1 . Grand Traverse Resort & Spa

Acme, Michigan

CALL DIRECT: +1 (888) 683 - 1538

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Dream big on your next grand adventure. Slip into the spell of enough open water to rival its saltwater cousins. Discover Lake Michigan from one of Traverse City’s best sky-scraping glass castles at the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa!

Retreat to your glass castle in the air built on the beach of Lake Michigan. Rolling greens of expert golf courses, the white crescent moon of sandy lakeshore, and a canopy of Michigan’s Midwest forests are the paint that paper this glassy canvass beyond your master bedroom window of the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa. Autumn is only Michigan’s second spring! This second-awakening comes complete with color tours, wine tastings weekends, and canoeing one of the Great Lakes. Once you settle on your season, discover the wonders hiking the Sleeping Bear Dunes, swinging into the Bear Golf Course, or relishing the relaxing powers of the Spa Grand Traverse.

Highlights

Discover a new level of luxury! Not one but three championship golf courses reside in beyond the freshwater shores and Sleeping Bear Dunes of Traverse City at the Grand Traverse Resort. Indulge in five onsite restaurants or the spa, and set the kids free at the indoor water playground.

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River stones, cherry wood, and a sweet woody scent welcome you to the Spa Grand Traverse. Couture confections aren’t just reserved for the culinary arts of Traverse City. Choose from a menu of luxury spa treatments from local, cherry-infused services to hydrotherapy to massage.

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Unique spa products infused with the delightful and rejuvenating aroma of natural antioxidant cherry oil leaves your skin with a healthy glow.

2 . Tamarack Lodge

Traverse City, Michigan

CALL DIRECT: +1 (855) 782 - 6505

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Experience ‘up north’ living at its best with our No.2 pick for Top 10 Traverse City Accommodations – Tamarack Lodge, a luxury condo resort on East Grand Traverse Bay.

Step inside the Tamarack Lodge and awaken your senses. You’ll notice the finely crafted beamed ceilings, detailed wood columns and a large stone fireplace reminiscent of the Arts and Crafts-style resorts of the early 1900s. Each piece of furniture emulates the look and feel of great turn-of-the-century lodges that once stood on East Grand Traverse Bay. The lodge rests o a beautiful stretch of sugar sand beach and is the perfect place for a romantic getaway or family vacation. Each condo features solid cherry and maple wood cabinetry, a generous use of tile and stone and top of the line appliances and amenities to make your stay perfect. Your condo offers a gas fireplace, a custom bathroom with jetted tubs and vintage fixtures and a private balcony or patio overlooking majestic Lake Michigan. Every detail of the Lodge dotes on your senses. You’ve found what you’ve been seeking. Discover modern with a hint of vintage. You’ll love luxury condo living on the shores of Lake Michigan on East Grand Traverse Bay.

Address

2035 US-31 N at Four Mile Rd Traverse City, MI 49686

Highlights

Make sure to check out the Traverse City Film Festival, an annual festival honoring independent films and documentaries.

Fun facts

Traverse City is the home to the Traverse City Beach Bums, a member of the East Division of the Frontier League and therefore not affiliated with Major League Baseball.

3 . Cherry Tree Inn & Suites

Traverse City, Michigan

CALL DIRECT: +1 (866) 452 - 9495

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Travel to an enchanting northern Michigan getaway. The Cherry Tree Inn and Suites combines the charm of an old-fashioned resort with the amenities and lifestyle of a luxury resort.

Framed by the shores of East Grand Traverse Bay and the lush hills of Old Mission Peninsula, the Cherry Tree Inn and Suites offers the finest in service, cleanliness and comfort. Each waterfront suite opens to a private balcony with grandiose, panoramic views of the bay. Beautiful gas fireplaces are the suites’ centerpiece which offers kitchenettes or kitchens (depending on suite), two-person Jacuzzi tubs and modern appliances! Entertain both family and friends in the spacious living room. Depending on your party’s size, the Inn offers studios-to-two-bedroom suites. While renting is a great way to experience a region, the Cherry Tree Inn and Suites also offers luxury condos available for purchase. Featuring luxurious amenities, buying a condo offers you the opportunity to visit anytime you’d like as well as rent out to vacationers. Grab your suitcase and head to one of northern Michigan’s finest getaways! Discover the enchanting Cherry Tree Inn and Suites on the shores of East Grand Traverse Bay. You’ll experience a touch of old-fashioned charm mixed with a modern lifestyle.

Address

2345 Munson Ave. Traverse City, MI 49686

Highlights

Grand Traverse Commons – the country’s largest historic preservation and adaptive reuse development. The Commons were formerly the home of the Northern Michigan Asylum.

Fun facts

Indian hunters and French travelers gave the area the name ‘La Grand Traverse’ because of the long crossing they had to make by canoe at the mouth of the Bay.

