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Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Selected As Official Horse Shows by the Bay Host Hotel

Traverse City, MI - February 4, 2008 - The Grand Traverse Resort and Spa, legendary in Northern Michigan for their Full Service Resort Experience, has been selected as the Official Horse Shows by the Bay Host Hotel for their upcoming 2008 summer season of events.

Horse Shows by the Bay will be held from July 16 to August 3, 2008 at Flintfields Horse Park located 10 miles east of Traverse City, Michigan. The Grand Traverse Resort and Spa has set aside an extensive group block of rooms for horse show participants featuring various packages specially designed for horse show guests and their families. The Resort and Spa is located three miles west of the show grounds on US 31 North in Acme.

"Grand Traverse Resort & Spa is very pleased to be named the Official Host Hotel for Horse Shows by the Bay's 2008 events," says Steve Timmer, the Resort's Director of Marketing. "We look forward to a long relationship with Horse Shows by the Bay, and we welcome participants to experience our hospitality."

With $15 million in renovations throughout the property since 2003, Grand Traverse Resort & Spa is a new experience. The 900-acre resort, originally opened in 1980, has grown to become one of the Midwest's finest full-service, year-round, golf, spa, vacation and conference destinations, offering 600 Hotel and Tower guestrooms and suites, as well as studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom Condominiums, and 85,000 square feet of versatile meeting space. The Resort has 54 holes of championship golf including The Bear, a Jack Nicklaus signature golf course, The Wolverine, a Gary Player signature golf course, Spruce Run, the Resort's original course, plus the Jim McLean Golf School.

Additional features include a full-service spa with cherry-theme services, comprehensive tennis program with indoor and outdoor tennis courts, 100,000-square foot health club with a 15,000-square foot Indoor Water Playground and outdoor swimming pools, beach club on Grand Traverse Bay, children's center, plus a shopping gallery, diverse restaurants and lounges and year-round recreation.

An award-winning destination resort, Grand Traverse Resort & Spa has been ranked among the Top 20 Mainland Resorts and Top 50 Travel Destinations and Services worldwide by Conde Nast Traveler magazine. Additional accolades include honors from Golf Digest, GOLF Magazine, Family Circle, Successful Meetings, and many other respected organizations.

Grand Traverse Resort & Spa is proudly owned and operated by the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians. For further information or to make reservations, please call 800-236-1577, or visit the Resort's Web site at http://www.grandtraverseresort.com.

Horse Shows by the Bay is sanctioned by the United States Equestrian Federation as "AA-Hunter/Level 4 Jumper" and is also recognized by the World Champion Hunter Rider Awards Program, Show Jumping Hall of Fame, North American League and the Young Jumper Championships. Feature events include four $5,000 Hunter Classics, weekly $25,000 Grand Prix, and a $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Challenge Derby Classic.

The Traverse City region is known for its moderate climate, wineries, boutique shopping, cherry orchards, casinos, resorts, golf courses, and Lake Michigan waters as blue as the Caribbean Ocean.

Additional horse show information can be found by calling 561-723-6287 or by visiting the official horse show Web site http://www.horseshowsbythebay.com.

Photo Credit: The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa, the official host hotel for the Horse Shows By the Bay. Photo courtesy of the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa. This photo may be used free of charge only in relation to this press release.


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