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Things To Do

Lakeside Winter Wonderland

Snowy Days, Cozy Nights

A Magical Setting

If you have only stayed at The Abbey during the warmer months, you'll find a new list of activities and attractions to experience when the temperatures drop. The resort's atmosphere takes on a new coziness and tranquility that you won't find any other time of the year. The lawn on our ninety acre property is covered in a sparkling blanket of snow and the hustle and bustle of the harbor waters are replaced with the reflection of the winter sun off the frozen stillness of the ice. You will be able to use this time to indulge in the comfort of relaxing spa services, browse the shops of downtown Lake Geneva, enjoy the fun of ice skating before you roast marshmallows by the crackling bonfire, or stay in and take in the scenery as you dine on fresh farm-to-fork fare in 240°  West. 

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Activities abound both on property and in the Lake Geneva area. Our family activities never end with movies both indoors and under the stars, crafts for all ages, and of course, our indoor swimming pool. If you prefer the nip of cold air on your nose outdoors, you can walk the Lake Shore Path, just steps outside our door, visit one of the nearby trails for cross-country skiing, or slide down one of the many sledding hills nearby. Visit our Things to Do page for more information on area and resort activities.

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Resort Activities

You don't have to go far to experience both fun and relaxation when we have so much to do on property. Download our Weekly Activity Schedule to see what's going on!

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Ice Skating

Glide Across the Ice

Perfect your figure eights on our outdoor ice rink located on our Harbor Patio. Whether you're an accomplished skater or an absolute beginner, you are invited to take to the ice during the day with the bright winter sun over head or at night with the glow of cafe lighting and fire pits. When you've skated to your heart's content, warm up with a hot chocolate from Cafe Latte or something a little stronger from Bar West.

Our seasonal skating rink is open when weather allows and available to our guests and to the public.* Ice skatesmay be rented on a complimentary basis to our guests and for $2 for non-guests. A waiver must be signed at the Activities Office prior to skating. 

*Rink may be closed to the public due to high guest volume, especially on holiday weekends (MLK, President's Day). Check our Weekly Activities document for hours. Limited skate sizes available - check with our activities department for availability.

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Indoor Pool

No matter the weather outdoors, you can still relax poolside with plush towels, pool toys and comfortable lounge chairs. A hot tub and wading pool complete the fun. Check our Weekly Activity Schedule for current hours.

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Live Entertainment

During the winter season, lose yourself in the the sounds of live music on weekends. Multi-instrumental musician Tom Stanfield performs during our weekend specials in 240° West and then moves into Bar West on Friday and Saturday evenings. The ever popular D'Lite Duo hits the stage in Waterfront every Saturday night from 7:00pm - 11:00pm. Our Weekly Activity Schedule has all the details.

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Family Activities

We have a lineup of fun activities for all ages every day of the week. From crafts and board games to bonfires and scavenger hunts, you'll never worry about getting bored. Download our Weekly Activity Schedule for the latest lineup

Area Winter Attractions

There is plenty to do on property, but that is just the beginning of the Lake Geneva Experience. Visit some of these area attractions to round out your escape.

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Lake Geneva Winterfest

Celebrate the Fun of Winter

For 26 years, Lake Geneva has celebrated all things winter during their annual Winterfest celebration. This year is no exception with the outdoor festival taking place February 3-7. Located in Downtown Lake Geneva, this event also hosts the U.S. National Snow Sculpting Championship where teams from across the country create immense works of art that will put your typical front yard snowman to shame. Along with viewing the snow sculptures, take part in other activities such as beach bonfires, ice bars, and more. You can find more information on their website.

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Ice Castles

Now in its third year in Lake Geneva, Ice Castles is a completely unique experience. Tunnels, thrones, slides, and fountains make this as fun for the family as it is for couples. Come during the day to witness the ice cast in a cool blue or visit at night to see colorful LED lights transform the castle’s structure. 

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Downhill Skiing

We are fortunate to have top tier ski hills located just a short drive away. Wilmot Mountain, operated by Vail Resorts, has made skiing, snowboarding, and tubing an easy, accessible, affordable and fun trip for the whole family since 1938. Alpine Valley is a favorite where you can ski or snowboard a variety of mountain trails, from green to black diamonds with the longest run of 2,500 feet.

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Geneva Lake Museum

Enter the museum doors and take a trip back in time to see the history of the Lake Geneva area. See the life and lifestyles of the inhabitants of our area from the native dwellers to the early 20th century. Don't miss some of their special exhibits with special focus on maps, the history of Dungeons & Dragons (coming soon), or the immense Ceylon Court estate that used to grace the lakeside. 

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Tristan Crist Magic Theatre

The Tristan Crist Magic Theatre has been named Lake Geneva's #1 attraction, and for good reason. This unique performer wows audiences with wit, heartfelt stories, jaw-dropping illusions and gut-wrenching escapes. You and the whole family will be enthralled by his amazing talent and showmanship.

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Avani Spa Winter Specials

Stay warm and melt into relaxation with these specials at Avani Spa. Call 800-709-1323 to book your services.

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Become a Member

Avani Spa Membership

Focus on wellness and self-care in 2021 by becoming an Avani Spa Member. With a membership at Avani Spa, take full advantage of all of our Lake Geneva, Wisconsin spa amenities and enjoy special benefits available only to you. Get in your daily workout using our Life Fitness cardio equipment or by attending a fitness class, or lounge beside the Atrium Pool sipping complimentary coffee or tea. How you use your membership is up to you. 

