Hotel at a Glance: Grand Beach Resort Hotel
The Grand Beach Resort Hotel occupies a prime stretch of sand along the east arm of Grand Traverse Bay. But that doesn’t mean it’s only worth visiting in summer. In fact, Traverse City keeps visitors busy all year round, whether that means enjoying the fall colors along the forested banks of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, hiking along quiet trails, or paddling a canoe down one of the region’s rivers.
- Take a soak in the indoor heated pool or hot tub.
- Enjoy the view from your guest room’s private balcony.
- Complimentary continental breakfast served daily
- In-room entertainment: You’ll have free WiFi and a TV with HBO and a DVD player.
- Nearby attractions: In addition to all the natural beauty, you’ll be close to plenty of shops and restaurants.
- Winter activities: snowmobiling, ice skating, cross-country skiing, and even downhill skiing
Traverse City, Michigan: Charming Cherry Capital of the World
One of USA Today ’s 10 Great Places for Local Wines, Traverse City draws visitors year-round with its fine riesling wines made from grapes grown in the fertile Old Mission Peninsula. The proclaimed “Cherry Capital of the World,” tucked between the pinky and index finger on the hand-shaped state of Michigan, is bordered by scenic Grand Traverse Bay to the north and the sprawling Traverse City State Forest Area to the east.
The town’s downtown and waterfront thrive with gourmet restaurants and local landmarks such as State Theatre, a recently restored art-house cinema built in 1949; families can drop by for the $0.25 Saturday-morning matinee. A drive north up the peninsula eventually ends at the whitewashed Old Mission Point Lighthouse, a local landmark constructed in 1870.