The Ideal Getaway

About the Tribe

Leelanau Sands Casino and Lodge, Turtle Creek Casino and Hotel and The Grand Traverse Resort and Spa are all owned and operated by the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians a federally recognized Native American tribe in Northern Michigan. The Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians are located in the northwestern section of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, 23 miles north of Traverse City in Leelanau County. In 1998 the tribal land base consisted of 450 acres of trust lands as well as recently purchased additional tribal lands. They received their federal recognition in 1980 and were the first tribal group to do so under the conditions of the Tribal Federal Acknowledgement Process adopted by the Department of Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs in 1998.They adopted their tribal constitution, bylaws and corporate charter on February 24, 1998. The constitution was not generic but specific in nature, unlike most of the tribal constitutions developed for the most part by the federal government for adoption pursuant to the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934 and adopted by most tribes during the mid 1930’s. Their service area includes the reservation and a six county area adjacent to Leelanau County. The Grand Traverse Band was the 7th tribe to join the Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan. 

About the Area

Recently, Smithsonian Magazine designated Traverse City as one of the top “20 Best Small Towns” in the country. The combination of the breathtaking beauty of the bays with the infinite activities and attractions available truly provides the ultimate destination year-round, and the summer season comes alive with the opportunity to do as much – or as little – as you prefer. And everyone agrees: “Must See American Cities” (Horizon Travel Magazine-Feb 2015), “10 Choice Destinations on the Rise” (Trip Advisor -Dec 2014), “America's Top 10 Foodie Towns” and “Top 10 Small Towns” ( -June and July 2014), “6 Small Towns to Visit This Summer” (Huffington Post -June 2014), “Top 10 National Parks for Families- Sleeping Bear Dunes” (Family Fun Magazine -April 2014), “America's Most Scenic Waterside Drives” and “America's 20 Most Romantic Towns” (Travel + Leisure Magazine – April and Feb 2014), and “Best Travel Finds for 2014” (Redbook Magazine -Jan 2014). Located on the 45th Parallel, the region truly offers four distinct seasons of travel. Summer seekers meet award-winning golf courses, challenging recreational trails for hiking and biking, unlimited fishing and boating, and adventurous dunes beyond compare while vibrant galleries and museums, acclaimed wineries, sandy beaches and hardwood forests beckon those seeking solace to their vacation. The evergreen forests and vibrant hardwoods create a color palette beyond compare for fall touring, and the lake effect snow brings the ultimate Norman Rockwell winters for skiing, snowmobiling, and relaxing by the warm fires.

About the Casino

Take the scenic shoreline on M-22 North along the bay to Leelanau Sands Casino, nestled in the hardwoods of the legendary Leelanau County. Come as you are, and enjoy over 400 interactive slot machines, Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, and Progressive 3-Card Poker. Bring friends or make new ones in our beautiful Birch Room featuring 88 Bingo seats for main session play Wednesdays through Fridays at 7pm and Sunday afternoons at 2pm. Unwind in the all new and expanded Dex’s Pizzeria or take in a great show with premier entertainment in the 1,000 seat Sands Showroom.

About The Lodge

At the end of your play, The Lodge offers over 50 rooms just steps away in the beautiful hardwoods overlooking West Grand Traverse Bay. Handicapped accessible rooms, complimentary shuttle service to the casino, and outdoor patio area are available. Click on our website link or call us today at (800) 930.3008 or (231)534.8282 to make your reservation.