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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Our Getaway To Grand Traverse Resort And Spa {review}

My family was recently invited up north to Traverse City, MI for a visit. More specifically, we were invited by the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa for a 2 night stay. I had never been to Traverse City so I was very excited for this trip. Not to mention, fall colors are in full bloom in northern Michigan and I just LOVE the fall season. 

We arrived at the resort and were wowed as soon as we walked in. The lobby of this resort is just beautiful and it is very large. There's even a little shopping mall at the lobby's edge. I knew my family wouldn't be bored with our stay here. The staff was very friendly and was even patient with my 2 biggest kids as they had the urge to explore and jump on beds upon entering our room. {gotta love 'em}
There is plenty to see and do at the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa. The resort has a collective 900 acres of property just waiting to be enjoyed. There is a clubhouse, golf course {also used for winter sports and weddings}, beach front property where there are summer sports and entertaining options, private rental homes, tennis courts, a health club, restaurants, and much more. 

Our room was in the tower and had two queen sized beds in it. There was also a mini fridge, a large bath tub with jets, a robe to use while we stayed there, a large closet for hanging clothes or storing luggage, and a beautiful view outside. {I saw the most incredible sunrise out the window our first morning there.} The room was very clean and roomy.   
Out of the resort's shops on the lobby level, my favorite was Dylan's Candy Bar. This store is wall to wall candy...and if you know me, you know how much I love my candy. They have larger than life candy necklaces, huge lollipops, bulk candy, homemade ice cream, and anything else your sweet tooth may crave. They also host events for children staying in the resort like making their own cotton candy or playing a game of bingo and you can also plan a party there. If all of that weren't enough, they sell the cutest clothes and accessories I've ever seen. I wanted one of everything there; the pants, the t-shirt, the hoodie, and the change purse.

Now, let's chat "spa" shall we? I was given the opportunity to have some pampering done my first morning there. I decided on getting a express massage {25 minutes} and a cherry infused manicure. I had never had a massage before so I didn't have anything to compare my experience to, but I can tell you that I thought it was heavenly. The spa was so peaceful and relaxed me almost immediately. I changed into my robe and sandals and waited for my massage technician to come and get me as I sat with a magazine next to a warm fireplace. She focused on my upper back, shoulders, and neck {per my request} and I wished I had chosen a full hour of massage after she was finished.

After that, she sent me with a glass of water back to the locker rooms to get dressed and ready to meet someone else for my manicure. She was waiting for me when I walked out of the locker room and she showed me the way to where I'd be getting my manicure. She and I talked like we were old friends as I had the manicure of my life. She made the cherry infused sugar scrub right there as we were chatting and it smelled to me like a jelly filled donut {YUM!}. After the scrub, she massaged my hands and arms, gave me a paraffin treatment {loved this!}, and then painted my nails.

Did I mention she brought me some fresh, Starbucks coffee during my manicure? Yes, someone must have told her the way to my heart.

I should mention here...if you go to the resort with your own family, there is childcare available for you should you need it while in the spa. During my stay, they even offered free childcare if your spa package was over a certain price-point. You would simply drop off your child{ren} across the hall from the spa. Nice and easy!

The rest of my day was spent with my family both inside the resort and around town. The views were all breathtaking, both from our tower room and from driving around and viewing the landscapes. Traverse City is just a gorgeous place to visit and I can't wait to return for a hike in the woods or a wine tour in the downtown area.

Our last night in the resort, we made reservations to eat at Aerie Lounge and Restaurant on the top floor of the Grand Traverse. I was so taken by our time there. We watched the sunset, enjoyed the most amazing meal I've ever had, and took in the beauty of the restaurant. The hubster and I vow to return without the little ones in tow so we can have a romantic night there. Even with our kiddos, though, the staff {again} was incredible and very patient with them. It's nice to know that children are welcomed in such a posh place.

Lump Crab Cake Appetizer
*What did I eat? I had the Lump Crab Cakes as an appetizer, the Maytag Blue Cheese Crusted Filet Mignon for the main course, and the Cheesecake Platter for dessert. Everything I ate was divine...and the filet...if you're ever having a hard time choosing something on the menu, choose the filet. It was exquisite.

Overall, we loved our stay and we want to return in the summer so we can enjoy some of the fun that time of year. Thanks to the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa for hosting my family and I. Your generosity and hospitality are very appreciated.

For families considering a stay here, make sure you stay on a weekend. There are ALL KINDS of free activities for children during the weekend at the Grand Traverse. And if you're staying between Christmas day and New Year's, they usually have activities daily for that week.

Who knew such a beautiful resort would be the perfect place to enjoy Northern Michigan with the kiddos. We'll be back!!

**Thanks to the PR firm that partnered with Grand Traverse Resort & Spa for the complimentary two night stay, the complimentary spa treatment, and the complimentary meal coupons for two meals during our stay in exchange for an honest review. I received no monetary compensation. The opinions expressed are my own.  Others may disagree or have a different experience.**



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