Visitors to Cedarburg, Wisconsin, will enjoy both history and shopping in this lovely town teeming with carefully preserved limestone buildings. Check out our picks for what to do, where to eat and where to stay in Cedarburg.
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Limestone buildings create a scenic backdrop in Cedarburg.
Cedarburg
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Pretty as a postcard and filled with specialty shops, Cedarburg makes a great weekend destination. This town of 11,600 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 a series of festive events between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Do

Cedarburg Cultural Center

Downtown Dough 

A haven for bakers, with 2,000 cookie cutters.

Interurban Trail

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

Lillies 

The sustainable, fair-trade shop sells handmade clothing and jewelry from Nepal and Peru.

Rivoli Theater 

The Art Deco building has returned to service as a movie house, thanks to the community's support.

Weeds Gift Shop 

Home and garden goods, plus seasonal finds, await in this ecofriendly and upcycled shop. 

Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts 

The museum, in an 1850s refurbished barn, showcases an impressive permanent collection and lively traveling exhibits.

Ye Olde Schoolhouse Quilt Shop

This too-cute quilting store tucks into an 1887 schoolhouse off Cedarburg's main drag. 

Eat and Drink

Amy's Candy Kitchen 

Amy's specializes in candy apples done right, with gourmet flavors such as pecan turtle caramel with milk Belgian chocolate or s'more caramel apple with milk Belgian chocolate.

Anvil Pub and Grille Cedarburg Wisconsin
Anvil Pub and Grille

Anvil Pub and Grille 

Tucked into a former blacksmith shop, the eatery offers burgers, steaks and bread with a daily specialty butter.

Cedar Creek Winery

Wine tastings highlight the vineyard's Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. 

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 at Cream 'n Crepe. Located in Cedar Creek Settlement.

The Farmstead Bar and Grill 

Locals line up for the steak and signature sides, which include sugar snap peas and garlic mashed potatoes.

Fiddleheads Coffee Roasters

The same freshness pervading the coffee drinks extends to the baked goods at Fiddleheads.

Java House 

Warm up with a cup at this friendly coffeehouse, which uses freshly roasted beans and serves specialty drinks.

Stilt House

Enjoy Gouda-topped burgers and grilled hearts of romaine at a house on actual stilts

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. 

Washington House Inn Cedarburg Wisconsin
Washington House Inn
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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.

For more information cedarburg.org