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“One of my favourite parts of my visit”

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.
London, Canada
1 review
“One of my favourite parts of my visit”
Reviewed January 12, 2014 via mobile

Really cool winery on site with friendly servers. The cheesecake place was incredible and just walking the grounds was fascinating. The shops were neat and there is a lot of history there

Visited October 2013
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Grand Rapids
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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“Great historical building...”
Reviewed January 8, 2014

I absolutely loved the history and architectural structure of this building. However, I was underwhelmed by the number of shops and restaurants it contained. I assumed that because of the building's size there would be more of them. Also, the shops were nice but I thought that they were overpriced. I'm not sure that I'd go out of my way to visit the Village again.

Visited December 2013
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
375 reviews
60 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 161 helpful votes
“Quirky and compelling”
Reviewed January 5, 2014

It's an imaginative re-purposing of a huge psychiatric hospital that was closed a few decades ago. Still a work in progress, things open up as the developer is able to sell or lease more space. The upper levels are residential condominiums. The ground floor level is mainly professional offices, and the lower level is restaurants, one of a kind stores and, during winter, the farmers market is held there.

The market (10:00am-2:00pm Saturdays) is a real treat, with produce, meat, bread, honey, maple syrup, cookies etc. arranged all along the corridors. Take time to look at the photographs of every day life in the Asylum as it was, as well as the revolving art displays. There are also businesses in buildings scattered around the grounds - a bakery, restaurants, a winery, a coffee shop.

An emergent church group meets outside in the summer and indoors in winter. An upscale retirement community is taking shape in another of the nineteenth century buildings. So the name 'village' is a good reflection. While the edgy nature of the location, and its history, has made it a magnet for young adults, it is a quirky multi-generational kind of self-selecting community of residents, tourists, shoppers and diners.

Visited December 2013
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Indiana
Level 4 Contributor
35 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“A Little Disappointing”
Reviewed January 2, 2014

Based on the size of the building I thought the place would be filled with shops and restaurants. However, there are only a handful of shops on the lower level and a couple of restaurants. The other levels are offices and non-retail businesses. The shops are very unique but a little hard to browse through since the lower level is broken into so many tiny rooms on either side of the main hallway.

Visited December 2013
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Dayton, Ohio
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Loved it!”
Reviewed December 28, 2013

Visit silver fox jewelry! They have some amazing one of a kind pieces and the staff is incredible. We loved the shopping!

Visited December 2013
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