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
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
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
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
Where to eat
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
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.