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Rates and Reservations
(links to 'The Kingdom so Delicious')
Welcome to Silver Poplar
1519 E. Door Bluff Road
Ellison Bay, WI 54210
Silver Poplar Studios was established as an artists' retreat in the
1940's. Prior to that, it was a logging camp (the log portion of the
main house was one of Northern Door County's first buildings, dating
from the 1850's). Then it was a farm and a cherry orchard.
Now, with two cottages converted and adapted from century-old farm
buildings, the heritage of hosting artists and friends of the arts, is
being maintained. The owners' interest in Old Russian culture is
reflected in the architectural and decorative details.
The Firebird Cottage…
is a Russian fairytale come to life. Based on a fanciful interpretation
of old Slavic architecture, it is composed of salvaged ancient barn
beams and thick, rustic slabs cut from old pine logs. Its soaring
living room admits views of the park-like setting through seven French
doors and windows.
The bedroom, uniquely decorated with silhouettes of a Russian village,
has two single beds. The sleeping loft has three single beds. There are
two full baths, including a splendid antique, claw-foot, soaking tub.
There is a fully equipped, modern kitchen. Alongside the building is a
patio and ornate gazebo built around the romantic stone ruins of a
former farm building. With its outdoor fireplace (for chilly evenings
and marshmallows), the patio is the place for parties. A BBQ is also
A collage of barnwood and wooden fragments fills one wall of the living
room. Vintage Russian posters and art decorate the remaining walls. The
cottage is heated and air-conditioned for all-season use, and a gas
fireplace adds a cozy center of interest. Local TV, radio, CD and DVD
The Granary, which did once store grain,
is now a simple cottage with an upstairs bedroom containing two double
beds. It is reached by steep stairs painted in motifs of Russian folk
art. The downstairs sitting room has a single bed and a futon. There is
a screened porch with views of the meadows and gardens. The bathroom
has a shower stall. There is a compact refrigerator and small
appliances suitable for light meals, and a BBQ. The cottage is painted
and decorated, inside and out, in Russian motifs including unique
"trompe l'oeil" details.
There is a unique barn, "Ellison Wonderland," containing the Art
Gallery and the home of occasional trunk shows and special events.
There are fourteen acres of woods and meadows to enjoy. Garrett Bay and
the Door Bluff Headlands County Park are within walking distance.
"Downtown" Ellison Bay is less than three miles away.
There is no smoking in the buildings and pets are not permitted. In
keeping with a sensible Door County cottage tradition, guests are expected to
furnish their own personal towels, pillow cases and bed sheets. Blankets and pillows are
provided. Each cottage is furnished with a telephone, to be plugged in
at the outdoor phone bench, for outgoing calls and emergencies. There
is a barbeque available. Plenty of literature, maps, stories, opinions
and exaggerations about the area are yours for the asking. We hope that
your experience will live up to Door County's reputation as paradise.
Guests who are sympathetic to the rustic, quiet, artistic quality of
the area are always welcome.