Grand Traverse Resort and Spa lives up to its name as it offers the finest in resort vacations and delivers modern luxury in a “grand” fashion. This year-round resort also delights guests with activities to suit each season from golf year-round to ice-skating and cross-country skiing in the winter. Located in northern Michigan’sTraverse City, it is situated in a quaint, yet bustling town that thrives from a healthy local economy as well as consistent tourist activity year-round.
(with details as outlined on the Resort’s website)
The Grand Traverse Resort and Spa has a variety of accommodations to suit guests’ needs and desires--whether more luxury or more room to accommodate larger parties. From hotel rooms to resort homes, comfortable and modern amenities await guests.
“…six-story Hotel offers 238 guest rooms... Conveniences include: cable TV, bathroom hair dryers, in-room coffee makers, and more….”
“…beautiful 17-story glass structure offers 186 large, grandly appointed rooms and suites… Deluxe amenities include: wet bars, Jacuzzi whirlpool tubs, bathroom phones, flat-screen TVs, refrigerators, in-room coffee makers, and more….”
and resort homes are also available at the Condos at The Shores--which are found along the resort’s golf fairways. The Shores complex offers a private beach, swimming pool, whirlpool, large deck area, dock, jet-ski and pedal-boat rentals, and food-and-beverage service.
“….Experience fairway or beachfront living when you get away to one of our 190 condominiums. Condos at Grand Traverse Resort & Spa come in a variety of sizes (from Studios to 3-bedroom condos) and locations.”
“The condos include a furnished dining area, kitchenette, living room with queen-size sofa sleeper, plus wireless high-speed Internet access ….”
Week long Traverse City vacation rentals are available in select condominiums *
February -July and August-October*. Call Reservations at 800-236-1577 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. “ (*Amended--please confirm date availability with resort).
3-Bedroom Surfside Condominiums
“….breathtaking views right on East Grand Traverse Bay at our three-bedroom Surfside condominiums….located just a mile and a half from the Resort. Choose to stay at Surfside and enjoy access to all Resort amenities.
The condos include three bedrooms, two bathrooms, full kitchen, furnished dining area, living room with queen-size sofa sleeper, gas fireplace, balcony, beach access, plus wireless high-speed Internet access (3-night minimum stay).”
“Planning to stay a bit longer or looking for larger accommodations with up to five bedrooms? ….spacious homes are located along The Bear golf course and are ideal for girl getaways, golf groups, families, and week-long stays. (Seven-night minimum in July & August.)
Resort Homes are comfortably appointed with full kitchen, living room, fireplace, deck, and more…. you’ll enjoy access to all of the amenities at the Resort …. Call Joann Gooding in Reservations at 800-236-1577 or email
Golf: Apparently, it IS easy being green….
Lush, vast, and fresh are Grand Traverse Resort’s golf greens. It’s golf season; and the resort leaves nothing to the imagination. It’s all there for you to see and experience on it’s three acclaimed designed golf courses: The Bear by Jack Nicklaus, The Wolverine by Gary Player, and Spruce Run by William Newcomb. http://www.grandtraverseresort.com/golf/index.cfm
Ready for your instructions, golfers? Put on your finest plaid and argyle, gather your clubs, get your golf cart and scorecard from the golf pro shop, roll out to the greens, absorb the beauty of the well-manicured surroundings with your eyes, breathe in the freshly mowed turf… now strut your stuff on the course!
If your only experience is on miniature golf courses, and you need more than a little assistance staying out of sand traps and bodies of water, save yourself embarrassment and head to the resort’s year-round Golf Academy--which is headed by an award-winning golf pro; and then get your game on! This 2,000 square foot state-of-art academy is equipped with smart camera technology and simulators to aid you in improving your game.
The resort is currently running several golf and resort-stay packages. Details found at this link:
For more information, call the Golf Academy at 231-534-6550 or toll free at 800-236-1577 ext. 6550 or send an email to
Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Golf Academy
4669 North Village Drive
Williamsburg, MI 49690
Spa Grand Traverse
is the perfect place for guests and visitors to unwind with a spa treatment, salon care, or taking full advantage of the sauna, mineral pools and health club.
Spa Grand Traverse
is featured in “My Trip to Spa Grand Traverse in Traverse City, Michigan” at: http://www.examiner.com/article/my-trip-to-spa-grand-traverse-traverse-city-michigan
Health Club and Tennis
The 100,000 square foot Health club features (http://www.grandtraverseresort.com/amenities/health-tennis.cfm):
Men's & Women's Pre-Swim Shower Room
Five Indoor Tennis Courts
Four Outdoor Tennis Courts
Video Game Arcade
Activities Registration Desk and Snack Bar
Lounge with Fireplace and 42-Inch Plasma TV
2,000 Square Foot Day Care Center
The resort has a first-class tennis facility and training program. It is nationally-recognized and headed by an award-winning tennis professional. For information about tennis programs for juniors and adults, including summer tennis classes, visit: http://www.grandtraversetennis.com.
Grand Traverse Resort and Spa
is home to some of the finest cuisine. From American family fare to fine dining, they have every taste covered in several restaurants with varying menus. http://www.grandtraverseresort.com/dining/index.cfm
A special treat is fine dining at Aerie Restaurant & Lounge on the 16th floor of the Tower. Its location allows guests to take in views of the Grand Traverse Bay, golf courses and the countryside.
http://www.grandtraverseresort.com/dining/aerie-restaurant-lounge.cfm Entertainment is featured in the Aerie Lounge on Friday and Saturday nights.
Pools and Beach Club
“Water lovers of all ages will enjoy our indoor and outdoor pools as well as our private beach along East Grand Traverse Bay.”
“Explore any one of our four indoor or outdoor pools on property or spend time relaxing in any one of our five indoor or outdoor hot tubs.”
“….experience the fun of our 15,000-square foot Indoor Water Playground. Guests of all ages will enjoy the 16-foot tall, 70-foot long waterslide, waterwalk, and zero-depth sprayground and water basketball nets.”
The Shores Beach Club
“Open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend….our private beach club, located on the shore of beautiful East Grand Traverse Bay. Swim in the crystal-clear freshwater of Lake Michigan or spend time tooling with a fun water sport rental.”
The resort has a superb and well-rounded service catering to children and families. They have a licensed child care facility, in-room babysitting, Cub House for parents visiting the health care facility, and other activity programs catering to children, such as Kids Night Out.
The resort features a Gallery of Shops with 12 varying boutique stores featuring goods ranging from fine apparel and accessories, to toys, snacks, gourmet foods and drinks.
Weddings and Meetings
Grand Traverse Resort and Spa also has banquet and meeting spaces to accommodate weddings, corporate meetings, conventions, etc.
Dog lovers can relax without worrying by bringing their pups to The Dog Dreams Inn. Reservations for your dog must be made in advance with a Dog Dreams Inn dog care specialist, by calling 231-534-6765. http://www.grandtraverseresort.com/amenities/dog-care.cfm
How to Get to Grand Traverse Resort and Spa
Directions can be accessed by going to:
The resort is 10 minutes from Traverse City's Cherry Capital Airport (TVC) and offers shuttle service.
Special thanks to Grand Traverse Resort and Spa and its staff, J. Michael DeAgostino, PR Manager, and Dawn Olsen, Spa Manager.
- Original publication May 12, 2012 on Examiner.com.