We hear it all the time: “I had no idea you offered so many things."
Golf, gaming, hiking, biking and tennis. Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Tall Ship excursions and catamaran cruises. Wine tours, orchards, port towns, and festivals. Fall color tours and snow sports galore. There’s something for everyone.
On Property Summer Activities
Summer bonfires at the Beach Club
A Michigan summer vacation is just not complete without a bonfire. Each Saturday night from Memorial Day through Labor Day we will be hosting bonfires at The Shores Beach Club from 8:00-10:00pm. We will also have complimentary s'mores kits on hand so you can roast your own marshmallows and enjoy your fire with a sweet treat.
Live music at the Beach Club
Listen to live music on the shores of East Bay as you kick back, relax and dig your toes in the sand. We are featuring live music at the Beach Club (almost) every Saturday night this summer (ends Labor Day Weekend). Our rotating schedule features an eclectic selection of local musicians that is sure to delight.
Visit the Fin's Sandbar for more information.
Introducing the ElliptiGO fitness bike. ElliptiGO bikes are quickly garnering national accolades as one of the top ways for runners to train. The ElliptiGO bikes are easy to ride and provide a great, low-impact--and fun--exercise experience.
ElliptiGO rentals are now available at our Health Club. Advance reservations are not required, but are recommended. For more information, visit the official ElliptiGO website.
ElliptiGO 1-hour Rental:
$15 for Resort Guests
$10 for Club Members
Includes riding instruction and helmet. Must be 18. Based on availability. ElliptiGO bikes may be ridden on our sidewalks and/or Resort roads; riding on golf cart paths is not permitted.
Questions? Call 231-534-6770
All summer long we will be offering fun kids activities, from scavenger hunts and frisbee golf to lawn games and pottery, there is something special for everyone.
Activities are offered Monday thru Saturday starting July 1 and end on September 5.
Call 231-534-6770 for questions. Some activities have a small fee.
Watersport rentals at Blue Sky Rentals
Head down to the Beach Club and rent paddleboards, jet skis, kayaks and more. Blue Sky Rentals is our watersport provider with tons of water fun options.
Off Property Activities
Turtle Creek Casino
Literally in sight from the Grand Traverse Resort Tower, Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel provides year round excitement and fun.
Owned and operated by the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, the Vegas-style Casino & Hotel has all the latest slots in all the denominations you want most. With Turtle Creek’s signature style table action, you’ve got twice the winning potential - and twice the fun. You’ll find everything you want for a grand time on the 54,000 square-foot gaming floor with more than 40 game tables, poker room and 1,300 slots. The all-new high limit area is unrivaled throughout Michigan. The new room features two blackjack tables, 42 high-limit slots machines, numerous LCD flat-panel televisions and a private cashier.
Shuttles to Turtle Creek Casino from Grand Traverse Resort and Spa are available. Contact 231-534-6431
Leelanau Sands Casino
The Tribe's sister property, Leelanau Sands Casino & Lodge is located 25 miles northwest of Grand Traverse Resort and Spa.
25¢ Saturday Kids Matinee Downtown with Complimentary Shuttle Service
Share the magic of the movie palace experience with the children in your life at prices everyone can afford! Every Saturday at 10 am, the State Theatre in downtown Traverse City shows the latest animated and live-action sensations for only 25¢ per child!
We offer complimentary shuttle service from our Grand Lobby entrance Saturdays at 9 am (pick-up at the State Theatre is 10-minutes after conclusion of the movie). Please note, this shuttle service is available for Resort Guests only and shuttle service is subject to change. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For current movie listings, click here. For current shuttle availability, visit our Bellstand.
Trips to the Downtown Farmers Market
Let us give you a lift to the freshest food in Traverse City! All summer long we will be providing guests with complimentary shuttle rides to the Sara Hardy Farmers Market in Downtown Traverse City.
Shuttles leave the lobby at 10:00am, arrive at the Market at 10:15am and return shuttles head back to the Resort at 11:30am.
For groups looking to build greater camaraderie in a fun and relaxing way, Grand Traverse Resort and Spa can also help organize teambuilding events and activities such as on-site fitness programs, 5K runs, yoga on the beach, and other strategically-designed games, challenges, and adventures.
Our on-site amenities include:
- 900 acres of Northern Michigan landscape
- 86,500 square feet of versatile meeting space
- 7,000 square-foot Spa Grand Traverse
- Nearly 600 guest rooms and condominiums
- Five restaurants and lounges, including Aerie Restaurant & Lounge on the 16th floor
- Gallery of Shops
- Three championship golf courses including Jack Nicklaus-designed The Bear, The Wolverine by Gary Player and Spruce Run by William Newcomb
- Private Beach Club on Lake Michigan
- Four indoor/outdoor pools and several indoor/outdoor hot tubs
- Indoor Water Playground
- 100,000 square-foot Health Club with five indoor tennis courts
- Nearby Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel
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