Six Wonderful Ways to Add Magic to Your Holiday Season in Janesville

Plan a short roadtrip to nearby Janesville, Wisconsin to celebrate heart-warming holiday cheer! You’ll find festive fun shopping and dining in Janesville’s vibrant downtown and at premiere holiday events such the Holiday Light Show, Janesville’s Jolly Jingle and more than 60 others. The city’s family-friendly atmosphere, affordability and convenient  location make it simple for you to visit. [Read More…]

Date Posted | October 19, 2023

Fabulous Fall Fun in Janesville, Wisconsin

Get out and explore the area’s scenic trails including a portion of the National Scenic Ice Age Trail. More than 30 miles of Janesville’s trails are paved making them ideal for biking or walking. At Skelly’s Farm Market, you can pick your own pumpkins, eat fresh apple cider donuts, go for wagon ride, shoot an [Read More…]

Date Posted | September 08, 2023

Vegan-Friendly Dining in Janesville

Whether you’re committed to plant-based eating or simply looking to explore a healthier and more sustainable lifestyle, Janesville offers a variety of vegan-friendly dining options! Embracing Flavorful Plant-Based Fare: Basics Cooperative: – coffee, smoothies, and an entire vegan & vegetarian panini menu with options like Veggie Grilled Cheese or Spinach & Artichoke Bodacious Shops of [Read More…]

Date Posted | July 27, 2023

Janesville Tourism Posts Record-Breaking Year in 2022, Surpassing Pre-Pandemic Spending

The Janesville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (JACVB) is thrilled to share that newly released reports have shown that visitor spending has officially surpassed 2019’s pre-pandemic numbers as the highest levels of tourism spending ever measured, making 2022 a record-breaking year for tourism in Janesville. Visitors spent $159 million in Janesville during 2022, generating a [Read More…]

Date Posted | June 07, 2023

Family-Friendly Fun in Janesville: Unforgettable Adventures for All Ages

Janesville truly shines as a family-friendly destination with our wide array of attractions and activities tailored to all ages. From educational attractions to natural wonders, our city offers an abundance of opportunities for quality family time. So gather the family and embark on an unforgettable adventure in Janesville, Wisconsin. Start creating memories that will last [Read More…]

Date Posted | May 31, 2023

Grab a Flight in Janesville

Flights are the best way to try a little of a lot! The personal-sized servings are an indecisive foodie’s dream, and perfect for sampling before finding your favorite. Keep reading for flights to find in the Janesville area!  Ice Cream Flights: Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream Co. serves over 48 ice cream flavors made right here [Read More…]

Date Posted | April 26, 2023

Janesville’s Coffee Compass

Find your way to the best spots for coffee in Janesville! Mocha Moment For the coziest coffee shop, check out Mocha Moment – an unexpected escape right in the middle of Janesville with the most delicious drinks and homemade morning pick-me-ups from the bakery. The outdoor deck overlooks peaceful woods with a view that’s perfect [Read More…]

Date Posted | March 23, 2023

Your Friday Night Fish Fry Guide in Janesville

An iconic Wisconsin staple is the Friday night fish fry. The list goes on and on for tasty Janesville restaurants that put their own spin on this dinnertime classic. For now, here are five restaurants to get you started. We want to hear it from you! Where is your favorite place to enjoy one of [Read More…]

Date Posted | March 15, 2023

In History We Trust: Black History Symbolism in Janesville’s Public Art

By Jeff Henriquez, artist behind “In History We Trust” The mural “In History We Trust” is a piece created for the 100th year anniversary of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote in America. The reason I gave it this title is because even though women were technically allowed to vote, the first [Read More…]

Date Posted | February 09, 2023

10 Things to Look Forward to in 2023

1. Art Infusion 2023 will not only bring another year of talented artists to Janesville but also new plaques added to the beautiful murals completed in 2022 during Art Infusion. These plaques will feature mural names along with a QR code that redirects to a voice recording of the artist describing the mural and the [Read More…]

