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Fascinating visit to a Victorian treasure

The Grand Traverse Commons is in the restored Victorian buildings that once housed a state mental... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
AnnInPC
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Traverse City, Michigan
Historic and interesting

A fascinating history. Need to take the historic tour sometime, although a lot of displays... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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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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1200 W 11th St, Traverse City, MI 49684-3287
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Grand Traverse Commons is in the restored Victorian buildings that once housed a state mental hospital. The buildings now contain a variety of shops and restaurants, along with condos. The grounds also have a fairly extensive system of hiking/walking trails. Tours of the buildings...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A fascinating history. Need to take the historic tour sometime, although a lot of displays explaining the historical significance on the lower floor. The shops on the lower floor are a bit on the expensive side.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I enjoyed the tour and so did my wife, we took pictures and learn a lot about the hospital and a lot about Traverse City. We would give it 5stars if you could go inside more of the buildings to explore more. But its still...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The five of us had an awesome tour of the Village/former State Hospital that included restored buildings, buildings yet to be restored, and the tunnel system. Our guide was very knowledgeable and interesting. We topped off the tour with a superb lunch at Spanglish!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank RickB595
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is an old asylum. It was going to be torn down. A group bought it, and they are refurbishing it building by building. They have a breakfast restaurant, and an Italian restaurant, lots of cute shops, and even have company offices and residences. I...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed December 10, 2018 via mobile

My wife and I had some free time and chose to take the tour and we really enjoyed learning about this place. Ben did an excellent job as the tour guide-he grew up there so he has so much first hand knowledge. Loved the cottage...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 10, 2018 via mobile

While we have visited The Commons many times to eat and shop, we finally decided to sign up for the historical tour. We really enjoyed it! If you get there early you will have time to browse the hallway leading to the ticket office and...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 6, 2018 via mobile

I grew up in TC and thought I knew a lot about the place, but still learned a lot. Our guide Joe was very knowledgeable, funny, and animated, and told a few personal stories about his childhood experiences visiting the asylum. You get to tour...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Kristin D
Reviewed December 4, 2018 via mobile

The Tour was absolutely the best. Enjoyed every minute of it & the 2 hours flew by. Definitely dress according to the weather like the website states. You are outside a good portion of the time. Our tour guide Joe, was fabulous. He sure is...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Tammy K
Reviewed November 29, 2018

This tour was excellent, guide had a wealth of knowledge and shared it with the group. All were engaged in the tour with comments. We have encouraged many others to take the tour.

Date of experience: November 2018
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trishamichelle
August 2, 2018|
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Response from gogoblueuri | Reviewed this property |
You have to take the tour - I am pretty sure
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Global326017
July 17, 2018|
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I would highly recommend Cambria Suites. Located on Route 72 as you enter the city from the south or east. Excellent accommodations and friendly professional service. Free parking. They even offer a free shuttle that will... More
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dgeoff1
July 9, 2018|
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Response from Rvenner | Reviewed this property |
It’s spooky by nature but not intentionally. You can imagine what happened in the past while walking thru the brick lined tunnels
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