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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.
sgirlie
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31 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Ick”
Reviewed May 20, 2013

This place was disturbing. The shops and restaurants in the main building are crammed into the basement. This area has low ceilings, tiny rooms (obviously where the mental patients were stored) and is just creepy. It's claustrophobic and unsettling. I don't understand why the shops are relegated to the basement instead of the first floor.

Visited May 2013
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Bloomfield Hills, MI
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124 reviews
52 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“Interesting shops and food in an unlikely setting”
Reviewed May 20, 2013

Given that the building used to be used as a State Mental Health Hospital (formerly unpolitely referred to as the insane asylum) I had to wonder about what this place would be like. It was great! Nice little shops with very interesting art, jewelry, local wines, interesting soaps, AND a gem of a restaurant, Trattoria Stella. Not right downtown, but not to be missed. Now they just gotta' get rid of all the dandelions in the grass - but lotsa' grounds to de-dandelion.

Visited May 2013
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Atlanta, Georgia
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40 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Fun place to explore”
Reviewed April 25, 2013

My favorite things at Grand Traverse Commons are 1) The butternut squash grilled cheese sandwich at the Underground Cheesecake 2) The hiking trails at the south end of Red Drive (park off to the side of the road and start at the Orchard Trail trailhead sign) and 3) The creepy 'mental asylum' history. The Orchard trail meanders through land that the patients used to farm / raise livestock on in order to be self sufficient, and you can read about it at the trail head.

Visited April 2013
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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170 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Farmers Market and a few shops”
Reviewed April 9, 2013

Visited Saturday, April 6 2013 for the farmer's market and a few shops.
Farmer's market was a pleasant surprise: 2-3 years ago did the winter market and was a little disappointing. This time there was a greater variety of booths and products available.

Visited April 2013
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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Disappointed with the shops/Enjoyed the walking trails.”
Reviewed April 8, 2013

Although we were interested in the restoration of these old buildings and their history, we were disappointed in how few shops were open and how expensive the items were in these few shops. Definitely not geared towards your average tourist. We enjoyed the walking trails, and hope to come back when the ground is dry and the trails are more accessible.

Visited April 2013
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