Romantic Escapes Await in Beloit

By Maura Keller & Melanie Radzicki McManus

Impress your sweetie with a getaway to Beloit, whose romantic downtown features charming, century-old buildings highlighted by the scenic Rock River. Book a specialty package at Hotel Goodwin or the Ironworks Hotel, both steps from the water. Hotel Goodwin’s chic rooms sport glass showers, plush robes and retro turntables, complete with a selection of vinyl. Enjoy a handcrafted cocktail in its rooftop bar, then indulge in Italian cuisine at the Velvet Buffalo. The Ironworks’ industrial-inspired décor is a nod to its origins as a foundry: think lots of iron, exposed brick and warm, natural finishes.

And take a stroll through downtown, which is dazzling during the holidays. The brick-paved main street will remind you of yesteryear as you shop the boutiques, galleries, antique stores and indoor farmers’ market. While strolling through the historically- preserved downtown and admiring the Christmas lights, stop at any of the coffee shops and warm up with a seasonal latte or hot chocolate — it’s the perfect way to reconnect with a loved one.

Bring Your Appetite

Merrill & Houston’s Steak Joint is a classic steakhouse with succulent cuts, seafood, pasta and more. At the Liberty House Grill, you can nosh on everything from gourmet burgers and fresh fried chicken to house-made pasta and seafood. The 615 Club is a traditional supper club that comes complete with relish trays and plenty of old-fashioneds.

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