To those of you who know Heather and I, the Abbey Resort in Fontana, WI is one of our VERY FAVORITE places. The resort is the only full service resort located on the shores of Geneva Lake and many of the rooms have beautiful lake views. This year, we decided to spend our anniversary there, celebrating with their Party Pass package - dinner, open bar, two bands, and then of coruse, the Avani Spa the next day to help recover :)
If you would like an overview of the Abbey Resort in general, please see our previous coverage.
Our night started off with a special delivery of champagne and strawberries from a friend at the hotel who knew that we hapend to also be celebrating our anniversary.
It was the perfect way to start the evening.
After the champagne and strawberries, Heather and I headed down to the Fontana Grill where we had a fantastic dinner - NY Strip and Lobster for me and Heather had Fillet and Lobster.
One of the highlights of any dinner of course is the desert and this was no exception. Abbey Resort has a great pastry chef who always has delightful treats for guests!
After dinner, it was off to visit the parties!
This year (2010), like last year, the Abbey offered three packages for New Years:
The Gala ($99) - a more formal event (think jackets and cocktail dresses) featuring a gala-style dinner, and the Manhattan Project playing a mixture of R&B / Funk / Jazzy music that is perfect for dancing with a loved one.
The Waterfont ($79) - a less formal, younger party featuring Triple D playing a mixture of 80's rock / pop and other "party music". While no dinner is included in this package, it did include hors d'oeuvres.
The Party Pass ($99) - this is the package that Heather and I selected. It included a dinner at the Abbey's Fontana Grill, and access to both parties. Since this was our first real "New Years Party" (except our first one, our wedding!) we didn't know which style would fit best. If you are like us and just can't make up your mind then this is the one for you!
All three New Years Eve packages included an open bar, party decorations / noise makers, and a champagne toast at midnight.
I decided not to take any photos of the parties themselves, but Heather and I had a bunch of fun dancing, people watching, talking, and generally having fun with each other.
If you are looking for a fun New Years party and going to a typical "downtown" hotel or bar party isn't your style, we heartily recomend considering the Abbey Resort's New Years eve parties. This is especially true since the party itself was just one part of a great romantic weekend experience, including the spa, great rooms, terrific staff, and tons of "resort" activities going on - including a bonfire to roast marshmallows.
Aside from this one of me roasting a marshmallow for Heather, I don't have any photos of the second day of our romantic retreat.
Heather and I spent most of it relaxing as the Avani Spa's private, adult-only pool area. If you visit, the $25 is well worth the expense to gain entry to the spa area, or even better, treat yourself to a massage, facial, or something else. Their staff if wonderful and super friendly.
While Heather and I do not have any kids, the Abbey seems to have a great childcare program and there was even a New Years package for kids, so you could party as adults and your kids could have fun too.
Based on our weekend at the Abbey Resort it is going to be a great one!
FTC Disclosure: We received a complimentary room, a discounted room on the second night, and spa passes provided by The Abbey Resort. Other items, including food and the New Years party were purchased by ourselves.