4 . Bayshore Resort

Traverse City, Michigan

CALL DIRECT: +1 (866) 940 - 1292

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Located along the sandy shores of Lake Michigan’s West Grand Traverse Bay lies the Bayshore Resort, a Victorian-style hotel that reflects Traverse City’s great lumber baron days.

Watch the waves crash into the shore from your luxuriously appointed guest room or suite. Most of the guest rooms and suites at the Bayshore Resort offer private balconies or patios depending on level, as well as more economical standard rooms. The standard rooms don’t offer views of the Bay. Next, you’ll find the Bayview and Poolview rooms. Upgrade to the Bayfront rooms which offer a direct view of the beach and Bay. The romantic Spa rooms feature an in-room 2-person spa tub with whirlpool jets as well as a partial view of the Bay. For guests looking for ultimate luxury, stay in the resort’s fabulous suites. Each suite offers panoramic views of the beach and Bay as well as a cozy fireplace. The suite is perfect for a romantic getaway or family vacation. With its great waterfront location and Victorian grandeur, you can see why the Bayshore Resort lands on our list at No. 2. It’s the perfect home base to all of Traverse City’s attractions including Old Mission and Leelanau Peninsula.

Address

833 East Front Street Traverse City, Michigan 49686

Population

14,532 (2000 Census)

Fun facts

Along with cross-peninsula counterpart Alpena, Traverse City is one of Northern Lower Michigan’s two anchor cities.

5 . ParkShore Resort

Traverse City, Michigan

CALL DIRECT: +1 (888) 321 - 4018

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ParkShore Resort combines luxury and leisure with beachfront condominiums that tempt you to drift away from your everyday life.

An intoxicating mixture of attractions and relaxations, ParkShore Resort offers an unforgettable Traverse City getaway! A wave of attractions await nearby, so the entertainment never ends. Soar through the clouds with East Bay Parasail, explore Grand Traverse Bay for an array of aquatic adventures, or sample the spirits of the many nearby wineries. Soak in the sun on the sandy beaches or head into town for sensational shopping and delectable dining. Stay onsite and pamper yourself at this luxurious and tranquil resort. Whirlpool suites allow you to soak in the good life while spacious condos give you plenty of room to kick up your feet. Sip a cocktail at the onsite lounge or enjoy the scenery from your beachfront patio. A heated indoor pool and spa will melt your worries away while the fitness center keeps you in tip-top shape. Recreation and relaxation highlight this Traverse City stay!

Address

1401 US 31 North, Traverse City, Michigan 49686

Highlights

Enjoy an eclectic collection of festivals like the National Cherry Festival, the Traverse City Film Festival, and more!

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Grand Traverse Balloons gives you a bird's eye view of the breathtaking Grand Traverse Bay area in colorful, seven-story hot air balloons!

6 . The Beach Condominiums Hotel-Resort

Traverse City, Michigan

CALL DIRECT: +1 (800) 778 - 2228

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East Traverse Bay excitement abounds at The Beach Condominiums Hotel-Resort, where outstanding accommodations and an attraction-rich location make for an unforgettable Michigan getaway!

Featuring stunning panoramic views of East Grand Traverse Bay, The Beach Condominiums Hotel-Resort offers adventures with a side of scenery! Choose from 30 spacious units, which feature a wealth of amenities like whirlpool baths, free Wi-Fi, and personal sundecks. Step right outside your door and onto the shores of the sun-kissed beach. An adjacent boat launch facility helps you cast off on your expedition, be it fishing, sailing, or boating. Or, if you'd prefer to just catch a tan, curl up on the powdery sand with a good book. Fun-seekers won't be disappointed as an ocean of nearby attractions are just a stone's throw away! Championship golf awaits for the frequenters of the fairway, dazzling festivals entertain year round, and gaming options are in full supply at the nearby casinos. Once the snow sprinkles down, enjoy some frosty fun downhill and cross country skiing. There's always something going on at this Michigan marvel!

Address

1995 US-31 North, Traverse City, Michigan 49686

Extra Stops

Get your dose of culture at the City Opera House, the Traverse City State Theatre, and the Dennos Museum Center!

Highlights

Traverse City hosts the National Cherry Festival each July, which features 150 events celebrating this tart and tasty fruit!

7 . The Beach Haus Resort

Traverse City, Michigan

CALL DIRECT: +1 (231) 947 - 3560

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The beach is always within reach (as are a wealth of exciting attractions) at the fun-filled Beach Haus Resort!

