Travel Wisconsin: Girlfriend's Getaway to Beloit

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The 12th annual Beloit International Film Festival takes place Feb. 24-March 5.
- The ten-day fest features more than 100 independent films (features, documentaries and shorts) from around the world. 
  - Attendees will also have a chance to meet some of the filmmakers. 
- The festival includes the popular Wisconsin-Illinois Showdown, where attendees can watch documentaries and short films from Wisconsin and Illinois and the audience gets to vote on their favorite film from each state. 
The city’s historic downtown has locally-owned stores, cafes and restaurants. 
- If you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind gift, visit The Nest Egg. The store has been in business for more than 35 years and sells everything from Tiffany lamps to baby clothes to kitchen supplies. 
  - The store has 11 rooms with decorations that range from contemporary to Northwoods.
- Stop by Northwoods Premium for fine chocolates and gourmet popcorn, or visit the Angel Museum that houses the world’s largest collection of angels, including over 600 angles that were donated by Oprah Winfrey. 
Head to The 615 Club for the classic Wisconsin supper club experience. 
- The restaurant was recently renovated and reopened by new owners and has become a hot spot to eat in Beloit. 
- The menu features classic supper club dishes and no visit to a supper club is complete without a Brandy Old Fashioned. Be sure to save room for one of the restaurant’s special homemade desserts.   
Stay at the Ironworks Hotel, a luxury boutique hotel located on the banks of the Rock River. It’s within walking distance of the city’s downtown, restaurants and attractions.
- The building was originally an ironworks factory owned by Merrill & Houston. The decorations are inspired by the building’s history, which you can see throughout the hotel.  
The hotel is right by Riverside Park and the Rock River Trail, a multi-use trail that runs through 11 counties in Wisconsin and Illinois. 
You can also walk around the grounds of Beloit College, which is internationally recognized for its Anthropology Department. In fact, American explorer Roy Chapman Andrews, grew up in Beloit and went to Beloit College. He’s said to be the inspiration for Indiana Jones. 
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