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THE WANDAWEGA HILLHOUSE: Rejuvenation in the house!

We are so thrilled to have had the opportunity to partner with REJUVENATION on the WANDAWEGAHILLHOUSE!: #sponsored #rejuvenation_partner // They are a dream collaborator, we had so much fun hosting a flea market to celebrate the launch of the NEW CHICAGO STORE – if you have not been there yet, prepare to get a coffee and get lost in discovery for at least two hours. Not kidding. The space is addictively curated with their new products mixed in with vintage wares. The reason we were so elated to get the call from these folks is because of their history. Their roots are…

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FUN NEWS! we’re on Reese Witherspoon’s HELLO SUNSHINE new female stories shorts

  ** some exciting news thats been in the making since last year **   REESE: “We’ve been working hard to change the narrative for women and be a platform dedicated to female storytelling, and are so excited to share the site with you. All the most inspiring, empowering and engaging stories”  We are so thrilled to be part of the first 6 featured stories on female empowerment & creativity— A series created by #ladyboss, mother of 3 goddess Reese Witherspoon’s  Hello Sunshine.   In a time when women need to support each other more than ever, role models like  Reese are our much-needed beacons of light…

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BEFORE & AFTER. an abandoned collapsing fishing shack gets a second chance. —————— The locals here love their ice fishing. They get pretty creative with their ice shacks- some as big as house with electricity & sleeping rooms! We’ve been dreaming of making our own little fishing shack for years. Every winter you’ll find the our little lake filled with them. // after years of searching, we finally found the perfect one (don’t let her pretty inside fool you – ours is just a little 10×10 shed square foot shed. no power. no running water. no windows (just pop out…

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a very special day.

One of the sweetest rewards of this place is sharing it. we get to witness marriages, baptisms, memorials, celebrate births- and mass in the grass every sunny sunday. congrats to the most beautiful couple. (the lovely Jenn & Will) The most beautiful day. … all captured  by the lovely and talented Madeline Druce     

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COFFEE is coming to camp…

Summercamp coffee will never be the same.. (The new #CampSocialHouse just got a caffienated upgrade) We are so freaking excited that our friends at LaMarzoccousa  are sponsoring the #CampSocialHouse by decking out our new custom coffee bar— so they camp this weekend to give set us up & teach a class in how to make the perfect cup.  We are blessed to have so may friends who come to camp and haul their own gear from Chicago, Milwaukee, Madison- and farther. So we are thrilled to finally have actual equipment worthy of their product & mad barista skills:   Coffee friends…

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IT’S TIME TO PAY YOUR DUES.

—————————— It’s 4am. I stumbled onto a hashtag of photos folks shared this week. Mostly pretty photos of happy scenes (where they have kind-heartedly cropped out the 40 pounds of goose poop blanketing the pier, and all of our other endless non-instagram-friendly realities). And I just came to the realization of what actually happens when a group of inspired creative people decide to get together to make something happen. To plan, drink, cook, drink, vent, photograph, make frozen negroni slushies, inspire, do PBR keg stands, build, collaborate…and photograph it all. They are just trying their best to have a good…

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GETTING SOCIAL

WELL…. THIS SHOULD BE INTERESTING. It’s not often that you are asked to present with your spouse in front of 500 stangers, but what the hell. We’ve been asked to be keynote speakers at Social Media Week, talking about how social media shapes brands.    WHY? to cheer, jeer, throw stuff, partake in the free lunch. maybe get inspired by all the ways we can connect, build & grow https://www.eventbrite.com/e/smwi-ann-arbor-tickets-6467509495?aff=es2   WHAT: Social Media Week shares ideas, innovations & insights through their series of conference. This year, coming to Ann Arbor, MI to provoke conversations on the convergence of culture…

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THE MAKING OF AN AMERICAN ARROW

WE WANTED TO MAKE SOMETHING SPECIAL as a thank you to our guests from one of our favorite brands- SHINOLA. so after months of considering every possible swag/gift/object (and realizing its all been done ten fold) …we landed on something most authentic to summercamp. an archery arrow. so- the fun would begin. all in, it took nearly 8 months. and even more months of researching US family-owned arrow makers- we found a third generation family that had this art in their DNA. and still made them. on the same vintage equipment.   we would begin the process of picking the…

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THE HUDSON COMPANY at Camp!

One of the nicest parts of the new Camp guest house (Social House) lies under our feet. The flooring has a unique story – it’s made its way all the way from upstate New York to find a home at Camp. The Hudson Company creates the most beautiful floors by saving the bones of old buildings and structures….they recover lumber from antique barns, retired factories and decommissioned rooftop water towers across the Ohio River Valley and then custom mill the wood to fit any need or use. (We did a little interview with them earlier in the year for their…

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RECREATING HISTORY

When we first bought camp, a nice lady arrived at the gate with a photo album of camp back in the 40’s and 50’s- when she grew up here (her father and grandparents where the proprietors in the 40s and 50s) grandparents owned it). In those photos was one of a toddler on an awesome old log fence behind the lodge. Since seeing that photo, we’ve always wanted to recreate it from that photo. After nearly 15 years, we finally got our fence this past weekend.  Our friend Jack Fernehough decided that he wanted to tackle this job, and here…

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