First, our background: 2 friends who travel alot, two who don't. The two who do hit 3 and 4 star hotels and resorts.
First: Location: The Abbey is on the quiet side of the lake which, in the summer is a great plus--Lake Geneva proper is too busy. Fontana is smaller, and the Abbey has everything.
The Facility: top notch, and great if you have kids or not--there are two sets of indoor and outdoor pools- family pools and adult pools. The indoor adult pool is connected to the spa, which is tops. Our group had two pedicures and two massages. Key stuff: Ask for Sandy for a massage--she gave one of the best massages my friend has ever had--it was worth it to see my friend looking so blissed out--she's had the best of the best, and Sandy "gave her the best massage she has ever had"--no easy feat. Our other friend had a massage and she was thrilled as well, although I do not remember her massage persons name--I think it was a guy...
The pedicures: ask for Kim: she gives an excellent foot massage. Both pedicures were
good, but Kim's massage pushed her's into the great category. Good selection of magazines, and nail colors were current.
Hot tubs were seriously jetted as well.
Restaurant: We had breakfast, and everything was above average, and FRESH. No soggy berries, berries served in heavy cream if you wanted..no gooey eggs..great coffee
Bar area: great drinks, and a great band--the only drawback is that the dance floor has the tables right there, so you feel as if you are on display. They would do well to figure out a way for people cut loose without being self conscious.
Beds: I am picky. My friends are picky. We all loved them. I swear they iron the sheets.
Microwave and minifridge in the room. Bathroom nice enough, with coffee maker. Tv is a flat screen.
To do: We rented a boat with a driver at Gordy's for 175.00 an hour. We had a lovely trip around the lake. Well worth it because the houses there are gorgeous. You can also walk around the lake on a walking path on the shore-- a 26 mile hike , or as short as you want. Last year I did it with my husband in October--and it was stunning with the colors. From the Abbey, head towards chucks and Gordy's, go past it (or stop and fortify yourself) and head toward the houses on your left--you'll see a path. Ask if you don't. Everyone is friendly and helpful. It's the Wisconsin way.
We also walked over to Chucks for a drink-- a great little pub and a great place to watch a football game --great service, great bar (even have Tito's vodka, which we are fans of) .
Chucks is like Cheers --you go in and make friends. They have decent pub food as well. We also recomend Gordy's restaurant next door to Chucks--actually ate there twice--the Walleye was cooked to perfection, as were the green beans and rice--not canned, not soggy, very fresh. Filet Mignon the second time around was good--but nothing can touch the Walleye. Service was excellent, too.
We also went out and explored--there is a farm..farm...stand is an understatement, but--a farm stand that is great for everything--huge pumpkins, corn maze, lovely lovely place--called Pearces Family farm 5 minutes from the Abbey. Ask for directions. The area around the Abbey is gorgeous--rolling farmland, beautiful barns, historical houses. check out Yerkes Observatory (tours on Saturday-check with the front desk--and you can arrange star parties there).
Of the group, one of us lives in Texas (me)--and my husband and I like to see the fall colors--what was easy about this from Texas (Austin) was the flight (American is direct into O'hare) and starting in November, Southwest starts flying into Milwaukee--even easier, and Milwaukee is a great town to explore as well. If you have never seen Lake Michigan, it's gorgeous. Great museums as well, an hour 1/2 away, tops.
This is an easy getaway trip. The Abbey was quiet (we stayed on Monday as well) but it seems to me that with some marketing , they could have groups there in the fall enjoying the cool weather and the colors. the staff is fine--just sort of not there out mingling with the guests--and to me, this was my second trip--I want them to give that personal touch--and offer up adventures in the area, like the Pearce Farm (Farm is the new black, as we all know--and God bless the Farmers who feed us--and the Pearces place--is something to be proud of...just inspiring...Makes you proud to be a midwesterner, and thankful there are farmers like them to feed us all...
In Lake Geneva there are several good restaurants--Sopra, Red Geranium, Gino's (the Pizza chain)and probably more...
Saw LOTS of cyclists--may have been an event, but don't know for sure--so keep an eye out for them...
The concierge did help me set up the boat, etc, but, again, it was because I knew to ask--and I think it would a good idea if when you are checking in that someone introduced themselves--at least during the quieter months. I would even work out a deal with Gordy's for a sunset trip on thursdays, or one of the quieter nights--more connection to the surroundings.
Anyhow, I will go back, because I know how it works up there. it's an easy plug in for us. I will take my kids one summer (there is a sailing camp on the lake as well) and have them enjoy the pools, the farm, the lake, (there is a water ski lessonoption at Gordy's as well,)etc...
While most folks flock to New England for colors--which is unbeatable--I have to say that for accessability and beauty, the Lake Geneva/Fontana area is a close second, air travel being what it is today, and people from Wisconsin are some of the best in the world.
The Abbey needs like, a figurehead, a person or personality that greets you and makes you feel like you are home, and will be doted on.
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- Escape to the lake at one of the Midwest's most iconic destinations. Whether you are vacationing on a girlfriends' getaway, business retreat, romantic escape or fun filled family vacation, The Abbey Resort brings you the best of the Lake Geneva experience. The Abbey Resort, on the shores of beautiful Lake Geneva, features 90 acres of manicured grounds. This Lake Geneva resort features lodge inspired accommodations with contemporary conveniences and facilities. ... more less
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