Arrival/Check-In: Located in Gaylord, Mich., about an hour and a half from Traverse City, Treetops Resort is a rustic retreat where the recreational focus changes with the seasons — golf when the weather is warm, skiing when the snow flies. The property is also beefing up its profile as a meetings destination capable of hosting groups of up to 1,000, so it was no surprise the front desk staff was ready, waiting and totally unflustered when my group of 12 arrived en masse for a three-day round of meetings and social gatherings.
Guest Quarters: Treetops Resort isn’t a 4- or 5-star property, and it doesn’t pretend to be. Décor in the lodge-like guestrooms reflects the resort’s location, done in earthy tones of brown, beige and green. My first-floor Lodge King room featured a king-sized bed, a comfortable sitting area and a mini-kitchen (small refrigerator, microwave and place settings) with seating for four. The bathroom included both a shower stall and a separate jetted tub. There was no closet in the room, just a metal rack with non-detachable hangers. I put in a quick call to the front desk, and about a dozen wooden hangers were delivered within five minutes.
Services/Amenities: While a bit remote, Treetops proved a good choice for our three-night stay. With a jam-packed, breakfast-to-dinner agenda each day, it was nice to be in a relaxed environment with guestrooms, dining and conference facilities all within walking distance. One drawback: The restaurants are quite a distance from the lodge; a pleasant stroll in mid-June when sunset in Michigan was close to 10 p.m., but a bit brutal during a heavy rainstorm. The resort does have an on-site shuttle service, but it’s hit or miss with no set schedule. My group took advantage of the small on-site spa/salon one afternoon during our stay. It turned out to be a fun break from business as we enjoyed 10-minute massages, manicures and pedicures.
The Experience: If you’re looking for an out-of-the-way destination to host a conference or meeting, consider Treetops Resort. It’s a friendly property where staff goes out of the way to meet every need.
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3962 Wilkinson Road
Gaylord, MI 49735
tel 866 348 5249
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