You can’t have a summer without The Abbey Resort!

First Annual Summer Cyber Sale at The Abbey Resort

Sizzling savings offered this week only in celebration of the forthcoming summer season

                                                                                                       

FONTANA, Wis. – May 30, 2018 – With anticipation and eagerness for the forthcoming arrival of summer, The Abbey Resort and Avani Spa is pleased to offer extraordinary travel values and vacation savings of 30 percent off the standard room rate to guests who book a

2018 stay as part of the resort’s first annual Summer Cyber Sale taking place this week only .  Leisure guests are encouraged to act quickly and take advantage of this limited time offer available Monday, May 29 through Monday, June 4 for stays now through December 2018.

Guests who escape to the lake at The Abbey Resort enjoy luxuriously appointed guest rooms, a world class spa experience at the full-service Avani Spa, award winning on-site restaurants ranging from elegant dining and perfectly paired wine to house-smoked BBQ with live music and waterfront views, a new virtual reality entertainment center, on-site boat rentals and watersport adventures, resort activities galore and much more all offered on-site at The Abbey Resort and Avani Spa.

The Abbey Resort’s first annual Summer Cyber Sale is subject to availability, applicable taxes and fees, and blackout dates may apply. Offer is valid for bookings made by midnight on June 4, 2018 for stays now through December 2018. Offer is not available for existing reservations, third party booking sites, or on group or catering room blocks.

For complete details on the Summer Cyber Sale and rates, or to book a stay, please visit https://reservations.travelclick.com/106529?RatePlanID=2869228&_ga=2.226395737.2120803921.1527627695-257922179.1424207885 or call 1-800-709-1323.

About The Abbey Resort and Avani Spa

As the only full-service resort located directly on the shores of Geneva Lake, The Abbey Resort and Avani Spa caters to guests ranging from families and couples to weddings and corporate groups. Continuing in its commitment to constant improvement, the resort recently completed major property renovations, including updates made to guest rooms; restaurants, bars and coffee shop; meeting and banquet facilities; Avani Spa; common and lounge areas including the entryway and lobby; the exterior and A-frame and; outdoor pool amenities. Located just 75 miles from downtown Chicago and 45 miles from Milwaukee, The Abbey Resort boasts a breathtaking setting on 90 acres of beautifully manicured grounds, award-winning dining and banquet facilities, nearby championship golf courses, a wide range of outdoor activities and the on-site 35,000 square-foot Avani Spa.

 

The Abbey Resort and Avani Spa is managed and operated by Benchmark Resorts & Hotels® of Woodlands, Texas. For more information or reservations, visit http://www.theabbeyresort.com, join Abbey Resort and Avani Spa on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/abbeyresortor follow @AbbeyResort on Twitter www.Twitter.com/abbeyresort.

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Mothers Day at The Abbey Resort and Avani Spa

May is All About Mom at The Abbey Resort and Avani Spa

With spa and dining specials and family-friendly programming throughout the month, The Abbey Resort makes it easy for families to pamper and honor Mom

                                                                                                        

FONTANA, Wis. – April 30, 2018 – With warming weather, blooming flowers, budding trees and rates starting as low as $89, it’s the perfect time to book a getaway!  The Abbey Resort and Avani Spa invites families to escape to the shores of Geneva Lake to enjoy the sunshine and vibrancy of the season, where they can show Mom just how much they love and appreciate all she does for her family.

Whether she enjoys an overnight stay or not, Mother’s Day Brunch at The Abbey Resort on Sunday, May 13 is a memory she is sure to savor. Mom will enjoy an unparalleled view of Abbey Harbor, complimentary mimosas and a gourmet menu that includes the following: Fresh farmers’ market salad station; From the sea station including oysters on the half shell, shrimp cocktail, lox, and smoked lake trout; Classic breakfast station featuring eggs benedict, strawberry shortcake blintzes and Wisconsin cheddar and broccoli quiche with sage gravy; Center of the plate station featuring garlic and herb baron of beef and smoked Virginia ham; Made-to-order omelets and Belgium waffles; Kids’ corner featuring Wisconsin mac n’ cheese, honey glazed chicken wings and Jell-O cups; Sweet station featuring chocolate fondue to melt over, and so much more. Brunch will be served from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 13; $42 for adults, $16 for children ages 4 – 12, kids under 4 dine free. Advance reservations are required. A complete menu is available on the web, as follows: https://www.theabbeyresort.com/resourcefiles/pdf/2018-mothers-day-menu.pdf

After brunch, consider treating Mom to an afternoon at Avani Spa where she will enjoy a day of pampering and some peace and quiet. The Avani Spa Mother’s Day Spa Package includes a massage, pedicure, express facial and completes access to the luxurious amenities including the sunlit indoor atrium pool, whirlpools, sauna, and steam and inhalation rooms. The Mother’s Day Spa package is available May 11 – 13 for $230, a 20% discount off the full price value. Make her reservation at Avani Spa by calling (800) 772-1000.

