Property at a Glance: The Abbey Resort
The Abbey Resort is situated on a scenic 90-acre plot on Geneva Lake’s western shores. Here, guests are in good company: the resort has welcomed Presidents Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, and George H. W. Bush, as well as Michael Jordan, Oprah Winfrey, and Carrie Underwood. The luxury resort keeps guests coming back with easy access to lake cruises, fishing trips and the historical mansions in downtown Lake Geneva.
- Dinner options: There are several onsite restaurants including the new 240° West, the Waterfront Restaurant, and Café Latte.
- Recently renovated guest rooms come with beamed or vaulted ceilings, high-definition flat-screen TVs, and patios or balconies.
- Unwind: The onsite Avani Spa offers massages, facials, body wraps, and aromatherapy.
- Take a lap in one indoor Avani Spa pool and two seasonal outdoor pools (one of which is adults only). Avani Spa pool requires $25 admission fee.
- Family-friendly: The resort features a children’s arcade, scheduled family activities, and onsite child care
- Aye, aye, Captain: Rent a boat at the onsite Gordy’s marina.
Lake Geneva, Wisconsin: Lakeside Mansions and Historical Museums
Located within 90 miles of Chicago, Milwaukee, and Madison, Lake Geneva has become one of the Midwest’s most popular destinations for recreation. Geneva Lake—a gaping gulf of fresh water ripe for swimming, leisurely sails, water skiing, and tubing—is the resort town’s biggest draw in the summer. Admire the scenery by taking a stroll on the Geneva Lake Shore Path, a 21-mile walkway planned by early settlers that stretches around the entire lake. Along the way, you’ll pass expansive gardens and the opulent estates that helped the town earn the nickname “Newport of the West.”
In the winter, outdoor activities range from sledding and cross-country skiing in Big Foot Beach State Park to ice-fishing on Geneva Lake. There’s also plenty to do indoors. The Geneva Lake Museum takes visitors back in time with re-created late 19th- and early 20th-century shops, and the 1897-era Yerkes Observatory is home to the world’s largest refracting telescope.