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 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.
Limestone buildings like the Cedarburg Grist Mill create a scenic backdrop. Photo courtesy of Edmunds Studios.
What to do
Cedar Bridge Park Admire Cedar Creek through the lattice trusses of Wisconsin’s only remaining covered bridge. (262) 377-4510
Cedar Creek Winery Free wine tastings highlight the vineyard's Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. cedarcreekwinery.com
Downtown Dough A haven for bakers, with 2,000 cookie cutters. (262) 387-0311; downtowndough.com
Floral Expressions Designer Ron Reel sells beautiful flowers, gifts and more. (262) 377-6361; floralexpressionsbyron.com
From the Heart A big, yellow house on Main Street sells seasonal crafty gifts. (262) 376-1016; From the Heart on Facebook
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. (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. (262) 377-7047; lilliesgoods.com
Marlene’s Garden Goodies This garden-accessories shop blooms with seasonal decor, whimsical sculptures and art. (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
Weeds Gift Shop Home and garden goods, plus seasonal finds, await in this ecofriendly and upcycled shop. (262) 377-0999; lilliesweeds.com
Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts The museum, in an 1850s refurbished barn, showcases 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. (262) 377-2770; Ye Olde Schoolhouse on Facebook
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. (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. (262) 376-2163; anvilpubandgrille.com
Anvil Pub and Grille.
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. (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. (262) 375-2655
Fiddleheads Coffee Roasters The same freshness pervading the coffee drinks extends to the baked goods. fiddleheadscoffee.com
Java House Warm up with a cup at this friendly coffeehouse, which uses freshly roasted beans and serves specialty drinks. (262) 375-8999
Stilt House Enjoy Gouda-topped burgers and grilled hearts of romaine at a house on actual stilts. stilthousegastrobar.com
Vintage Cafe and City Deli Refuel on this Tuscan-inspired deli’s soups, salads and paninis, including a great sun-dried tomato. 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. (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. (262) 375-3550; washingtonhouseinn.com
Washington House Inn.
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.