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MICHIGAN FAMILY WINTER VACATIONS 

 

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. 

 

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.

 Snowshoeing

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 City

Watch 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!

 

ON-PROPERTY Winter ACTIVITIES

 

Winter at the Golf AcademyWinter 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. 

 STORE HOURS

Tumbleweeds, Mud Pie, Natural Life, 231 The Store, and Ashleigh’s Hours:
Monday-Thursday 10:00am-5:00pm
Friday & Saturday 10:00am-6:00pm
Sunday 9:00am-2:00pm

Bear Logo Shop, Whirligig’s Candy & More, Adventure North:
Monday-Thursday 10:00am-5:00pm
Friday & Saturday 10:00am-8:00pm
Sunday 9:00am-2:00pm

Retail Holiday Hours

Thursday, November 26 – all shops closed
Friday, November 27 – all shops 10:00 am-8:00 pm
Saturday, November 28 – Adventure North, Bear Logo, 231 The Store, Whirligigs Candy & More – 10:00 am-8:00 pm
                        All other shops 10:00 am-6:00pm
Sunday, November 29 – all shops 9:00 am-2:00 pm
Monday, November 30 - Wednesday, December 2 – all shops 10:00 am-5:00 pm

 

Outdoor Family Fun

Snowshoe 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.

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

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

PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL WINTER ACTIVITIES ARE WEATHER DEPENDENT.

Call 231-534-6770 for availability.

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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