Each summer we get together with a dispersed group of my husband's friends from college and their families in Wisconsin for a mini-vacation. I'm not sure the group would go for it (it's less than luxurious) but I'd love to check out Camp Wandawega some summer.
A former church camp, this Elkhorn, Wisconsin property has been lovingly restored, decorated and brought back to life by Chicago couple Teresa Surratt and her husband David Hernandez. The Camp offers 3 vintage boyscout tents, a 3, 2, and 1-bedroom cabin, and lots of room to roam, complete with an archery range, tennis, basketball and volleyball courts, a campfire area, shuffleboard, horseshoe pit, private beach, pier and canoes, there is something for everyone. The information is vague on the shower/bathroom situation so this may be a destination for when the kiddos (most are aged 0-3 years at this point) get a bit older, but how fun would it be to spend time every summer in this charming spot? The one drawback I can see is the lake itself. A tourist would not expect that this lake is not exactly "resort-y" I think it is 5-feet deep at most so don't expect to bring your speed boat.
Check out Teresa's blog, where she talks about thrifting, curating and spiffing up the camp.
NOTE: The Brimfield Come Flea with Me group is teaming up with Camp Wandawega to offer a campy shopping event the weekend of May 15th. To learn more, visit comefleawithme.com, visit the Brimfield store or call 773-520-4338.
Images: Theresa Surratt