What to do in Northern Door County

The public beach and park is located right across the street from The Parkside Inn. Here, you can enjoy a sand beach, the refreshing waters of Green Bay, beautiful scenery, fishing, a park pavilion, a playground, tennis courts and restrooms. There is also a building with a full kitchen, available for rent from the town of Liberty Grove. Many people use this facility to host weddings, family reunions, birthdays and banquets of classes. We are very fortunate to have such a well-maintained, recently updated, public beach and park just a stone’s throw from the Inn.

Brew and Kick Ash Coffee Houses
Two great coffee houses that are within walking distance of the Parkside. Brew offers a quiet, cozy space to catch up with friends or get some work done with their free Wi-Fi. Kick Ash offers gluten-free bakery, coffee and their signature house-made granola. They also have a gift shop area and weekly events like live music and yoga. Both establishments have outdoor patio seating as well.

The Clearing
The Clearing is an adult school that focuses on the fine arts, crafts, nature, and humanities. The mission of the Clearing is to provide diverse educational experiences in the folk school tradition, in a setting of quiet forests, meadows and shoreline. The Clearing is a place where adults who share an interest in nature, arts or humanities can learn, reflect and wonder.

Ellison Bay Bluff
Close by is a breathtaking view of the Bay from the crest of Ellison Bluff in 174-acre Ellison Bluff Park. This 174-acre park offers one of the most breathtaking views in the county. A wooden walkway/observation deck leads safely to the edge of sheer, 100-foot limestone bluffs. For the more adventurous, an enclosed catwalk extends out over the bluff. Shady picnic area and cool breezes off the water add to the charm.  There is also a pet friendly, one mile, gravel walking trail through the park.

The Mink River Basin
An all-American sports bar & eatery offering lunch & dinner daily with menu items like burgers, fish fry, salads, wings & weekly specials. Their bar is open daily and they have outdoor seating as well. They also have a brand new video game arcade and pool tables. A great place for the whole family!

Newport State Park
Northeast of Ellison Bay, is Wisconsin’s only formally designated Wilderness Park. With 2,373 acres and 11 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline it offers quiet alternatives to bustling Door County.  Newport offers 38.3 miles of trails; all of them open for hiking. Of these, 16.8 miles also are open to off-road bicycles. Newport also is a designated Dark Sky Park.

Hugel Haus Restaurant

Just up the hill from us, this unique establishment offers traditional German fare like schnitzel, spaetzle and various Wurst dishes as well as burgers, whitefish and pastas. Enjoy a glass of wine or a stein of beer while you watch the sunset with their amazing view of the bay.

Blue Bear Ellison Bay

Located in what used to be the Viking Grill, this new restaurant offers breakfast, lunch, brunch and dinner, farm to table style using many locally-sourced ingredients. For dinner, they offer an Italian menu and wood-fired pizza.

Washington Island Ferry

Just a few miles off the tip of the Door County peninsula lies Washington Island. A friendly year-round home to 700 people, the island is also an enchanting destination for thousands of visitors each year. The Washington Island Ferry Line is the vital transportation link across storied Death’s Door passage.  On Washington Island, visitors can enjoy pebble beaches, swimming, hiking, biking, sightseeing and much more.  Click for rates and times of the ferries.

More information

For more information on things to do and places to eat in Ellison Bay, Rowleys Bay, Gills Rock and the Town of Liberty Grove, please visit www.doorcountynorth.org.