Winter Fun

The onset of winter doesn't mean that the fun has to stop in Northern Michigan. In fact, a whole new set of activities start once the snow flies!


Enjoy winter activities like snowshoeing, ice skating and cross country skiing right here at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa (weather dependent). Bring your own equipment or rent from us.

Rentals are available in the Gallery of Shops across from Dylan's Candy Bar. Hours of availability are:Fridays 3 to 8pm
Saturdays 10am to 7pm
Sundays 9am to 2pm

Cross-Country Skis (with boots & poles): $10 per hour; $25 per day
Snowshoes: $15 per hour; $30 per day
Ice Skates: $5 per hour;  $20 per day


Call 231-534-6715 for availability.

Winter Golf Academy
There is 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.

Golf Academy Hours of Operation:
Monday Closed
Tuesday-Friday 10:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday 9:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday 10:00am - 4:00pm

For more information, call the Golf Academy at 231-534-6550 or visit

Indoor Water PlaygroundIndoor Water Playground and Pools

Our Health Club features two pools, our 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 kids 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.

Call 231-534-6750 for appointments. Click here to view our treatment menu.

Shopping in our Gallery of Shops

Adventure NorthIt is oh so easy to while away a day exploring 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 that includes top brands like North Face, Lole, Natural Life and Brighton.

View a complete list of our stores.

      Mon - Thurs: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
      Friday & Saturday: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
      Sunday: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.


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.

Downhill skiing and tubing at Mt. Holiday Ski & Recreation AreaMt Holiday

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. We also offer complimentary shuttle rides to Mt. Holiday.

Click here for details or call 231-938-2500.

Sleigh Rides at Nearby Antler Ridge Farms

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.

We even offer complimentary shuttle rides to Antler Ridge Farms.

Call (231) 645-3647 or click for details.

Cross country skiing or fat bike on the VASA trail

Fat Bike in WinterLooking for groomed trails? The Vasa Pathway features a series of loops (3K, 5K, 10K, 25K) that offer users a variety of challenges from easy to difficult. Cross-country skiers, runners, hikers, mountain bikers, walkers, and naturalists enjoy the Vasa Pathway.

Fat bike riders can hit the Winter Sports Singletrack trail, a multi-use trail ideal for winter fatbiking and outdoor recreation.

Click here for VASA details.

Snowmobile rentals at Blue Sky Rentals

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 their rental locations.

Click for details.

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Snowshoeing
Park rangers say “Let it snow!” so you can explore Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore on snowshoes this winter!

In addition to the winter hiking opportunities available at Sleeping Bear Dunes, guided snowshoe hikes will be offered every Saturday at 1:00 p.m. through March 11, 2017. 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.

Click for details

Snowshoeing in Northern Michigan

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!








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