Friday, 10 August 2012

If I could escape the city....Camp Wandawega

It was one of those days when I had to get out of the wasn't a possibility, with so much to do here, so I walked up to the High Park library at the top of the street.  There's a lovely corner on the top floor with vaulted ceilings.  I like to sit on the floor in the corner and pour over the design and gardening books.... It's calming.

I stumbled upon a book called "Found, Free and Flea" which was amazing eye candy, but mostly the story of this place is so fantastic.  The book is a series of collections that the new owners of the property completed after buying and renovating the property.

Camp Wandawega, in Wisconsin, is run by Tereasa Surratt and David Hernandez, and was whimsically purchased by the couple as it was the summer camp that David attended as a child.

Over the years the property has been:

1.  A speakeasy
2.  An Organized crime hideout
3.  House of ill repute (Brothel)
4.  A legitimate family resort
5.  A retreat for Latvian priests from Chicago
6.  Latvian church camp.

Today it's a vintage resort camp insipired by the 1950's ala Dirty Dancing camp resort.  Completely nostalgic and kitschy it's wonderfully inspired!

Check out their website here:


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