I’ve got camping on my mind with our son’s 11th birthday party coming up. More like glamping on my mind, but I have to keep his birthday bash boyish. So I’m here to sit and daydream with you for a spell. Crushing like crazy over the famous grownup treehouse at Camp Wandawega and their whole inspiring approach to camping. This is one great escape!
There’s a sweet story behind this magnificent elm treehouse, owned by Tereasa Surratt and David Hernandez. Tereasa’s father, Tom, christened their newly purchased property by hanging a rope swing in a big elm situated in the center of their camp. Sadly, her father, who was ill at the time, died a year and a half later. Almost immediately after his passing, the tree became sick with Dutch Elm disease. Tereasa didn’t have the heart to cut down the tree, so she and David decided to have her brother cut only the infected branches, thus saving the trunk and lower branches. Tereasa and David hoped to someday build a treehouse. A few years later, their dream came true. Their elm treehouse was built over a year’s time as a labor of love by talented designer and builder friends.
Tereasa and David named it “Tom’s Treehouse,” in loving memory of her father. And yes, his original rope swing still hangs from one the tree’s branches. Amazing.
Here’s a shot of the inside.
Found the most beautiful and rustic wedding at Camp Wandawega on Style Me Pretty. Even if you’re not planning a wedding, there are so many outdoor entertaining ideas in the post. And more fun shots of the treehouse.
Great reminder that you can never go wrong with navy and white check in any setting. Love the little stone they used to hold down the cards. Simple but elegant!
Okay, I’m ready to pack up our family and head straight to Wisconsin for camp. To see more outdoor inspiration, check out the Camp Wandawega tours and countless camping options from cabins to tee pees here. All I can say is wow.
We have a special family friend coming to stay with us – so excited to see her because it’s been ages since we’ve had this much time together. I’m taking off a little early to enjoy her visit, and will see you bright and early on Monday!