And because of course Mom would want her kids to enjoy the day as well, The Abbey Resort has plenty of family-friendly activities to entertain the little ones. Weekend and Mother’s Day activities available will include movies, guided walks along the lake shore path, outdoor games on Harbor Lawn, a petting zoo, crafts such as garden stone decorating, slime making, bracelet creation and more.

If getting away over Mother’s Day Weekend isn’t in the cards, Harbor Homecoming and Memorial Day are both great options to sneak away as the weather continues to warm. Plan a trip to The Abbey Resort the weekend of May 18 – 20 and help welcome back summer! Harbor Homecoming – the highly anticipated beginning of summer when boats make their way back into the newly renovated harbor – is an exciting weekend featuring live music entertainment, lakeshore walks, lawn games, harbor-side bonfires and the first Burnin’ Down the Docks of the season located at the outdoor Waterfront patio and bar area. Burnin’ Down the Docks is held every Sunday of the summer from 12 noon until 5 p.m. and would be the perfect way to honor the fun-loving mom who appreciates good BBQ, a cold drink, and live music set among the beautiful spring landscape of Geneva Lake.

In honor and memory of our Armed Forces, The Abbey Resort is celebrating Memorial Day weekend from Friday, May 25 through Monday, May 28 with activities for all ages.  As the unofficial start of summer, The Abbey Resort will feature both indoor and outdoor games, activities, bonfire s’mores and more. Live music will be featured each evening of the weekend as well as on Sunday afternoon on the recently refreshed Waterfront outdoor patio and bar area as part of the weekly Burnin’ Down The Docks series.

Additional seasonal specials available during the month of May include deliciously refreshing Coconut Lime spa treatments and various dining specials such as Friday Nights Out featuring steak, lobster, salad and dessert; $5 Bloody Marys & Mimosas on Saturdays and Sundays, and; Cookies & Wine Saturdays where three favorite Girl Scout Cookies are paired with three wines for a uniquely delicious treat. Also available this spring is a Stay and Play overnight golf package where guests enjoy all of the on-site amenities of The Abbey Resort as well as 18-holes of golf at one of Wisconsin’s most beautiful courses of championship caliber, Abbey Springs, featuring views of Geneva Lake, carefully manicured greens, lush fairways, beautifully tended trees and wooded hillsides.

For complete details on available packages and rates, or to book a stay, please visit https://www.theabbeyresort.com/special-pkg/seasonal-specials.aspx or call 1-800-709-1323.

About The Abbey Resort and Avani Spa:

As the only full-service resort located directly on the shores of Geneva Lake, The Abbey Resort and Avani Spa caters to guests ranging from families and couples to weddings and corporate groups. Continuing in its commitment to constant improvement, the resort recently completed major property renovations, including updates made to guest rooms; restaurants, bars and coffee shop; meeting and banquet facilities; Avani Spa; common and lounge areas including the entryway and lobby; the exterior and A-frame and; outdoor pool amenities. Located just 75 miles from downtown Chicago and 45 miles from Milwaukee, The Abbey Resort boasts a breathtaking setting on 90 acres of beautifully manicured grounds, award-winning dining and banquet facilities, nearby championship golf courses, a wide range of outdoor activities and the on-site 35,000 square-foot Avani Spa.

 

The Abbey Resort and Avani Spa is managed and operated by Benchmark Resorts & Hotels® of Woodlands, Texas. For more information or reservations, visit http://www.theabbeyresort.com, join Abbey Resort and Avani Spa on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/abbeyresortor follow @AbbeyResort on Twitter www.Twitter.com/abbeyresort.

Jo Koy killed my abs

I recently had the opportunity to see Jo Koy live during his sold out Break the Mold Tour. Tanya AbbeyIf you are not familiar with Jo Koy (say what?!) let me give you a brief introduction of one of the funniest comedians!

