Save money (and your sanity) with this Spring Break road trip

Save money (and your sanity) with this Spring Break road trip

Traverse City Tourism by Matt Vande Bunte

It’s cold outside now but take a minute to imagine yourself on Spring Break. Lounging by the pool. Sipping your favorite beverage. Taking a dip in the warm water.

Too bad you can’t get pool weather on Spring Break unless you travel all the way to a place like West Bay on Grand Cayman. Or West Bay, Texas. Or West Bay Beach in Traverse City.

Wait, Traverse City? In Michigan?

Yes! The West Bay Beach Resort on Grand Traverse Bay features dining igloos and an outdoor pool heated to 95 degrees! It’s one of several ways right here in Michigan to have a hot Spring Break without flying south or booking a cruise in the midst of a pandemic.

“It’s like swimming in a hot tub,” said Michael Scandariato, hotel general manager. “Weekends have been very busy with families (at the resort) and the igloos have also remained very busy.”

swimming pool and view of outdoor dining igloos in Traverse City, MIEven as COVID-19 vaccines get slowly distributed, there remains an elevated risk in traveling across the country or overseas. That’s making road trips more popular than ever for Spring Break.

By taking a road trip within Michigan, you can save a few bucks and experience things that only the Mitten State can offer. And you can still enjoy some time poolside, too!

The Traverse City area offers lots of unique things to do for Spring Break, with options for both indoor and outdoor recreation. By taking advantage of a Traverse City Escape Package, you can even get special lodging rates combined with discounts on dining, shopping, outdoor activities and more.

Here are some ideas to help you start planning:

  • The outdoor heated pool and igloos at West Bay Beach Resort provide the perfect illustration of the indoor/outdoor fun you can have in the Traverse City area on Spring Break. You can relax inside a poolside igloo with dinner or drinks, then step outside and hop into the 95-degree pool for a swim. The heated pool is open to resort guests and to visitors who reserve a dining igloo.
  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is most popular in the summer, but it’s a four-season attraction that features some special character in the spring. While some trails remain open all winter, many more are ready for visitors come March and April.  person running down a sand dune at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Traverse City, MIPlus, they’re uncrowded! Many families enjoy crawling up the park’s iconic Dune Climb, which rewards you with a stunning view of Glen Lake from the top. And if you’re really adventurous, you can keep heading west from the top of the Dune Climb all the way to Lake Michigan and back.
  • Springtime weather in the Traverse City area can vary a lot, from sunny days warm enough to spend at the beach to cool afternoons where you may need a raincoat. That’s why the variety of things to do both indoors and outdoors is such a blessing. The Great Lakes Children’s Museum is open by reservation during the pandemic and offers lots of hands-on activities for children age 8 and under.
  • For a cultural experience that’s entirely outdoors, the Michigan Legacy Art Park is a fantastic Spring Break attraction. The park showcases more than 50 sculptures along walking trails that run through a 30-acre forest preserve. Spring temperatures that are neither too hot nor too cold make for a comfortable stroll through the woods to see contemporary art the whole family will get a kick out of.

From axe throwing, boutique bowling and other indoor fun at The Den at Grand Traverse Resort & Spa to biking, hiking and other outdoor recreation on the TART Trails, there’s plenty  couple playing a virtual game at The Den at Grand Traverse Resort & Spa of opportunity to experience a memorable Spring Break right here in Michigan by visiting the Traverse City area. You could even go ice skating where the Detroit Red Wings train!

And you can do it all safely, thanks to COVID precautions being taken by Traverse City-area hotels, restaurants, shops and other attractions.

Just because we’re all leery of planes and crowded cruise ships doesn’t mean you have to cancel Spring Break. You don’t even have to endure a never-ending car ride. There’s a close-to-home option for a Spring Break excursion in the Traverse City area.

Check out Traverse City Escape packages to find a place to stay and start looking forward to Spring Break 2021!