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There’s nothing like a weekend getaway in Northern Michigan. Whether you’re planning a romantic trip with your partner, bringing the family, or getting away with friends, Grand Traverse Resort and Spa has everything you need for a vacation to remember. Discover the perfect on-property activities for your Traverse City golf outing, kids spring break trip, or girls getaway – and make the most of your stay with our unique package offerings.


Golfing, swimming, tall ship excursions, color tours, snowshoeing—no matter the time of year, you’ll find something to do while you stay at our four-season resort.

When it comes to views and amenities, couples looking for a romantic getaway will find just what they’re looking for in our modern Tower Rooms with beautiful views of the rolling Traverse City countryside. Once you get settled, treat yourselves to a spa package for the ultimate weekend of rejuvenation.

Those looking for more of a thrill can rent Jet Skis, head to the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore for some hiking and exploring, or try their luck at our nearby sister property Turtle Creek Casino, which is just a (free) shuttle ride away.

What’s a romantic weekend without fine food and drinks? Don’t forget to take advantage of Northern Michigan wine tasting, and end the night with dinner on top of the Tower at Aerie Restaurant or a perfectly cooked steak dinner from Bourbons 72 at Turtle Creek Casino.


Looking for weekend activities that the whole family can enjoy together? Grand Traverse Resort and Spa is full of fun family-friendly adventures for everyone. Located conveniently in the Resort’s lobby, The Den is a favorite go-to for fun games such as axe-throwing, arcade games, an escape room, bowling, and virtual reality.

Want something to do outdoors? Our four-season resort offers weekend activities for warm and cold weather. Make the most of the Michigan sun with our summer activities, or enjoy fall colors on the Resort’s 900 acres of Northern Michigan landscape. There’s still plenty to do in the winter, where the family can experience igloo dining, snowshoe and ski rentals, or winter golf.


Grand Traverse Resort and Spa hosts three award-winning golf courses, making for a great golf weekend getaway to play with friends or colleagues. Our Resort is always welcoming golf groups, and you can eliminate the hassle of traveling with your clubs with Ship Sticks. Enjoy varying challenge levels by playing 18 holes at The Bear, Spruce Run, or The Wolverine. After enjoying the rolling green hills and views over Grand Traverse Bay, grab some drinks and dinner at The Clubhouse. During your stay, you can also check out the Golf Academy to brush up on your skills and learn from experts.


Get away with your girls and enjoy a weekend spent at the Resort to connect and relax. Indulge in self-care with a day at Spa Grand Traverse, where you can enjoy treatments that range from massages and facials to nail care and hair. Our unique spa specials and group offerings will ensure you and your girls have the spa day to remember.

Don’t forget to explore the surrounding Traverse City area with your girls while you’re enjoying your stay at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa. Experience the nearby wineries and shops, and check out our Girls Getaway Itinerary to get some ideas for your weekend plans.


Find your perfect weekend getaway at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa, no matter the occasion. Grab your partner, family, golf buddies, or girls and spend a weekend up north at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa.

Give us a call at 800-236-1577 or book a room online now for a weekend you’ll never forget.

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Traverse City is the perfect place to propose in Michigan. The team at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa wants to ensure this special day is perfect, so we’ve compiled a list of great places to propose in the Traverse City area, as well as how you can celebrate your engagement at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa.


This might be one of the most important days of your life, so let’s make sure you’ve picked the perfect spot. We’ve handpicked incredible spots to get engaged in northern Michigan at and nearby Grand Traverse Resort and Spa.


Aerie Restaurant & Lounge

Enjoy the beautiful panoramic view of northern Michigan from a candlelit window seat at our fine-dining restaurant and scratch cocktail lounge 16 floors high in the Resort’s Tower. Many couples have made a forever memory at Aerie Restaurant & Lounge, riding the elevator up as a couple and riding back down engaged. Pop the question during a one-of-a-kind dining experience with local ingredients and an excellent wine selection.

