This pretty little hamlet is reminiscent of old Door County. Wide, tree-lined streets without sidewalks, an old general store, clapboard buildings, and neighborly folks who ride bikes around town add to its timeless quaintness.
Imaginative potters and artisans create items inspired by the county, a friendly diner serves home-style meals, a coffee shop encourages visitors to linger, and an urban-style restaurant uses locally grown ingredients and serves handcrafted drinks.
Hotels, resorts, cottages, and B&B's are within walking distance to the village and shoreline.
Local landscape architect Jens Jenson founded The Clearing folk art school in 1935 — as a place to “clear ones head” by reconnecting with nature. Hands-on classes in painting, writing, birding, nature study, and paper arts are held in a peaceful, wooded setting.
ELLISON BAY BLUFF PARK
Ellison Bay Bluff Park, at the top of the Ellison Bay hill, has one of the most breathtaking views of Green Bay in Door County. A walkway leads to an observation deck, limestone bluffs, and a catwalk.
OLDE ELLISON BAY DAYS CELEBRATES 50TH
During the last weekend of June, the village celebrates summer with Old Ellison Bay Days offering an art & crafts fair, food, music, entertainment, classic and antique car shows, soap box derby, kids games, parade, Grand raffle, and Uncork Summer: Door County Food, Wine, and Music Festival.
MINK RIVER ESTUARY
The Mink is actually an estuary – river mixing with lake water – one of the most pristine remaining. It begins in spring-fed wetlands just east of downtown Ellison Bay (unseen) and ends a few miles downstream at Rowleys Bay, where it meets Lake Michigan. Begin there, at Rowleys Bay Resort, put in a kayak and paddle your water to the quiet wonder. – Norbert Blei (2012)
SPORTS AND ACTIVITIES
Protected bays perfect for kayaking and SUPs. Hike, paddle, camp, cross-country ski, snowshoe, and charter a fishing boat. There is easy access to the parks, campgrounds, beaches and shoreline.