I recently stumbled upon Camp Wandawega from following Paul Octavious, a phenomanal Chicago-based photographer, on Instagram (seriously, follow him!). He recently took these amazing photos while at a retreat at Camp Wandawega. Since it’s in Wisconsin, I knew I had to learn more. It turns out the camp has an amazing story. And it is less than an hour from our house…maybe I’ve been living under a rock?
Camp Wandawega is owned by Tereasa Surratt & David Hernandez. David grew up going to the camp and Tereasa is a woman of many hats, including being a creative director and an author (one of her books, Found Free & Flea, is on my wish list!). While the camp has changed hands and purposes a handful of times since the 1920′s (it’s been everything from a brothel, speakeasy, supper club, to summer camp), today it’s been restored to its original state as an incredible lake resort with impeccable taste and a nod to classic Americana. Tereasa and David live and work in Chicago but spend their weekends at Camp Wandawega. With an incredible team and a year’s worth of weekends at work, they even built this amazing treehouse…
Now let’s take a look at the decor throughout the rest of the camp. It seems every detail has been covered and it’s an amazing curation of vintage Americana. I love that all of the decor seems to make it feel like you’re living there. You can rent cabins, tents, and even tepees! Wouldn’t it be a fun and different getaway?
I’m discovering Camp Wandawega as the season is ending…but will be sure to keep it in mind for next summer! I just think their story and history is so inspiring. They also have a cool online shop and blog, if you’d like to check it out!