Cedarburg's the place for anyone who loves shopping. The town of 11,400 has a wealth of boutique shops, most strung along its main thoroughfare, Washington Avenue, with another 25 or so in Cedar Creek Settlement, a restored 1864 woolen mill that's right off of Washington. You can find handmade pottery, collectibles like Sid Dickens Memory Blocks, Wiccan Women's Brew loose tea and snuggly hoodies from Nepal. You can also visit the state's new museum of quilting and fiber arts, walk through Wisconsin's last remaining covered bridge and blow your own glass. There are plenty of places to stay, from standard hotels to great bed-and-breakfast inns, like the Stagecoach Inn, built in 1853 as—surprise!—a stagecoach inn, or the Washington House Inn, another historic building in the heart of downtown. Food-wise, you'll enjoy great steaks, seafood, pasta and more at any number of fine establishments, or sip coffee brewed from beans roasted and ground that day. Fine chocolates are available at Beerntsen's, a long-time Wisconsin chocolatier; Amy's sells immense candy-coated apples that have been featured in national media outlets. And if that isn't enough, this small city even has a brew pub and winery.
Cedarburg swells with visitors several times a year when it holds one of its popular annual festivals, such as June's Strawberry Festival, when Washington Avenue is closed to traffic and vendors spill out into the streets selling fresh strawberries, strawberry shortcake, chocolate-dipped strawberries and even strawberry bratwurst. Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, Festive Friday Eves are held every Friday and feature loads of shopping and dining bargains, plus special events like art fairs and concerts, making Cedarburg a popular spot for Christmas shoppers.
Cedarburg is also just plain pretty. Its downtown, filled with creamy limestone buildings, hasn't changed since the early 1900s and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Picturesque Cedar Creek winds in and around town. In short, this little town has it all.