Here’s another Michigan resort that has it all for your family vacation. Do you doubt? Well, to start, there are 54 holes of championship golf. Then there’s the indoor water playground. A full-service spa. A licensed day care center. Heck, there’s even a 24-hour dog care facility.
What makes matters even better at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa is that all of this is situated on 900 acres, including a private beach on East Grand Traverse Bay. Something about this setting makes the three golf courses, including The Bear by Jack Nicklaus and The Wolverine by Gary Player, even more amazing and somewhat less frightening. There’s also a 100,000-sq.-ft. health club, which isn’t even limited strictly to health; besides the indoor and outdoor tennis courts, cardio theater, yoga studio and more, there’s a lounge with a large screen TV and an arcade. Three accommodation choices – the Tower, with 186 luxury rooms and suites in a 17-story glass tower, a 238-room hotel and 190 beachfront or fairway condominiums – ensure that your Michigan family getaway is suited just for you. Do you still doubt? Stop in and see for yourself!
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Those old German fairy tales we heard during childhood will never leave our memories, and it turns out they don’t need to – they live on in Frankenmuth, Michigan. Which is precisely the reason why the Bavarian Inn Lodge of Frankenmuth makes our Top 10 Michigan Family Resorts!
The whole idea of a Michigan family vacation – or a vacation anywhere – is to immerse yourself in a new environment, and in this case it’s a classic Bavarian village. And when it comes to authenticity, you can’t get much closer to Bavaria without going there. From the buildings to the architecture to the people, Frankenmuth and the Bavarian Inn are still clearly connected to the Bavarian missionaries who arrived here in 1845. That doesn’t mean that there isn’t plenty of modern family fun. The inn features five indoor pools and three whirlpools, an 18-hole indoor miniature golf course, a two-story children's village play area and an arcade. There are two German-themed restaurants, free family karaoke and sing-alongs with Willy the Dragon nightly. Bavarian Inn Lodge is not just a vacation with your family – it’s an entirely new family experience!
925 S. Main St., Frankenmuth, MI? 48734
Each of the 300 European-style guest suites at Bavarian Inn Lodge contains information on the history of a local Frankenmuth family.
Visit the Ratskeller and become the next Bavarian Idol during Family Karaoke every Friday and Saturday night at the Bavarian Inn Lodge from 8 p.m. 11 p.m.
This is a place built on a genuine love of the entire resort concept, and it shows in everything you’ll find here – which is a lot. Crystal Mountain Resort and Spa has been family owned for nearly half a century, a lot of time to develop the finest in Michigan family entertainment.
You’re probably familiar with family entertainment, but here it takes on a whole new dimension. It’s not just golf – it’s 36 holes of golf, plus a renowned golf school with more than 80 courses. You don’t just go swimming in the pool, either. At Crystal Mountain Resort, the pool is 4,200 sq. ft. of fun which starts at zero-depth and goes to three competition-length lap lanes in as much time as you’d care to take. The water playground is fun, too, especially if you’re a kid, and there’s also a sand play area and a 32-ft. climbing wall that doesn’t necessarily require any climbing experience. We haven’t mentioned anything for winter, but we’re about to: how do 45 slopes, terrain parks, a half pipe and more than 40 kilometers of cross country ski trails sound? That’s all here too on Crystal Mountain, and just a part of your year-round fun at Crystal Mountain Resort and Spa.
The Peak Pool & Fitness Center is open once again, with an 1,800-sq.-ft. addition and facilities such as a pool, hot tub, fitness equipment and a boutique.
From Traverse City, take US-31 south to Thompsonville Rd. (County Rd. 669), which is 10 miles past Interlochen. Follow 669 south to Thompsonville. Turn right at blinker light and travel miles to Crystal Mountain Resort.
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The new 18,500-sq.-ft. Crystal Spa in the heart of Crystal Mountain honors the art and natural beauty of northern Michigan.
We’re not sure if Double JJ means two “Js” or four. But we’re certain that Double JJ Ranch, Waterpark and Golf Resort is the premiere family resort in Michigan. It has championship golf. It has a ranch for horseback riding. And it has a new 60,000-sq.-ft. indoor waterpark. Where else can you go in Michigan that has all that?
