David Hernandez & Tereasa Surratt


Proprietors? That’s a $100 word to describe David and Tereasa. More like reluctant innkeepers.

When they purchased Camp Wandawega, David’s childhood getaway, preserving it was their only goal. In someone else’s hands the vintage buildings and cabins would have met their demise to make room for cookie-cutter lake houses (the last thing the world needs).

Instead, they brought Wandawega Lake Resort back to its former modest glory: a place where folks can reconnect to the simpler pleasures of a simpler time, and that is something this world needs.

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By day, Tereasa is a creative director at Ogilvy & Mather, and by night she’s an author, stylist, contributing editor, and a flea market junkie. David, an executive creative director at Ogilvy and founder of The Royal Order of Experience Design, is an avid preservationist. Additionally, he serves on the board of the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust.

When David and Tereasa are not renovating old buildings, they can be found rescuing old cars, trucks, boats, and trailers. Breathing new life into other people’s unwanted stuff is kind of a thing for them. Simply, they’re fascinated by anything old, and they’re committed to the constant upkeep that their weekend retreat requires.

Rather than let a storied, Wisconsin getaway fade into the forest, this Chicago couple purchased Camp Wandawega and began an adventure of rebuilding the 25-acre camp where David summered as a kid. As a result, David and Tereasa created a private haven for creatives. It’s a place that celebrates all the great things we love about rural living and connects people to the simple pleasures of simpler times.

Guests immerse themselves, their friends, and their families into the whole old-school camp experience, which features a full slate of recreational camp activities.

No modern conveniences? It’s all part of the charm.

Guests want not with VIP access to a private beach, private fishing pier, canoeing, boating, fishing, hiking, biking, horse shoes, tennis, shuffleboard, archery, campfires, and s’mores. And, yes, it is just like it sounds - the perfect country getaway.

Featured in major brand collaborations, product partnerships, case studies, films, music sessions and videos - people can’t seem to get enough of Camp Wandawega.

(And, honestly, neither can we.)

Danna LarsonAugust 2018