Bob Coscarelli

Wandawega Lake Resort, Elkhorn, WI

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A former camp, Wandawega reopened in Spring 2011 as a cluster of rental cottages (not to mention three cabins and a tepee) done up with charming Americana touches like vintage Pendleton blankets, Boy Scout–issue axes, and antique tennis rackets. Guests are encouraged to rediscover old-time pleasures: archery, canoe races, cracked tennis courts, bicycles built for two, and rope swings that dangle over a freshwater lake. The friendly owners will happily provide sporting equipment, grills, directions to a local deli, and a list of local activities, but that’s where any hand-holding ends. Most digs don’t even have en suite bathrooms; visitors soap up in the lake or the new communal shower house.

Price Tag: From $200 per night (double occupancy); wandawega.com and wandawegarentals.squarespace.com.

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Wandawega Lake Resort, Elkhorn, WI

A former camp, Wandawega reopened in Spring 2011 as a cluster of rental cottages (not to mention three cabins and a tepee) done up with charming Americana touches like vintage Pendleton blankets, Boy Scout–issue axes, and antique tennis rackets. Guests are encouraged to rediscover old-time pleasures: archery, canoe races, cracked tennis courts, bicycles built for two, and rope swings that dangle over a freshwater lake. The friendly owners will happily provide sporting equipment, grills, directions to a local deli, and a list of local activities, but that’s where any hand-holding ends. Most digs don’t even have en suite bathrooms; visitors soap up in the lake or the new communal shower house.

Price Tag: From $200 per night (double occupancy); wandawega.com and wandawegarentals.squarespace.com.

Bob Coscarelli

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