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
Overlooking 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 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.
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 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.
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.
Off Property Activities
Turtle 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
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!
For current movie listings, click here.
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 The Bear by Jack Nicklaus, 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
For five years, Spa Grand Traverse Director Dawn Olsen thought about the changes she wanted to make to the resort’s 7,000-square-foot spa and salon.
New Look for Iconic Governors' Hall
Premier gathering space undergoes $1.5 million renovation
Reuniting at the Resort
“It’s a beautiful place to reconnect and build close ties to those we love in one of the most spectacular places in Michigan.”
—Lori, Leaver family reunion