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TRAVERSE CITY ITINERARY

The paradise of Michigan’s northern lower peninsula is more than a Lake Michigan beach, a paddleboard trip, a scenic trail, or rolling wine country. It’s more than a top golf destination and home to the best food and craft beer in the Midwest. It’s having all of it at your fingertips.

You won’t believe it if you haven’t seen it.

Where Will Your Visit Take You?

Make the most out of your visit up north with these suggestions from Grand Traverse Resort and Spa. Each link below features an itinerary with suggestions from locals on their favorite places to be with kids, families, and more!

  • Things to Do in Traverse City
    • From the water to the trail—read suggestions from Traverse City locals on their favorite things to do in Traverse City.  
  • Family Vacations in Traverse City
    • Traverse City is a family vacation destination for a reason! If you’re worried about keeping the whole family entertained, use this guide and let your worries melt away.
  • Traverse City with Kids
    • If there’s one thing we know, kids add a whole different dimension to a vacation. Make sure they’re begging to come back next year with these tips from local parents who know best. 

 

 

It's the journey that excites us.
But it’s the destination that calls us.

“Traverse City is a resort center for every vacationer, no matter his age, his recreational desires, or the size of his purse… from the charm of the wild to the most modern comforts of city life.”

—Circa 1940, “Vintage Views along the West Michigan Pike”

Since the nation’s first motorists began journeying to Michigan in open-sided automobiles, not muchand so muchhas changed in “The Heart of Nature’s Playground.”

Blue-ribbon streams, protected bays, and sparkling Great Lake shores still hold the same allure. The forests still invite four-season walks and the just-picked sweetness of local farms. And a short drive west, the “Most Beautiful Place in America,” Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, stretches for 35 glorious miles.

Today, an ever-growing parade of festivals, a pulsing arts scene, championship golf, athletic excursions, and enticing culinary events also draw visitors to the Cherry Capital time and time again.

“10 Most Beautiful Towns in the World”
 
Select City Magazine (2018)

“21 Best Beaches in the World”
 
– National Geographic (2017)  

“America's Favorite Beach Towns”
 
– Travel & Leisure (2016)

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Mind, Body, and Spirit

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Carrying on the Work of Ancestors

Grand Traverse Band supports is people

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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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