Date Posted | January 25, 2023

Janesville Holiday Gift Guide 2022

Shopping local during the holiday season not only means great gifts for your loved ones, but it also means giving a gift back to the people behind the counter and to our community as a whole. This Holiday Gift Guide makes it easy to find the perfect presents for anyone on your list. * These [Read More…]

Date Posted | December 08, 2022

Top Six Ways to Add Magic to Your Holiday Season in Janesville

Each year Janesville, Wisconsin’s Great Outside draws visitors from around the region to enjoy heart-warming holiday cheer at fun events like the Holiday Light Show, Janesville’s Jolly Jingle and more than 60 others. Janesville’s family-friendly atmosphere, affordability and convenient  location make it simple for you to visit. We are less than 2 hours from Chicago and Milwaukee, [Read More…]

Date Posted | November 01, 2022

Family Outdoor Adventures in Janesville Wisconsin

Story and photos by Cheryl – O the Places We Go I’ve had Janesville, Wisconsin on my radar for a while and this summer we finally visited. True to its name as The Great Outside, our family found a plethora of outdoor activities: hike the Ice Age Trail, kayak, view public art, admire the gardens, [Read More…]

Date Posted | August 15, 2022

Hey, Ho Let’s Grow! What to look forward to at Rotary Botanical Gardens in 2022

By: Michael Jesiolowski – Rotary Botanical GardensDirector of Horticulture Holiday Light Show displays taken down? Check! Plant Sale plants ordered? Check! Freezingtemperatures gone? Well, maybe not so much. Even though the temperatures are still chilly, the signs of spring are unmistakable. Snow is melting, birds are singing, and plants are awakening from their months long [Read More…]

Date Posted | March 24, 2022

The Best Things to Do in Janesville, WI

By Melody Pittman of Wherever I May Roam Blog My visit to Wisconsin was such a blast. To say Janesville blew me away would be an understatement. From a nationally-recognized water ski show team to gorgeous, artsy murals, there are great things to see and do there. Here are the best things to do in [Read More…]

Date Posted | March 01, 2022

How to Celebrate Black Excellence in Janesville

By Paquita Purnell, owner of Blessed Divine Creations When I think about Black History Month and what it means to me, I get so excited because it is our chance to celebrate our history, achievements, and Black excellence.  Black History Month was started in 1915 by Carter G. Woodson when he founded the Study for [Read More…]

Date Posted | January 26, 2022

10 things to look forward to in 2022

Without a doubt, Janesville is a community growing better with age. Each year we add more events, attractions, restaurants, and things to do. Meanwhile, our natural resources improve and continue to provide the premier Wisconsin’s Great Outside experience. Here are just some of the things we are looking forward to in 2022 in Janesville. 1. [Read More…]

Date Posted | December 23, 2021

2021 Janesville Holiday Gift Guide

We believe the perfect holiday gift is personal, one-of-a-kind, and supports our community. Shopping local in Janesville has never been easier with the help from our 2021 Janesville Area Holiday Gift Guide! With help from some of our jolliest local businesses, we have curated a list of must-have items from stores that make our community [Read More…]

Date Posted | November 19, 2021

Discover Trail Running on the Ice Age Trail in Janesville

Article by Stephanie Dannenberg, running coach at Ornery Mule Racing and regional director of the Arbor Ridge Trail Race. You can’t talk about trail running in Wisconsin without mentioning the extensive 1,200 mile long National Scenic Ice Age Trail. The trail winds from the northwestern part of the state, down into a bowl towards the bottom [Read More…]

Date Posted | May 03, 2021

Explore a Portion of Janesville’s Trail System with Kelly Willoughby

Article by Kelly Willoughby. Hi there!  My name is Kelly Willoughby and I am an avid biking and running enthusiast. I have been exploring the outdoors for quite some time now and have discovered many beautiful places on my journeys. One of my favorites is the Janesville Trail System! What do walkers, joggers, bikers, and [Read More…]

