Stylish, Meeting-Friendly Digs in the Midwest
Midwestern meeting planners have long relied on the Traverse City area, home to the fully loaded Grand Traverse Resort & Spa, which is owned and operated by the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians. The setting is bucolic, the conference center outstanding, and the 2006 renovations worthy of the resort's lauded reputation. More than $11 million was spent to upgrade nearly every aspect of the property, from the lobby—now a stylish foyer with fireplace and water wall—to the tech offerings: you will find high-speed WiFi throughout the complex.
The 17-story glass Tower houses 186 rooms and suites with wet bars, refrigerators, Jacuzzi whirlpool tubs and beautiful views of the surrounding golf courses, orchards and forests. The main hotel building, in close proximity to the restaurants, lounges, shops and Spa Grand Traverse, features an additional 238 rooms. Accommodations in both buildings are equipped with plenty of standard amenities, such as coffeemakers, cable TV with Nintendo and hair dryers. Another option is to book a one-, two- or three-bedroom condominium along the fairways or the shores of Lake Michigan's East Grand Traverse Bay. The Shores condo complex offers a Beach Club with a private beach, pool, whirlpool, deck area, dock, water sports, and food and beverage service. All guests may take advantage of in-room nanny service, licensed daycare, kids' activities, exercise classes, airport shuttle service and baggage handling.
Groups from ten to 2,500 people can be accommodated with 86,500 square feet of flexible meeting space and experienced conference-planning staff. The 20,000-square-foot Governors' Hall features twenty-foot ceilings, state-of-the-art conference equipment and a projection booth. The indoor tennis courts may also be used as exhibition halls with 30,000 total square feet of space.
Conference attendees need not look far for ways to unwind. Three golf courses are available with a clubhouse, electric carts, ball washers, golf club rentals, beverage carts and restaurant. Not a golf fan? Enjoy tennis indoors or out, jet skis, pedal boats, swimming andin the wintercross-country ski trails, snowshoeing, skating, snowmobiling and horse-drawn sleigh rides. A gallery of shops will meet your shopping needs, and a variety of dining facilities will satisfy your hunger. Enjoy Midwest fare at the Sweetwater American Bistro, regional American fine dining at Aerie Restaurant and Lounge, and post-golf meals at The Grille.
enhancing the relaxation aspect is the 100,000-square-foot indoor-outdoor
health club complex, with thermal therapy rooms, a beauty
salon, aerobics-yoga studio, cardio-theater, weight room, Nordic
center, boutique and children's daycare center. Life-enhancement
treatments and services include thermal therapy, massage, body
therapies, facials, Tai Chi and meditation walks.
(Updated: 07/22/10 CT)