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This is a beautiful place in all seasons. We came here as part of our honeymoon and loved everything about it. The hospitality is outstanding, the surroundings gorgeous and the accommodations a stylish, "high camp retro mod" Will be coming back for sure.
My husband and I spent an incredible fall weekend at Camp Wandawega. Joe (one of the caretakers) met us Friday evening and gave us a full tour. Our expectations were exceeded. We do hope to return. There is magic in this place.
This 3 Bedroom Cabin that my friends and I stayed in was vintage and comfy. The aesthetic of the cabin was every designer's dream house! Dave & Tereasa were wonderful hosts! Joe, the on-site manager was our go to guy if we needed anything or had any questions. 5 stars for Joe as well! Although it was a cold weekend we still enjoyed all the activities as if it were 90 degrees outside. We shared a few laughs and met some great people who were also staying for the weekend. We can't wait to come back for another weekend as soon as the winter passes.
once in a lifetime experience. don't miss out. from the expertly styled buildings placed all over the campground to the fun activities available, this weekend stay was just the thing we needed. We will be back!
We had a great time at Camp Wandawega! Modest Cottage Two is just steps from the lake and the view is gorgeous. The entire property is beautiful and amazingly decorated. The property manager (Joe) was extremely friendly and helpful. The camp is a great place to relax and have some fun!
Another magical stay at Wandawega! The three-bedroom cottage was perfect for one family (2 adults/3 kids) plus one couple (me and my husband). Light streams into the sun room and kitchen throughout the day, but it is especially beautiful in the morning and evening. There is a shower facility just below the cottage and having a private toilet was helpful for the kids.
So many delightful diversions! With so many tough choices: reading a book in one of the hammocks, challenging yourself to master archery/shuffleboard/tennis, grilling up a meal, taking a nap, exploring the camp on a short hike, chatting with Tereasa, Dave, Joe or any of the other guests (always friendly), playing board games in the hotel parlor, or taking another nap. This is a place where both kids and adults alike can relax and have fun. Time slows down at Wandawega.
I've also stayed in the two-bedroom cottage and enjoyed it thoroughly. With a back patio perfect for conversation and a nice lake view. The shared bathroom in the hotel is only 10 paces away from the cottage and the hotel kitchen allowed us and the other two guests to store our food and drink for three days with no problem.
Camp Wandawega is a flawlessly re-created 1950′s summer camp. Located in Elkhorn, WI about 90 minutes from where I currently live, on the way there, I drove by the place I used to camp as a kid and by towns I have met my parents in to go antiquing. Where many of the sites on the way were well-known to me, pulling into the camp site was familiar because it was like driving to the set of Moonrise Kingdom. Really, it was like plopping into any Wes Anderson movie. I could very clearly imagine children with their names emblazoned on sleeping bags and wooden tennis rackets being used as swords by campers.
Camp Wandawega is quite quiet, except for the crazy chipmunks. Sometimes, you can hear the muted, but distinctive click of the flagpole outside. Often, I caught myself looking to see if the crinkle of leaves or branch breaking was a person, but it was almost always a chipmunk (or, not to be out done, squirrels).
There is no internet that I could connect to. I didn't need air conditioning or heat, but they are a window cooling unit and a floor heater respectively; nothing major to protect you from the elements. You are here to be (at least, a little) outside. There is a rope swing and open-air showers. There are old bikes and bird houses. The traditional camp colors of burnt red, forest green, and stark white are everywhere. Uneven stairs and rocky hills force your attention even while you walk casually around.
What I recommend doing while at Camp Wandawega:
-Eat PB&J. You can go into town for food, but why bother?
-Sneak iced coffee or coffee grounds and a French press into the communal kitchen. -You don't really have to sneak, but sneaking around seems very camp-y.
-Take a nap. Or several.
-Read the books at the end of the bed (A Very Modest Cottage and Found, Free & Flea) by Tereasa Surratt. They will provide more information on the renovation of the property and the care of one of the cottages specifically.
-Go on a walk around the whole site. You will find tipis (or teepees) and other fun finds. Just bring your hiking boots.
-Sit with the liquor of your choice by a fire or just sit by the lake for a while.
-Go on a bike ride.
-Take pictures. You can't really take a bad one.
During my time here, the bees were about. Flies and ants, too. Twice, a spider dropped down (seemingly from the sky) onto the book I was reading. Also, I am 99.9% sure there was a raccoon outside of my cabin door one night. Camp Wandawega is a natural and authentic place which makes it an ultimate place to reflect and assess. Yes, you have to constantly check your wine for bugs, but that is part of the magic of being fully present, isn't it?
Amazing. Can't wait to visit again. Modest was a complete understatement. Rustic luxury at its best.
Rustic and quaint--perfect getaway for a few days. Second visit and will be back
This place is truly magical! It was very relaxing and at the same time balanced with lots of activities. Our toddler loved the treehouse and picking out a different canoe each day. What a treasure. We will be back!
I can absolutely vouch for Tereasa and David - they are wonderful people! And their place in Elkhorn is absolutely amazing; set on picturesque Lake Wandawega, their property is an idyllic escape from hustle and bustle of the everyday.
Whether you choose to spend your time exploring the property and amenities or wandering around the lake and hiking trails, it only takes a few hours at Wandawega to refresh the soul and rekindle the spirit.
I know David in person and although I've never been to said cabins, if they're anything like his office, they must be impeccably kept and have tasteful decoration choices. :)
The man himself, aside from a successful professional with deserved peer recognition, is one heck of a human being, who treats everyone with equal respect.
Do rent from him!
David is one of the smartest, unselfish, hard-working people I know. I have been a guest of David's on many occasions at Camp Wandawega and he has always been an amazing host. His tireless work ethic and attention to detail have helped make Camp Wandawega a truly unique and special place.
I have known David for over 10 years and all i can say is the smile says it all he is very heart warming and passionate at what he does. He's one of those "feel good peolpe".