Top 10 Ways to Beat the Winter Blahs with These Indoor & Outdoor Activities!
Don’t let Winter give you the blahs! 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!
Make winter fun with a wine tasting! Conveniently located just minutes off I-90 in a picturesque park-like 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. Located on the bluffs of the Rock River, this 190-acre park 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 our 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’s festival will be held February 22-March 3.
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
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. (608) 473-009
6. Enjoy Nature at Beckman Mill Park
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!
Every Friday and Every 1st & 3rd Wednesday
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. Get the schedule here.
8. Bundle Up and Go sledding on “Hospital Hill!”
“Hospital Hill,” located at Olympian Boulevard and Elm Street by Krueger Park, has long been a favorite spot for sledding.
9. Warm up with Wine from Around the World and Complement your Selection with Small Plates and Stone-Fired pizza!
Velvet Buffalo Cafe 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.
Be sure to come back when winter is over to enjoy open-air dining. There is also a private dining room and a glass enclosed rooftop space, which opens to a terrace comfortably designed to allow you to sip and relax.
10. Put Your Feet Up in Front of Your Own Fireplace in a Suite at Ironworks Hotel