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.
SPORTS AND ACTIVITIESIt's a silent sports heaven! Hike, canoe, kayak, paddleboard, camp, X-C ski, snowshoe, swim. Easy access to the many beautiful parks, campgrounds, beaches, and shoreline.
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)
Andrew Wickman, a Swedish immigrant and farmhand, built this Scandinavian style farmhouse and developed a sustainable way of life from the land. The house has been renovated back to its original beauty and is now an innovative restaurant that uses local farm-to-table ingredients, true to the property’s original purpose.