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The Village at Grand Traverse Commons

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Address: 1200 W 11th St., Traverse City, MI 49684
Phone Number: 231-941-1900
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Description: Old state asylum that is being renovated into shops, restaurants...
Old state asylum that is being renovated into shops, restaurants, wineries, and more...lots to look at, including tons of trails to walk, bike, ski, etc.
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Cool building and shops!

The building is simply cool! I liked the variety of drops and restaurants. The people were very friendly and told us about the building's history which I found interesting. I... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
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Lake Orion, Michigan
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Lake Orion, Michigan
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

The building is simply cool! I liked the variety of drops and restaurants. The people were very friendly and told us about the building's history which I found interesting. I recommend reading up on it before you go. I will return on my next trip to TC, that's for sure.

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Ypsilanti, Michigan
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This was a part of our chauffeured wine tasting tour and the grounds had a lot of history. Also there were some very interesting and quaint handcrafted shops.

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Grand Traverse County, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

We used to call it The Crazy House. It is still being renovated but the huge old buildings are amazing to walk around. Has a great place to buy fresh bread and a few shops inside the commons and they are continuing to add on special shops like the wine shop. We have eaten dinner there several times and it... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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63 reviews 63 reviews
23 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

with each new restaurant and each new shop and each new condo / apartment this place just vets better all the time. It is still a bit challenging to walk around and needs more shopping to make it a great destination - but I think it will get there in time

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Toledo, Ohio
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30 reviews 30 reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

If you want to combine a cool, semi- creepy historical experience with shopping the Village is definitely for you. Nestled in the lower level of the former TC State Hospital, the Village offers a unique mix of quality specialty shops, restaurants, and galleries. There is even a bakery and the Higher Grounds Coffee Shop (outstanding!).

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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

This is one of Traverse City's treasures and definitely worth a visit! This complex houses restaurants, shops, residences and even a senior living facility in a spectacular setting. We took a tour last fall which included the tunnels underneath the complex which connect the buildings ... absolutely fascinating to learn about the history of the this former psychiatric hospital. Be... More 

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Suttons Bay, Michigan
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3 attraction reviews
103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

Joe and Justin did a great job showing us the buildings and grounds. Seeing the interiors of the buildings and the famous tunnels would have made this a five star attraction alone, but the information Joe and Justin provided made this one of the best tours we've ever taken anywhere. What was so fascinating to us was seeing how Kilbride's... More 

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Royal Oak, Michigan
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

My Wife and I went on the tour of the closed Traverse City State Hospital and it was an amazing experience. If you do nothing else in Traverse City, let Joe and Justin show you an amazing historic site and the largest restoration project anywhere. The steam tunnels alone are worth the trip.

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michigan
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

This renovation project is huge. Lots of boutique stores and a few restaurants on site. Prices for everything there are very high. The trattoria restaurant is very expensive and in my opinion not that good.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

The Village was a great, fun place to shop and eat. We loved being able to walk inside from store to store, and the fudge/ice cream shop in there is a must!

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