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Camp Wandawega: The Summer Camp of Your Dreams

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No matter what version of The Parent Trap you grew up with, or how much you think you'd actually enjoy the debauchery of Wet Hot American Summer, Wandawega Lake Resort in Wisconsin has got you covered. According to local legend, the camp has been around in one form or another since the 1920s, and has its roots in certain illegal activities which were so rampant during the Prohibition Era.

Camp history is deliciously vague: Wandawega Hotel may or may not have been the stomping grounds of a madame known as "Little Orphan Annie," and the camp may or may not have served as a speakeasy for those in the know.

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Around the 1940s, the resort was adopted by a Polish couple, and Wandawega began on the road to legitimacy. The new owners filled the kitchen with authentic Polish cooking, and wholesome activities like swimming, fishing, and badminton.

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In 2004, Wandawega was purchased by a Chicago couple, David Hernandez and Theresa Surratt. Since then, the resort has been lovingly restored into a luxurious summer retreat, with eight different styles of lodging for every kind of camper. The Treehouse, pictured above, is beautifully crafted, spacious, and invites ample natural lighting.

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For those who love the feel of a hunting lodge, or want to know what it's like to be Ron Swanson, The Lodge is rustic and stylish. The decor is full of plaids and tartans, a marriage between All-American, and the Queen's summer castle at Sandringham.

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Wandawega also has ample campgrounds for all the summertime activities you could want. The grounds are beautifully kept, but not overly manicured, so that campers feel comfortable running, rowing, and swimming to their heart's content.

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Other lodging options include the Lake Cottage, Teepee, Log Cabin, and Old Hotel.

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