On Mother's Day weekend my husband and I met the kids for a little "staycation" in Cedarburg, Wisconsin. It was a four hour drive for us, but only two hours for the kids. Even though it was a cool, cloudy day we had a lot of fun exploring this old village. I took a ton of pictures, and decided to do two separate posts of our visit to Cedarburg: a travel post (today's post) and a family/lifestyle post (soon to come!).
This beautiful mural highlights all the main attractions of this charming town.
The guide at the Visitor Center told us most people come to Cedarburg to visit this old mill, now a building filled with shops, restaurants, and a spot for entertainment.
The mill is located right along the banks of Cedar Creek.
We did go inside to explore a little, but it was hard with a little one and a stroller. The spaces are tight and small, with no elevators, so it's definitely not handicap, elderly, or family friendly. Hubby was happy to stay on the main level and listen to a local band play, while I quickly ran through the mill to snap pictures. The main level had gift shops and a restaurant, while the upper floors sold antiques and art work.
The thick plaster and stone walls amazed me. You could tell how thick they were by how deep the window wells were.
This is a street view of the award winning winery, restaurant, and pottery shop also located on the grounds.
I thought the mannequin on the roof was such a fun idea.
This was a fun place for us to enjoy...I think Alethea especially loved walking through it and seeing all the unique creations. I can't wait to show you pictures of her exploring this garden.
I thought the skeleton on the tractor was hysterical.
I absolutely LOVED these metal goats and had to restrain myself from buying one and bringing it home with me. Isn't this just the cutest display?
The large rooster at the entrance to the potting shed was perhaps the most impressive of all. Alethea was so excited to see him!
This is a side view of the same potting shed...don't you just love it?
The historic district is made up of limestone cream colored buildings on Washington St. A lot of them are houses that are now used as businesses.
We didn't go inside many of the businesses because we had a stroller and Alethea, but we sure enjoyed looking at the historic homes and all the amazing architecture.
This is the Stage Coach Inn. It is currently a bed and breakfast. It was built in 1853 as a stage coach stop between Milwaukee Wisconsin and Green Bay Wisconsin.
I think I oohed and ahh'd at ever single old house! This beautiful home is the largest mansion in Cedarburg. It was built in 1898 for the daughter of the Wittenburg Mill owner.
I love the vintage, 40's glam look of this old theater!
Built in 1908, the current city hall use to be Cedarburg High School.
I think Cedarburg would be a fun place to spend a day when the weather warms up. I would love to eat outside at one of their charming patio restaurants.
Another cute coffee shop.
They had at least three stunning old churches in town. I think this one was my favorite!
This church has a pretty side garden and gorgeous views of the river behind it.
This pedestrian bridge and the creek are located right behind the church pictured above. It was so picturesque!
This is the Cedarburg Mill and considered to be the most iconic building in town. I must say, it really catches your eye. It's right across from the Visitor Center so it was one of the first buildings we saw when we entered town. Built in 1855 some interesting facts are that it's walls are 32 inches thick and five stories high. It's now a feed and grain store.
The unique red and white building in front of it is "Wadhams Oil and Grease Filling Station". A Milwaukee based company built around 20 of these "Japanese Tea House" style filling stations in the area in the 1920's.
Have A Great Day! Amy
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