Explorer's Paradise:
Ellison Bay

Explorer’s Paradise: Ellison Bay

Located on the northern tip of Door County, Ellison Bay overlooks the waters of Green Bay from gorgeous limestone bluffs and is just a ferry ride away from Washington island. This welcoming community is a haven for artists, nature-lovers and explorers alike, and offers the perfect setting feel relaxed and renewed.

Attractions and Activities

Ellison Bay features some of the most breathtaking views of Door County. Pay a visit to Ellison Bluff County Park and stroll along the wooded walkway that leads you to the edge of a sheer 100 foot limestone bluff. Reflect on the beauty and relax to the sound of the rolling Lake Michigan waves in this photographer’s paradise. For more of nature’s wonders, you can spend your day biking, hiking or cross country skiing at Newport State Park. As Wisconsin’s only formally designated wilderness park, you can wander through 30 miles of trails and lose yourself in gorgeous evergreen and hardwood forests, wetlands and, upland meadows.

If you’re looking for something to do indoors, you can soak up some of Ellison Bay’s diverse culture at their many galleries and shops. Take a class at the Clearing Folk School. With a quiet location, surrounded by forests, meadows and water, the Clearing is a place for adults interested in nature, arts or humanities can learn and explore. For more beauty indoors, you can visit the community’s numerous fine craft and jewelry shops.

Wining, Dining & Lodging

There’s no shortage of delicious food here. With a variety of pubs, bistros and restaurants open year round, you’re just steps away from a delicious meal. Try homemade jams, jellies, pickles and pies at some homemade shops or farm markets. There are multiple places to sample cider made from apples harvested on Washington Island. Be sure to swing by one of our farm-to-table restaurants for a delectable dining experience and craft cocktails.