Weekend Getaway Ideas: Cedarburg

Just 20 minutes north of Milwaukee is nestled one of Wisconsin’s small town gems. The cozy town of Cedarburg has preserved all the loveliest details of yesteryear. With cream city brick buildings that date as far back as the mid 1800s, it’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Even the most modern traveler will appreciate this tiny town (pop. 11,412). Its main street is lined with antique shops, specialty stores, restaurants, taverns and historic inns. With so many beautiful boutiques and quaint cafés it was hard to narrow down our top picks, but we’ve managed to craft a Cedarburg weekend getaway that’s sure to please.

Where to dine for brunch: Pj Piper Pancake House
Open bright and early at 5:30 (6 a.m. on weekends), PJ’s offers so much variety on their menu that you’ll probably spend more time deciding what to order than actually eating. But with items like Nutella crepes, crab and asparagus benedict, and the Brooklyn breakfast (sliced corned beef, a fried egg and Swiss cheese on a toasted bagel with cream cheese), any choice you make is sure to be a good one.

What to buy: Where do we begin?
Shopping in Cedarburg is an experience. Stroll down Washington Ave. as you pop into antique shops, boutiques and art galleries galore. Our favorites? Bangles & Bags, Little Bean Boutique and The Pink Llama Gallery. Just make sure you bring a big enough car to tote your treasures home.

Where to tempt your sweet tooth: Amy’s Gourmet Apples
Apples are Amy’s claim to fame and for good reason. With flavors like chocolate turtle and strawberry shortcake, everyone from the Food Network to The Wall Street Journal has been singing her praises. And bring your appetite. Each jumbo apple serves 8-10 people!

What to see: Cedarburg Performing Arts Center
From musicals to comedies to theatrical performances, this year-round venue has it all — and entertainment for all ages. Become entranced by Tonic Sol-fa on March 1, a vocal kaleidoscope of a band. Check out the complete schedule.

Where to dine for dinner: Anvil Pub & Grill
The restaurants in Cedarburg are an adventure. From 50’s drive-ins to Italian cuisine, choices abound. One stop you won’t want to miss is Anvil. Nestled in a restored 19th century blacksmith shop, it offers casual dining in a rustic atmosphere. Enjoy entrees like rib-eye steak, shrimp the Anvil way, or vodka cream pasta. Are you getting hungry yet?

Where to stay: Stagecoach Inn Bed and Breakfast
If location, comfort and charm are what you’re looking for, then this quaint country inn will give you the sweet dreams you crave. Located right on Washington Ave. in an actual stagecoach hotel from 1853 (it has been restored, of course), this inn offers 12 guestrooms. Three are across the street at the Weber Haus for extra privacy. Rates are $100-$160/night.

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