SAS2018 Conference

Committee

Scientific Sessions

Support

Venue

Advanced Photon Source

The Venue

The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa

The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa has more than 85,000 square feet (8,000 square meters) of versatile, dedicated meeting space in 36 rooms. Facilities feature private boardrooms, ballrooms, expansive conference centers, and outdoor function areas.

Situated in the northwest corner of Michigan's lower peninsula along the shores of Lake Michigan’s East Grand Traverse Bay, the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa is 10 minutes from Cherry Capital Airport. Regional Jet service is offered by American Eagle, Delta, and United Express. Direct flights are offered from major international airports in Detroit (DTW), Chicago (ORD), Minneapolis (MSP) and Denver (DEN). Seasonal service is offered from New York’s LaGuardia. The Resort is within a single day’s drive from most major Midwest cities.

At the time of the conference, weather will feature pleasant temperatures (typically high: 20 C, low: 10 C, low precipitation). Autumn colors will be on display. This is the ideal time to visit Grand Traverse Resort & Spa.

This is the largest full-service, year-round destination resort and conference center in the midwestern United States, with full-service spa, indoor and outdoor tennis, four indoor and outdoor pools, a water playground, and three championship golf courses. A casino with additional hotel accommodations is located within 10 km.

The area surrounding Grand Traverse Resort & Spa has gained national recognition as a unique travel destination. The area is rich in history, from the 1700s when French fur traders swapped goods with Native American tribes, to the latter part of the next century’s explosive lumber industry growth. More recently, the Grand Traverse region ranks as the world’s largest producer of tart cherries. Traverse City’s annual National Cherry Festival in July is one of the nation’s top festivals. The area is also home to several award-winning wineries.

Several attractions are within an hour’s drive of the resort including Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes National Lakeshore, Old Mission Peninsula, wine tasting, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Northwestern Michigan College Dennos Museum, Fish town of Leland, Music House Museum, Leelanau Sands Casino and Turtle Creek Casino. The majestic Mackinac Bridge and picturesque Mackinac Island are within a two-hour drive.