A few years ago, a newspaper here in Michigan posed the question,”when do you feel like you are up north?” To us Michiganians or Michiganders (which is another post entirely) down here in the southern part of the lower peninsula this had many varied answers. For me, once I am off I75 and headed towards Traverse City then I feel like I am truly “up north.”
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That’s why I was excited to stay at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa. This is a resort with a true up north feeling that offers a spa, golf courses, and outstanding cuisine.
Even though the trees had not yet turned, the view from our room of the golf course was enticing us to play just a round. So over the next couple of days we hit a few balls, including some in the many ponds and into the trees that surround Spruce Run. In 18 holes it has 2 par 5’s, 12 par 4’s, and 4 par 3’s. Challenging, yet very enjoyable. Besides for a camera buff like Randy it gave him an opportunity to get some great pictures. There really is nothing like golf courses for amazing scenery.
We took a ride around the Wolverine. It is a more user friendly course, with wider greens, but a very creative design. On the 4th hole you drive over an area of wild flowers and brush. It appeared to be a very popular course while Spruce Run was less busy.
The Cherry Infused Massage is their classic relaxation massage using signature blends of cherry oil. Other types of massages that intrigued us were the Bamboo Massage in which bamboo sticks are used to provide a luxurious experience, a Table Thai Body Therapy which is based after the Eastern tradition of Thai, and a Rain Shower Ritual which begins with a signature sea salt scrub followed by a rhythmic Vichy shower.
The food and service were what we hoped for. We started with an appetizer of Kobe Meatballs with toasted pistachios, Israeli couscous and Moroccan tomato sauce. The meatball was extremely tender and flavorful.
It was actually four desserts in one. Frist was the bruleed banana with a banana foster caramel, then a banana cheesecake with chocolate sauce, a dark chocolate pot de creme, and finally a cinnamon ice cream over dehydrated chocolate mousse crisps. Can anyone say “yum, yum, yum!?” I wanted so desperately to go back the following night just for this dessert.
Grand Traverse Resort puts a lot of thought into the activities they bring to the resort. While we were there they had a classic car show.
From their Spa, Golf Courses, swimming pools (both inside and out), tennis courts (both inside and out), shops, work out rooms, daycare, and restaurants there is never any need to get in your car and leave the property. It is a place you can truly feel “up north.”
Grand Traverse Resort & Spa has all the amenities you need for a relaxing few days away either for family or business.