ISSUE 23  |  Seafaring Style

Camp Wandawega Tree House in Wisconsin

June 09, 2011 8:30 PM

BY Julie Carlson

Located on the premises of Camp Wandawega in Elkhorn, Wisconsin (a 1920s lakeside resort revitalized by husband/wife team David Hernandez and Tereasa Surratt), the just-completed Camp Wandawega Tree House is now available for vacation rentals.

The couple enlisted a group of friends (furniture makers, artisans, and builders) to collaborate on the three-level structure, which features reclaimed wood, vintage windows, and interior touches like pillows made from flour sacks and out-of-print books on Wisconsin history. Go to Camp Wandawega for more information and see our recent post on their camping store.

Photos via Jacob Hand for Designtripper and Bob Coscarelli for Chicago Home + Design.

Above: Founded in the 1920s, Wandawega Lake Resort started as a speakeasy and morphed into a retreat for the area's Latvian American community.

Above: Tackle and bait hang on the walls of Camp Wandawega.

Above: A tree branch extends through a window.

Above: A rustic chandelier and wraparound porch.

Above: The new tree house features two sleeping platforms and a DIY antler chandelier.

Above: The sleeping aerie under the eaves.

Above: Ladders lead to the two sleeping lofts.

Above: A few tree stumps as chairs sit below mason jar pendant lights on a sun-filed patio.