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Shopping & Dining

photoThe Stateline area has numerous rustic shopping opportunities, from the Farmers Market in downtown Beloit, to the hay rides and cider pressings at local orchards, to sleigh rides and hot cocoa at cut-your-own Christmas tree farms, to the antique shops of Clinton, and the boutiques of historic Rockton. Cyclists enjoy having Breakfast at Tiffany's, a country store by a railroad crossing and grain elevator in a glade above Turtle Creek. A short distance away, the tracks cross the 1869-vintage Tiffany Bridge, one of only two five-arch stone structures in the world (you have to go to France for the other). Tiffany and Shopiere are the area's "twin cities" just five miles east of Beloit. Good Heartland cooking, of course, is always on the menus of Stateline area restaurants and supper clubs, but if you like ethnic foods you're free to sample everything from Chinese to Mexican, from bagels to soul to pizza. As you'd expect, cheese is everywhere, and so is recreation and entertainment.

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photophotoHere are some additional opportunities for having fun in the Stateline area: 11 festivals a year, including one of the state's largest music golf auto raceway...certified scuba instruction at South Beloit's Pearl Lake...indoor ice parades...miles of bike and cross-country ski shows...dozens of public parks, with 100-acre Big Hill on a Rock River bluff and the many miles of Beloit riverfront as the crown jewels. On a summer evening at Beloit's own field of dreams, you can watch the Beloit Snappers play Class A Midwest League opponents from Cedar Rapids, Fort Wayne, Peoria, etc., or perhaps inter-squad exhibitions with the Snappers' parent Milwaukee Brewers (they've been known to beat the big city guys). Beloit College has a full range of intercollegiate sports schedules.

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photoOne of the nation's leading independent liberal arts colleges and Wisconsin's oldest institution of higher learning, Beloit offers the surrounding community a varied schedule of arts and cultural activities and lectures. Two of the area's six museums are located on the school's picturesque New England style campus: the Logan Museum of Anthropology (which has what are believed to be the world's oldest pieces of jewelry) and Wright Museum of Art. Twenty-three effigy mounds built between A.D. 700 and 1200 by the ancestors of the Winnebago tribe can be seen on the campus green.

After graduating from the College, native Beloiter Roy Chapman Andrews (reputedly the model for the character Indiana Jones) discovered dinosaur eggs in Mongolia (thus proving that the creatures were reptiles) and became director of New York City's prestigious American Museum of Natural History. Another campus attraction is star-and planet-viewings from the College observatory (the recently retired chair of the department was the only Hubble Space Telescope scientist from a liberal arts college). Blackhawk Technical College, five miles north of Beloit, offers a varied vocational, technological, business, and self-help curriculum.

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Cultural Attractions

photophotoOne of Beloit's prime cultural resources is the Beloit Janesville Symphony Orchestra, which performs the great classical compositions and offers winter and Fourth of July pops concerts. Beloit's newest museum is given over to angels, specifically the world's largest collection, including the accumulation of black angels donated by Oprah Winfrey. Additional information on the Stateline area's tourist and recreational attractions that are too numerous for inclusion here can be had by calling 608-365-4838 or 800-423-5648.

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Beloit is served by a modern community hospital affiliated with the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics. In addition nine medical clinics meet the health needs of residents of the Stateline area.

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