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winter fun


In Northern Michigan, the onset of winter doesn't mean that the fun has to stop—there’s a whole new set of activities once the snow flies! Whether you book a winter family vacation or a romantic up-north getaway, you’ll find plenty of winter activities in Michigan on and off the property at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa. 


We are bringing the fun with our all new Fun Zone! We are turning Governors' Hal into your place for family fun and games. The Fun Zone includes a miniature golf course, ping pong, cornhole, snacks, and more! Masks and social distancing are required. The Fun Zone and mini golf are only available for Resort guests.

Friday & Saturday 11am-9pm
Sunday-Thursday 12pm-8pm
Located in Governors’ Hall
Miniature golf course, bounce house, cornhole, pool table, games, snacks and more!

Fun Zone Pricing:
$10 Adult (13 years & older)
$6 Kids (4-12 years old)
* Wristbands are valid for the length of your stay. Wristbands are void if removed from wrist and are non-transferable.


Winter Golf AcademyWinter at the Golf Academy

There’s no need to say goodbye to the golf season! Our Winter Golf Academy offers clinics and lessons in our heated hitting bays all winter long. For more information, call the Golf Academy at 231-534-6550 for more information.  


Simulator and Practice Time Rates

Simulator for 1 Hour: $40

Hit the range on our GC2 Simulator.

Season Pass: $175

Current GTRS Member
Unlimited practice time and use of simulator when available.

Simulator for 2 Hours: $70

Hit the range on our GC2 Simulator.

Season Pass: $225

Non-GTRS Member
Unlimited practice time and use of simulator when available.

Public Practice for 1/2 Hour: $10

Work on your swing and ball contact by hitting into a net.

GTRS Member Practice for 1/2 Hour: $8

Work on your swing and ball contact by hitting into a net.


Indoor Water PlaygroundIndoor Water Playground and Pools

Our Health Club features two pools, an indoor water playground, one indoor kids' hot tub (kept at a lower temperature that is safer for children), and two outdoor adults-only hot tubs.

In the morning, the larger of our two pools hosts open lap swimming with lane markers. In the afternoon, it transforms into our kid-friendly activity area.

Spa Grand Traverse

What better way to enjoy a blustery winter day than with a relaxing spa treatment? Spa Grand Traverse offers a wide array of treatments and therapies including massage treatments, a full-service salon, nail care, and more. Check out our 2020 spa menu highlights for some of our most popular offerings. We also have rotating spa packages and spa deals to ensure an easy and affordable way to pamper yourself!

Call 231-938-25001 for appointments or book one online

Adventure North

Shopping in Our Gallery of Shops

Featuring everything from clothing for children and adults to local gifts, candy, logo wear, toys, and more, our stores offer a unique variety of merchandise. You'll also find top brands like The North Face, Lolë, Natural Life, and Melissa & Doug. 

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Outdoor Family FunSnowshoe and Cross-Country Ski Rentals

Enjoy winter activities like snowshoeing and cross-country skiing right here at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa (weather dependent). Bring your own equipment or rent from us. Call or visit the Health Club to rent.

Bring your own or rent ($15/2hr or $30/day) * Based on snow conditions.

Cross Country Skiing:
Bring your own or rent ($20/2hr or $40/day) * Based on snow conditions.


Call 231-534-6770 for availability.

Things to Do in the Winter In Traverse City | Off-Property Activities

Mt HolidayGo Skiing or Tubing 

If you prefer to spend your winter whizzing down the slopes, make sure you visit Mt. Holiday Ski & Recreation Area. Mt. Holiday offers downhill skiing, snowboarding, and tubing. The Resort offers complimentary shuttle rides to Mt. Holiday, which is just 10 minutes away. Call us at 231-938-25001 for details.

Take a Sleigh Ride

Each year when the snow hits the ground, our neighbors at Antler Ridge Farms begin offering horse-drawn sleigh rides. Let their beautiful Percheron draft horses Dixie and Danny pull you through the woods with a stop for a great bonfire, hot chocolate, and, of course, marshmallows to roast. Call (231) 645-3647 for more details.

Fat Bike in Winter

Explore the Vasa Trail

Looking for groomed trails for fat-tire biking or cross-country skiing? The Vasa Pathway features a series of well-marked loops (3K, 5K, 10K, 25K) that offers cross-country skiers, runners, hikers, mountain bikers, walkers, and naturalists a variety of challenges from easy to difficult. 

Fat-tire bike riders can hit the Winter Sports Single-track trail, a multi-use trail ideal for winter biking and outdoor recreation. Make sure to check out a grooming report for the best conditions.  

Rent Snowmobiles

If you prefer your winter sports motorized, head to Blue Sky Rentals for snowmobile rentals. Northern Michigan is home to a vast network of snowmobile trails that can be accessed from most rental locations.


Explore the National Lakeshore

Park rangers say, “Let it snow!” so you can explore Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore on snowshoes this winter! In addition, guided snowshoe hikes will be offered as long as conditions permit. Check with the park for dates and hours. Park rangers will help participants learn about the park’s unique features and winter’s effect on them by exploring and discovering clues on-site. 

There are also plenty of trails that you can explore with skis or snowshoes at your own pace. In addition, the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail is groomed all winter to provide a great surface for fat-tire biking, skiing, and cross-country skiing. 

State Theatre Traverse CityWatch a Movie for 25¢

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! 

Go Wine Tasting in Snowshoes

There are a number of wonderful ways to snowshoe your way through northern Michigan, and two of our favorites involve wine. Hit the trails with the Old Mission Snowshoe, Wine & Brew Trail or head to Blackstar Farms for Snowshoes, Vines & Wines!

Your Michigan Winter Retreat

Grand Traverse Resort and Spa is the perfect destination for a family winter vacation in Michigan.

Overcome the winter blues with fresh air, great food, relaxing spa treatments, and more. With so many activities to choose from and endless dining and shopping opportunities in Traverse City, you’ll forget summer is still months away.

Give us a call at 231-534-6000 or book a room online and then pack your boots and grab your warmest clothes.

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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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