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  • Jo Koy is of Filipino and European-American descent
  • He began his stand-up career in 1994
  • In 2005, he came one of a select few comics to receive a standing ovation on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.You know the expression, “I couldn’t make this up if I tried.” We all have thought, “I could make a show out of this.” Jo Koy does just that. He takes snippets of his life and makes you not only realize you can relate, but you are laughing so hard your abs will get a workout. Jo Koy has a son named Joseph. For our sake I hope he just hangs around his Dad more, because the material he gets from him alone is pure genius. Who would think laughing at their child questioning their genetic makeup could be so funny? When he talks about how he grew up, his mother is the main source of his comedic delivery. His mother is Filipino and wasn’t a soft mom to Jo. One of his stories is about how he forgot his lunch at home, called his mom and she told him SIC “too bad”. Why, am I laughing so hard about this story? If a random person told me this, I might feel bad for them. I might even question the mother on why is she so cruel? Jo Koy does the opposite with his comedic skills. He not only has you feeling so sorry for him, but also allows you to laugh at how his mom treated him. Jo Koy flips stereotypes on their head and allows us all to feel ok that we are a stereotype. He also walks you through it.img_2751

During his sold out show that I attended at the Genesee Theater in Waukegan IL. I felt as if it was just him and I. He is so good with making eye contact with the audience. He picked out a member of the audience. He got his name learned about him and all throughout the show kept speaking to him off and on. For that time they were besties. That is another quality that I appreciate about Jo Koy. He is a big time guy, but so humble and down to earth. He makes you feel comfortable for being you and he doesn’t have a big ego. At the end of his show, he yelled “I am coming to you, take out your phones”. How many acts have you seen where that is allowed? Usually you have to hide your phone and make a screen play on how to get it out and get a selfie at the same time. Jo, walked around the theater and took img_2737pictures and made sure you had a good shot! As I was walking out, there he was again where the merchandise was being sold taking more selfies. Just when you thought ok that was it, it wasn’t.

He went outside where his Marquee was and took more pictures. He thanked his fans and went onto his after show meet and greet with fans. If you’re kicking yourself because you missed an opportunity to see him live, don’t’ worry.

img_2752He has a special on Netflix where you can experience him. Start following him on Instagram. He does daily stories and his feed is filled with his daily shenanigans. Pay attention to when he comes to your town next, you will not be sorry.

*facts and Joy Koy picture from Jokoy.com

 

Immersion Virtual Reality Center Opens Today at The Abbey Resort

I am happy to share this press release courtesy of The Abbey Resort and Avani Spa!!

Lakeshore resort announces all-new virtual reality gaming experience, cinema and eatery open for the weekend 

FONTANA, Wis. – October 13, 2017 – The Abbey Resort and Avani Spa is thrilled to announce its all-new Immersion experience center is open to the public, featuring a cutting-edge virtual reality gaming center, big-screen cinema and eatery.

Virtual reality – a type of unique, on-trend and cutting-edge gaming technology – is quickly gaining popularity, and Immersion is the first of its kind in the Lake Geneva area. Resort guests and visitors alike are welcome to go beyond reality and experience the future of gaming in this cutting-edge virtual reality experience center known as Immersion Virtual Entertainment that is located within The Abbey Resort. They can also enjoy movies and games on the big screen in the new Immersion Cinema that comfortably accommodates 30 guests for movies, games and even corporate presentations, or relax with refreshments at the Immersion Café that will serve beer, wine, soft drinks and snacks. These three components – Immersion Virtual Entertainment, Immersion Cinema and Immersion Café – together make up The Abbey Resort’s all-new Immersion experience center.

Immersion uses high-powered gaming PCs and fully immersive VIVE head mounted displays by HTC Corporation that put users right into the gaming action with precise, 360-degree controller and headset tracking, realistic graphics, directional audio and high definition haptic feedback for realistic movement and actions.

Immersion will feature four ten-foot by ten-foot gaming stations, each with its own headset(s) and access to a user-friendly gaming library allowing users the ability to select a variety of games and experiences throughout   their session. For the grand opening, Immersion features games and experience for all ages including outer space explorations, surviving among dinosaurs, trying various professions such as being a chef, virtual 3D painting and more! Immersion will regularly update the gaming library as new games and experiences are made available.

Immersion is open to users ages eight years old and older who are also at least 48 inches in height. Gaming sessions may be purchased in 15-, 30- and 60-minute periods for $15, $25 and $45, respectively. The virtual reality center will be open within The Abbey Resort every day of the year on weekday evenings, as well as afternoons and evenings on weekends and holidays. Additionally, Immersion may be booked in advance for private parties.

