Treetops Resort undergoing $4.5 million renovation


OTSEGO COUNTY, Mi (WPBN/WGTU) – Treetops Resort in Otsego County has started a large scale renovation of its buildings and rooms.

The resort secured a $4.5 million loan to remodel the outside of two of its lodging buildings as well as almost 200 rooms inside.

One of the buildings is 25 years old and the other is 18 years old.

“It’s been over a dozen years so we’re very excited about it, you know our staffs really excited to see it happening and the community is excited and our customers are excited too,” said Barry Owens, the general manager of Treetops. “It’s neat, we’re getting a lot of inquiries and stuff for the coming year and people and people want to come check it out.”

Guests will still be able to stay in the rooms during the winter season while they work on one section at a time.

They are fixing the roofs, repainting the walls and fixing up the doors and windows.

“We have great recreation here, great outdoors, just a wonderful piece of property,” Owens said. “Golf and skiing are awesome, so this is really going to help round out what we have here to offer.”

Barry Owens is also excited about being part of what he sees as an economic surge in Gaylord.

“Anybody who’s driven around Gaylord lately, you can see all the activity that’s going on. There’s the street-scape project and new hotels going in and all kinds of new businesses going in and so we’re proud to be part of that.”

Paul Beechnau of the Gaylord Area Tourism Bureau agrees that this will help to bring people in.

“Well that’s great news for the Gaylord area, for everybody really,” Beechnau said. “Treetops has been one of our landmark resorts not just for Gaylord, but for all of northern Michigan and what’s so great for this area is that we talk not just about the quantity of the great resort amenities, but the quality.”

Treetops plans on having the outside of the buildings finished by Christmas, and their target for the rooms inside is May 1.

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