Cedarburg is a small city in Wisconsin, about 30 minutes by car north of Milwaukee. It is known for a number of 19th century buildings in its historic downtown and is a popular place to shop for antiques.
Cedarburg is easiest to visit by car as part of a day trip from Milwaukee. Exits for Cedarburg are clearly marked on highway 43.
Cedarburg is known for it's festivals celebrating the seasons and host to competitions ranging from art to ice sculpters to grape stomping.
Winter Festival is held in February, featuring the ice sculptures, naturally, as well as bed and barrell races on Cedar Creek. There is a parade, a chili competition, and other family-friendly activities. There is a new theme every year.
The arrival of summer is the time to celebrate the ripening strawberry crop, and Cedarburg celebrates with the Strawberry festival. The Plein Air painting competition draws dozens of artists, and you find strawberry-flavored everything from wine to bratwurst. Games, live music and dozens of stalls transform Washington Avenue from main thoroughfare into summertime party. More than 100,000 festival-goers attended in 2009.
Arrival of all brings celebration of the harvest at the Wine & Harvest festival. Traditional autumnal festivities include apple bobbing, pumking carving, live bands and plenty of the bounteous food associated with the annual farmer's harvest.
Other festivals include German Fest and the Cedarburg Cycling Classic in July and several Maxwell Street Days held throughout the warm season. See more at http://www.cedarburgfestivals.org.
Cedarburg is most famous for jewelry and antique home furnishings. Known around town for its green clock out front is Armbruster's, a fixture of the town. It's current location on Washington Avenue was built in 1908.
North of Bridge Street & Washington Avenue is the Gem Shop, selling rocks and gems from around the world, found by the shop's proprietors.
The Cedar Creek Settlement, at Bridge Street & Washington, offers a variety of shops, and many more are located up and down Washington Avenue, including bookstores, flower shops, jewelers, art galleries, furniture stores, clothing boutiques, and much else.
Often the best time to shop in Cedarburg is during one of the many annual festivals, including Winter Fest, Strawberry Fest, German Fest and Wine & Harvest Fest. Maxwell Street days at the County Fair Grounds hosts small vendors selling everything from antiques to collectibles and much more.
The Chocolate Factory, located at the intersection of Washington Ave. and Columbia Rd., is a great place to go for sandwiches and ice cream, with a central location in the heart of the historic downtown. Next door is Amy's Candy Kitchen, where you can pick from a huge variety handmade chocolates, fudge, and a variety of other sweets.
Tomaso's pizzeria sells locally famous pies and serves craft Wisconsin brews in a classic midcentury restaurant, near the Cedar Creek Settlement. Also serving pizza by the slice is Sal's, located just south of the City Hall campus.
Just south of Tomaso's is the August Weber Haus, which offers fondue and wine, as well as dinner's in a romantic environment.
At the Cedar Creek Settlement, at the corner of Bridge Street & Washington Avenue, there are two notable eateries. The Cream & Crepe Cafe serves crepes, soups, sandwiches and other tasty meals in a pioneer-styled section of the settlement next to Cedar Creek. The Anvil is a new restaurant opened in a former blacksmith's shop that serves a variety of foods and Wisconsin-brewed beer.
Cedarburg also offers a thriving cafe culture. The Java House, just north of City Hall, was the first to open in 1992. The Cedarburg Coffee roaster has earned a reputation in the Midwest for excellent coffee, and beans are roasted on the premises of the Washington Avenue coffee house.
There are several classic drive-ins, including Wayne's Drive-In at five-corners, featuring roller-skating servers, Out-and-Out south of downtown, featuring dozens of healthy sandwiches and wraps, and Hefner's, just east of downtown on Columbia Avenue, which servers burgers and home-made custard.
Up the main drag in the "new" part of town is a steakhouse named the Farmstead which is always popular.