Hotel at a Glance: Ironworks Hotel
The Ironworks Hotel is an unexpectedly 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.
- Newly 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
- The name: is a reference to the region’s industrial heritage.
- 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: The hotel picked up a TripAdvisor 2014 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.