Date Posted | April 19, 2021

Janesville, A Favorite Photography Destination

Photos and story by Kim Hoholek Hi, I am Kim Hoholek and I have been a photographer since the early 1990s. During that time I have photographed many beautiful scenes around this great state of Wisconsin but Janesville has become a favorite.  I hail from a very small area of Northern Wisconsin just south of [Read More…]

Date Posted | March 30, 2021

Birding Opportunities Abound in Janesville

Photos and article by Greg Peck If you want to watch birds in Janesville, it can be as simple as hanging a feeder in your own backyard. But for both residents and visitors, Janesville holds many opportunities for observing birds. In large part, that’s why Janesville was designated a Bird City by a statewide organization [Read More…]

Date Posted | February 15, 2021

Five Cozy Coffee Shops to Enjoy in Janesville, Wisconsin

Janesville is filled to the brim with charming and unique coffee shops that are sure to satisfy all your specialty beverage needs! There’s something wonderful about enjoying a warm beverage in a charming coffee shop. Here’s a list of 5 of Janesville’s must visit coffee shops. Mocha Moment Sit back and relax at this cozy [Read More…]

Date Posted | February 02, 2021

Embrace Winter With These Fun Activities

Winter got you feeling a little cooped up? Here are some fun activities you can do solo or with the whole family in the safest and healthiest way possible. Janesville, Wisconsin’s Great Outside offers a variety of winter activities in a charming, friendly, less crowded small-town atmosphere.  Reconnect with Nature Janesville is home to over [Read More…]

Date Posted | December 21, 2020

A Weekend Full of Art, History, Nature & Foodie Discoveries

Article and photos by A Little Time and A Keyboard On a recent weekend, my husband and I completely recharged during a getaway to Janesville, Wisconsin reveling in art, nature, history and foodie experiences. At just under two hours from our home with so many perfect adventures to be had, Janesville welcomed us to the [Read More…]

Date Posted | September 17, 2020

Travel Inspiration

Looking for Travel Inspiration? Check Out These Travel Blogs Here in Janesville, we’ve been very fortunate to work with some incredible travel writers. They play a crucial role in the trip-planning process – they inspire, educate, and can transport you to new and wonderful places around the globe. Now is the ideal time to gather [Read More…]

Date Posted | May 19, 2020

When You’re Ready…

Each and every day we are thinking of you and hoping that both you and your loved ones are able to stay safe, healthy and hopeful 💙 For more information, give us a call at (800) 487-2757. Our staff is happy to assist you!

Date Posted | April 13, 2020

There’s No Place Like Home for Date Night

1. BREAKFAST IN BED Pick it up or get breakfast and coffee delivered from one of Janesville’s favorite breakfast spots. Thanks to curbside delivery, you don’t even need to get out of your car, so no need to change out of your PJ’s for this date. Bodacious Shops of Block 42, Mocha Moment, Citrus Cafe, Jeff’s Coffee Bar, 29 [Read More…]

Date Posted | April 13, 2020

Top Twenty Spring & Summer Ideas for Fun in Janesville, Wisconsin THAT DON’T INVOLVE A CROWD

1. Walk the trails 2. Bike the trails and get ready for this summer’s Janesville Morning Rotary Annual Pie Ride 3. Hike the trails at Devil’s Staircase and the Robert O Cook Memorial Arboretum 4. Go fishing 5. Take your sweet, neglected pet for a long walk Artsy Exploration 1. Download the CLIO app and explore our [Read More…]

Date Posted | March 18, 2020

Weekend Getaway To Janesville, Wisconsin: The Best Things To Do

By Jill Dutton and Travel Awaits Photo courtesy of Facebook If you’re after an active weekend getaway, you’ll be pleased to find an abundance of beautiful parks and recreational areas in the mid-sized city of Janesville, Wisconsin. Janesville, located an hour and 30 minutes southwest of Milwaukee on the Rock River, features rolling hills, a [Read More…]

