Camp Wandawega || Part One

Camp Wandawega Wisconsin 58As much as I love Chicago, I’m always looking for ways to escape.

A change of scenery does so much for the creative spirit and a change of pace (i.e. switching from the city life to the country life), can be seriously inspiring. I jump at any chance to slow things down a bit and take a step away from the hustle-and-bustle of urban life.

Luckily, just 90 minutes northwest of the Windy City is a sanctuary so lush and natural, you feel as though you’ve stepped into an Eden of tranquility that sets your imagination positively soaring!

It’s a summer camp.

For adults.

Complete with Chemex coffee, tire swings, and plenty of canoes.

For those of us looking to truly escape and reignite our inner child, welcome to Camp Wandawega!

Established in 1925, this rustic-yet-chic oasis is positively oozing with creative energy, making it the perfect spot to escape the urban grind and fit in some much-needed R&R. So one weekend Rachel and I packed our bags, cameras, boys, ample amounts of 2-buck Chuck, and our rain gear, and road-tripped up for a Wisconsin-style adventure.

Be forewarned though, you may get some serious FOMO from this post!Camp Wandawega Wisconsin 109When you arrive at camp, you see plenty of quaint houses, cottages and tents tucked among the dense landscape. There’s even a teepee!Camp Wandawega Wisconsin 105Camp Wandawega Wisconsin 95Camp Wandawega Wisconsin 45The main house is a beautiful old Midwestern farmhouse with charming details all around.Camp Wandawega Wisconsin 44Camp Wandawega Wisconsin 97With plenty of fresh donut holes Camp Wandawega Wisconsin 43and fresh fruit to snack on in the kitchen!
Camp Wandawega Wisconsin 46Camp Wandawega Wisconsin 47The rest of the rooms are covered in Wisconsin memorabilia, antique knick-knacks and plenty of cozy chairs to relax in.
Camp Wandawega Wisconsin 48I just love the charming nostalgia spaces like this evoke.
Camp Wandawega Wisconsin 49Camp Wandawega Wisconsin 50Camp Wandawega Wisconsin 51Camp Wandawega Wisconsin 52Camp Wandawega Wisconsin 53Camp Wandawega Wisconsin 41Besides the main house, there are plenty of options for where to go and what to do.Camp Wandawega Wisconsin 36We arrived early and took the liberty to snoop around and explore some of the cool spaces around the hotel and other cottages before their inhabitants arrived.Camp Wandawega Wisconsin 54Camp Wandawega Wisconsin 37Rachel and I both fell hard for this tropical-tastic bar of vintage proportions. Bamboo trimmed furniture will never go out of style!Camp Wandawega Wisconsin 38Camp Wandawega Wisconsin 39Camp Wandawega Wisconsin 40The floors were also quite brilliant — at least brilliant enough to warrant a #fromwhereistand.Camp Wandawega Wisconsin 32The grounds are fantastic to hike around and explore with little surprises tucked into the wilderness.Camp Wandawega Wisconsin 33Camp Wandawega Wisconsin 29Camp Wandawega Wisconsin 1Camp Wandawega Wisconsin 93Camp Wandawega Wisconsin 15Camp Wandawega Wisconsin 16Camp Wandawega Wisconsin 25Camp Wandawega Wisconsin 35Camp Wandawega Wisconsin 26Camp Wandawega Wisconsin 27Camp Wandawega Wisconsin 108The chapel, in all it’s simple majesty.Camp Wandawega Wisconsin 59Camp Wandawega Wisconsin 84Camp Wandawega WisconsinCamp Wandawega Wisconsin 34Camp Wandawega Wisconsin 98Isn’t the decor just fantastic? I’d comment more about the spaces but I feel like the photos perfectly encapsulate anything I could say about these magical rooms!Camp Wandawega Wisconsin 102Camp Wandawega Wisconsin 103Camp Wandawega Wisconsin 101How can you not feel like a kid again here?Camp Wandawega Wisconsin 100Camp Wandawega Wisconsin 99Camp Wandawega Wisconsin 31Camp Wandawega Wisconsin 55Camp Wandawega Wisconsin 104Camp Wandawega Wisconsin 42Camp Wandawega Wisconsin 107Camp Wandawega Wisconsin 106Camp Wandawega Wisconsin 110Hunter Boots Pendleton Wool Cape 2 Our first night was spent exploring the grounds and enjoying much-needed time in nature (not to mention dodging under trees from all of the rain). We snuggled in Pendleton blankets, sat around the fire and enjoyed the fact that our cell service was practically non-existent.

As much as I love blogging and Instagram, I always love an opportunity to turn my screens off completely and to just BE.Hunter Boots Pendleton Wool Cape 1 Preferably with a mug of good coffee.Hunter Boots Pendleton Wool Cape And the proper rain gear to trudge through the mud happily in!Hunter Boots Pendleton Wool Cape 3

SHOP THE LOOK:

Shawl – Pendleton || Top – Banana Republic || Wellies – Hunter || Sunglasses – Ray-Ban ‘Folding Wayfarer’ || Watch – Daniel Wellington ‘Classy York’  || Ring – Tiffany & Co. || Nails – Smith & Cult ‘Bitter Buddhist’ (bought at Arch Apothecary)

Photos courtesy of my partner-in-crime Rachel

Stay tuned for Part Two of our Wisconsin adventures! Here’s a sneak peek:Camp Wandawega Wisconsin 111Disclosure: I received a complimentary stay to facilitate this post. Review and all opinions are my own.

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