Set on the sparkling shores of East Grand Traverse Bay, The Beach Haus Resort is just steps from the sun-kissed sand! Unfurl your towel and lie in the warm sand, a cold drink in your hand. If you'd prefer some water-fueled fun, head out onto the Bay for fishing, swimming, sailing, and a wealth of water sports. Stay dry hiking through the lush nature trails or exploring the vibrant downtown area, home to chic shops, decadent dining, and fun festivals. After an action-packed day, retreat to one of 32 well-appointed rooms and prepare for relaxation. The tranquil lapping of the Bay's waves serves as your lullaby and an array of amenities will make you feel at home. Take a nap on the spacious sundeck, soothe your soul in the whirlpool tub, and indulge in the grandeur of the vaulted ceilings. Do everything or nothing at this waterfront wonder!

Address

1489 US 31 North, Traverse City, MI 49686

Highlights

Sample the spirits of the many nearby vineyards: Bel Lago Vineyard, Chateau Chantal, and more!

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Swing away on scenic nearby golf courses like Elmbrook Golf Course, Grand Traverse Resort Golf, and A-Ga-Ming Golf Course!

8 . North Shore Inn

Traverse City, Michigan

CALL DIRECT: +1 (866) 694 - 8031

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Sandy splendor and lakeside luxury combine at North Shore Inn, a beachfront stay on the shimmering shores of Lake Michigan!

This elegant, New England-style inn features spacious condos, a mile of sugary white beach shoreline, and outstanding amenities. Stretch out in one of 26 units, all of which feature stunning scenery. Choose one- or two-bedroom units that showcase private balconies, unique decors, and plenty of room to kick up your feet. Whether you're planning a romantic rendezvous or some family fun, North Shore Inn is the perfect Michigan getaway. Once you've pampered yourself on the property, head to the beach for some sun bathing. Make a splash in the Bay, where fishing, boating, and water sports will keep you entertained. When the winter wonderland arrives, try cross country skiing. No matter the weather, you'll love exploring the buzzing downtown landscape, which features a slew of shopping, fantastic restaurants, and interesting museums. No matter the season, there's a reason to visit North Shore Inn!

Address

2305 N US Highway 31 N, Traverse City, MI 49686

Related activities

Stroll down the "Miracle Mile," a one-mile stretch of sandy beach shore overlooking the pristine Grand Traverse Bay!

Related Onsite Offerings

A spacious heated pool, a private 200-foot sandy beach, and a sprawling sundeck take relaxation to new heights!

9 . Ranch Rudolf

South Boardman, Michigan

CALL DIRECT: +1 (231) 947 - 9529

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Make memories into milestones at Ranch Rudolf, a trail mix of the Old West and the Midwest.

Catch and release your canoe upriver and drift past the pristine pines of the Pere Marquette State Forest on a memorable trip back to Ranch Rudolf. Boat, tube, canoe, or fly fish the beautiful Boardman River and let the current return you to the Old West, where horses are the transportation and the trade, and riding wasn’t a choice, it was a lifestyle. Cowboy suit up your little one and let them take the reins at horse camp, take them on a hayride, or go on a group outing by horseback. Horse shoes are the only transportation you’ll need off the river at this unique and unforgettable journey into the hidden Western world of Lake Michigan’s wild woods.

Highlights

Welcome to the old West at Ranch Rudolf, where even the local fare will take you back in time. Vaulted ceilings, hardwood floors, antler chandeliers, and a circular fireplace are your backdrop to backcountry breakfasts and more.

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Listen for swallow song, hunt for Morels, whisk your line fly fishing for trophy trout, or backpack the trails that branch the Boardman River. There’s no end for adventure here, only beginnings!

Fun facts

Snow doesn’t stop the show at Ranch Rudolf! Let two Belgian beauties, Prince and Monte, take you for a scenic sleigh ride through the Boardman Valley!

10 . Park Place Hotel

Traverse City, Michigan

CALL DIRECT: +1 (231) 946 - 5000

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An exciting blend of history, luxury, and recreation, Park Place Hotel is a Traverse City treasure that keeps the fun rolling all four seasons!

Located in the heart of Traverse City, Park Place Hotel is surrounded by almost endless entertainment options. Shopping, dining, arts, and attractions are in fully supply and are just outside your door. Tee it up at nearby championship golf courses, catch a tan on the beach, or taste wine at the many vineyards. When then winter arrives, try cross country skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, and more. Once you've had your fill of outdoor fun, pamper yourself on the property. Freshly renovated rooms feature amenities that will make you feel at home. Complimentary high-speed wireless internet allows you to keep in touch with the world while balconies showcase breathtaking scenery. Some rooms are pet-friendly, so the entire family is welcome here. Plan an unforgettable Traverse City vacation at Park Place!

Address

300 East State Street, Traverse City, Michigan 49684

Highlights

Fun-filled festivals are in fashion all year round. Enjoy the National Cherry Festival, the Traverse City Film Festival, and more!

Related activities

Traverse City is your outdoor oasis center! Rent a boat from Sunset Water Sports or a canoe from Pine River Paddle Sports and navigate the sparkling bodies of water!

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