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 popular year-round festivals.
Cedarburg is easiest to visit by car as part of a day trip from Milwaukee. Exits for Cedarburg are clearly marked on highway 43.
The Ozaukee Interurban Trail crosses downtown and is a great way to get to town for cyclists.
The Washington Avenue Historic District: The main collection of 216 historically-significant buildings
The Woolen Mill: Founded in 1854, which today is host to dozens of shops, two restaurants and a winery
Covered Bridge: Built in 1876, the last remaining covered bridge in Wisconsin
The Cedarburg Cultural Center: Hosts art shows and also sponsors musical performances, and also sponsors the Kuhefuss House Museum and the Cedarburg General Store Museum
Ozaukee Historical Society
The Wisconsin Quilt Museum
The Cedarburg Performing Arts Center: Draws theatrical and musical acts from around the nation.
Cedarburg is known for its 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.
Finally, the Ozaukee County Fair is held every year two blocks north of downtown, showcasing the county's farm economy, sponsoring musical acts and other events, and site of a classic midway
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.
There are several old-school bars downtown. Popular among these is Morton's WisconsInn just off of Washington Avenue at Center Street, C. Weislers on the south end of downtown, and the ever-popular Maxwell's at Bridge & Washington.
For wine drinkers, Ernie's wine bar is a located a few blocks from downtown, and the August Weber Haus serves wine, fondue and dinners.
At the Cedarburg Mill on Columbia Avenue you will find the town's local brewery and beer garden, Silver Creek, which brews a lager, a porter, a weiss beer and an India pale ale.
The Washington House Inn is a stately bed and breakfast at two buildings downtown, and the Stagecoach Inn, are the two local stays. Nearby Grafton and Mequon also have locally-owned and chain hotels a few miles away.