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The Clearing

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Address: 12171 Garret Bay Road, Ellison Bay, WI 54210
Phone Number: 877.854.3225

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A piece of heaven!

We stop at this amazing sanctuary every time we are in the area. Make sure to allow a couple of hours for the guided tour on Saturday or Sunday which includes the interesting... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 weeks ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We stop at this amazing sanctuary every time we are in the area. Make sure to allow a couple of hours for the guided tour on Saturday or Sunday which includes the interesting story about the Clearing's founder, Jens Jensen, and a beautiful hike along the cliffs of the bay.

Thank E D
Aurora, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016

This is such a unique and fabulous place that it is hard to find the right words to explain. The setting is peaceful, quiet, beautiful with many area to hike and explore. The food is soon good that one almost needs to diet before and after a visit or take long hikes everyday. The classes have always been done well.... More 

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Winnetka, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016

My husband and I have been taking engaging classes at The Clearing for several years. We are always excited to arrive knowing our week will be a highlight of our year. On the last day we hate to leave new friends made, the lovely staff, the care and comforts provided, and the natural beauty of the setting. This splendid place... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

A week at the Clearing comes with quality instruction in a variety of arts and folk arts in a spectacular setting with simple but comfortable lodging and wonderful food including homemade bread and desserts. Conceived of and designed by Danish archictect Jens Jensen, the Clearing preserves a reverence for nature while expanding your world view, skill set and sometimes your... More 

1 Thank MilwAleta
Madison, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

The Clearing is a Folk School on 110 acres on a bluff overlooking Green Bay. The Clearing was started by Jens Jensen, a famous landscape architect, one of the first in the 20th century to landscape with native plants rather than exotic species. Jensen was also a partner on projects with Frank Lloyd Wright on occasion. Students arrive on Sunday... More 

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Algoma, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

Beautiful setting and buildings allow for one of the best continuing education locations in Door County. Take a class, learn a hobby or discover a new skill like bread baking in a magical setting

1 Thank Jake M
Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

I have been to Door County dozens of times but had never been to The Clearing until this past weekend. This folk school was founded by the great landscape architect Jen Jensen. On the FREE walking tour led by a very knowledgeable docent, I not only learned about the history of The Clearing but saw wonderful scenery as well. The... More 

Thank Janet208
De Pere, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

On a whim I took the walking tour on a Sunday afternoon. What a treat! I loved it! The docent was very knowledgeable on the history of The Folk School and her passion to preserve it was clear to see. This is a very quaint, charming, and inspiring place. Would love to take a week long class here! The tour... More 

Thank Susan K
Palatine, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

I hope you get to take a class here in your lifetime. There is no other place like it. Beautiful, serene, replenishing.

Thank ArtlovingPoet
Orlando, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

This long-standing folk school has a great gift shop with many hand-crafted items, but its true appeal is the multitude of classes offered weekly during the summer. There is something for everyone whether you wish to learn something entirely new or brush up on old skills. Soothing, peaceful, extraordinary. Live at the Clearing for the week (and enjoy their great... More 

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