Discovering Kenosha: Why you and your guests should stay in and experience Downtown Kenosha

Welcome to Kenosha, where the past meets the present in a delightful blend of history, culture, and natural beauty. The gem of Kenosha County, in this writer’s opinion, is the vibrant and unique Downtown Area. If you really want to show your guests Kenosha, consider staying in this unique neighborhood. Vibrant, walkable, and artsy, there is always something going on– especially in the summer months.  Here’s a guide to the top things to do:

Explore Downtown Kenosha

Take a leisurely stroll along the shores of Lake Michigan, where scenic trails invite you to bike, hike, or simply soak in the breathtaking views. Don’t miss the chance to hop on an authentic Electric Streetcar, offering a nostalgic ride through the city’s attractions.

Embrace Outdoor Adventure

For those craving outdoor thrills, Kenosha has plenty to offer. Tee off at nearby golf courses, explore hiking trails, or embark on a biking adventure along more than 150 miles of dedicated bike lanes and trails. With parks and lakefront paths just steps away from the hotel, the opportunities for outdoor recreation are endless.

Immerse Yourself in History

Delve into Kenosha’s rich history with a visit to its fascinating museums. Within walking distance of downtown, you’ll find five museums showcasing everything from Civil War artifacts to dinosaur fossils. Gain insight into the city’s past at The Civil War Museum, Dinosaur Discovery Museum, Kenosha Public Museum, Kenosha History Center, and the Southport Light Station Museum.

Indulge in Shopping Delights

Treat yourself to a shopping spree at one of the many locally-owned stores and boutiques dotting downtown Kenosha. Discover unique finds, from fair-trade gifts to local art and apparel. Don’t forget to stop by Lemon Street Gallery & ArtSpace, where you can admire and purchase works by talented local artists. Tip: Café at The Stella and The 1844 Table & Mash feature pieces from Lemon Street Gallery that are available for purchase!

Savor Culinary Delights

Kenosha’s culinary scene is a feast for the senses, offering a diverse array of dining options to suit every palate. Whether you’re craving gastropub fare, fine dining experiences, or farm-to-table delights, you’ll find it all within reach.

Bask in the Beauty of Lake Michigan

No visit to Kenosha is complete without experiencing the beauty of Lake Michigan. Spend a day lounging at one of the city’s five beaches, explore historic lighthouses, or embark on a charter fishing excursion. For a touch of whimsy, rent a duck-themed pedal boat or kayak and take to the harbor waters for some unforgettable fun.

From outdoor adventures to cultural explorations and culinary delights, Kenosha offers something for every traveler. And by having your guests stay at The Stella Hotel & Ballroom, their stay in Kenosha will be nothing short of extraordinary.

Written by Michael Carstedt, General Manager of the Stella Hotel & Ballroom.

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