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Camp Wandawega in Elkhorn, Wisconsin
Why: How to describe this place? A giant playground for kids and grownups? Well, that points in the right direction but is grossly inadequate. Rope swings, hammocks, canoes, teepees, a tree house (I've been there twice and slept in the tree house both times), four wheel ATVs, cook outs, archery, bonfires, a beach, etc.
I visited Camp Wandawega for the second time over this past Memorial Day Weekend (Chicago band Bare Mutants gave a live performance from the tree house - so amazing - check them out). Each time I've been with a large group of friends and made new ones - and words such as magical, special, amazing are being tossed around to describe this wonderful place. The overwhelming sentiment of feeling super luck to be there is shared by everyone.... The owners of Camp Wandawega, Dave Hernandez and Tereasa Surratt, are the most generous hosts, welcoming large groups of guests with a perfectly curated space, stories about the history of the camp and the area, and their warm personalities. The first thing my friends and I think of when we leave is when we can get back there again...
- Monique Gilbert