Five Hours in Cedarburg


More than one person has told me recently that they admire how much I explore Milwaukee (where I currently live) and surrounding cities. I've never thought about this as something to admire, but, hey, if it inspires people to adventure more, admire away.

This weekend, my friends Jeci, Diana and I met up in Cedarburg for five hours. This was certainly a shorter amount of time than the 13 hours we spent together last weekend, hiking Starved Rock.

Sometimes, I worry there isn't enough time. Most times, I worry there isn't enough time. However, five hours in Cedarburg was the perfect amount of time. I'm trying to slow down this year. Trying to live in the moment and not think about what I have to do next. And after that. And after that. I'm trying to remember that I don't have to do EVERYTHING. It's a work-in-progress, but I'm getting there.

If you ever have five hours in Cedarburg (and neighboring areas) here's what I suggest:

1. Start your day in Port Washington. We stopped at Smith Bros Coffee House and grabbed coffee and lunch - delicious fish sandwiches for Diana and me, a kids grilled cheese for Jeci. Bonus: it's adjacent to Duluth Trading Co. We drooled over SmartWool socks and a canteen that looked like it was straight out of a Wes Anderson film. Double bonus: the building is right on the marina.

2. Hike Lion's Den Gorge Nature Preserve. It's filled with fun trails and amazing bluffs. The lake is such a beautiful, ombré blue, you'll swear you're looking at the ocean.

3. Grab a beer at The Fermentorium. The three of us found out we all have an equal penchant for hiking and beer. We love to find a local brewery after being outside for a while. This place had great atmosphere and service. If you're an IPA fan, I highly suggest the Juice Packets beer.

4. If you're of the hippie-dippie persuasion, or just like rocks, stop at The Gem Shop. It's a huge store filled with every kind of crystal for every aspect of your mental health and well-being. We each picked out a large piece of rose quartz, hoping it will bring peace and healing into our lives.

5. End your day with a reward: Hefner's Custard. Aside from the delicious peanut butter shake I inhaled, the shop has that comforting mom-and-pop feel. 

Sometimes life causes me to rush around. Sometimes I miss out on events because there is too much going on. Or I have convinced myself that there is too much going on. But it's days like these, hiking and eating custard with some of my best friends, that I realize I have all the time in the world.