One Fine Day is a series inspired by my favorite now-defunct Chicago Tribune column of the same title. The posts in this series are short, sweet, sometimes themed, and always a charming snapshot of a city.
Wisconsin has always been one of my favorite states. No matter how far I travel, I’ve been hard-pressed to find a place with friendlier people, more beautiful outdoor spaces, and a deeper appreciation for cheese. In those respects, Beloit, Wisconsin is no exception.
This one-day itinerary shares some of my favorite places to eat, drink, and explore around Beloit, Wisconsin.
Start your morning with breakfast at Double B Farm Country Store & Cafe. Located about 15 minutes northwest of downtown Beloit, this cozy eatery is farm-to-table dining without the frills.
After you’ve fueled up for the day, head back downtown and pay a visit to the Angel Museum. With more than 11,000 items on view, this unique Beloit museum houses the World’s Largest Collection of Angels.
After you leave the museum, continue exploring downtown Beloit. Head up the hill to wander the grounds of the Beloit College campus, browse in the shops downtown, or pop into the Beloit Fine Arts Incubator.
Grab a quick lunch (and some snacks for later) at Bushel and Peck’s in downtown Beloit. This innovative cafe was one of my favorite places in town, and left me dreaming about its unexpectedly delicious beet ketchup.
After lunch head south to Rockton, Illinois to experience a unique piece of the region’s history at Macktown Living History Education Center. While Native Americans lived on the land as early as 8,000 years ago, Macktown is recognized as the first settlement in Illinois’ Winnebago County. Today this unique historic site offers an opportunity to step back in time.
Continue your exploration of the area’s history by heading back north to the Beckman Mill. Wisconsinite William Howe built this historic grist mill shortly after the Civil War along the banks of Coon Creek. Today it has been restored to its 1860s glory and is open to the public for tours.
End your busy day with a true Wisconsin experience—dinner at The 615 Club. Located in a historic home, this Wisconsin supper club has been a Beloit landmark since the 1930s. Indulge in a hearty meal complete with gooey French onion soup, tender prime rib, and cheesy potatoes.
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I would love to hear from you! Have you visited Beloit, Wisconsin? What’s your favorite way to spend the day?
Looking for more things to do in the Beloit region? Check out the other places I visited on my road trip.