1519 E. Door Bluff Road
Ellison Bay, WI 54210
Phone: 920.854.2106

Sketches by Jim Maronek

Silver Poplar Studios was established as an artists’ retreat in the late 1930’s. (Before that, it was a forest, a farm, and a cherry orchard.) 

Now, with two cottages converted and adapted from century-old farm buildings, the heritage of hosting artists as well as friends of serene Door County, is being maintained. The owners’ interest in Old Russian culture is reflected in the architectural and decorative details.


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, pillows, pillow cases, bed sheets and blankets. This helps preserve the fragile groundwater of our Niagara Escarpment by cutting back on laundry overload, and considering Covid, instills confidence in the sanitary condition of your stay.

Each cottage is furnished with a telephone, for outgoing calls in emergencies. There is a geriatric 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.

Give us a call to discuss your rental desires at 920-854-2106. We are a Ma and Pa operation. Talk to Ma.

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The Firebird Cottage…

is an Russian fairytale come to life. Based on a fanciful interpretation of Slavic village architecture, it is composed of salvaged, ancient, barn beams and thick, rustic slabs cut from weathered pine logs. Its soaring living room admits views of the park-like setting through seven French doors. The bedroom, uniquely decorated with silhouettes of a traditional 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. 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. A small screen TV is available, along with local programming, WiFi, DVD and CD provision. 

Alongside the building are 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–ask for permission first), the patio is a picturesque bonus.

Available all year

Per night = $175
Three night minimum (or a surcharge for two nights depending upon season). 

7+ nights = 10% discount. 
Sales and Room Taxes apply. Monthly rates available.

Once there was a horse barn of logs, converted into a cottage in the 1930’s,  which burnt down.  Its ruins now form a distinctive patio for its replacement, The Firebird Cottage, built from massive, salvaged beams, fitted with slab wood cabinetry and decorated with murals, lumber scraps and Russian posters. It is a fairy tale come to life.

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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 day-bed/lounging couch. There is a screened porch with views of the meadows and gardens. The bathroom includes a shower stall. There is a compact refrigerator and small appliances suitable for light meals. The cottage is painted and decorated, inside and out, with Old Russian motifs including unique “trompe l’oeil” details.

Photo: Michele Cohn

Seasonal availability

per night = $135
Three night minimum (or a surcharge for two nights depending upon season). 

7+ nights = 10% discount. 
Sales and Room Taxes apply. Monthly rates available.

Photo: Suzanne Rose

This building was the “Plain Jane” of the property’s collection.  This made it the perfect canvas for Jim Maronek’s “trompe l’oeil,” playful rendition of a traditional Russian cottage.  Inside and out, it insists that its occupants relax and enjoy Door County in a manner which is increasingly more precious.