grand Avenue Pub

Beloit has some great venues to hear live music. Every Friday from 8-11 you can hear great music at Merrill & Houston’s Steak  Joint. In addition to great live music, Boundaries Bar & Grill offers bingo and karaoke. Grand Avenue Pub is also widely known for having live bands or DJs almost every night of the week! All of these places serve excellent food in addition to entertainment.

7. Bundle up and go for a stroll around the beautiful grounds of Beloit College!

beloit college in Winter

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.

8. Improve Your Golf Game or Take on Zombies in a Game of Dodge Ball at Ironworks Golf Lab

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 dodge ball! There are also adult beverages and snacks available. You can make your reservation online.

9. Enjoy Nature at Beckman Mill Park

Beckman Mill in Winter

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.

10. Warm up with Wine from Around the World and Complement your Selection with Modern Italian and Stone-Fired pizza!

velvet buffalo cafe

Velvet Buffalo Modern Italian delivers fresh ingredients with a side of rustic charm. 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. 

Be sure to come back when winter is over to enjoy open-air dining. There is also a rooftop bar. Click here for hours and special events.


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