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:

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 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, join Abbey Resort and Avani Spa on Facebook follow @AbbeyResort on Twitter


Christkindlemarket Chicago

It’s that time of year again. Grab your warm attire and get ready to celebrate Christmas in Chicago, German style!

For those of you who are not familiar with one of Chicago’s most popular traditions, Christkindlmarket is located in Daley Plaza for a few short weeks in November and December. Vendors from Germany, the United States, and other areas of the world set up shop and create a holiday wonderland.

Christkindlmarket is an old German tradition that began in Nurnberg, Germany. Vendors sell their specialty items from their stalls at these Christmas markets. Patrons walk the market admiring goods and purchasing items to add to their holiday decor and traditions.

Chicago has adopted this tradition and invites vendors from all over to participate. It’s a wonderful experience; you can shop and also speak to the friendly vendors who love sharing stories about their home town and how much they look forward to coming to Chicago to show off their goods. I love coming here and truly enjoy it. I do understand how overwhelming it can seem since it’s in the heart of Chicago during a busy time of year, so here are my tips to making your visit an enjoyable one!

1) Tanya’s Parking Tip

If you are traveling from the suburbs and you have kids under 7, I would suggest skipping public transportation and park your car in a nearby garage. A way to save money ahead of time at a nearby garage is to download the Spothero app. This will pin point areas with affordable parking, for any budget. I was able to find parking a block away for $13 and was able to stay parked for over 10 hours. Make sure you download this before parking in a garage. Sign up with SpotHero and save $5.

2) Christkindl with Kids: Kinder Speil

Kids can play a passport game. Before, you begin stop by the information stand and grab a passport for your kids. This is an awesome experience, you get to look at all the vendor’s goods and your kids are looking for the stands with the passport sign marked. It’s a win for all.

3) Staying Warm

Drink the traditional Gluehwine with or without alcohol. This always reminds me of when I was a kid growing up in Germany and going to the local Christkindle Markets. I had the Kinder Gluehwine (non alcoholic) and would walk the area trying to find an ornament for myself.

4) Eat up

I understand it is a little scary trying different food and it’s tempting to go somewhere else to eat, but I recommend eating at the market. There are lots of items to choose from; it could be a traditional Bratwurst on a bun, or something more extreme like a German favorite Mett (raw pork or beef minced with bacon on a bun). I am not a fan of Mett, but I remember my Mother eating this on occasion growing up in Germany. I decided to have curry wurst with fries. The portions are great and my four year old and I shared the dish and then went to get some dessert.

5) See where the vendors are from?

Take a moment and look outside the stall. There you will see where the vendor is from. I was so happy to find one from my birth town!

I was able to speak to them in German and get to tell them how I came to the United States and how I know the language. The vendors are so happy to be there and love talking about their hometowns. It is not often you can get the authenticity of certain country traditions, but Chicago got it correct by having Germans come here from Germany and showing a little piece of their world with local Americans.

6) Say Danke

Have a little bit of fun and say Danke (pronnounced dahn-ka) which is Thank you or say Hallo (prononnuced hollow) which means Hello in German. It makes the shopping experience more fun.

7) Shop until you drop!

Take notice of all the handmade trinkets and ornaments. My Son and I bought some wood ornaments from Munich and a glass blown ornament from Poland.

I love Christmas and how magical it is, and Christmas time in Germany was really special. I am beyond thrilled that Chicago has brought a piece of home close to me and allowed me to show my son how I grew up, and also share memories of doing the same thing with my parents. I hope you enjoy it as much as we have!

Fröhliche Weihnachten! (Merry Christmas)

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

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.   


The Abbey Resort and Avani Spa is managed and operated by Hostmark Hospitality Group of Schaumburg, Ill. For more information or reservations, visit, join Abbey Resort and Avani Spa on Facebook or follow @AbbeyResort on Twitter

Meet #33 from the Chicago Bears

I was recently invited to Macy’s semi-annual men’s fashion event with a special guest appearance by Chicago Bears Running back Jeremy Langford.

Guests experienced models showing off the latest fashion trends. Keeping the energy up there was a DJ spinning top 40 songs.

If you needed a break from shopping, there was a virtual reality oculus Google game. It allowed guests to step into their football field or rollercoaster in a virtual experience.

Guests could stop by the Michale Kors Men’s Shop where they could enter and win a Michael Kors shopping spree. There was also a chance to win custom shoes by The Sole Revival. The first 150 guests who spent $35 or more had the chance to have a meet and greet with Jeremy Langford. There he took time to answer questions and receive and autograph.

I had the opportunity to ask Jeremy a couple questions.

Tanya Abbey: “How do you separate being Jeremy Langford Chicago Bears running back, to Jeremy Langford who works for the Chicago Bears?”

Jeremy Langford: “Matt Forte taught me that, you should never take anything for granted and that no matter where you are, you are always representing the Chicago Bears and that you should always show your best. You are a brand yourself and you need to put your best foot forward.”

TA: “How do you find time to wind down and stay humble, you are on a huge stage where everyone pays attention and wants to get your attention at all times. How do you wind down and turn off the public figure and become a private citizen?”

JL: “I stay grounded by keeping my family and friends close, they keep me humble and they don’t let me get away with anything.”

Jeremy also added that he understood that his time in the spotlight is short lived and enjoys every minute of it, because he knows once it is gone he will miss it. The few minutes I got to spend with him, proves just that. He isn’t just a running back. He is a very down to earth person, and is very welcoming and personable. He really enjoys being a Chicago Bear and we enjoy having him represent us on the field.

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!!



Toys R Us


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

The Right Cup

Drinking water can be a struggle. Some people find it challenging to drink 8 ounces in one day, when in reality we should be drinking more. One day I was researching about tricks on how to drink more water when I stumbled upon The Right Cup.

“The Right Cup is the first ever fruit flavor cup that leads your brain to believe the plain water you are drinking is flavored.
Trick your brain, drink more water.”-The Right Cup

The Right Cup is a perfect solution to get your daily water intake. It tricks your body into thinking you are drinking something other than water, just by smell. After a week of trying it, I have found it really works. I have truly found “the right cup”.


Here are a few tips:

  • The scent is very strong and can be a little intimidating at first.I would suggest to give it a day to let it air out and the scent will decipate.
  • Let the water sit in the cup for some time in order for it to take affect. Pouring the water into the cup and drinking right away really does nothing.
  • The Right Cup comes in several flavors: mixed berry, orange, apple, peach and coming soon cola
  • You can Order here