Fall made its official debut in September, heralding the onset of spectacular fall colors, cool breezes and other autumnal delights – apple orchards ripe for the picking; stunning sunsets over Lake Michigan; sipping Cedar Creek Winery’s award-winning wines by the fire.
We at the Washington House Inn invite old and new friends to stay with us during one of the most beautiful times of year and, while you’re here, we suggest you bring your bikes and take a spin along the Interurban Trail that cuts through downtown, just steps away from our front door. We think you’ll find the inn’s special autumn rates irresistible, and there are all kinds of fall Cedarburg events to keep you busy. Take your pick from any of the following during your stay:
Autumn at the Village | October 1, 2016
Autumn at the Village on Oct. 1 showcases Pioneer Village at its best. This Saukville treasure on Highway I, about 15 minutes north of here, is operated by the Ozaukee County Historical Society, and offers hay rides, cornhusk doll making, candle making, pumpkin carving and more in celebration of fall.
Covered Bridge Art Studio Tour | October 7-9, 2016
Artists and would-be artists will have a ball at the Covered Bridge Art Studio Tour on Oct. 7-9. During this popular weekend-long event put on by the Cedarburg Artists’ Guild, many local artists open their home studios to the public, an unexpected and rare treat. Take a self-guided tour through the Ozaukee County countryside – maps available here at the inn – and meet participating artists who will be delighted to explain their work process and show you original pieces of art for sale at exceptionally reasonable prices.
Cedarburg’s Oktoberfest | October 8-9, 2016
Downtown will be bursting at the seams with Gemuetlichkeit during the city’s 9th annual Oktoberfest on Oct. 8 and 9. Grab a seat under the huge tent erected behind the Cedarburg Community Center and tap your foot to rollicking German music played by the Alte Kameraden Band and Tuba Dan. See the talented Pommersche Tanzdeel Freistadt Dancers, and twirl a partner on the dance floor when your favorite polka is played. Delicious German food and a wide variety of specialty beers available both days, as well as the live Glockenspiel.
Cedarburg Cultural Center Events | October 15-28, 2016
Plan to have lunch at the Cedarburg Cultural Center Oct. 15 while learning about the “revealing history of Victorian women’s undergarments,” from expert, Leslie Bellais, curator of social history at the Wisconsin Historical Society. Mail-in reservations only.
Get totally immersed in the spooky side of Cedarburg history with living vignettes of past atrocities and hauntings during the Cedarburg Cultural Center’s Gothic History Tours which are scheduled on three evenings leading up to Halloween – Oct. 21, 22 and 28. Costumed actors with a flair for the dramatic will add to the experience.
Washington Avenue on Halloween Eve | October 31, 2016
Creep down Washington Avenue on Halloween Eve (Oct. 31) between 5 and 9pm and admire glowing jack-o-lanterns outside many of the businesses. Then stop in for a warm toddy at one of Cedarburg’s many popular watering holes.
If it’s music you’re after, you can’t go wrong by selecting from any of the following:
- Morton’s WisconsInn on the corner of Hanover and Center offers live blues every Wednesday night; pop in to the Cultural Center where locals gather to chat and listen to local bands on the first Friday of every month.
- If folk music is your preference, attend one of the concerts at the Unitarian Church North on Port Washington Road in Mequon organized by Wisconsin Singer Songwriter Series. Incredible performers and reasonable prices.
- And don’t forget to check out the performance schedule of visiting artists at the state-of-the-art Cedarburg Performing Arts Center, or the changing exhibits of the Cedarburg Art Museum and the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts.
So many options … come for a night and stay for a week. We look forward to welcoming you to our historic Cedarburg, WI hotel soon.