When you purchase a membership in January, you will receive a special bonus:

  • Receive a 50 minute Relaxation Massage when you purchase a 12 month membership.
  • Receive (3) guest passes for family and friends when you purchase a 6 month membership.
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*Must be purchased between January 1-31, 2021 to receive special offer. Massage and guest passes only available with purchase of Avani Spa membership.

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Winter Bliss Day Package

Experience a day of pampering and rejuvenation during Avani's Winter Bliss Day Package. Enjoy a 50 minute Relaxation Massage, a 50 minute Relaxation Facial and Revitalizing Foot Treatment as well as full spa access on the day of your services. 

Winter Bliss Day Package $250 (reg. $310)

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*Valid Monday-Thursday, January 4-29, 2021 only excluding holidays. Based on availability. May not be combined with any other offers.

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Peppermint Stick Services

Feel refreshed and invigorated after indulging in one of our winter Peppermint Stick Services. A refreshing blend of grape seed oils scented with Peppermint Essential Oil as well as a large variety of phytonutrients with antiocidant properties including vitamins, carotenoids and flavonoids. Dry dehydrated skin is particularly suited for these treatments.

  • Peppermint Stick Manicure | 50 Minutes | $50 
  • Peppermint Stick Pedicure | 50 Minutes | $65 
  • Peppermint Stick Body Scrub | 25 Minutes | $75 
  • Peppermint Stick Massage | 50 Minutes | $145 
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*Services available December 1, 2020-January 31, 2021. Based on availability.

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January Spa Special

We've made it easier to indulge in a little self-care for the New Year with our January Special.

Receive 25% off all 50+ minute services regularly priced at $75 or more.

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*Offer valid Monday-Thursday only, excluding holidays. Based on availability. May not be combined with any other offers.

Overnight Packages

Whether you're looking for relaxation or adventure, something for yourself or for the family, we have just the package for you.

Click the links below or call 800-709-1323 to make your reservations.

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Winter Escape

A lakeside winter wonderland is only a short drive away. Escape to The Abbey Resort this season and enjoy a $50 resort credit per night! Use your resort credit towards indulgent services at Avani Spa, delicious farm-to-fork dining at 240° West, or a private meal in your guest room. Round out your stay with a dip in the indoor pool and movies in Immersion Cinema any time during the week, or cocktails, bonfires and live entertainment on the weekends. To top it off, you'll receive a special 20% discount off of purchases in the Waterfront Gift Shop. 

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Stay Longer, Save More

To thank our guests for choosing us as their escape from it all, we've lowered our regular room rates to prices you'll love. To save even more, extend your stay to receive up to 30% off these already low rates. Don't miss this amazing offer!

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Zipline Adventure Package

Stay at The Abbey and glide through the trees at Lake Geneva Ziplines and Adventures to see the Lake Geneva area from a new angle - through the tops of the snow-covered trees! Enjoy all the comforts of The Abbey Resort including pools, movies, and lakeside dining, then head to Lake Geneva Ziplines and Adventures where you'll be able to experience the Full Zipline Tour in all of its frosty splendor.

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Avani Overnight

Our Avani Overnight Package makes it easy for you to have a relaxing lakeside escape at The Abbey Resort. Take advantage of admission to Avani Spa and spa credit to treat yourself to pampering services, then use your dining credit to indulge in delicious farm-to-fork dining. Your time away will be just what you need to recharge yourself to take on a new day.

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Fireside Dining Specials at 240° West

Warm up with delicious farm-to-fork meals and beautiful views in 240° West.

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Prime Rib Prix Fixe - Saturdays

Spoil yourself on Saturday nights with our indulgent Prime Rib Prix Fixe menu. Three courses of decadent delights are served weekly in 240° West, including an iced seafood platter with crab legs and an entree of Free Range Chicken, Lake Superior White Fish, or our delicious all-you-can-eat slow-roasted Prime Rib. Paired with harbor views, a roaring fire and the multi-instrumental talents of Tom Stanfield, you'll want to make this your weekly Saturday night escape.

Saturdays | 5:00pm-10:00pm | Chicken $38 per person / White Fish $40 per person / Prime Rib $42 per person

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Sunday Harborside Brunch a La Carte

There is no better way to begin your week than with a delicious brunch overlooking the lake. Our Sunday Harborside Brunch menu featuresan extensive brunch sampler along with some of your favorite breakfast items, savory seafoods, and unique takes on traditional flavors. Of course, you will want to add bottomless mimosas to make the brunch experience complete. Take in the view, enjoy live entertainment, and leave your worries at the door.

Sundays | 9:00am-1:00pm

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Ribs & Red - Mondays & Wednesdays

Grab a seat by the fire and indulge in the rich flavors of Ribs & Red. Our Beef Short Ribs with Candied Rosemary, Yukon Potato Puree and Demi are paired with a glass of Bacchus Pinot Noir or Bacchus Cabernet. It's a meal that is sure to warm you up in the colder temperatures. $27 per person.

Mondays & Wednesdays | 5:00pm - 10:00pm

filet & lobster

Friday Nights Out - Steak & Lobster

The best of land and sea are yours on Friday nights. Enjoy a 6 oz. barrel-cut Black Angus Filet Mignon and a 5 oz. Cold Water Lobster Tail, along with a salad of baby greens, vinaigrette, goat cheese and blueberries and ending with house-made berry cheesecake for $37.95 per person.

Fridays | 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Health & Safety

The health and safety of our guests is our highest priority while still providing a fun and memorable experience. Please note, masks or face coverings are required in all indoor public areas, and event capacities for indoor public spaces have been reduced. Social spacing and frequent handwashing are encouraged, and public areas are cleaned and sanitized frequently. For the safety of others, please stay home if you are sick.