Hotel at a Glance: Ironworks Hotel
The Ironworks Hotel is a luxurious boutique hotel in historic downtown Beloit. Once called the Beloit Inn, the hotel has been fully renovated to be modern and plush, with exposed brick walls, leather furniture, and a popular restaurant on the premises.
- Recently renovated accommodations: Heritage and Legacy suites feature a double-sided fireplace, two 47-inch flat-screen TVs, and views of the city or Rock River.
- Where to eat: The onsite Merrill & Houston’s Steak Joint serves ribeye and porterhouse steaks alongside crab cakes, oysters Rockefeller, and shrimp scampi.
- Work up a sweat in the fitness center.
- Walk to the shops and restaurants of downtown Beloit.
- Beloit College: The campus of this private liberal-arts college is just across the street from the hotel.
- Notable award: TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence
Beloit, Wisconsin: Snacks, Angels, and a Historic Downtown
If you like snacks, thank Beloit. This mid-sized town of around 37,000 was the place Korn Kurls were invented in 1946—Korn Kurls were a Cheetos-like food, and they are credited with the founding of the snack-food industry. But Beloit is more than a handful of snacks. Set on the Rock River next to Wisconsin’s southern border with Illinois, Beloit is a pleasant town with roots in the railroad industry and a quaint downtown—so quaint that it was named one of Travel + Leisure’s top 20 Great American Main Streets for 2014. When in town, don’t miss a stroll down Beloit’s Riverside Park, a 24-acre riverfront park with extensive gardens, children’s areas, and hiking trails. There’s also the extremely quirky Angel Museum, the world’s largest collection of angel figurines housed inside a repurposed church.