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.
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.
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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It was a very relaxing and enjoyable weekend at Camp Wandawega. My teenage children loved it and we definitely want to go back. My two dogs enjoyed themselves also! There was plenty to do and the scenery was beautiful. The history of the resort was fascinating and the cabins were unique, very clean, fresh and impeccably furnished.
My husband and I enjoyed a relaxing long weekend at Camp Wandawega. (I wished it were a bit cooler with fewer mosquitos, but that wasn't exactly Tereasa and David's responsibility--although we were happy to see a "modern" air-conditioner in our bedroom!) The entire camp is quaint and charming, with truly inspiring vintage decor. If you've read and loved Tereasa's book, Found, Free & Flea, you will not be disappointed. In fact, we were told that Midwest Living magazine had just visited the day prior. Some of the activities we enjoyed were canoeing on the lake (it's quite shallow with lots of plants, but crystal clear--we could see all kinds of fish), playing pool, building a campfire/roasting marshmallows/making s'mores, star-gazing, and even just playing cards and assembling an old jigsaw puzzle--perfect for career types who need to get away from it all. In keeping with the "days of old" feel, there is even an open-door policy. We also spent a day in Lake Geneva, where we walked around town, did a little shopping, drove around the lake, and enjoyed awesome Bloody Marys at Popeye's. We left Camp Wandawega with a treasure trove of decorating ideas for our own cottage, as well as with some wonderful memories.
This place is amazing. It was so beautiful, peaceful and relaxing. David and Thereasa and very friendly, fun and interesting hosts. I felt like a friend of the family instead of a paying guest. I can't wait to return!
Had an absolutely fantastic time. Great place to unplug and reconnect with the family! Going through all the pictures and reliving a lot of great moments - especially my son catching his first big Northern!!
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