Cedarburg Trip Guide | Midwest Living

Cedarburg Trip Guide

Visitors to Cedarburg will enjoy both history and shopping in this lovely town teeming with carefully preserved limestone buildings.
Limestone buildings create a scenic backdrop in Cedarburg.
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Anvil Pub and Grille.
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Washington House Inn.
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Pretty as a postcard and filled with specialty shops, Cedarburg makes a great weekend destination. This town of 11,400 along Cedar Creek continues to thrive more than 170 years after German and Irish immigrants began arriving in this area. Whether you come for shopping or history—or both—you’ll find plenty to fill a weekend.

The town 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 right off of Washington.  Visit the state's new museum of quilting and fiber arts, walk through Wisconsin's last remaining covered bridge and blow your own glass. 

Cedarburg swells with visitors when it holds one of its popular annual festivals, such as June's Strawberry Festival or Festive Friday Eves between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Click here to read our story about a Christmas visit to Cedarburg.

What to do

Cedar Bridge Park Admire Cedar Creek through the lattice trusses of Wisconsin’s only remaining covered bridge. See reviews and ratings. (262) 377-4510

Downtown Dough A haven for bakers, with 2,000 cookie cutters. See reviews and ratings. (262) 387-0311; downtowndough.com

Floral Expressions Designer Ron Reel sells beautiful flowers, gifts and more. See reviews and ratings. (262) 377-6361; floralexpressionsbyron.com

From the Heart A big, yellow house on Main Street sells seasonal crafty gifts. (262) 376-1016; fromtheheartcedarburg.com

General Store Museum History buffs will love the huge collection of vintage ads, a soda fountain and the 19th-century dry-goods store. Take time to peruse the massive photo albums by the register; they offer a comprehensive town history. See reviews and ratings. (262) 375-3676; cedarburgculturalcenter.org

Interurban Trail The 30-mile paved trail just off Washington Avenue takes cyclists past meadows and pastures. Follow the Belgium Loop, just off the trail, to Harrington Beach State Park. interurbantrail.us

Kuhefuss House Museum Walking through the 150-year-old Greek Revival home, you may feel like Kuhefusses have just stepped out for a moment (though the last remaining family member left the property and many contents to the Cedarburg Cultural Center when she died in 1989).  (262) 375- 3676; cedarburgculturalcenter.org

Lillies The sustainable, fair-trade shop sells handmade clothing and jewelry from Nepal and Peru. See reviews and ratings. (262) 377-7047; lilliesgoods.com

Marline’s Garden Goodies This garden-accessories shop blooms with seasonal decor, whimsical sculptures and art. See reviews and ratings. (262) 375-5050

Rivoli Theater The Art Deco building has returned to service as a movie house, thanks to the community’s support. (262) 377-1010; rivoliofcedarburg.com

Soulshine Arts Hot Glass Studio and Gallery Drop into this glass studio for a peek at their works or attend a class to create your own. See reviews and ratings. (262) 442-9624; soulshine-arts.com

Weeds Gift Shop Home and garden goods, plus seasonal finds, await in this ecofriendly and upcycled shop. See reviews and ratings. (262) 377-0999; lilliesweeds.com

Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts In August 2011, an 1850s refurbished barn became the museum’s new home, showcasing an impressive permanent collection and lively traveling exhibits. Admission charged. (262) 546-0300; wiquiltmuseum.com

Ye Olde Schoolhouse This too-cute quilting store tucks into an 1887 schoolhouse off Cedarburg’s main drag. See reviews and ratings. (262) 377-2770; yeoldeschoolhouse.com

Where to eat

Amy’s Candy Kitchen Amy’s specializes in candy apples done right. They’re pricey (from $11.99) but big enough to share. See reviews and ratings. (262) 376-0884; amysgourmetapples.com

Anvil Pub and Grille Tucked into a former blacksmith shop, the eatery offers burgers, steaks and bread with a daily specialty butter. See reviews and ratings. (262) 376-2163; anvilpubandgrille.com

Cream ’n Crepe Cafe Don’t try to resist the delicious dessert crepes stuffed with ice cream, mousse and berries; you’ll also find soups and sandwiches. Located in Cedar Creek Settlement. See reviews and ratings. (262) 377-0900; creamandcrepecafe.com

The Farmstead Bar and Grill Locals line up for the steak and signature sides, which include sugar snap peas and garlic mashed potatoes. See reviews and ratings. (262) 375-2655

Java House Warm up with a cup at this friendly coffeehouse, which uses freshly roasted beans and serves specialty drinks. See reviews and ratings. (262) 375-8999; javahousewi.com

Vintage Cafe and City Deli Refuel on this Tuscan-inspired deli’s soups, salads and paninis, including a great sun-dried tomato. See reviews and ratings. 262) 377-4001; vintagecafecedarburg.com

Where to stay

The Stagecoach Inn Bed and Breakfast Built in 1853, this B&B maintains a homey feel with friendly innkeepers. Not staying here? Soak in its history in the on-site pub and candy shop. From $100. See reviews and ratings. (888) 375-0208; stagecoach-inn-wi.com

Washington House Inn The city’s most iconic lodging, the 1886 inn features modern amenities, such as whirlpool baths, and holds a complimentary wine-and-cheese social hour. From $125. See reviews and ratings. (262) 375-3550; washingtonhouseinn.com 

For more information or to plan your trip, contact the Cedarburg Chamber of Commerce. (800) 237-2874; cedarburg.org

Prices, hours and other details are subject to change; please check specifics before making travel plans.

 

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