Mission Point Lighthouse

Located on the tip of the nearby Old Mission Peninsula, this historic lighthouse is a great spot to propose in Traverse City. Enjoy a winding, scenic drive past vineyards and cherry orchards as you make your way up the peninsula surrounded by the Grand Traverse bays on either side. When you run out of road, you’re there. The lighthouse is a beautiful setting, but if you’d like more privacy, it’s easy to escape the crowd and find a secluded spot along the water.

Pyramid Point Scenic Overlook

This is arguably the crown jewel of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. This breathtaking overlook a mile off M-22 is a short 0.6-mile climb on a well-marked trail from the parking lot. You also have the option to loop the trail for a 2.6-mile hike. Once you arrive at the stunning Lake Michigan lookout, there are several “social trails” that weave there along the bluff if you want to separate yourself from the crowd before you pop the question. Don’t lose the engagement ring in the sand!

Look Out Number Nine

This overlook is off the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Since this road is only open from spring to fall, this isn’t a great winter option, unless you’re willing to ski or snowshoe on the road. The observation deck that cantilevers over the dunes is a beautiful spot to take a knee with a panoramic view of Lake Michigan.


No matter where you decide to pop the question, when you book a room with us, you have a romantic setting and the charm of northern Michigan just outside the door. We can sprinkle rose petals in the room, have a chilled bottle of champagne waiting for you, or even help you book a couples massage in our Spa.

Plan Your Wedding at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa

Take your Grand Traverse Resort and Spa engagement celebration one step further and celebrate your marriage on our beautiful grounds. Weddings at our Resort leave brides and grooms with happy memories to last a lifetime. Explore our unique indoor and outdoor wedding venues that will accommodate your special day year-round. Plus, take the stress off of planning with help from our team, who can coordinate services from catering to accommodations.

Start the process of booking your wedding at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa by requesting more information so we can learn how to make your special day unforgettable.

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The Ultimate Traverse City, MI Girls Weekend Getaway Itinerary

The Ultimate Traverse City, MI Girls Weekend Getaway Itinerary

When life gets busy, there’s nothing like a girl's trip to help you reset. Gather your girlfriends and escape from reality with the perfect weekend away in Northern Michigan. Whether you’re looking for rest and relaxation or nonstop activities, Grand Traverse Resort and Spa has the ultimate weekend itinerary to make your girls retreat one to remember.

Day One: Arrive in Traverse City, Michigan

You’ve made it to Northern Michigan and it’s time for a weekend of fun to begin! Whether you’re driving or flying into Traverse City, determine the best way to get here and start by checking into your hotel room. Take some time to plan the weekend ahead and leisurely explore the area before kicking off your first evening away.

Peruse the Gallery of Shops

Indulge in some retail therapy at the Gallery of Shops, located on the ground floor of the Resort. From jewelry and handbags to sportswear and home decor, our stores have so much for you and your girlfriends to enjoy. Treat yourself to something new, or find a gift to bring home to a loved one. Our Gallery of Shops are open to guests of the Resort, members, and the public.

Have Dinner at Aerie Restaurant & Lounge

Toast to your girl’s retreat with a glass of champagne and dinner overlooking Traverse City from the 16th floor of our Tower. Aerie Restaurant & Lounge offers a modern, fine dining experience with panoramic views of the Traverse City skyline. Discover the unique craft cocktails and bold flavorful dishes listed on our menu that are sure to please everyone during your first night up north. For the ultimate experience and most breathtaking views, make a reservation at Aerie Restaurant & Lounge during sunset.

Day Two: Explore Grand Traverse Resort and Spa

The Resort is full of experiences and activities to keep you occupied during your full day in Northern Michigan. While you can head to downtown Traverse City for wine tasting along the peninsula or time at the lakeshore, there’s also plenty to do right on-site for those seeking adventure – and also those seeking peace and quiet.

Play a Morning Round of Golf

With three exceptional golf courses right on site, Grand Traverse Resort and Spa is one of the Midwest’s best destinations for a round of golf. Discover the challenge of The Bear, versatility of The Wolverine, and reliability of Spruce Run before booking a tee time. Whichever course you choose is bound to make for a great morning on the green with your girls. *Golf courses are open seasonally from April - November.

