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“Fun for a Casual Walk”

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.
Reviewed September 3, 2013

The shops inside the facility are enjoyable to explore, and the building has many nooks and crannies. There is artwork along the hallways which makes it feel as if the whole building is a large art show. The shops are your typical local, upper-middle class trinket peddlers.

The grounds are rather lovely, and there is a creek which runs through a portion of the grounds, making for romantic photos. There are more than a few large, old trees which line the paths meandering across the yard.

Thank Freemajo
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Reviewed August 27, 2013

We spent a few hours exploring the shops on the ground level, as well as many of the buildings on the periphery of the property. Travelers MUST stop in to see this uniquely renovated/repurposed space.

Thank KBJames
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Reviewed August 26, 2013

The Village is quickly becoming the it place in Traverse City. Being the largest restoration project in the country, the old building 50 of the Grand Traverse Asylum has become a hidden gem of the north. Comprising of small boutique shops, restaurants, offices, salons, and apartments and condo's. It has become it's own self sufficient little Village. Numerous surrounding buildings have been renovated and turned into foody paradise. Left foot Charlies Winery and Cider mill, Higher Grounds Coffee Shop. Pleasanton Bakery for some of the best bread you ever had and Saturday night fire baked pizza's, Underground cheese cake, delicious. And Spanglish as the newset little big restarant. Spanglish is a family owned authentic Mexican eats. Tamales, Taco's, quesidia. Imported soda's, home made guac and salsa from fresh from the farm vegies. If coming up North a must on your to do list. only thing to remember is that the outside places close around six so if you want good eats come a little earlier. worth it though.

Thank sabastian69
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Reviewed August 23, 2013

This building is very beautiful, and I am very glad they are in the process of restoring it. The shops in the basement are just okay. I think Front Street is a much better shopping experience. I think it might be slightly overrated, but the architecture is very beautiful and it is worth at least a few minutes to stop by. It's a little bit creepy in some spots, it's an old building though so it's expected.

Thank xxthinkpink223xx
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Reviewed August 22, 2013

What a lovely place to wander the shops and restaurants or buy the BEST BREAD IN THE USA! Pleasanton Bread is Fabulous. I buy 6 loaves to take home for the winter to Savannah GA. Brick oven baked artisan bread! IT IS THE BEST. Under new ownership, will miss you Gerard. I will have to watch the quality. It was only the best for Gerard. New owner has been known to buy some dough products from GFS. Not a good business decision... But, love the Manna Bread!!!!!

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