The Village at Grand Traverse Commons

The Village at Grand Traverse Commons, Traverse City: Address, Phone Number, The Village at Grand Traverse Commons Reviews: 4.5/5

The Village at Grand Traverse Commons

The Village at Grand Traverse Commons
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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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Nancy F
Ann Arbor, MI32 contributions
State hospital history and steam tunnels
Aug 2021
We took a very interesting and informative 2-hour walking tour of the Village at Grand Traverse Commons. This complex is the former Traverse City State Hospital for the mentally ill. It operated from 1885 to 1989. Today the buildings are being repurposed into condos, senior housing, shops, restaurants and offices. The grounds are lovely and include a botanic garden and various trails. Much history is given in the tour of the innovative approach to treating mental illness that was tried at this facility. The architecture is interesting and the tour included walking through the 1885 steam tunnels. Highly recommended.
Written August 1, 2021
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Natalie D
1 contribution
Vanessa is iconic!
Jul 2021 • Friends
Took an amazing tour with the stunningly beautiful and hilarious Vanessa! She was incredibly knowledgeable about the site’s history and had some fantastic personal stories about growing up on the grounds. I can’t recommend her tours enough!
Written July 30, 2021
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Rebecca C
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Twilight Asylum Tour
Jul 2021 • Family
The Twilight Tour with Vanessa was fantastic! She was highly informative and easily kept our attention throughout the tour. Her sense of humor was top notch and she even graced us with her wonderful singing voice. I would recommend this tour!
Written July 30, 2021
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NorcalMelanie
2 contributions
Twilight Tour with Vanessa
Jul 2021 • Solo
Enjoy a twilight tour with stunning Vanessa. She knows the history of this hospital and enjoys sharing her love of it. You are able to access many great areas of the grounds including parts still under construction. She is a natural story teller with a dramatic flair. Don’t miss her tour!
Written July 29, 2021
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Mary F
Youngstown, OH4 contributions
Michigan State Asylum Tour
Jul 2021 • Friends
Catherine is a well versed and pleasant tour guide who is both knowledgeable and passionate aboutMichigan State Asylum. We very much enjoyed her explanations and additions of stories.
This was a great tour!!
Written July 28, 2021
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Heather S
2 contributions
Fun & interesting tour!
Jul 2021
We took the Twilight Tour with Vanessa. It was a great tour. Vanessa shared a wealth of information as well as personal anecdotes. It was fun and interesting. I would highly recommend the tour.
Written July 27, 2021
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Mary R
1 contribution
Fascinating tour, great guide!
Jul 2021 • Couples
Catherine did a great job sharing the mission of the asylum and the stories of people who worked there. Interesting to see buildings that still need renovation.
Written July 25, 2021
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Larry M
Asheville, NC356 contributions
Impressive building and grounds
Jul 2021
Loved the park-like surroundings and lovely buildings. The Children's fairy path in the forest behind the nature gardens is really top drawer. However, the unusual shops on the ground floor of the old hospital were expensive and too novel and did not appeal, and it was a long walk
Written July 25, 2021
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Joseph H
Beavercreek, OH719 contributions
Great Re-Missioning of Asylum
Jul 2021
Due to 4.4" of rain in the Traverse City area today, we visited the Village at Grand Traverse Commons to pass some time. As retired health care professionals, it's interesting to visit facilities that used to by asylums that have since been re-missioned into shops. The shops are quite eclectic. A nice place to pass some time.
Written July 24, 2021
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Linda B
1 contribution
Awesome experience
Jul 2021 • Family
It was a fun time. Tour guide, Vanessa was awesome and made it such a fun experience. Loved hearing the stories of the hospital, patients and staff. The tunnel experience was spooktacular and very well played out. Would love to return for another tour in the future.
Written July 23, 2021
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