Relax at Spa Grand Traverse

If a leisurely day is more your style, Spa Grand Traverse is the perfect way to unwind. Explore our wide range of services – from massage therapy and skincare to waxing and facial acupuncture – to discover the best treatment or package for you. Plus, our spa group offerings can help make your girl’s weekend even more memorable with a unique relaxation experience.

Gamble at the Local Casinos

Do some gambling to round out the final night of your girls weekend at one of Traverse City’s casinos. Turtle Creek Casino and Leelanau Sands Casino offer slot machines and table games, as well as exceptional dining and entertainment experiences. If you’re staying at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa, take advantage of our complimentary shuttle service to and from Turtle Creek Casino.

Day Three: Make the Most of Your Last Morning

Your girl’s weekend is coming to an end, so it’s time to pack up and head home. Before you say goodbye to Northern Michigan, now’s the time to make sure you hit everything on your bucket list. On day three, slip in a few extra morning activities to end your trip on a high note.

Enjoy Breakfast at Sweetwater American Bistro

Guaranteed to have something for everyone, Sweetwater American Bistro is the perfect spot for a classic breakfast. Our morning menu includes everything from build-your-own omelets to cinnamon french toast. Reminisce on your perfect girls weekend over Sweetwater’s delicious eggs and potatoes.

Stop in Downtown Traverse City

Downtown Traverse City is full of fun shopping, dining, or adventure experiences, and the views of Grand Traverse Bay are unbeatable. Spend your last morning in Northern Michigan checking out some of the must see spots, or drive a little farther out to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore or Old Mission State Park.

Book the Girlfriends Getaway Package

Ready to embark on the ultimate girl’s trip? Make this weekend itinerary a reality by booking your Northern Michigan stay at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa.

Plus, this season only, get exclusive discounts and deals during your stay with the Girlfriends Getaway package. On select weekends through January 26-28, 2024, you can get the following:

  • A $250 credit per person to Spa Grand Traverse towards any service of your choice
  • 15% off coupon for Spa Grand Traverse services and retail items
  • Daily breakfast for two at Sweetwater American Bistro
  • Complimentary glass of champagne at Aerie Restaurant & Lounge
  • 10% discount at Aerie Restaurant & Lounge

For additional questions related to booking your girl’s trip, please contact us and our team will be happy to assist you in creating a weekend to remember.

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From “best small beach town” to “most beautiful town in the world,” there’s a reason people love heading north to this Northern Michigan town. Combining a bustling downtown scene with quaint surrounding countryside featuring lakes and trails, Traverse City truly has something to offer everyone.

It’s also one of the reasons Grand Traverse Resort and Spa guests love to stay with us. Our resort blends the convenience of downtown fun (just a short drive away) with the tranquility of countryside views right out our doors.

Whether you’ve got the whole family in tow, you’re here with friends, or up with your partner, we promise you’ll find yourselves plenty of outside adventures in the summer!


Everyone’s vacation takes a different style—some travelers like to make a plan and see as much as they can, while other prefer to take things as they come, with minimal planning.No matter the pace you embrace, our tips below will get you started in the right direction.

What’s a visit to Traverse City without quality time on the water? Have fun while you keep cool:

  • A kayak brewery tour down the Boardman River is great way to taste local beers while getting a unique glimpse of the city from this iconic, easy-flowing river.
  • For those with kids or who would rather get out of the town, the Crystal River and Platte River both offer easy, family-friendly floats with gear rentals and shuttle service back to where you started.
  • Looking for the perfect way to end the night? A cruise of West Bay on the Nauti-Cat will give you the best view of the sunset from the deck of this catamaran.


Leelanau Peninsula

The tip of Leelanau Peninsula in Northport is about a one-hour drive from Grand Traverse Resort and Spa. If you plan on spending time in this famously scenic area, we suggest you set the whole day aside, since there are many different routes to explore and places to see.

