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With diverse topography and plentiful shorelines, Traverse City produces some of the most captivating sunrises and sunsets a person will ever see. These are watercolor scenes that will stop you in your tracks. We consider Traverse City the “Sunset Capital of the World,” so we thought it only fitting to offer an online photo contest that helped photographers showcase and share the best moments of a Traverse City sky. Introducing, the #GTRSunrisetoSunset21 Photo Contest.

Starting May 1, upload your best photo of a Grand Traverse area sunrise or sunset using the entry form below, and you’ll be automatically entered into the online judging. Or, post an image on your Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook page using #GTRSunrisetoSunset21. Each month through September 7, we will randomly choose a photo to win our monthly prize. The photo with the most overall votes by September 7, 2021 will win an amazing Grand Traverse Resort and Spa vacation package valued at $1,200! Scroll below for more information and to submit your photos!

Contest runs May 1 - September 7, 2021. Void where prohibited. Users must be 21 years of age and may enter once per day. Learn more about Contest Rules. Contest entry indicates permission to feature on the Sunrise to Sunset homepage via Crowdriff (a content aggregation tool).

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Prizes

Grand Prize

Two-night stay at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa, including dinner for two at Aerie Restaurant & Lounge, $100 Resort gift card and two passes aboard the Tall Ship Manitou

  • May

    Dinner for two at Aerie Restaurant & Lounge

  • June

    Two passes aboard the Tall Ship Manitou

  • July

    Two-night stay at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa

  • August

    $100 Grand Traverse Resort and Spa Gift Card

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Read more about Sunrise to Sunset Photo Contest in Barefoot Magazine.

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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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