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4th of July Week

4th of July Week


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July 2-10

The 4th of July is more than just one day of celebration, it's a whole week of fun!

Where to watch fireworks

The most important question of the weekend is, where can you see fireworks? This 4th of July you can take your pick!

Date: July 2 & 3, 2021
Location: Turtle Creek Stadium
Time: Game starts 7:05pm
Price: Varies

Watch the Traverse City Pit Spitters take on the Kenosha Kingfish then stick around for the post game fireworks! Click to learn more and get your tickets.

Date: July 4, 2021
Location: West Grand Traverse Bay
Time: 10:30 to 11:30pm
Price: Free

Celebrate the grand and glorious Fourth of July with a spectacular fireworks display over West Grand Traverse Bay. Great viewing spots can be found along the south end of West Grand Traverse Bay at Open Space Park, Clinch Park Marina, Bryant Park, and West End Beach.

The Fourth of July fireworks are sponsored by the TC Boom Boom Club. 

National Cherry Festival Golf Special

July 3-11, 2021

National Cherry Festival week is THE time to come play at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa. With dozens of events on property and around town, you’ll get the full Northern Michigan experience both on and off the course.

$109 The Bear/The Wolverine
$69 Spruce Run

To book a golf tee time, book online, visit our Pro Shop, or call 231-534-6000.

Cherry Blossoms On The Golf CourseCherry Golf Scramble

Friday, July 9, 2021

Grand Traverse Resort and Spa has partnered with the National Cherry Festival and we welcome you to join us for a "cherry" good time at our July 9th National Cherry Festival Cherry Golf Scramble! This two-person event is an 18-hole scramble on Spruce Run Golf Course. Open to male, female and mixed teams. The entry fee includes golf, cart and prizes.

Entry: $100 per team + Optional Skins Game - $20 per team (cash only on the day of the event)
8:30am Shotgun start on Spruce Run

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WATERSPORT RentalsFamily Paddleboarding

Our friends at Blue Sky Rentals offer a variety of watersport rentals at our Private Beach on East Grand Traverse Bay.

Choose from paddleboards, jet skis, kayaks, ski boats, pontoon boats, and more. 

For watersport rentals, click here.



The Den is Traverse City’s entertainment hub located inside Grand Traverse Resort and Spa. From axe throwing and arcade games to mini bowling and virtual reality experiences, we have everything you need to get your game on!

Hours of Operation
Sunday & Monday: Closed
Tuesday-Thursday: 3:00-11:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 11:00am-12:00am


Brunch at Aerie Restaurant

Aerie Restaurant Brunch Waffles

Treat yourself to a delicious brunch in Aerie Restaurant & Lounge. Paired with panoramic views of Grand Traverse Bay, our Sunday Brunch is an unforgettable experience. Brunch is available from 10:00am to 2:00pm.

Experience a brunch unlike any other with delicious food, drinks, and beautiful views from the 16th floor of our Tower. Brunch is open to Resort guests and the public. Walk-ins are welcome. Aerie Restaurant & Lounge is one of the few locations in Traverse City accepting brunch reservations. Reservations, while available, are not required.

Call 231-534-6000 for brunch reservations.



July 1-7

Ready to jump into summer and look good doing it? Visit our Gallery of Shops. With popular brands like Brighton, Simply Noelle, North Face, Mud Pie, and Natural Life, you are sure to find something you’ll love.

      • Enjoy a Red, White, and Blue Sundae for just $5 at Whirligig's Candy & More. It's vanilla ice cream with hot fudge, whip cream, and red/white/blue m&m’s. * While supplies last.

Make it Rain at Nearby Turtle Creek Casino

For the thrill of winning, nothing beats the experience at Turtle Creek Casino. Just 5 minutes away, Turtle Creek is home to a 56,000-square-foot casino floor, Vegas-style gaming, and diverse dining options. You’ll discover the latest and greatest slots, classic table games, and the all new Onyx Sports Book.

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Scavenger Hunt

July 9 & 10

Take part in the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa/PepsiCo Cherry Festival scavenger hunt July 9-10 for the chance to win big as Cherry Festival wraps up. After finding all of the hidden cherry logos around the Resort, you will be entered to win a JBL portable speaker and Pepsi gear!

Sheets to complete the scavenger hunt are at the Front Desk all day July 9 & 10.


Area Events:

The National Cherry Festival

The National Cherry Festival, steeped in tradition, resonates Pure Michigan through and through. From bringing 'pure' local agriculture to the one of Pure Michigan's premier destinations; to hosting guests in one of Pure Michigan's most beautiful beach towns, the Cherry Capital of the World Traverse City, the National Cherry Festival is one of Pure Michigan's brightest gems. 

This year's festival will look a little different but so many of your favorite National Cherry Festival activities will return, including the festival Midway, beer tent, Cherry Farm Market, Ultimate Air Dogs, and Great American Duck Race. 

We are excited to host a number of festival events on property including the Princess Tea, Queen's Coronation, Cherry Golf Scramble, and DTE Energy Foundation Cherry Royale Parade Experience. Click here to view the parade map.

