ELLISON BAY, WISCONSIN
This pretty little hamlet is reminiscent of old DC. Wide, tree-lined streets without sidewalks, an old-fashioned general store, clapboard buildings, and neighborly folks who ride bikes around town add to its timeless quaintness. Go for a stroll!
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 hand-crafted drinks.
Hotels, resorts, cottages, and B&Bs are within walking distance to the village and shoreline.
Points Of Interest
Local landscape architect Jens Jenson founded this folk art school in 1935 — as a place to reconnect 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
This park, atop the Ellison Bay hill, has one of the most breathtaking Green Bay views in DC. A walkway leads to an observation deck, limestone bluffs, and a catwalk.
Mo’ Blues, Please
Blues fans can look forward to another Blues on the Bay Festival. In 2016 the festival featured prominent bluesmen Billy Flynn, Oscar Wilson, Jimmy Burns, Mighty Mouth, and Dirty Deuce. The Ellison Bay Community Park will provide an incomparable outdoor setting for the blues from 3-9pm (Aug. 26).
Mink River Estuary
The Mink is actually an estuary — river water 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 way into the quiet wonder. — Norbert Blei (2012)
Uncork Summer Food Wine Music Festival
Door County’s only outdoor “foodie” event features 25+ local chefs & restaurants, all serving farm-to-table small plate dishes in a beautiful setting on Wickman House’s grounds in Ellison Bay. (June 24)