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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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Beautiful grounds, historic building with some unique shopping and some excellent food options. Definitely worth the wander.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Beautiful grounds, historic building with some unique shopping and some excellent food options. Definitely worth the wander.

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Detroit, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

We basically stumbled upon this. It is very out of the way but not too far from the city center. We visited Black Star and shop of the shops then toured the gardens. They have a lot more planned in the next two years so I'm sure each visit will bring about new things to see. The Gardens and Barn... More 

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Michigan City IN
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Visited this historical building formerly known as the Traverse City State Hospital. Learning about the history of this building was very informative. Pictures lined the walls of how this building used to be in the late 1800's and how it has been converted to condos, shops and eateries. We might have taken the tour but felt it was a little... More 

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Springfield, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

While we didn't find a lot of shops we were interested in, learning about the history of this place and seeing the architecture were well worth the visit. Plus, there is a small tasting room for Black Star Farms inside as well as a few nicer restaurants.

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Traverse City, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Our Tour Guide, Joe, was exceptional. He is a great "story-teller" and made the 2 hour tour of the Traverse City State Hospital fly by. I loved his personal additions to the history of the State Hospital, as well as his extensive knowledge of the Mental Health System at the time of the hay-day of State Hospitals. On a side... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

went here for dinner at stella trattoria - a very nice restaurant. wish I had more time to visit the shops. a very nice shopping environment - far from your typical mall.

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Shelby Township, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

So glad we took the tour! It was so interesting. Joe did a great job and has a wealth of information about the State Hospital. We got to see parts of the hospital that we would not have had access to without the tour (closed buildings and underground tunnel system). The shops were really cute and the food at Spanglish... More 

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Prior Lake, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Unique shopping experience with an incredible history. Signs along the walls share the remarkable history of the Northern Michigan Asylum, later renamed Traverse City State Hospital. Great small, unique shops with local and handmade goods. Beautiful, striking architecture in a pristine northern Michigan setting make this a truly unique experience. Did not have enough time for guided tour but I... More 

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Grand Blanc, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

We took the 2 hour (actually 2.5 hours) guided tour of the former Traverse City State Hospital (has been variously known as the Northern Michigan Asylum and the Traverse City Regional Psychiatric Hospital). Such an interesting and fascinating look back at history dating back to the 1800's. Beaufiul workmanship of carpentery and tile work. We toured quite a few buildings... More 

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Lafayette Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Fascinating history. Unbelievable transformation. Very informative tour of the underbelly of this historic state hospital. Although much work to do and not a place that I would choose to live, I admire the risk takers who made this outdated mental hospital a destination for shoppers, seniors looking for a retirement home, and the curious wanting to understand how mental health... More 

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Address: 1200 W 11th St., Traverse City, MI 49684
Phone Number: 231-941-1900
Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Grand Traverse County  >  Traverse City

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