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Ellison Bay is a haven for artists, nature-lovers and explorers

This community, founded in 1866 by Danish immigrant Johan Berndt Eliason, is located north of Sister Bay on Highway 42 on the west side of the peninsula. Ellison Bluff County Park, located on the southern edge of the bay, provides one of the most beautiful views in Door County from a catwalk that extends over the 100-foot bluff on the shoreline. Ellison Bay’s beauty and solitude attracts many artists, including potters, who practice their trades in the area. Explore the studios and galleries that are open to the public — and buy some one-of-a-kind gifts and mementos to bring home with you! Visit The Clearing Folk School for classes, a tour or just a visit to wander the grounds. The Clearing is a treasured continuing education institution that has preserved 125 acres of pristine land north of Ellison Bay on the shoreline.  Learn more at


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Ellison Bay’s breathtaking views inspire creativity and relaxation.

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