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The Village at Grand Traverse Commons

1200 W 11th St., Traverse City, MI 49684
231-941-1900
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Ranked #15 of 34 Attractions in Traverse City
Type: Historic Sites, Malls
Owner description: 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,... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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English first
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91 reviews 91 reviews
15 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

I'm not much for shopping (window or otherwise), so I didn't get as much out of the shops as my mother did. What I did enjoy was the outstanding walking tour of the State Hospital. Our tour guide, Joe, was excellent - informative and entertaining. The tunnels under the complex were especially interesting and creepy. I would come back and... More

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Richland, Michigan, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

The buildings and shops are really cool, but they need to get visitor info up and running. It was hard to find hours and where to go.

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Traverse City, Michigan
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

We love going for walks around the commons. Hiking the trails up behind the commons is also on our weekly routine. The amenities are many and wonderful. We enjoy the restaurants, galleries and the farmers market.

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Traverse City, Michigan
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32 reviews 32 reviews
6 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Great place to check out Victorian architecture, great shops and restaurants. Two of the top winemakers have tasting rooms right here, Left Foot Charlies and Black Star Farms. Also, two of the top 5 restaurants in TC are here, Pepenero and Stellas. It's basically a place where if you only have a half day to spend in TC, come here.... More

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MI&FL
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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

The history of this complex is amazing and worth the trip. There's also a great store called The Silver Fox there. Make sure you go there to see all their unique items.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Great place. So much to see and do here. Make sure you learn some of the history of this old insane asylum. Fascinating. Quite a large and very impressive structure. You can see the buildings many spires from miles away. Lots of great shopping and eating establishments have made the village at Grand traverse commons their home. We'll worth a... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Fantastic and vibrant community here, getting better every day. Love the galleries and art shops. Some great restaurants as well. This place is a model for all other disused state hospitals, not to mention other historic buildings - keep the character, keep the scale, and bring the life back! Love this place - highly recommend a visit or two if... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

I (we) highly suggest that everyone who visits this place would take the tour that is offered. The tour was one of the best that I have ever been on. Joe, the tour guide, is very knowledgable and made the tour very interesting. We did some shopping, wine tasting at Left-Foot Charlie, bought a couple loaves of bread at Pleasanton... More

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Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

The restoration of the commons is incredible. I love all the little specialty shops the have housed in these old, brilliant buildings. Get to Stellas for some amazing food! Bring your money, because it is not cheap. The shops range from wine and sweet treats to art and clothes. It is a wonderful place to wonder the day away.

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kalamazoo
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15 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Even if you aren't into shopping and trendy restaurants (Trattoria Stell and Pleasanton Cafe are excellent), this is a fascinating site to visit ir you have any interest in historical preservation or urban redevelopment. The city took the old psych hospital and repurposed it as a retail center. Great use of the building and property. More communities should repurpose sites... More

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