I shouldn't be telling you about this. Telling you means there will be more people on the streets, filling up the little shops, and standing in front of me in line to be seated at the restaurants. However, I have to mention how cool the historical Cedarburg is. The Washington House Inn is an especially nice place to stay when you need to get away. I know I now sound like a travel commercial for the city, but I assure you I am getting nothing from any of the businesses or the anyone in the city, for posting this glowing review of it. We spent a night at White House in last weekend, and the day today eating our way down Washington Avenue.
One of the best things about Cedarburg is that hearkens back to a simpler -- more innocent -- time. I know all times really have their ugly side, but the world of today isn't like the way the world used to be. Crime rates are higher, everything has been sexualized, neighborhoods have lost their community and families have grown apart. All of these are casualties of progress. Don't me get wrong, I think there are very important advancements that have made life better in many ways, but everything has two sides.
I admire the communication and media systems we have, we have access to information in ways we never have before. Relatively cheap, nearly instant, easily search-able access to scientific findings, artistic works, literature and world events. That said, we lose some important things with each step forward. It seems that face to face human interaction is becoming less and weaker as we escape into a world of text messages, emails, FaceBook posts and tweets. Information overload lessens the importance of each message we encounter. We can look up world starvation statistics with the same ease we watch the latest “Will It Blend” video.
Cedarburg embodies the simple life of a historical small town, purposefully preserving some of the best aspects of our past and culture. Along the main street, Washington Avenue, you see the entrepreneurial spirit, a sense of real camaraderie and glimpse at what made America Great. Each store owner started with a dream, worked hard to get their businesses started, and are active in their businesses daily operations. Most carry other stories products, market the other shops goods, or at least refer people to other businesses. Few of the retail spaces are empty at any given time, and they never remain empty for long. That said, the area is a tourist trap, but as long as you know that going in, you'll enjoy yourself.