Date Posted | January 09, 2020

Top 6 Ways to Add Magic to Your 2019 Holiday Season in Janesville, WI

Each year Janesville, Wisconsin’s Great Outside draws visitors from around the region to enjoy heart-warming holiday cheer at fun events like the Holiday Light Show, Janesville’s Jolly Jingle and more than 60 others. Janesville’s affordability and convenient  location make it simple for you to visit. We are less than 2 hours from Chicago and Milwaukee, and less [Read More…]

Date Posted | October 25, 2019

3 Ways to Experience Janesville’s History

By Megan Bannister, Olio in Iowa …From unique museums to engaging walking tours, there are lots of ways to experience the unique history of Janesville, Wisconsin… Continue reading

Date Posted | August 30, 2019

Cheese Curds and Charm: The Perfect Girls’ Getaway in Janesville, Wisconsin

By Vanessa Orr You know when your host meets you at breakfast carrying two bags of Bucky Badger cheese curds that it’s going to be a great trip. But you really wouldn’t expect anything different when you’re visiting Wisconsin, which is not only the nation’s largest producer of cheese, but home to some of the [Read More…]

Date Posted | May 20, 2019

Getting Ready for Summer and Historic Walking Tours

By Rich Fletcher of Roam Around Tours Its midway through April and our Wisconsin springtime is proving fickle as usual. It has been a long winter and I am happy to finally see the daffodils blooming and the grass greening up. I hope that we have seen end of the snow for the season. As [Read More…]

Date Posted | April 23, 2019

Beautiful birding, right here in Janesville

Story and photos by Greg Peck A January trip to Janesville’s Hedberg Public Library to check out books on East Coast vacationing evolved into a miniature venture right here at home. The library is downtown on the Rock River, and I parked within view of floating ice chunks. I walked over for a closer look, [Read More…]

Date Posted | February 12, 2019

Fun Things to Do in Janesville Wisconsin…

Fun things to do in Janesville Wisconsin include a mix of downtown dining and shopping, outdoor activities, interesting history, and a top-rated botanical garden.  Read more

Date Posted | January 24, 2019

Explore Janesville’s Segment of the Rock River Trail with BackRoad Planet!

Explore the Rock River Trail, a network of scenic, historical, and recreational routes that parallel the Rock River through Wisconsin (including Janesville) and Illinois. Read the article

Date Posted | January 01, 2019

Top Ways to Add Sparkle to Your 2018 Holiday Season in Janesville, Wisconsin

Looking for a great way to celebrate the warmth of the holidays, rekindle your spirit and create special memories that last a lifetime? Visit Janesville, Wisconsin this holiday season!  Janesville is quickly becoming known for its array of festive holiday events and activities perfect for families, couples, friends or even a fun girlfriend getaway! Each year Janesville draws visitors from around the region to enjoy [Read More…] Continue reading Top Ways to Add Sparkle to Your Holiday Season in Janesville, Wisconsin

Date Posted | November 01, 2018

Four Fabulous Places to Eat in the Janesville Area

One of my favorite things about dining in this small community was the people I met along the way. At every turn, friendly servers and shopkeepers provided recommendations that went above and beyond my lunch order. Everyone I encountered was not only kind and helpful but also immensely proud of their community. Continue reading

Date Posted | October 12, 2018

3 Ways to Experience Janesville’s History

…From unique museums to engaging walking tours, there are lots of ways to experience the unique history of Janesville, Wisconsin… Continue reading

Date Posted | September 01, 2018

Janesville: A delicious day in Wisconsin’s Great Outside

…on a recent visit to Janesville I was also delighted to discover a burgeoning local food and drinks scene, a historic house museum with a link to presidential history, and a cozy bed and breakfast… Read more

Date Posted | August 08, 2018

Take a Tour at Janesville’s Wisconsin Wagon Company!

