Northern Michigan is a prime summer spot for visitors, but we locals know it’s really a four-season destination. If you’re staying in the area over spring break, don’t miss these events and deals around town! 

Stay


Want to take a night or two away from the daily grind? Grand Traverse Resort and Spa is offering 20% off if you book between March 22 and April 7, 2019. (And if your zip code begins with 496, be sure to ask about the locals’ spring break discount when making a reservation!) With access to pools, dining, and dozens of family-friendly activities, you’ll feel like you’re on vacation in your hometown! 

Play 


Always wanted to try out a trivia night around TC? Now’s the perfect time to grab some friends and put your thinking caps on. Here’s where to play:
•    Monday: Kilkenny’s Irish Public House
•    Tuesday: Rare Bird Brewpub
•    Wednesday: State Street Marketplace
•    Thursday: Right Brain Brewery

Eat


Three words for you: Grand Traverse Commons. Saturday, stop by the Village Farmers Market for fresh produce and local creations to stock the pantry. Come back on Sunday evening for Trattoria Stella’s “Polenta Night,” where you’ll enjoy a family-style polenta dinner featuring salad, polenta with four delectable sauces, and dessert. Best of all, $5 from each guest will be donated to a local charity. (Note: reservations are required!)

Drink


During spring break, explore the best of Traverse City’s wineries without the summer crowds. Head out on the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail on Saturday, March 23, for Sips, Chips, & Dips, a casual day of fun, snacks, and wine. With more than 20 participating wineries, you can explore all Leelanau has to offer.

Explore


Snow or shine, the ranger-led snowshoe hike at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is a treat. March 23 is the last hike of the year, so grab your winter gear to experience the beauty of the dunes in winter. (Note: reservations are required!) If you can’t make the hike, be sure to take a few hours to go explore with friends or family during the break.

Relax


Let your stress drift away at Spa Grand Traverse with a head-to-toe menu of relaxing treatments. For the month of March, be sure to snag the BOGO half off special on spa services over $110 for extra pampering. Or try the new HydraFacial treatment, which will leave your skin glowing for spring.

Date Night


Enjoy a romantic afternoon with your special someone at Chateau Chantal’s Cooking Class. The March 23 class will focus on bed & breakfast favorites with Italian flair. (Think…pasta!) Chef Mark Dunham leads the four-hour class, which includes tastings of award-winning wines. Last but not least, eat your delicious creations. Yum!

Family Time 

 

Make it a museum day with the family. Little ones will love the hands-on experience at the Great Lakes Children’s Museum, where they’ll learn about everything from the water cycle to the power of gravity. Take older kids to the Dennos Museum, home to an impressive collection of Inuit art alongside rotating exhibits. And the whole family will learn something new at the Eyaawing Museum & Cultural Center, which features the history and culture of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians.

Great Lakes Children's Museum

Outdoor Adventure

 

Sign up the kiddos for the Grass River Natural Area Spring Camp during the week of spring break. Kids ages 7–12 will learn to tap maple trees, track animals, build campfires, and more among the beauty of the Grass River Natural Area. The camp runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 26–28, and pre-registration is required.

Indoor Imagination

 

Don’t miss the State Theater’s FREE spring break movies, which play from March 22–28. Catch your favorite films from across the decades inside the beautifully renovated theater, and enjoy popcorn and snacks that won’t break the bank.

No matter how you spend your Traverse City staycation, you’ll have some pretty great options at your fingertips.