This area is home to Leelanau Conservancy hiking areas, farm stands with fresh produce, and scenic views. The small towns of Empire, Glen Arbor, Leland, and Northport have shops, beaches, and dining options you’re looking for.  

We can’t write about the Leelanau Peninsula without mentioning Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. This park is located at the southern end of the peninsula on the west coast. Esch Beach, Alligator Hill, and Platte River Point are all great areas to get acquainted with the park’s natural beauty. Once you reach the tip of the peninsula (beyond trendy Northport), we recommend checking out Leelanau State Park for even more hiking and swimming opportunities.

Old Mission Peninsula

The tip of Old Mission Peninsula is just a 30-minute drive from the resort. The main road (Center Rd.) will take you past scenic turnouts and wineries. Don’t forget to grab a few snacks at the historic Old Mission General Store. The creaking wood floors and large glass candy jars bring the nostalgia and charm of a time gone by.

Once you’re finished, head just down the road to Haserot Beach for a quick dip in the upper East Bay and some time in the sun. If you want a short hike, head to Old Mission State Park or explore the coastline and historic lighthouse at Lighthouse Park. On your way home, don’t be afraid to turn on a seasonal dirt road to appreciate the historic farmland, barns, and fruit trees tucked into the rolling hills along the peninsula.


Zip Line Tour

Zip through a canopy of hardwoods going up to 35 miles per hour with Mt. Holiday’s zip line tours. Mt. Holiday is just 10 minutes down the road from Grand Traverse Resort and Spa, and their zip line course is perfect for an adventurous couple or family.

Catch Dinner

Lake Michigan supports a strong and healthy commercial fishing industry, and hiring a fishing charter is one of the best ways to experience Lake Michigan. What better way to get up and close to the lake than to catch your own dinner?

Rent a Kayak, SUP, or Bike

With several local businesses offering affordable and convenient rental options, a day spent exploring this area from a kayak, SUP, or bike is time well spent. The team at Blue Sky Rentals is happy to help! For biking, hop on the Tart Tail for safe and easy access to areas all around town and even Suttons Bay. You can also put in at Clinch Park for a mellow paddle along the downtown Traverse City coastline.


Grand Traverse Resort and Spa is the perfect place to return after a day of touring the area. We also have plenty of on-site activities to keep you busy during your stay. When you’re ready to head north, book a room online or give us a call at 800-236-1577 for more information.

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How to Spend a Family Vacation in Traverse City

Looking for a Michigan family getaway? Grand Traverse Resort and Spa is the perfect spot to unwind and enjoy the lake with the entire family.

With plenty of on- and off-site activities, you’ll be able to keep the entire family entertained. Pair your visit with great dining, sugar-sand beaches, and our area’s quaint charm for a family vacation you’ll never forget.

Book a room online to get started!


Grand Traverse Resort and Spa has a range of accommodation options so you and your family can enjoy a comfortable stay.

Book a room in The Tower for panoramic views of the bay or our sprawling golf courses.

The Hotel offers more affordable rooms that are conveniently close to our indoor and outdoor pools (which are so fun for the kids) and health club (which is great for teens and adults).

For larger families, our hospitality suites feature modern amenities, plenty of space to spread out, a full kitchen, and more!


A family getaway in Michigan should offer something special for everyone, regardless of age or interest, which is why our guests love coming here.

From golf, tennis, and shopping at The Gallery of Shops, to massages, facials, and nail care at Spa Grand Traverse, there really is something for everyone. Keep the kids entertained at our new entertainment hub, the Den or at the indoor pool. And that’s just on-site!

Don’t forget about the vibrant food, culture, and shopping scene in downtown Traverse City. Traveling with kids? We have you covered with our guide for what to do in Traverse City with kids.


Planning a vacation for the entire family is fun, but it’s a balancing act; you try to keep everyone happy, well-fed, and entertained.

When you book a room at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa, you’re accessing adventure, and you’ll have the peace of mind that there are a plethora of convenient food, activity, and entertainment options both on-site and nearby.

Give us a call at 800-236-1577 or book a room online today, and take one step closer to a family vacation in Michigan that you’ll remember forever.

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