The days are getting shorter and, sometimes, there’s even a nip in the air which can mean only one thing … it’s almost time for Wine & Harvest Festival. Now in its 43rd year, Cedarburg’s popular fall festival combines the best of autumn’s delicious bounty with rocking live music at stages throughout town, and fun activities that appeal to people of all ages. And guests here at the inn have only to wander outside to be right in the thick of things.
Shoppers will be in their element at Art on the Avenue, aka Washington Avenue, where more than 250 juried artists tempt passers-by with their unique creations. Even though the winery’s hilarious daily Grape Stomp in the courtyard of Cedar Creek Settlement is probably everyone’s favorite spectator sport, Sunday’s Giant Pumpkin Charity Regatta on Sunday is also a must-see when local businesses vie against one another racing giant, hollowed-out pumpkins on Cedar Creek, and paddling until their strength gives out. Help judges select the most creative scarecrows propped on benches, straw bales or lounging against buildings on both sides of the traffic-free Washington Avenue. And take a few minutes to marvel at the pumpkin carver on the lawn in front of City Hall as he turns huge pumpkins into grotesque faces with a skillful flick of his wrist. Or, if you’re feeling a bit tired, hop on one of the tractor-drawn hay wagons and be driven in style to the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts where the current exhibit will take your breath away.
Incidentally, it’s probably a good idea to come to the festival hungry as the food court, Cedar Creek Settlement and local restaurants vie with one another to produce tasty, seasonal specialties.
And, let’s not forget the wine for which the festival is named. Cedar Creek Winery’s Cranberry Blush is very refreshing, and their Waterfall Riesling in the vivid blue bottles is yet another crowd favorite.Want to know more? Visit www.cedarburgfestivals.org.
Be sure to book your stay with us at the Washington House Inn so we can pamper you!