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 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 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 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.

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-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

Kids ActivitiesKids Activities

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 Friday and Saturday starting July 1 and end on September 5.

View the complete schedule

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.

Click for details

Off Property Activities


Turtle Creek CasinoTurtle 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 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 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.

 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.

Our on-site amenities include:





























Upcoming Events

Select Saturdays
Visit with Santa

January 19
Taste of India Dinner

November 24
Traverse City Shop & Sip

December 31
New Year's Eve

May 10-12, 2019
VIP Wine & Spa with Mawby Winery

February 1-3, 2019
Bowers Harbor VIP Wine and Spa Weekend

November April 12-14, 2019
VIP Wine & Spa Weekend with Bonobo Winery

December 7, 2018

December 15
Breakfast with Santa

December 25
Christmas Dinner and Holiday Activities

December 7-9, 2018
Rove Estate VIP Wine & Spa Weekend

November 18-24, 2018
Week of Giving for Cherryland Humane Society

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

November 22
Thanksgiving Buffet and Weekend Activities

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