The Most Beautiful Main Street in America :: Washington House Inn

Visit the Most Beautiful Main Street in America

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Tucked away just 20 minutes north of Milwaukee, Cedarburg is a gem that consistently charms visitors with its quaint allure. This small-town haven offers a serene setting for all your next getaway, whether you prefer to soak up the downtown vibes from our sidewalk seating area or immerse yourself in the town’s vibrant mix of history, shopping, and active adventures. Cedarburg, renowned for having one of the “Most Beautiful Main Streets in America” as recognized by Architectural Digest, truly has something for everyone.

Nestled in the heart of this picturesque town is our historic and elegant hotel, the Washington House Inn, offering the ideal base to explore Cedarburg’s multifaceted charm. Continue reading to discover the myriad of delightful activities and attractions just steps away from our welcoming doorstep.


Historic Buildings in Cedarburg, WI

Cedar Creek Settlement

Immersed in mid-19th-century charm, the Cedar Creek Settlement delivers a delightful blend of history and novelty, serving as the heart of Cedarburg’s Historic District. Among the beautifully preserved historic buildings, you’ll discover an eclectic collection of quaint shops, charming restaurants, galleries, and even a winery and tasting room. From unique clothing and accessories to handmade pottery, antiques, and a treasure trove of fine art, the assortment of goods found here is truly enchanting. Additionally, the Settlement plays host to a series of festive holiday events throughout the year, providing yet another reason to plan your stay in the heart of Cedarburg.


Cedarburg Mill

Cedarburg Mill

Built in 1855 by Frederick Hilgen and William Schroeder, the historic Cedarburg Mill is a gristmill listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. The mill is built on beautiful Cedar Creek, and its five stories made it the tallest building in Cedarburg at the time. Hilgen and Schroeder built a dam and a water wheel to power the mill that produced 120 barrels of flour each day, which they sold in their own shop.

The mill building is now owned by Landmark Supply Co., where you can buy fine Hoffmann’s Original brats, as well as pet supplies, wild bird seed, lawn care supplies, softener salt, swimming pool supplies and other goods. And if they don’t carry what you’re looking for, just ask and they’ll try to get it for you!


Rivoli Theatre

Rivoli Theatre

Visit this historic single-screen theater known for showing mostly family-friendly, second-run features. Housed in a brick building that was originally the Cedarburg General Store, the theatre was built in the late 1880s by area businessman Friedrich Boerner. The current Rivoli Theatre opened in 1936, and the complete restoration of the facade has made the Rivoli Theatre a stunning sight to behold on Washington Avenue.


Cedarburg Art Show

Cedarburg Art Museum

Recipient of the 2018 Mayor’s Enhancement Award, the Cedarburg Art Museum is housed in a grand, red brick building that is a combination of Romanesque, Queen Anne, and Classical architecture. Converted into multi-tenant apartments for a time, the building still manages to retain the original oak woodwork and charming hand-painted canvases on the ceiling in the front foyer, as well as an original stained-glass window that graces the open staircase that leads up to the second floor. The second and third-level windows provide a bird’s eye view of Cedarburg’s historic district. The Museum, as well as its original 49 paintings, were donated to the people of Cedarburg by a trust fund set up for the community by Ozaukee Bank.

The mission of the Cedarburg Art Museum is to establish and maintain a forum to collect, exhibit, and preserve the artwork of Cedarburg and its environs, and promote Cedarburg, Wisconsin as a small but dynamic center for the creative arts in America. The Cedarburg Art Museum’s vision is to provide a community gathering place for the celebration of the arts in Cedarburg. Check more on our Cedarburg Museum Guide.


Jeweler Working on Custom Ring

Armbruster Jewelers

This family-owned store offers exquisite, unique, and custom-designed jewelry, made to your exact specifications, as well as always timely and exemplary repairs. Their extensive services include jewelry and watch antique restoration, appraisals, insurance replacement, complimentary cleaning, and inspection, watch battery replacement, pearl and bead restringing, engraving, wish list and gift registry, gold, silver, and jewelry buying, and complimentary gift wrapping with all purchases. Look around and maybe find the perfect present for that special someone in your life.


outdoor dining at brandywine

Cedarburg Restaurants

Strolling down the charming main street of Cedarburg, you’ll also enjoy the enticing scents of mouthwatering cuisine from our local restaurants. Nestled in a beautifully restored 19th-century blacksmith shop, you find the Anvil Pub and Grill dishing out a unique mix of pub classics with a contemporary spin. Another favorite, Union House, offers a menu that’s a delightful mixture of time-honored and modern dishes. If you’re looking for a more romantic and intimate setting, visit Brandywine (pictured above), a beloved small restaurant known for its exceptional cuisine – just remember to reserve a table in advance. To top off your culinary adventure, pop into Amy’s Candy Apple Kitchen and treat yourself to their amazing selection of handcrafted sweets. See more dining recommendations in our Cedarburg Restaurant Guide.


Washington House Inn Relaxing Guest Rooms

Relax and Refuel

After a day of exploring our quaint downtown area, head back to our elegant hotel and turn in to your plush room where every amenity awaits. In the morning, savor our deluxe continental breakfast, featuring healthy choices, gluten-free options, seasonal fruits, and a hot entree daily. Examples of our signature special dishes include Fresh Berry Trifle, Cedarburg Breakfast Scones, Baked Oatmeal, and Wisconsin Cheddar Egg Strata. Of course, we’re happy to accommodate special dietary needs – please let us know when making your reservation.

Come stay with us and meander down our town’s beautiful main street and discover all it has to offer.

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