Weekend Getaway: May 2018


Special Advertising Section | Weekend Getaway

Water Wonderland Weekends

IF IT’S BEEN AWHILE since you’ve dug your toes in the sand, then it’s time to plan a weekend getaway. Never mind that hot weather isn’t upon us yet. Now is the perfect time to take short trips to ignite your summer self. Between Michigan and Ohio, there are endless places to visit, and numerous ways to experience the peacefulness of nature — along with the excitement that a few rounds of golf, a night at the casino, or an amusement park ride can bring.

At Cedar Point, between the soft, sandy beaches of Lake Erie and the thrilling steel beasts of the amusement park, you can go from sand to screams in seconds. Closer to home, MotorCity Casino provides hours of entertainment including fine dining, a relaxing spa and, of course, superb accommodations.

Hop in your car and head for any Michigan coast. In Traverse City or the Petoskey area, enjoy wine country, shop for unique finds in quaint downtowns, or head out to enjoy pristine golf courses, wooded trails, and miles of beautiful shoreline. A stay at the Grand Traverse Resort will reward you with a spectacular, scenic view; an indoor water playground; and a full-service spa. At the Cherry Tree Inn & Suites in Traverse City, the beach is just outside your front door.

A few hours from the Detroit area, South Haven and Ludington offer miles of Lake Michigan shoreline to explore, plenty of trails for the outdoor enthusiast, and bustling downtowns, too.

Whether you need a walk on the beach or a night on the town, there are plenty of places close to home where you can make the most of a weekend.


Guest Information: 100 Grand Traverse Village Boulevard, Acme, MI 49610
800-236-1577 | grandtraverseresort.com

ADVENTURE AWAITS AT GRAND TRAVERSE RESORT AND SPA, where you’ll find a slice of heaven along the shores of Lake Michigan. On our 900-acre property, located just minutes from downtown Traverse City, we believe in making the most of every summer moment.

The Resort is a summer traveler’s dream. Our private beach and pool area, The Shores Beach Club, rents personal watercraft such as Jet Skis, pedal boats, and kayaks, and hosts evening bonfires and live music down by the water. One of the Midwest’s finest golf destinations, we’re home to three championship courses including The Bear, The Wolverine, and Spruce Run. Our nine tennis courts, four pools, and access to citywide trails for biking, hiking, and running make it easy to enjoy a day of play.

We provide a first-class experience in a friendly fashion and strive to create the perfect visit for each guest. Whether you’re looking for relaxation at our full-service Spa Grand Traverse, family fun at the Indoor Water Playground, or a one-of-a-kind dining experience at Aerie Restaurant & Lounge, the Resort has something for everyone.

We’re here to make your visit grand, and we offer exceptional amenities for groups of all sizes. With 86,500 square feet of meeting space, nearly 600 guest rooms, a 100,000-square-foot fitness center, and multiple dining and shopping options, we love to host parties of two or events for 2,000.

Experience all Northern Michigan has to offer with the help of our concierge and events staff, who are ready to help you make the most of your trip. From sand dunes and forests to wineries and festivals, there’s no place like Northern Michigan in the summertime.

Get up and go to Grand Traverse Resort and Spa, the perfect place for your summer getaway.


Guest Information: 231-838-6700
patleavy@kiddleavy.com | www.patleavy.com


Pat Leavy has been helping southeast Michigan families create memories in beautiful Northern Michigan for over 18 years. With boundless energy, perseverance, humor, dogged persistence, and a great staff, Pat works harder than any other agent to achieve his clients’ goals. He has sold over $95 million of luxury properties in just 2017.

Pat believes buying a home in northwest Michigan is more than square footage and a floor plan. With its blue lakes, miles of shoreline, fresh air, rolling hills, undisturbed woods, vibrant towns, and friendly people, it’s an extraordinary opportunity to experience and share a real treasure. Clearly, it is Pat’s enthusiasm for the area’s lifestyle that translates into results for you, whether you are a buyer or a seller.

As your Buyer’s Representative, Pat can make the process of house hunting much easier and more efficient than if you did it all yourself. He can help you get financing, guide you to local neighborhoods, help you determine your budget, and prioritize a list of essential features that you need in your next home. He’ll save you valuable time by finding the properties that best suit your requirements, and will show you only the most promising ones. Once you’ve found a place that catches your eye, he’ll look at comparable properties in the area to help determine a purchase offer. Then he’ll negotiate on your behalf with the seller to make sure you get the most favorable terms.

Pat would consider it a privilege to work with you. Call him today to begin your search for your vacation home or vacation rental.


Guest Information: www.traversecity.com | 800-TRAVERSE | facebook.com/TraverseCityTourism


With about 40 award-winning wineries and tasting rooms, the Traverse City area is Michigan’s most famous wine region. Throughout the month of May, enjoy Traverse City Uncorked, a 31-day festival of lodging packages, tasting room specials, chef events, winemaker dinners, and more.

Nestled along the deep blue waters of Grand Traverse Bay, Traverse City has almost limitless opportunities for outdoor recreation, shopping, and dining. And spring is “blossom time” in this part of Michigan — the woodlands erupt with multicolored carpets of wildflowers, and the cherry orchards explode in clouds of white blooms. Pour a glass and plan your spring getaway at traversecityuncorked.com.


Guest Information: 2901 Grand River Ave., Detroit, MI 48201
1-877-PLAY-MCC | motorcitycasino.com

WELCOME TO DETROIT’S MOST EXCITING ESCAPE DESTINATION. At MotorCity Casino Hotel, you’ll find a world where you can escape from the everyday. Whether you’re dining, making the slot machines ring out, relaxing at our spa, or seeing a show, you’ll discover what it’s like when excitement, luxury, and pleasure are shaken together to create an experience you can’t get anywhere else.

Just seeing the room is a wake-up call. In our 400 rooms and suites you’ll find elegance coupled with the latest technology and amenities. With complimentary Wi-Fi, decadent bedding and spa bath products, in-room dining, and a business center and fitness center, it’s like being right at home.

Big sound. Up close. Sound Board, our 1,500-seat theater, puts everyone up close to the performers, and its state-of-the-art sound and lighting makes it an intense entertainment experience.

Every day, we offer a place to hide out from the everyday. D. Tour Spa offers thermal whirlpools, steam rooms, and saunas and a specialized selection of massage and body treatments so you can pamper yourself with manicures, pedicures, facials, and massages.

You can’t work or play on an empty stomach. Perfectly executed food, intelligent wine selections, and stunning ambience are on the menu at Iridescence, our AAA Four-Diamond award-winning restaurant. Modern American cuisine is complemented by a Wine Spectator award-winning wine list. If you’re in the mood for something more casual, Assembly Line Buffet, The Lodge Diner, Grand River Deli & Burgers, and Little Caesars are guaranteed to get your motor running.

We’re in the business of unforgettable. We offer everything you need to make your event truly memorable. From cutting-edge presentations to gala banquets, MotorCity Casino Hotel has the right facilities and the right people to make the extraordinary happen. With 67,000 square feet of flexible banquet and meeting space plus the state-of-the-art Sound Board theater, you’ll find everything you need to make your next event legendary.


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