ELLISON BAY ANNUAL FALL ART CRAWL IS THIS WEEKEND!

Ellison Bay’s annual Fall Art Crawl is this weekend, Oct. 22-23, 10 am – 5 pm.  It features six artist studios/galleries and two drink spots.  I’ve attended the Art Crawl in the past and always found it very enlightening.  It’s well worth the drive to Ellison Bay.

Clay Bay Pottery & Gallery

11650 Hwy 42

After 46 years of running Clay Bay Pottery, David and Jeanne Aurelius work well together.  Jeanne’s whimsical-yet-functional works incorporate her love of nature into everyday objects such as bowls and coffee cups, while David’s vases, tiles and other decorations showcase his more abstract flair.  They feature prints to jewelry to children’s books.

Gills Rock Pottery

12020 Lakeview Road

Judy and Larry Thoreson own Gills Rock Pottery – named for its original location in Gills Rock – they create distinctive ceramic products, from bird baths to teapots to serving ware.

Turtle Ridge Gallery

11736 Mink River Road

Turtle Ridge Gallery’s features wearable art. Cozy up with a warm cashmere shawl, printed scarf, or snag a bag that is made to last with durable leather.  In addition to clothing, Turtle Ridge Gallery features mixed-media paintings, encaustics and etchings by owner Mary Ellen Sisulak. 

Island Orchard Cider

12040 Garrett Bay Road

At Island Orchard, enjoy a glass (or a flight, or a bottle) of cider, made with fruit from Washington Island and fermented in Ellison Bay.  Its newest release, Kingston Black, is a full-bodied, semi-dry cider made exclusively with Kingston Black apples from row 25 of the cidery’s Washington Island orchard.

The Clearing Folk School

12171 Garrett Bay Road

The Clearing is best known for its art classes and retreats – which cover a wide spectrum that includes furniture making, metalwork, philosophy and much more – the folk school will be open to visitors during the art crawl.  Check out a bit of the historical, 128-acre property, or at least stop by the visitor center’s bookstore and gift shop.

Rob Williams Studio/Gallery

753 Isle View Road

The gallery is located in the woods, so it’s no surprise that oil painter and watercolorist Rob Williams takes inspiration from his surroundings.  Williams uses bright colors and abstract shapes to express the “mood” of the area he’s painting.  The result is vibrant landscapes that fall partway between abstraction and realism.

Kick Ash Coffee

12001 Mink River Road

Good coffee is a work of art, and Kick Ash Coffee has a wide selection to choose from.  In addition to offering blends from Peru, the Congo, Guatemala and other international producers, Kick Ash makes gluten-free baked goods and sells Door County Love granola.

Ellison Bay Pottery

12156 Garrett Bay Road

Husband-and-wife duo John Dietrich and Diane McNeil have been throwing, firing, glazing and selling ceramics out of their 1934 apple-barn-turned-pottery-studio since 1974.  From baking dishes to vases to lanterns, each piece is built to last and made with both practicality and beauty in mind.

It’s going to be a beautiful weekend for the Art Crawl.  Enjoy your tour!

 

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THERE IS STILL TIME LEFT FOR THE MAMMOTH CHALLENGE HIKE

 The Mammoth Challenge is on along the Ice Age Trail in October.  Hike, walk, run or backpack 42 miles on the Ice Age Trail during October.  

Courtesy:  iceagetrail.org

Sturgeon Bay one of the 15 trail communities, it’s also the eastern and final point of the trail, meaning that hikers can begin or end their iconic, 1,200-mile journey in Sturgeon Bay.   Grab a trail map from the Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center at 36 S. 3rd Ave. and log your miles over days, weekends, weeks or as one big adventure.  You have the entire month of October to do it!   Enjoy the colors and explore the wonders of the trail.    

 

Courtesy:   Rachel Lukas.

“Wooly” marks the end of the Ice Age Trail in Sturgeon Bay.  If you haven’t met “Woolly” yet, Woolly strikes a pose in his new Bay View Park home (between Bridgeport Resort and Sonny’s Restaurant in Sturgeon Bay).

Registration for the Mammoth Challenge is free at iceagetrail.org/mammoth-hike-challenge.   The good news, we still have rooms available.  During the week is a great time to visit and start the Mammoth Hike Challenge!

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IT’S TIME FOR A VISIT TO DOOR COUNTY BEFORE NOVEMBER!

The most popular time for a Door County visit is May through October.  My favorite is in October.  Fall offers so much for tourists to do from hiking to biking and so much more!   Of course, you can’t forget about the fall colors.  The vibrant shades of orange, yellow and red from north to south lighting up the wooded shores.  There are to many lookouts to see the color which you shouldn’t miss, “Old Baldy” in Whitefish Dunes State Park, Ellison Bay Bluff County Park, “Eagle Tower” in Peninsula State Park, “Old Ski Hill Overlook” in Potawatomi State Park, and the Cana Island Lighthouse in Baileys Harbor  

A great time to visit is during the week, consider staying with us with we still have rooms available!  We close on October 24, and reopen on May 1, 2023!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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HAVE YOU EVER ATTENDED FALL FEST?

If you haven’t, Fall Fest is one of the last festivals of the season in Sister Bay.  The weekend prior is Pumpkin Patch in Egg Harbor which is also a great festival to attend.  It’s a fun-filled weekend October 8 and 9 (9-5pm) in Egg Harbor.  Live music, carnival rides, arts and crafts, many kid’s events, and food/beverages.  On top of it, it’s Free!

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Fall Fest follows Pumpkin Patch on Friday, October 14, Saturday, October 15 (10am – 5pm) and Sunday, October 16 (10am-3pm).  Fall Festival celebrates all the sights, sounds and tastes of Fall in Sister Bay.  There is the annual Fall Fest Parade, live music, a large Arts and Crafts Show, children’s activities, food and drink, and Fall Fest Derby Car Race.  

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Both festivals are a lot of fall fun!  If you are looking for lodging during Fall Fest, consider us for your stay.  Unfortunately, Pumpkin Patch is all booked up until next season.

 

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A GOOD FIND YESTERDAY!

I visited Wequiock Falls Park yesterday.  It’s right off Hwy. 57 about 10 miles north of Green Bay.  If you look closely, you can see it from the highway.  I discovered a lovely waterfall and a park to explore.  It’s a great place to stop as you head north.  

When I arrived, I viewed the waterfall from above the bridge, and what an amazing sight it is!  I then took the path to the base of the waterfall below.  It truly is a hidden gem! 

The falls source comes from Lake Michigan.  The cave area is part of the Niagara Escarpment.  The Niagara Escarpment runs through many states all the way to Niagara Falls.

 

3426 Bay Settlement Road, Green Bay

The view from the old bridge.  The rock formation is very unique!

Looking up from the path along the side of the falls.  You can walk the rocks and get very close to the waterfall.

This is where the water passes through.

The park!

Jean Nicolet’s statue looks over the park.

 

Courtesy:  Wikipedia

If you stop, you should also check it out in the winter.   I can’t wait to see the waterfall frozen in time!

 

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