Along with its new management, Double JJ presents the Gold Rush waterpark - a thrill a second for the adventurous. It features western Michigan's tallest indoor waterslide, after all, plus a selection of thrill slides that will test even the young, indestructible types. There’s also a wave pool, and for the kids a water fort and toddler pool. For you, there are plenty of hot tubs. And for a little of each, there’s a lazy/crazy river. All of it is indoors, available every day all year. Meanwhile, the 18-hole championship Thoroughbred Golf Club provides 240 acres of gorgeous Michigan golf. And don’t be surprised to see horses strolling along the cart paths – the ranch offers walk, trot and canter trail rides, plus cattle drives, barrel racing and more, for all ages and abilities. To top it off, the Double JJ offers fishing at the onsite Little Wildcat Lake and a petting farm at the Back Forty Barn. Again, we ask: where else could you go on your Michigan family vacation?
From Detroit, take I-96 West to Muskegon; from Chicago, take I-94 East to Benton Harbor. Travel north on US-31 to mile marker 136, and take the Winston Rd./Rothbury exit. Turn right onto Winston Road. Approximately 1/2 mile later, turn left onto Water Road. You have now entered Double JJ Country. The Double JJ Shuttle is available from nearby Muskegon and Grand Rapids airports for an additional cost. A 3,600-ft. private grass airstrip is also available on site.
The Double JJ Ranch and Golf Resort, once known as the Jack and Jill Ranch, has been known as “America’s Friendliest Resort” for more than 70 years. The resort is under new management!
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Two restaurants including casual fine dining at Sundance Saloon and Steakhouse, four snack bars and two seasonal dining venues are on site at the Double JJ Ranch and Golf Resort.
Twenty-three ski runs, a terrain park and extreme tubing. Three swimming pools. All-ages children’s programs and the area’s original summer day camp. If these sound like pretty good credentials for a Michigan family vacation, welcome to Treetops Resort in Gaylord.
Gaylord, Michigan is known for golf, and you’ll find plenty of golf at Treetops – five courses, from the Rick Smith par 3 to the Masterpiece course designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr. But we chose Treetops Resort because of its uncommonly large selection of family activities off of the links. That includes tennis on lighted Har-Tru courts, guided fly fishing on the Sturgeon and Pigeon Rivers and easy access to the world-class snowmobile trails of northern Michigan. Skiing is no less of a family adventure at Treetops, with three chairlifts, two tow ropes and a Warming Hut (this is mostly for the parents, since the kids will be too busy learning to ski!). If you thought Gaylord was just about golf, you’ll be thrilled with Treetops Resort!
Dates and Times
Camp Sylvan operates mid-June through mid-August, and Children’s Adventure Center programs operate select weekdays September through May.
The Spa at Treetops offers massage and body treatments, skin care, facials, manicures and pedicures, and features a fitness room, a hot tub, a steam room and a sauna.
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Treetops has 20,000 sq. ft. of meeting and banquet space including 11 meeting rooms within its Conference Center.
If you like the idea of a convenient, all-inclusive family vacation with countless lake and beach activities, you'll love the White Birch Lodge. Family owned and operated since 1958, the all-inclusive White Birch Lodge family resort in Northern Michigan loves turning your family vacations into family traditions.
The White Birch Lodge was started with the idea of providing an all-inclusive vacation where the staff takes care of all the work, so parents can relax and enjoy their time with their kids. And enjoy they do, year after year. Located on beautiful Elk Lake, watersports are the big thing here. With wakeboarding, water skiing, tubing, kayaking, windsurfing, you name it, it’s available. And since it's all-inclusive, it’s all-convenient, with meals, kids activities and programs, and more provided. Parents can spend a week without saying no, and kids can run themselves silly with activities. Everyone wins!
Located on the shores of beautiful Elk Lake outside the city of Elk Rapids in the Grand Traverse region of Northern Michigan. White Birch Lodge 571 Meguzee Point Road Elk Rapids, MI 49629
Once the sun goes down and it's too chilly to go in the lake, fear not - the activities don't stop! Evenings are full of fun and entertainment, such as sports night, square dancing, and a ski show put on by the staff.
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The White Birch Lodge offers a variety of great children's programs, so Mom and Dad get to be on vacation too! Monday through Friday children can join the staff for art projects, sandcastle building, games, a pontoon ride, nature walks, and so much more.
Enjoy an old-fashioned family vacation at Chimney Corners Resort!
Chimney Corners Resort is a traditional, family owned resort that will make your next family getaway unforgettable! Whether you stay in their cozy apartments, their private beach or bluff cottages, or in the 100-year-old main lodge, you're sure to find comfortable and rustic accommodations to suit your family's need. More than just a comfortable place to rest your head, Chimney Corners is located near a wealth of family fun! On site, you can have a family barbecue, go swimming in the lake, take a hike, or lounge on the beach. Nearby, you'll find even more: climb Sleeping Bear Dunes, try a slice of the Cherry Hut’s famous Cherry Pie in Beulah, and much more.
