Well, it was only a day trip, but it sure was cool. I tagged along on Kate's invitation from the owners to meet & tour Camp Wandawega in southern Wisconsin -- not far from Lake Geneva and a little over two hours' drive from home.
Sorry... not sorry... there are going to be a lot of photos in this post!
Camp Wandawega has quite a history, from speakeasy and brothel to lakeside resort and church camp.
I first learned of Camp Wandawega and owners Tereasa & David because they're fellow Airbnb Superhosts (though in a league far-removed from mine!) and featured "how-to" Airbnb hosts... and their property is just plain AMAZING.
Tereasa, David & their daughter live in Chicago, but spend most weekends at Camp (and even more in this pandemic year). For the past 15 years, Camp Wandawega has been -- and continues to be -- their labor of love as it evolves and grows.
It's creative & crafty...
For real, that's the "Craft Cabin."
And don't think that I didn't think "Knitters' Summer Camp" about a million times while we toured the property!
It's an event venue (in normal times)...
Usually, there are a lot of weddings and corporate events.
It's also just a really cool place to hang out... small clusters of cabins, tents, and unique spaces. History is everywhere.
And they have their own line of Homer Laughlin diner china (among other things).
Serious plotz from this lover/collector of vintage china, especially Homer Laughlin!
It's too bad scheduling didn't work out for Kate to accept the invitation to stay overnight, but who knows what'll happen next...
I can't decide if this post is evil temptation during this stay at home time, or a breath of promise about better times ahead. Thanks for taking us along!
Posted by: Robby | 03 August 2020 at 03:47 PM
Camp Wandawega has to be the coolest place ever, including its wonderful name! You hold a knitting retreat there and I will try my darndest to come!
Posted by: Bonny | 03 August 2020 at 05:01 PM
Camp Wandawega has been on my list of places to visit for a long time, I can't even remember where/when I first read about it. I'm totally in when you organize our knitter's camp!
Posted by: Carole | 03 August 2020 at 05:23 PM
Be still my heart! I love this kind of stuff- the blankets, the china, the tent platforms and canoes. It does look near perfect.
Posted by: Birdsong | 03 August 2020 at 06:30 PM
I must must must go to this place!
What a gem.
Posted by: Caffeine Girl | 03 August 2020 at 06:32 PM
Brothel to church camp is quite a journey! It looks charming, like it could have been the setting for the original Parent Trap. What a fun place it would be for knitters summer camp! Though I admit I keep thinking of the name as "Wokkawokka" ala Fozzie Bear!
Posted by: Sarah | 04 August 2020 at 06:29 AM
This is a fascinating post, thanks for sharing it with us.
Posted by: Ann | 04 August 2020 at 07:04 AM
What an absolutely DREAMY camp!!!! I want to go there! It's just charming and delightful! Oh, sign me up. . .
Posted by: Kym | 04 August 2020 at 10:12 AM
oh my goodness, LOVE LOVE LOVE! I cannot wait for Knitters' Camp. (2021+ is starting to fill up!)
Posted by: Mary | 05 August 2020 at 07:56 AM
I wouldn't have thought a place like that still existed!! How fun and cool!!
Posted by: Margene | 05 August 2020 at 10:52 AM
Oh wow! That looks amazing! Knitter camp for sure!
Posted by: laura | 05 August 2020 at 01:11 PM
Thanks for the journey along. This place reminds me of similar places in the Catskill Mountains in NY. I'd sign up for knitter's camp in a heartbeat. Just say when. Is Kate looking at it for a specific reason?
Posted by: Robin | 06 August 2020 at 10:38 AM