For more information about the all-new Immersion Virtual Entertainment and experience center or about The Abbey Resort, please visit http://www.theabbeyresort.com/immersion.aspx.

About The Abbey Resort and Avani Spa

As the only full-service resort located directly on the shores of Geneva Lake, The Abbey Resort and Avani Spa caters to guests ranging from families and couples to weddings and corporate groups. Continuing in its commitment to constant improvement, the resort recently completed major property renovations upward of $50 million, including updates made to guest rooms; restaurants, bars and coffee shop; meeting and banquet facilities; Avani Spa; common and lounge areas including the entryway and lobby; the exterior and A-frame and; outdoor pool amenities. Located just 80 miles from downtown Chicago and 50 miles from Milwaukee, The Abbey Resort boasts a breathtaking setting on 90 acres of beautifully manicured grounds, award-winning dining and banquet facilities, nearby championship golf courses, a wide range of outdoor activities and the on-site 35,000 square-foot Avani Spa.   

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The Abbey Resort and Avani Spa is managed and operated by Hostmark Hospitality Group of Schaumburg, Ill. For more information or reservations, visit http://www.theabbeyresort.com, join Abbey Resort and Avani Spa on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/abbeyresort or follow @AbbeyResort on Twitter www.Twitter.com/abbeyresort.

H2O Go! It’s a blob thing.

My son recently turned three and since he is a summer baby, I thought a slip and slide would be a lot of fun! I went to my local Toys R US and was heartbroken. All the slip and slides were for ages 5 and up. They were not recommended for my son. I was about to give up and get him something else, when I noticed H20GO! Fun Sketching Art Blobz.


Say what now?

Per their description you simply hook the blob up to a garden hose and fill it with water. Once it is filled, water will spray across the top. To add more thrills, water fills through the nozzle on top of the blob, creating a cool surface for playing and sliding across. Plus, the sketching blob includes 5 erasable crayons to use for sketches on the blob.


Tanya tries

In other words, it is a water blob that allows your kids to slide through the sprinkler onto the splash pad. If they get tired of the sprinkler they can still slide around. Once bored with those options, they can color the blob.

My kids have spent countless hours slipping and sliding and jumping and coloring on this blob. We are in love.

This is now sold out in stores! I put a few places you can find it below online. Have a splashing time!!

Amazon

Target

Toys R Us

Walmart

*This is not sponsored no product was exchanged for this post*

Your mission: Visit Safehouse Chicago

I was recently given a mission by Agent Eyelash to meet at the newest SafeHouse located in Chicago. Upon arrival, we were greeted by two agents in a main room. They did not believe we were sent by a fellow agent. They asked us for a password, that we did not have. Instead of granting us passage, we had to stand along the wall and do a hula dance to allow entry.
After the agent was satisfied with our performance, a hidden door slid open and we followed the stairs down to the bottom. Once we arrived on the floor we were greeted with applause as we officially entered the safe house. Here another agent checked us in and gave us a list of missions that we could complete while we waited for our table to be ready. Do these missions! They’ll allow you to explore SafeHouse in it’s entirety.


Agent Lost Girl was assigned to our table to make sure all our needs were met and gave us our “dossier,” a.k.a the menu. We started with their crafty concoction Spies Demise. It was a delicious martini and a great start to our meal. Our appetizer (Nachos Camp Stanley), was aso delicious. It was made with fresh hand made tortilla chips, loaded with their secret housemade cheese sauce with cheddar, pepper jack and american cheese. You may also add beef or chicken. My entrée, Mata Hari’s Meatloaf, was one of their many items made from scratch. We decided to conclude our meal with Fat Bastard, a brownie ice cream sundae with a sparkler.


Safehouse Chicago does not want a lot information leaked to the public. They want to ensure you have a wonderful experience. As an enlisted agent, I do have to follow orders the boss has set. I cannot give you the location either. I do believe you are a well skilled agent and will be able to find the SafeHouse Chicago. You never know, I may be those eyes you see moving behind the frame.


Notes found on Agent Tanya’s napkin:
Come hungry, the portions are a fair size

Fun in numbers, bring as many friends/family as you can

It is kid friendly, bring them with

It’s ok to touch things

Lose yourself in the experience

This will erase in 5,4,3,2……