Golf News for Friday, May 16, 2014 | Resorts

Michigan's Grand Traverse Resort and Spa ideal for family vacations

ACME, Mich. -- Tom McGee will often look out from near the golf pro shop at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa late in the day and see an entire family gathered near the putting green, some in golf attire, others in casual "Up North" vacation wear and still others who clearly just returned from some shopping.

"You see that quality family time is being spent together," said the Resort's Director of Golf "Everybody has been doing their own thing, playing golf, swimming, and yet they are together now in a beautiful place, sharing what they've done through the day and maybe making dinner plans."

A perfect family vacation includes activities like golf, tennis, pool time, a day or two at the beach, spa treatments, shopping, and adventures for just the kids, perhaps some casino fun for mom and dad, great food and top-notch facilities where quality family time is easily accessible and comfortable to boot.

Grand Traverse Resort and Spa is fully aware that it is family vacation booking season, and they want visitors planning a trip to Northern Michigan to know a great family vacation with all of the above is only a few online clicks or one phone call away. Visit or call 800-236-1577.

Letting the Resort do the heavy lifting in planning saves time, money and the frustration of booking several vacation activities said Steve Timmer, the Resort's Director of Marketing.

"A perfect family vacation with a great selection of activities can be found at Grand Traverse Resort, and it's all made easier with easy access to air travel at the nearby Cherry Capital Airport (airport code TVC), side trips to downtown Traverse City and the natural beauty of the area," he said. "The staff at the Resort will help you customize your visit and we have well-planned affordable family packages available."

A vacation at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa is not just about golf, or the spa, or the Resort's sister property Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel, but it can be if the guest chooses. It can also be a little bit of everything, or some of just a few things. And with five restaurants and lounges located at the Resort, everybody can gather together at dinner to share stories of their adventures during the day. Think of it as a candy store, (or perhaps Dylan's Candy Bar in the Resort's Gallery of Shops) where you get to pick your favorites, and there's almost too much to pick from.

The Resort includes the Cub House licensed day care center, day camp for kids, 900 acres of northern Michigan landscape to explore, 86,500 square feet of versatile meeting space, 7,000 square-foot Spa Grand Traverse, nearly 600 guest rooms and condominiums, the Gallery of Shops, and multiple food and beverage outlets including the distinctive Aerie Restaurant & Lounge on the 16th floor of the Resort's glass Tower. Nearby is the Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel where excitement, fun and winning happens 24/7/365.

When Resort guests are ready for sporting activity, the golf is first class, with three championship golf courses including the Jack Nicklaus-designed The Bear, The Wolverine by Gary Player and Spruce Run by William Newcomb, not to mention the Resort's year-round Golf Academy with special events and programs for golfers of all ages.

There are four indoor/outdoor pools and several indoor/outdoor hot tubs, and a popular indoor water playground for the kids. The 100,000 square-foot Health Club with five indoor tennis courts bustles with activity, and the four outdoor tennis courts are summer favorites. The private Beach Club on Lake Michigan's Grand Traverse Bay offers watercraft rental and more.

Finally, the Resort offers the Dog Dreams Inn - The ultimate dog retreat for guests who want to bring their furry family members.

Family packages during the peak summer months vary widely and may include "Family Fun" lodging packages include breakfast coupons, an in-room movie, arcade tokens, candy, ice cream and more. Several other options and specials are available through the summer, all perfect for a family vacation.

"Without a doubt for a family it's the choice of activities that they love," Timmer said.

"For instance, dad and son can rent a Jet Ski at the Beach Club, while mom and daughter can visit the spa; or mom and son can play tennis while dad and daughter spend time on a pontoon boat. And of course, they can all play golf. It's so easy to split up any way you want and do what you want, and yet reconvene in a great family atmosphere and share stories about what you did that day. There is a sense of freedom and individuality, and yet the family is gathered together," concluded Timmer."

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Media Contacts:
J. Michael DeAgostino, Grand Traverse Resort and Spa, 231-534-6352,

Dave Richards, Resort & Golf Marketing, 248-642-6420,