Monday, October 22, 2018

Discovering Beloit and Janesville, Wisconsin: Fabulous Fall Family Weekend

Fall Harvest, Corn Mazes, Local Fare and More Fall Fun in Beloit and Janesville, Wisconsin

Fall Harvest, Corn Mazes, Local Fare and More Fall Fun in Beloit and Janesville, Wisconsin

**Disclosure: Thank you to Visit Beloit and Janesville CVB for hosting my family's visit to Beloit and Janesville.

A family weekend exploring fall flavors, sites and sounds of Beloit and Janesville, Wisconsin and becoming familiar with each city's unique local charm was just what we needed to get away from our busy school and work schedule. We quickly found that Beloit and Janesville provide the perfect combination for fun family weekend in the fall and also encourage more exploration throughout the year.  We had a fabulous weekend and I hope that you follow along on my new series to learn about all of the truly local experiences we discovered. Of course, this time of year is all about the harvest so we began our journey exploring the Beloit Farmers' Market as well as interesting small businesses in downtown Beloit:


Beloit's Farmers' Market is Wisconsin's Second Largest and full to the brim with local produce and local artisan items
Beloit's Farmers' Market is Wisconsin's Second Largest -- what a way to celebrate local!
Savoring Nature:

We quickly learned that the region is ripe for nature exploration year round. I already have spots earmarked for warmer weather! On this visit, we took in the fall hues at golden hour at the Rotary Botanical Gardens:



Along the Rock River, we hiked at Devil's Staircase enjoying a slightly rugged trail with magnificent views:

Hiking part of Wisconsin's Ice Age Trail at Devil's Staircase in Janesville
Dazzled by the limestone cliffs on our hike at Devil's Staircase.

Reveling in the Comforts of Fall:

Pumpkins, corn mazes and apples all bring that warm, cozy, comforting fall feel. We were fortunate to experience all of these amazing fall feels during our visit. Who wouldn't stop for a delicious and fresh apple cider donut at Beloit's Apple Hut?


The best apple cider donut can be found at the Apple Hut in Beloit, Wisconsin.
The best apple cider donut can be found at the Apple Hut!

Later in our trip, we twisted and turned through two mazes at Skelly's Farm Market in Janesville. Of course, we also had to revel in the pumpkin fun as well!

Can you solve a corn maze? Harvest fun at Skelly's Farm Market!
Can you solve a corn maze? Harvest fun at Skelly's Farm Market!

Local Flavors:

We savored local flavors and enjoyed a plethora of local foodie stops in both Beloit and Janesville during our stay. We have quite a bit to share including our farm breakfast at Double B Farm where we also met goats!

Goats and a farm breakfast at Double B Farm in Beloit!
Goats and a farm breakfast at Double B Farm in Beloit!

Locally Made Items:

In addition to foodie items, we discovered other locally made items on our visit including Dirty Bear Soap in Beloit where you can pick up some of the most imaginative soaps I have ever seen. Hello --- perfect for gift giving!

One of many varieties of Dirty Bear Soap -- this bar is made with REAL oranges and cranberries!
One of many varieties of Dirty Bear Soap -- this bar is made with REAL oranges and cranberries!

Where to Stay: Hampton Inn Beloit

We found the Hampton Inn Beloit to be a wonderful option for a family fall getaway. The accommodations inside the Hampton Inn are spacious and perfect for a family of explorers. The refrigerator in the room is a necessity for a family on the go -- I like to have one to keep some food to pack for our excursions as well as to keep our leftovers. The Hampton Inn also has a pool which is often a necessity for those of us with kids and was in close proximity to food. Yay!

Family getaway in Beloit, Wisconsin staying at the Hampton Inn in Beloit.

After a long day of exploring, we NEEDED a wonderful and comfy room like this:


We found the staff at the Hampton Inn in Beloit to be incredibly nice and helpful. Of course, I think my daughter was swayed by the Otis Spunkmeyer cookies in the evening! Breakfast in the morning is always a plus as well! The Hampton Inn Beloit is a great choice for families on their getaway!

Otis Spunkmeyer Cookies at the Hampton Inn Beloit to put a smile on your face!

Additional Lodging Options:

Both Beloit and Janesville have a whole host of lodging options to accommodate families as well as perfect for girls' getaways and romantic getaways for couples. For more options in Janesville, check with the Janesville CVB. For more options in Beloit, peruse Visit  Beloit.

Please follow along on our fall adventure in Beloit and Janesville, Wisconsin! During the next couple of weeks we will be uncovering the following local adventures and more with a fall flavor:

Follow along!

*** Thank you again to  Visit Beloit and Janesville CVB for accommodating such a great visit!

Fall Harvest, Corn Mazes, Local Fare and More Fall Fun in Beloit and Janesville, Wisconsin

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