The perfect base for a Traverse City trip.
The first thing I learned was that resorts are not strictly confined to the Caribbean and Mediterranean islands. Resorts can be in any region and in any climate and that you don’t have to be at a beach to be at a resort. The Grand Traverse distinguishes itself from its neighbours by not being directly on Lake Michigan and instead surrounding itself with green space and golfing. Those who are water lovers have the option of staying at the resort’s lakeside cottages and condos, but the majority of guests stay in hotel or tower section of the resort and are treated to great nature views.
The second thing I learned is that resorts do not have to be all inclusive and, in fact, you could use them as just a regular hotel room if you liked. This is a good option for those who want to pick and choose from different amenities, for those who want to be off site and explore all day, and for those who don’t drink alcohol. The Grand Traverse offers a number of different packages combining different meals, activities, and enhancements and I like that there’s no “one size fits all” standard combination.
My Five Favourite Things
Five things really made the Grand Traverse Resort stand out. The first is how you could spend all day doing activities without leaving the property and, in fact, that is exactly what we did when we arrived on day one. Ryan went out for golf, while I took myself to the spa. There were plenty of shopping and fitness options as well, but we were happiest pursuing our own personal forms of relaxation.
Third, I was happy that parking was free AND that there were plug-in options for electric cars! We drive a hybrid car and one of the things that prevents us from getting an electric car is worrying about plug in options when we travel – it’s great to see a major resort supporting electric cars and it’s so refreshing not to be ‘nickelled and dimed’ over small amenities like parking.
At breakfast, we experienced the same thing. It made no difference if we ordered from the menu or chose the buffet and there was no additional surcharge if I chose hot chocolate over coffee. It was such a care-free, stress-free, value focused approach!
Of course, the most important thing in any hotel is the quality of your sleep and ours was solid, with a very comfortable bed. Our room was clean, comfortable, and very spacious – and featured the one thing I prize above all else in a hotel room: a deep soaker tub! Deep bathtubs are a weakness of mine and yet they are rarely included in hotels any more. In the end, I only have two small criticisms to offer. The lighting in the room was poor and there were only a few standard lamps and no overhead lighting in a large room. The second is that the television seemed a bit fussy and sometimes the remote was unresponsive. This was certainly a minor issue but one that I noticed all the same.
The Grand Traverse Resort would be a perfect stay for couples or families with diverse interests, people who had driven a long distance and want to just park and forget about driving for a few days, or simply anyone who desired a value added vacation. I loved my visit to the resort and to Traverse City in general and I can’t wait to return.
As always, I welcome and encourage your comments. Where was your first resort experience?
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