Cedarburg has a thriving business and industrial community and is known throughout Wisconsin for its variety of properties, complemented by incredible modern amenities. With a beautifully preserved downtown district, beautiful parks and a lively community, Cedarburg is a wonderful place to spend a day or weekend of your life. The Ozaukee County Fair offers a wide range of food and beverages, including fried cheese curd and fried chicken, among many other attractions. In addition to its lively and vibrant downtown, it boasts thriving shops, industrial areas, a large number of restaurants and bars, an excellent school district and an impressive array of parks and leisure facilities, as well as a great shopping and entertainment district. The Cedarberg School District has a 99% graduation rate and one of the highest graduation rates in Wisconsin, well above the national and state averages.
The city of Cedarburg has sidewalks in most areas, and the Ozaukee Interurban Trail is suitable for pedestrians and cyclists, connecting the city with neighboring communities of Grafton and Mequon. The Peebles Trail, a nearly 6 km path that connects the Oak Leaf Trail in the north of the city with the Peesbles Park and Recreation Center. At the northern end of the trail there is an open space for pedestrians and cyclists, as well as a cycle path and a footpath for cyclists and pedestrians. While the southern ends of this path are located on Bradley Road in Brown Deer, which is connected to the Oak Leaf Trail and leads on to Green Bay Road, O'Hara Park and other trails, there are no sidewalks in most of these areas.
Depending on which area you are from, Cedarburg can be a short drive from Milwaukee, Madison or Chicago, or a long drive. The easiest route between Milwaukee / Madison and Chicago is I-43, while 41 and HWY 45 can also be used to access Cedarberg.
The former Red Bridge, built in 1876 and registered in the National Register of Historic Places, once paved the way for wagons and horses, is now a pedestrian bridge - only over the Cedarburg Cedar Brook. If the weather is good, you can also take a look at the covered bridge, which is still covered, and from the shore of the picturesque stream you can easily come across it. From 1907 to 1948, Cedarberg was connected to Milwaukee and Sheboygan by an intercity passenger rail line, which was shut down after World War II and converted into a bicycle and pedestrian path in the 1990s.
Currently, the city has no railway station, but Wisconsin Central Ltd. still operates a freight rail line that runs through southeast Cedarburg. There is no bus service in Cedarberg, and visitors without a car can use the Ozaukee County Express to reach the Ozaukee Co. Park & Ride site, located at the top of Exit 98 on Pioneer Rd.
The city has a number of historic buildings, most of which are located along the main thoroughfare, Washington Avenue, such as the restored 1864 woollen mill. Many more are located along Washington Avenue, including the former Cedarburg Woolen Mills, the Cedar Creek Settlement and the Ozaukee County Museum. If you prefer, you can also take a look at the "Cedar Creek Settlement," which is located in and around the former Cedarberg Woolens Mills, and its 30 unique shops. A variety of shops offer a wide range of clothing and accessories, as well as food and drinks, but many of them are open at weekends.
The restored cream brick house from 1886 has 39 attractive rooms and suites, and the restored stone inn on the corner of Washington Avenue and Cedar Creek Road has 12 attractive rooms.
For wine drinkers, Ernie's Wine Bar is just a few blocks from downtown, and August Weber's House serves wine and fondue dinners. Stagecoach Inn offers two nights in the region, with wood-panelled walls and wooden floors looking more rustic.
Technically, the popular brewery, which opened in 2016, is just outside the city, but the 24 taps of beer are more than worth the short drive. The spacious tap has a variety of beers, many of which are brewed locally. Tomasos Pizzeria sells local famous cakes and serves artisanal Wisconsin brews at this classic small restaurant in the mid-century Cedar Creek community. Sal's, located on the corner of Main Street and Main Avenue in downtown, also serves sliced pizza, and Sal's Pizza, a popular pizza service with a wide variety of pizza deliveries, is just a few blocks from the brewery. Located right in the city centre, off Highway 60, this spacious tap room offers 24 draft beers and many more on the way, as well as a full bar.
For those who prefer the bustle of the big city, Milwaukee is a quick 30-minute drive away, offering a variety of downtown restaurants, bars, shops and restaurants, as well as the Milwaukee RiverWalk, which provides a great way to get to Milwaukee from Cedar Creek, just a few blocks away.