Closest accommodations

Note that both are a few minutes walk from Hagerty Center, where the program will run Tuesday and Wednesday 

Holiday Inn West Bay Resort (just renovated June '13)


Mention PigstockTC for the group rate 

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TRAVERSE CITY, Mich., June 10, 2013 – The West Bay Beach, a Holiday Inn Resort, the only full service hotel located on Grand Traverse Bay in Traverse City, Mich., is proud to announce the completion of its extensive multi-million dollar hotel renovation. The hotel’s total hotel refresh includes the renovation of its 179 guestrooms, public corridors, lobby, meeting and event space, outdoor pool area, exterior facade, and business and fitness centers.

“We are doubly thrilled about presenting a beautifully renovated product to our guests as well as becoming a part of the Holiday Inn Resort family,” says Deborah Brown, hotel general manager. “We are looking forward to being a premier vacation destination as well as a unique venue for corporate retreats and destination weddings in the Grand Traverse Bay area.”

The first Holiday Inn Resort to open in the Midwest, the hotel creates a gracious sense of arrival for its guests with a fully renovated lobby featuring check-in pods, contemporary new seating areas, and a concierge desk to assist with activity planning in the Traverse City area. Throughout the property, the hotel presents a new urban design featuring contemporary seating, wall art, and a design palette of bright teals, sophisticated oranges, and deep brown hues.

Each of its fully renovated guestrooms has been refreshed with all new wall treatments, carpeting, and furniture. Each guestroom also features updated bathrooms, 42-inch flat screen hi-definition televisions, safes, and refrigerators. The hotel also added two family suites for traveling families looking to stay together, which includes bunk beds, beanbags, and a separate playroom.

West Bay Beach has also upgraded its dining establishments premiering Shimmers on the Bay, a new upscale restaurant lead by Executive Chef Deric Ham formerly of Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa. Opened for both lunch and dinner, the restaurant features two beautiful walnut communal tables, a grand outdoor patio outfitted with cozy fire pits, and a newly redesigned bar. Guests can enjoy a carefully crafted menu that showcases classic American cuisines and fresh seafood including a shrimp martini served with sweet chili glace, steamed mussels prepared in a garlicky pesto broth, a smoked whitefish pate served with flatbreads, and a variety of local salads and pasta dishes. The restaurant hosts DJs and live music as well as drink specials on Friday and Saturday evenings starting at 9PM. For breakfast, hotel guests and locals alike will also enjoy the hotel’s fully renovated breakfast caf√©, The Bistro, which features a two-way fireplace that faces the outdoor pool and will serve Starbucks® coffee.
Coupled with its premier waterside location on Grand Traverse Bay, West Bay Beach’s fully renovated meeting space provides the ideal destination for corporate events and weddings. The hotel increased its event space to 7,000 square feet with the addition of two meeting rooms that offer stunning waterfront views.

Additional enhancements to the property include a refurbished outdoor pool featuring a new deck and all new contemporary outdoor furniture including cabanas, a refreshed indoor pool now featuring a hot tub and sauna, a brand new business center, and an upgraded fitness facility that now offers all-new LifeFitness™ equipment to keep travelers on their workout routine during their travels. West Bay Beach also offers a unique assortment of amenities including sail boat, canoe, kayak, and jet ski rentals right off the dock from the hotel; beachside fitness programs including boot camp and yoga; and poolside movies and storytelling.

West Bay Beach, a Holiday Inn Resort, is located at 615 East Front Street, in Traverse City, Mich., a top rated destination in the United States by national publications including National Geographic, The Travel Channel, Budget Travel, Money Magazine, and Family Fun Magazine. Traverse City hosts many popular annual festivals including The National Cherry Festival and the Traverse City Film Festival.

West Bay Beach is owned by ValStone Partners and operated by Interstate Hotels & Resorts (, the leading U.S.-based global hotel management company. For additional information about West Bay Beach, to make reservations, or to plan an upcoming event, please contact the hotel at (231) 947-3700 or visit

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