Summer Fun


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 isn't complete without a bonfire. Each Saturday night from Memorial Day through Labor Day, we host bonfires at The Shores Beach Club from 8:00-10:00 p.m. We also have complimentary s'mores kits on hand so you can roast your own marshmallows and enjoy your fire with a sweet treat.

Orvis Michigan Fly Fishing School

Brook TroutOverlooking beautiful Lake Michigan, the Orvis Michigan Fly Fishing Schools combine Northwoods beauty and classic elegance at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa. After matching the hatch on Michigan’s famed Manistee or Boardman Rivers, you can choose to relax at the beach, play some golf or tennis, or explore the beautiful sand beaches of Grand Traverse Bay. Grand Traverse Resort and Spa is home to Orvis two-day fly fishing schools which include wading the Boardman River where the Adams fly was invented. Miles of streams are available after class, or take in the sun on the Resort’s private Lake Michigan beachfront.
Schools utilize private trout ponds and classrooms, as well as serene stretches of the Boardman River only a few minutes away. Orvis Michigan is designed to introduce the intricacies of fly fishing to an absolute novice, but even experienced fly anglers will find personal and advanced instruction tailored to their level of experience. From knots to entomology, casting to tackle, the instructors at Orvis Michigan will fully prepare you to step into the stream. Learn more

Live music at the Beach ClubLive 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 feature 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 Fin's Sandbar for more information.

ElliptiGO RentalsJC on the Ellipti-go

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-impactand funexercise 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

Kids ActivitiesKids Activities

All summer long we will be offering fun kids activities! From interactive games, to arts & crafts, and lawn games there is something special for everyone.

Activities are offered from 3-5 pm daily at the Beach Club 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 RentalsFamily Paddleboarding

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.

The newest addition to the Blue Sky Rental family is the Polaris Slingshot! They offer two different styles that can be rented for varying lengths of time. Whether you are looking for a fall drive to see the amazing colors of Northern Michigan or to enjoy the summer breeze while cruising around the bay, the Slingshot will meet all of your needs.

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Off Property Activities


Turtle Creek CasinoTurtle Creek Casino

Visible 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 has all the latest slots in all the denominations you want most. With Turtle Creek’s signature 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 56,000-square-foot gaming floor with more than 40 game tables and 1,300 slots. The high-limit area is unrivaled throughout Michigan, featuring two blackjack tables, 42 high-limit slot 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

Turtle Creek'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 ServiceState Theatre Traverse City

Share the magic of the movie palace experience with the children in your life at prices everyone can afford! Every Saturday at 10 a.m., 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 a.m. (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 10:00 a.m., arrive at the Market at 10:15 a.m., and return to the Resort at 11:30 a.m.

Resort Amenities

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.

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Upcoming Events

October 5
Big Hole Golf Tournament

October 21
Tuff Enuff Golf Tournament

Slingshot and Summer Fun Rentals

Fall Spa Deals

June 26 Through September 26
Dave Pelz Golf School

December 31
New Year's Eve

NovaLash September Special

Locals Appreciation Month

September 27-29, 2019
SOLD OUT - Bowers Harbor VIP Wine and Spa Weekend

Wednesdays 4:00-6:00pm
Happy Hour at Spa Grand Traverse

November 9
The Great Beerd Run

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