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winter fun at
Grand Traverse Resort and Spa

In Northern Michigan, the onset of winter doesn't mean that the fun has to stop—there’s a whole new set of activities once the snow flies! Whether you book a winter family vacation or a romantic up-north getaway, you’ll find plenty of winter activities in Traverse City and at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa.

Winter GolfWinter at the Golf Academy

There’s no need to say goodbye to the golf season! We host a variety of winter golf activities, and our Golf Academy offers clinics and lessons in our heated hitting bays all winter long.

For more information, call the Golf Academy at 231-534-6550.  



Indoor Water Playground

Indoor Water Playground and pools

Our Health Club features two pools, an indoor water playground, one indoor kids' hot tub (kept at a lower temperature that is safer for children), and two outdoor adults-only hot tubs.

In the morning, the larger of our two pools hosts open lap swimming with lane markers. In the afternoon, it transforms into our kid-friendly activity area.

Spa Grand Traverse

What better way to enjoy a blustery winter day than with a relaxing spa treatment? Spa Grand Traverse offers a wide array of treatments and therapies including massage treatments, a full-service salon, nail care, and more. Check out the Spa Menu for some of our most popular offerings. We also have rotating spa packages and spa deals to ensure an easy and affordable way to pamper yourself!

Call 231-534-6750 for appointments or book one online

Adventure North

The Tower Gallery of Shops

Featuring everything from clothing for children and adults to local gifts, candy, logo wear, toys, and more, our stores offer a unique variety of merchandise. You'll also find top brands like The North Face, Lolë, and Melissa & Doug.


Outdoor Family FunSnowshoe and Cross-Country Ski Rentals

Enjoy winter activities like snowshoeing and cross-country skiing right here at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa (weather dependent). Bring your own equipment or rent from us. Call or visit the Health Club to rent.

Bring your own or rent ($15/2hr or $30/day) * Based on snow conditions.

Cross Country Skiing:
Bring your own or rent ($20/2hr or $40/day) * Based on snow conditions.


Call 231-534-6770 for availability.

Things to Do in the Winter In Traverse City | Off-Property Activities

Mt HolidayGo Skiing or Tubing 

If you prefer to spend your winter whizzing down the slopes, make sure you visit Mt. Holiday Ski & Recreation Area. Mt. Holiday offers downhill skiing, snowboarding, and tubing. The Resort offers complimentary shuttle rides to Mt. Holiday, which is just 10 minutes away. Call us at 231-938-2500 for details.

Take a Sleigh Ride

Each year when the snow hits the ground, our neighbors at Antler Ridge Farms begin offering horse-drawn sleigh rides. Let their beautiful Percheron draft horses Dixie and Danny pull you through the woods with a stop for a great bonfire, hot chocolate, and, of course, marshmallows to roast. Call (231) 645-3647 for more details.

Fat Bike in Winter

Explore the Vasa Trail

Looking for groomed trails for fat-tire biking or cross-country skiing? The Vasa Pathway features a series of well-marked loops (3K, 5K, 10K, 25K) that offers cross-country skiers, runners, hikers, mountain bikers, walkers, and naturalists a variety of challenges from easy to difficult. 

Fat-tire bike riders can hit the Winter Sports Single-track trail, a multi-use trail ideal for winter biking and outdoor recreation. Make sure to check out a grooming report for the best conditions.  

Rent Snowmobiles

If you prefer your winter sports motorized, head to Snowblitz Rentals for snowmobile rentals. Northern Michigan is home to a vast network of snowmobile trails that can be accessed from most rental locations.


Explore the National Lakeshore

Park rangers say, “Let it snow!” so you can explore Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore on snowshoes this winter! In addition, guided snowshoe hikes will be offered as long as conditions permit. Check with the park for dates and hours. Park rangers will help participants learn about the park’s unique features and winter’s effect on them by exploring and discovering clues on-site. 

There are also plenty of trails that you can explore with skis or snowshoes at your own pace. In addition, the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail is groomed all winter to provide a great surface for fat-tire biking, skiing, and cross-country skiing. 

Go Wine Tasting in Snowshoes

There are a number of wonderful ways to snowshoe your way through northern Michigan, and two of our favorites involve wine. Hit the trails with the Old Mission Snowshoe, Wine & Brew Trail or head to Black Star Farms for Snowshoes, Vines & Wines!

Your Michigan Winter Retreat

Grand Traverse Resort and Spa is the perfect destination for a family winter vacation in Michigan.

Overcome the winter blues with fresh air, great food, relaxing spa treatments, and more. With so many activities to choose from and endless dining and shopping opportunities in Traverse City, you’ll forget summer is still months away.

Give us a call at 231-534-6000 or book a room online and then pack your boots and grab your warmest clothes.