It was so dark. Driving at 10pm in the Wisconsin deep woods, with only the light of the moon—it was tough to see anything. Our directions to find the place were, “once you see the Wandawega sign, turn right. It’ll be house with the lights on, you can’t miss it.” We didn’t. As soon as we stepped inside, we felt at home. The old floor boards, roaring fireplace, and magical living room space greeted us with open arms. As first-time Wandawega campers, we were eager to jump into our cozy beds and get a good night’s rest to explore the next day.
Waking up in the morning seemed like a dream. We opened our eyes to the sunrise beaming through the large kitchen windows and stretched in the morning light. My sister took to making us lattes with the Camp Wandawega coffee blend—which was AMAZING. We toured the house, sipping on warm coffee and expressing our favorite parts of the place. I couldn’t get over the wide planked floor boards and massive fridge doors in the kitchen. As you can see in the pictures, they fabricated a refrigerator casing with huge wooden doors with iron handles from an old meat processing company called Butcher Boy. They were insane and so fricken cool.
Most of our time was spent admiring the Hillhouse, looking closely at the details of each room and mustering stories out of each one. The big velvet couch in the kitchen, branded coffee mugs, Shinola record player, and tiny toy treehouse were some of the perfect elements that make the house unique to Wandawega. Each of us took a bath in the comfy clawfoot tub and read books out of the home’s dense library collection. I even found a book that I now have to buy, “Your Cabin in the Woods.” :)
The Hillhouse is a space like no other. With its history and modern design, the tiny antique and worn details make this place an oasis in the woods. It will forever be a safe haven watching over the dream-like, vintage summer camp it sits upon. To us, it felt like a childhood home. We cannot wait to return to the Hill House in those dark Wisconsin woods.
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