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Getaway in Beloit Wisconsin

By Dave and Noreene McMillin

Each quarter, Visit Beloit runs a sweepstakes offering a chance to win a getaway to Beloit. We thought it would be a great idea to share the winner’s stories after they stay in Beloit. Dave and Noreene won the 2nd Quarter in 2019. The story below is written by Dave and Noreene; the photos are provided by Visit Beloit.


We got to Beloit around 3 pm on Friday, September 13th and checked into Hotel Goodwin. What a great hotel! From the very friendly hotel staff to the great décor we knew this would be a fun time. The room did not disappoint with its large, walk-in shower, sitting area with a huge high-definition TV and even a record player with LPs provided.

Hotel Goodwin
Hotel Goodwin in Downtown Beloit

We headed out for a walk around the downtown area. My wife picked up a necklace at Rock County Rocks and Gems and then we stopped at Northwoods Premium Confections for popcorn, candy and other munchies.  Dinner was at Domenico’s Italian Ristorante and then drinks and live music at Merrill & Houston’s Steak Joint in the Ironworks Hotel. All of this was a short walk from Hotel Goodwin. We ended the night with a walk along the Rock River where we saw a statue of Ken Hendricks.

Northwoods Premium Confections
Northwoods Premium Confections


While my wife was getting ready on Saturday morning, I ran across the street to Blue Collar Coffee for a latte. We then headed just down the street to visit the Beloit Farmers’ Market. After buying a jar of pickles and a jar of sauerkraut, we hit up 3 Chicks and a Truck for pulled pork nachos.

We took a break back at Hotel Goodwin and then in the afternoon headed out to DC Estate Winery for wine tasting and saw a wedding party getting ready for a late afternoon ceremony. We got a couple bottles of wine, a Cranberry and a Peach Honey, to take home.

Blue Collar Coffee Co. has gluten-free sweets
Blue Collar Coffee Co.

Then it was off to G5 Brewing Company for a late lunch and a chance to taste a variety of their craft beers. We headed back to the hotel for a break and then just down the street for a late dinner at Truk’t Street Tacos where we shared a Peking Duck taco, a Pork Belly Breakfast taco, a Pork Al Pastor taco and a Baja Fish taco. All were great.

We sat by the large open door on the Pleasant Street side of the restaurant and watched all the classic cars cruise by in preparation for the 43rd Annual Beloit Autorama on Sunday. We found dessert (ice cream) around the corner at the Flying Pig.

G5 Brewing Co.
G5 Brewing Co.


Sunday we had to head back to Central Illinois, but before we left, I stopped back across the street to Blue Collar Coffee for a last latte and some ground coffee to take home. 

Thank you for a great prize package to see the sights and sounds of Beloit. We’ll be back to Beloit!

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