This vintage lake front cabin is perfect for mini self-guided family/friends camps, as it easily accommodates a small group of up to 5
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Wandawega Lake Resort/Camp Wandawega is a private friends & family retreat, not a “proper” resort. We are carrying on the proud 90-plus year history of reconnecting people to the simple pleasures of simple times in a no-frills, recreational camp setting. All of our guests are here as part of preplanned recreational friends & family camp programs: sorry, but we do not accept random “walk-ins” or “transients.” But all are welcome to join us on Sunday mornings for Catholic "mass-in-the-grass" service, a 50-plus year old tradition; Sunday's at 10am weather permitting. All proceeds from rentals go into the maintenance, upkeep, and continuing renovation of this historic property.
To support the ongoing renovation of this historic property and the largely philanthropic camp activities, we are continuing the tradition of making a very limited number of accommodations available for self-guided "friends-and-family" recreational camp programs during the summer months. Again, we are not a "proper" resort, so if you require an immediate response, lots of hand-holding and attention to detail, then this just might not be the best fit for you. OK, you've been warned : ) Thanks.
This private, vintage, modest three-bedroom cabin overlooks a pristine lake and wetlands, nestled within the legendary Wandawega Lake Resort, aka Camp Wandawega. It has one large bedroom and two smaller ones. The large bedroom is suitable for momma and papa bear, while the other two bedrooms are better suited for kids. The cabin can sleep up to 5 guests, 6 uncomfortably. It also includes an outside porch, an interior sitting room, a primitive kitchenette and half bath. For all intents and purposes, there is no heat or AC: just windows to open, and a lake breeze. Please check the weather before you come, and bring an extra sleeping bag if it’s going to be chilly at night.
Please note: The photos are not 100% accurate, as things are always being moved around, redecorated, etc. but they are still indicative of the overall look-and-feel. We strongly suggest you come for a tour before booking if possible, so you can be sure you're into the back-to-basics vibe.
Get "back to basics" at Camp Wandawega. Our guests aren’t renting a random cabin as much as they’re immersing themselves, their friends and family into the whole old-school camp experience featuring a full slate of self-guided recreational camp activities such as canoeing, boating, fishing, hiking, biking, horse shoes, tennis, shuffleboard, archery, campfires & s'mores. The fact that we have no modern conveniences is part of our charm. If you're not sure this is for you we suggest coming up for a visit and a tour before staying with us. If you’d like to see an unedited view of camp, simply search for us on (website hidden), Instagram, Youtube and Vimeo to see us through the eyes of the many who have visited over the years. Our guests have access to simple, back-to-basics camp showers, like you recall from your childhood summer camp. Outdoor grills and smokers are also available, as are a number of nearby restaurants and bars. If you’re looking for fine lodging, look elsewhere: this is old school cabin-living, like you remember from sleep-away camp.
Interaction with Guests
We are often up at Camp on weekends, so perhaps we'll see you. We'll always have a local property manager on call should you need anything, In general, we leave our guests to their own devices, and are always happy to offer up suggestions of things to do, places to go, etc.
An old school lake community, about 7 miles outside of Elkhorn. About half of the neighborhood homes are year round residents while the others are summer homes.
There is no public transportation available.
Other Things to Note
Also, while we have been pet-friendly over the years, unfortunately we are now transitioning to a "no pets" policy. Although we are dog lovers, the extra wear and tear has become prohibitive. Although we charged a $50 pet surcharge, we still couldn't keep up with the extra cleaning and repairs that were required. And now that we are an applicant for the National Register of Historic Places, we have to be even more careful about the ongoing preservation and renovation of the property.
2 night minimum. You agree that your use of airbnb.com to book a stay at Camp Wandawega/Wandawega Lake Resort (W5453 Lake View Drive, Elkhorn, WI, 53121) means you agree to the following Terms & Conditions and Release of Liability. Furthermore, you, your family or any other guests’ presence on the aforementioned property is acknowledgement that you have read, understand and agree to the following:
1. You acknowledge that we have warned you that the Property is predominantly in a natural state, that it has not been specifically landscaped, groomed, planned, designed or maintained for the purposes for which you intend to use it, that your use of the Property will expose you, your family, employees, agents and invitees to risks of physical injury or death, that we have not developed or constructed systems for providing more specific warnings, or safeguards, against such risks, and that we will not be supervising your use of the Property. Accordingly, you agree that (a) your use of the Property will be on an AS IS basis, (b) neither we nor any of our employees, members, contractors or agents will have any responsibility to you whatsoever for any loss, liability, personal injury, death or damage arising out of or relating to your use of the Property, and (c) that you will indemnify, defend and hold us, our employees, members, contractors and agents harmless from and against any and all claims by or liability to you, your family, employees, agents or invitees, or any third party arising out of or relating to your use of the Property.
2. You will not participate in any illegal activity as defined by any local, state or federal bodies, including The State of Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
3. You will be responsible to us for any damage to the Property that you or your family, employees, agents, or invitees cause, whether solely or in conjunction with others.
4. If applicable, as a parent or legal guardian, you also agree to these terms on behalf of any minor children who will be joining you.
Our weekend at Camp Wandawega was spectacular, quiet, cozy, quaint, and everything we wanted it to be. My husband and I were greeted by Bill as soon as we drove into camp and shown the grounds. He explained the history behind the buildings, shared fun stories and let us explore. Bill also helped us find everything we needed from the archery kit to where to catch a Northern Pike. Joe suggested 2 FANTASTIC restaurants that we can't wait to visit again. In fact, upon our return, I learned my grandparents and great-grandparents had both visited our Saturday recommendation (one of the best prime rib dinners I've had in a while). One surprised was just how clean and well-maintained everything was (especially after reading The Manifesto of Low Expectations). It was rustic, but knowing that I personally am not a tent kinda gal, I could totally handle this place. Charming doesn't even begin to describe this place. The campfire was set up for us. And every time you turned a corner there was an Instagram moment. Every nook in this place is perfectly styled. Thank you David and Tereasa for sharing your lovely space with my husband and I. If you'll have us, we can't wait to return.
Remember when the past came in two varieties: pre-Starbucks and "Those were the days" At Camp Wandawega there is something compelling about stepping back in time for a camp adventure! First off, a cocktail in a vintage shaken, not stirred style. We had great fun at Camp Wandawega!! Simple reality, time to explore, wide open space to dream, fresh air, meals shared with loved ones, enjoyment and laughter. Gratitude of the vision shared by David & Thereasa, and staff, as well as, loving the magical murmurings of other Wandawega guests sharing an evening well lived... we look forward to the next time at camp.
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!
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.
Rustic and quaint--perfect getaway for a few days. Second visit and will be back
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