1602 Crystal Drive Frankfort, Michigan 49635
If you're looking for a perfect adventure for your family, try canoeing or kayaking on the Platte River!
Chimney Corners has been open since 1935, when Leola and Olin Rogers opened the main lodge as a guesthouse.
The secret of happy campers is Benjamin’s Beaver Creek Resort!
Don’t lose your sense of adventure; find it in slipping down the 200-foot water slide and dining on homemade pizzas from the camp store. Find it paddling the wild waters canoeing through the old American wilderness with the kids. Or find it at the end of your lucky lure fishing in the five-acre lake. The moon is made of cheese in this childhood wonderland, melding the best of summer camp to the space and comforts of a family reunion resort. Step past the wardrobe door into the enchanted magic of a winter-white Michigan! Like a shaken snow globe the snow dances slowly, filling the glass window of your cozy cabin like milk. Sled, sleigh, or snowmobile on a guided tour of this winter wonderland. By summer camp or happy holiday, you have the recipe for a great family vacation at Benjamin’s Beaver Creek Resort!
Take a trail map or go on a guided tour snowmobiling on the Mackinaw Bridge Ride, The Bar Crawl, or just Takin’ It Easy.
Adventure golf is a family favorite at this family-friendly, all-season resort. The wetland woods of Northern Michigan make a unique challenge and a beautiful backdrop for your next great game of golf at the Natural Golf Course!
Once one of Gaylord Michigan’s original alpine ski resorts, Beaver Creek is now void of the rope tows and ski lifts of its previous identity.
Bayshore Resort looks a lot like one of those Victorian-style bed and breakfasts where you might go without the kids. Which you can – there are plenty of fireplaces and two-person whirlpools here. But the real beauty of Bayshore is that it’s equally suited for a complete Michigan family getaway.
Witness the beach – directly outside the door, the sand begins and doesn’t stop until it’s submerged beneath West Grand Traverse Bay. This location also means that fishing and skiing are equally close by, along with winery-hopping on Old Mission Peninsula, exploring nature on Leelanau Peninsula or shopping just a short walk away in downtown Traverse City. If Bayshore Resort’s exterior Victorian style is impressive (and romantic), wait until you discover what’s inside. An indoor pool and whirlpool are great for family fun, and the game room is never far away. Each day starts with complimentary breakfast. In short, Bayshore Resort is a terrific way to add some timeless style to your modern Traverse City family vacation!
833 East Front Street, Traverse City, MI 49686
The rooms and suites at Bayshore Resort offer style and grace to a Michigan family getaway, including Bayview, Poolview and Bayfront Rooms.
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Second- and third-floor meeting rooms at Bayshore Resort each seat up to 89 people theater-style, with A/V equipment and more.
Make a mountain of memories at Boyne Mountain, where the elevation and fun level are both high! Whether the summer sun is shining or the landscape is coated in powdery snow, you'll find something for everyone. Skiing, an indoor waterpark, and an array of amenities make this your premier family vacation destination!
No matter what your age, you're sure to be entertained on the mountain! Make a splash in the Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark, which features water slides, hot tubs, and an arcade. For some alpine adventures, carve up the slopes of any of the 60 downhill runs. If you'd like fun at ground level, explore 35 kilometers of cross country skiing and snowshoeing trails. When the weather is warm, enjoy fishing, biking, hiking, golfing, and much more. The entertainment never ends here! A variety of lodging options keep you comfortable and close to the action. At Boynehof Lodge, you're right in the middle of the mountain base area. If you're looking to take a break from exploration, enjoy relaxation with a host of amenities. With wet bars and mini fridges in every room, easy access to the Stein Eriksen's, the Snowflake Lounge, the slopes, and the pool area, there's little motivation to leave once you settle in for your stay. Unwind at Mountain Grand Lodge and Spa or soak in the scenery in a mountain villa. The adventures and lodging options are almost endless!
At 88,000 square feet, the mammoth waterpark is flooding with family fun. And, since it's indoors, year-round water temperatures are an ideal 84 degrees Fahrenheit.
Eleven nearby golf courses feature 171 holes designed by renowned architects like Robert Trent Jones. Tee it up for exceptional golf and breathtaking panoramic views!
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Daredevils can test their skills at Meadows Terrain Park and six other terrain parks, which showcase 30 adrenaline-spiking features!