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March 5-7, 2021

To show our appreciation for the hard work that our employees do all year long we invite employees, their families, and their friends to stay with us for a fun filled weekend at an unprecedented low rate, just $55* per night and NO Resort fee!
This March 5-7 the Wellness Committee invites you for the ultimate family get-together.

Click to book online with promo code HTRAD. Call 231-534-6000 for additional details.

Weekend activities include:

  • Complimentary cross country skis and snow shoe rentals all weekend
  • Complimentary Health Club and indoor pool use (no punch card needed)
  • No Resort fee (employees must follow rules on booking hotel rooms for friends and family/must present permission form at check-in)
  • For $20 donation to Cherryland Humane Society or AC PAW, get upgraded to a Tower room. Make your donation online prior to your arrival. Bring a copy of your e-mail receipt to Front Desk showing the donation.
  • The Spa Grand Traverse Winter Wellness Treatments will be available to employees, family, and friends (please book in advance at 231-534-6750)
    Not including 20% gratuity
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  • 50% off the golf simulator in the Golf Academy (call ext. 6550 to reserve)
  • Employee drink specials at Jack's Taproom Saturday, March 6
  • Complimentary fruit and hot chocolate in the Health Club
  • Complimentary s’mores at the Pavilion Saturday night from 6:00-8:00pm.
  • Bingo for a chance to win $100. Post photos or videos of you or your guest doing each of the activities on the bingo card on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram and tag #gtrswellness then turn in this card the Front Desk for a chance to win a $100 Grand Traverse Resort and Spa gift card.

Click to book online with promo code HTRAD. Call 231-534-6000 for additional details.

Room rate is $55, plus tax. The Resort fee will be waived. Room rate is available for employees of Grand Traverse Resort and Spa and their family and friends. Employees and guests must fill out an Employee Room Authorization Form for each reservation. The form can be found on the Intranet under HR- forms, at the HR office, or click here to download the PDF. Please bring your employee ID to all events.

If you are joining us for this weekend please inform your supervisor you will be on property and please be respectful of our paying guests and members. The employee is responsible for the conduct of their guests. The employee is responsible for any unpaid charges or damages. If the conduct of the employee or guest is determined to be disruptive to guests, or is in violation of the Standards of Conduct, the employee and guests may be asked to leave the hotel. The employee may be further subject to loss/suspension of Room Rate Request privileges and/or disciplinary action, up to and including termination. Parties of any kind are NOT allowed.

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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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