Traverse City is expanding the local nightlife around the downtown area. A good selection of preexisting nightclubs supply DJ's, live music, and dancing. Bar hopping is not really a challenge in the traditional sense of the word since visitors do not have to tackle many. Small coffee shops with big hearts and soulful music can be reserved for calmer evening wanderers. Downtown Traverse City also curates a variety of cultural and musical events for contemplative Friday nights.

On the other hand, visitors who are not guests at one of the Grand Traverse resorts can at least experience their entertainment and casino venues. The Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians operate The Grand Traverse Resorts and Casinos. Leelanau Sands and Turtle Creek Casino have up to 900 slot machines and inummberable mediums for gambling. Both casinos are immaculately designed, contemporary lodges. Leelanau Sands includes a 1100 showroom and 400 seat nightclub that features touring performers and national acts.

The Grand Traverse Resort is a top Conde Nast destination. Its surrounds visitor in lush golf courses, water features and has a luxurious day spa. A cocktail in the Grand Lobby, dinner at one of the fine restaurants, or a spa treatment can create a whimsical evening for two, four, or solo. With these unique options, traverse City can easily match the night mood of travelers from across the world.