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Traverse City Pit Spitters

The Pit Spitters are a minor league baseball team from Traverse City, Michigan with the best mascot in the business, Monty! The Pit Spitters are part of the Northwoods League and are currently the defending league champions. A collegiate wooden bat baseball team with and award winning stadium and fun family atmosphere, Pit Spitters games are a great place to go for fun all summer long.

They will be featuring fireworks July 2 & 3 and July 10 is Princess Night.

For tickets and scheduling, click here.


There's plenty to do on-property throughout the holiday weekend. Expand each of the sections below for more detailed information.



S'Mores and games
Location: Governors' Pool
Cost: No charge

July 3


Live music with Plumville Project
Location: Governors' Pool
Cost: No charge



Ice Cream Social
Location: Governors' Pool
Cost: $2 per scoop



Princess Tea
Location: Grand Traverse Resort and Spa
Cost: $20

Come dressed in your favorite princess dress and have tea with the National Cherry Queen and her Royal Court! Get Your Tickets



S'Mores and games
Location: Governors' Pool
Cost: No charge

July 9


Cherry Golf Scramble
Location: Grand Traverse Resort and Spa Spruce Run Golf Course
Cost: $100 per team + Optional Skins Game - $20 per team (cash only on the day of the event)

This two-person event is an 18-hole scramble on Spruce Run Golf Course. Open to male, female and mixed teams. The entry fee includes golf, cart and prizes. CLICK FOR DETAILS


Queen's Coronation
Location: Grand Traverse Resort and Spa
Cost: $35

Join us and meet the four candidates competing to be the new, 2021/2022 National Cherry Queen! CLICK FOR TICKETS AND TO LEARN MORE


S'Mores and games
Location: Governors' Pool
Cost: No charge

All Day

Pepsi Wild Cherry Scavenger Hunt
Location: Grand Traverse Resort and Spa
Cost: No charge

Pick up a form from the Front Desk. Find all the cherries and be entered to win a JBL portable speaker and fun Pepsi gear!

July 10


DTE Energy Cherry Royale Parade Experience
Location: Grand Traverse Resort and Spa
Cost: No charge

Unique to 2021, the DTE Energy Cherry Royale Parade Experience. Enjoy this parade by driving past floats this year at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa. This reverse parade style will celebrate cherries safely! CLICK FOR DETAILS


Magic Show
Location: Governors' Pool
Cost: No charge


Live music with Lee Malone & Andrea
Location: Governors' Pool
Cost: No charge

All Day

Pepsi Wild Cherry Scavenger Hunt
Location: Grand Traverse Resort and Spa
Cost: No charge

Pick up a form from the Front Desk. Find all the cherries and be entered to win a JBL portable speaker and fun Pepsi gear!

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Instant Gratification

HydraFacial delivers results on first treatment

By Cymbre Foster

When Spa Grand Traverse cosmetologist Sandra Umstead received her first HydraFacial, the results were so amazing that she knew it was something she wanted her clients to experience as well.  
HydraFacial is a patented technology that marries a deeply cleansing facial treatment with relaxation.
“After just one visit, this medical-grade procedure leaves the skin with improved clarity, texture, and tone,” Umstead says.
I admit I needed convincing that it could be that good when I arrived at the spa for my first HydraFacial. Truth be told, I’d rather spend my money on a new pair of shoes than skin care, and I didn’t think she would be able to do that much with my neglected, sun-damaged, slightly saggy, middle-aged skin.
Was I ever wrong.

Instant Results
A HydraFacial is a three-part treatment that begins with cleansing that removes dead skin cells and excess oil from the skin. Next, salicylic and glycolic acids are applied to break up any dirt and oil that's clogging pores. Then the HydraPeel Tip is used to painlessly suction out blackheads, dirt, oil, and impurities, while hydrating, plumping, and nourishing serums are simultaneously applied to the skin.
“No more manual extractions that may leave the skin blotchy and inflamed,” Umstead says. “The powerful serums break it all down, allowing the vacuum to pull it all up.”  
The best part is that after just one HydraFacial, you will see immediate results. I certainly did.
“This treatment satisfies our need for instant gratification, so clients can’t wait for the next treatment,” Umstead says.
Corrine Olson is one of those clients.
“My favorite facial at the spa is the HydraFacial,” she says. “It’s the first time I can say that I noticed results.”
Each treatment starts with before and after photos.
“We have the ability to compare them side by side after your treatment,” Umstead explains. “This allows us to better track your progress every time you come in.”
For many clients, seeing those results is motivation not just to come back, but also to continue better skin-care regimens at home.
Umstead pulled up my pictures, and, to my surprise, I had fewer lines on my face and my skin was truly hydrated — literally glowing, in fact.

Part of a Skin-Care Routine
Since Umstead has consistently treated herself to HydraFacials, she no longer needs to wear makeup. Her skin did look flawless.
For long-term benefits and correction purposes, Umstead recommends treatments every six weeks. For maintenance, she suggests having one each season.
“This treatment is fairly active, and I like to think of it as waking up the skin,” she says.
“It’s invigorating and satisfying in many ways, which keeps clients coming back for more.”
When a friend commented on how nice my skin looked the day after my HydraFacial, I had to agree.
“You will leave with your skin glowing, looking healthy, hydrated, and with overall better skin tone,” Olson says. “I plan on keeping this as part of my skin-care routine.”

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