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“Friend's store”

The Village at Grand Traverse Commons
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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.
Traverse City, Michigan
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31 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Friend's store”
Reviewed September 12, 2012

Have a friend that owns a store there and just had to visit. Parking was not good and trying to find your way around was almost impossible. Store prices are high but you get what you pay for.

Visited May 2012
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Lincoln, Michigan
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“very interesting-can't wait to come back-did not have enought time to really see all of the shops.”
Reviewed September 7, 2012

Very interesting and unique shops-can't wait to come back and have time to see them all. Make sure that you have time to be able to see everything there.

Visited October 2011
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Baltimore, Maryland
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“historic setting for charming shops”
Reviewed August 29, 2012

As others have already noted, this is a unique setting. An asylum that was begun well over 100 years ago has been converted into condos and shops. The ability of the architects to retain the exterior yet create fascinating and unique spaces in the interior is amazing. The shops are charming and an intersting selection. The main restaurant in the complex is a wonderful place to have lunch or dinner and just converse with friends. Food and service are excellent. Several other small places are also available for a sandwich or light food. The Commons is a very, very large facility--several small buildings and one very, very,large building-- is set in a parklike atmosphere. Apparently the original director of the facility loved trees. Whenever he travelled and saw new varieties, he would have that variety sent to the facility grounds and planted; thus, a unique arboretum was created and still stands in the front of the Village at Grand Traverse Commons.

Visited August 2012
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Michigan
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84 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Great place and very unique. Great festival there.”
Reviewed August 29, 2012

The Traverse City Beer and Music Festival was a lot of fun at the Village. My wife and I enjoyed it since I like beer and my wife likes wine. They had many choices of each and the live music was great. We would defiantly come back to this event. The porta john trough was a great idea which made the men’s line go very quick. I wish it was on both sides of the festival.

Visited August 2012
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Los Angeles, California
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170 reviews
82 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
“"A GRAND PLACE in TRAVERSE CITY"”
Reviewed August 27, 2012

I came to The Village at Grand Traverse Commons to visit my brother who recently bought a studio condo here. This place is an absolute stand out. A gorgeous Victorian nostalgic building (once an asylum) combined with a modern world of shops, restaurants, and a yoga studio,
The grounds are beautiful; endless hiking trails, old barns, gardens to grow crops, and lots of
trees. Residents and visitors alike can enjoy Pleasanton Bakery, Higher Grounds Coffee Shop,
Left Foot Charlie Winery, and Underground Cheesecake Company for awesome tasting cheesecake. (I recommend the German Chocolate). More development is still in progress for months to come to make this place even more exceptional than it already is.
The Village at Grand Traverse Commons is a hidden gem worth visiting for an awesome experience.
It's a grand old place!

Visited August 2012
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