When visiting a new community, I love to get to know the more unique aspects of its history. In Janesville, Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Wagon Company holds a special place in the community’s heart and traditions. Read more

Date Posted | July 09, 2018

Explore Janesville’s Great Outside

The city of Janesville is located in the south of Wisconsin, just 25 minutes away from the Illinois border. It lays along the Rock River and offers a range of ways to get out and enjoy the outdoors, after all, it is known for the amount of parks and green spaces! Read more…

Date Posted | June 12, 2018

Tour Scenic & Historic Sites in Janesville, Wisconsin

Written by Howard Blount of Backroad Planet. The city of Janesville, Wisconsin, extends the invitation to study architecture on walks through historic districts, embrace tranquility at Rotary Botanical Gardens, travel the Underground Railroad at the Milton House Museum, and experience a Midwest dining tradition… READ MORE

Date Posted | May 14, 2018

Visiting Janesville’s Rotary Botanical Gardens

Between England & Everywhere It’s hard to imagine what the area would have looked like before the creation of the Rotary Botanical Gardens in Janesville, Wisconsin.  30 years ago the site was a disused quarry and BMX track but thanks to the creative vision of Dr. Robert Yahr, a local orthodontist, the old quarry is [Read More…]

Date Posted | April 20, 2018

Hiking The ‘Devil’s Staircase’ Segment of the Ice Age Trail

Between England & Everywhere The Wisconsin Ice Age Trail is a 1,200 mile hiking trail stretching from the Minnesota border, all the way to Lake Michigan.  Think of it as Wisconsin’s version of the Appalachian Trail!  Over 12,000 years ago glacial ice cut through Wisconsin shaping the landscape, the trail passes some of the most [Read More…]

Date Posted | April 20, 2018

7 Fun Things To Do in Janesville, Wisconsin This Winter

Looking for fun things to do this winter? From cross country skiing to wine tasting and everything in between you’ll find a host of opportunities for fun with or without snow in Janesville, Wisconsin this winter. Here are 7 of our favorites!

Date Posted | December 24, 2017

Explore Janesville’s Downtown & Historic Districts

Whether you’re in search of unique shopping, exceptional dining or craft brewed beer, Janesville’s quaint downtown is a great place to visit. Enjoy the scenic view of the river and downtown from the patio of the Bodacious Shops of Block 42 as you sip espresso and savor a homemade cupcake, or splurge on deep fried [Read More…]

Date Posted | October 31, 2017

Accepting Orange

There is a fifth season in Wisconsin, which we all know as construction season. It is a season that will hit those of us on the I-90 corridor pretty hard over the next 7 years.  As frustrating as the orange cones and teeny tiny lanes can be, we also know the construction is a means [Read More…]

Date Posted | March 21, 2016


It’s February, and as the Hallmark card isle reminds you, love is in air. As you can guess, I love telling people about all there is to enjoy in Janesville. In that spirit of love, here are my Top 10 Ideas for Valentine’s Day 2016: Enjoy the great outdoors. Bundle up and get outside. Winter offers so [Read More…]

Date Posted | February 05, 2016

Winter Wonderful Janesville

There is so much to see and do in Janesville during the winter months. Snow or no snow the opportunities are endless and we just sweetened the deal for you with our Winter Wonderful Janesville promotion….. Visit Janesville December 14, 2015 through January 31, 2016, stay overnight at any of our hotels or Guardian Angel Bed [Read More…]

Date Posted | December 17, 2015

Holiday Shopping Guide

The holidays are in full swing and you need all the help you can get. Here is my insider information on holiday shopping. Janesville is an ideal destination for holiday shopping with choices that range from indoor and outdoor mall facilities to quaint downtown shops. The Janesville Mall is an enclosed mall so it works [Read More…]

Date Posted | December 11, 2015

Abraham Lincoln and the Lincoln-Tallman House

When Abraham Lincoln stayed at the Lincoln-Tallman House in 1859, it wove Janesville, Wisconsin into the history of one of America’s greatest presidents. When you tour this historic home you’ll learn about the construction of this beautiful Victorian style mansion, the members and personalities of the Tallman family, and the events that caused Honest Abe [Read More…]

Date Posted | October 07, 2015