The Village at Grand Traverse Commons, Traverse City

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  • Awesome experience and tour of the facility. We had Joe as our your guide. So much information. We actually went over by 30 mins but enjoyed every minute of it. The history of the facility and the con...  more »
  • We have come here for the last 5 years and love seeing how the renovations are coming along. One year we took the asylum tour, and it was amazing. You can also visit unique shops, find many food and d...  more »
  • The former State Mental Hospital has gone through a total renovation process the last 25 years or so. The complex now includes a collection of Condo's, Shop's, Restaurants,and an upscale Senior Living...  more »
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  • Love visiting the Village, especially during winter when you get a bit stir crazy with all the snow and old weather. Its fun to come here and visit the shops and grab a bite to eat at one of the restaurants. They have a top notch Furrier in residence here as well. I got a scarf made from Jack Rabbit fur, absolutly love it! So soft and warm.
  • I really don't know how to feel about our visit here. Honestly, less than impressed. Learning the history as you walk through was interesting. Definitely an eerie feeling walking these halls. Not so sure about repurposing a place like this into a shopping area? It was just weird. And the shops were outrageously expensive for the most part. We came and went pretty quick.
  • I live here and I love it! It's gorgeous, scenic, full of history, friendly, quiet, little traffic except during school pick up and drop off times. There is little to no crime here, it's wheelchair accessible, close to groceries and shopping centers but yet off the main traffic areas to these places. You'll need detailed information to find our building as it blends into all the other buildings that are largely unused, at least yet. It's by a couple private schools and meshes into a wooded background. There are lush lawns and plenty of trees for the birds and little animals but is not over run by them either. The history dates back to the 1880's when it was first built for psychiatric care. Many up and coming nurses and doctors were trained here and lived here. The many buildings were utilized for psychiatric care until the 1980's when they were closed and treatment became mainstream. While it was open it was also utilized for farming to feed and employ the many patients who were treated here. None of the buildings have been demolished, they stand to this day. They're beautiful and attract many photographers and sight seers. The spires that top the buildings can be seen from miles around. Families come here for walks, runners to train, travelers to visit and locals to do the same. Many young people and families like to hike up to the "Hippy Tree." If you're interested in living here there is a lengthy waiting list, a year and longer. There are background checks for credit and criminal history as well as employment history and previous housing and prior landlords. There have been books written about the history including the types of psychiatric care, nurses in training and coffee table photography books. All you have to do is Google!
  • This place is just so beautiful. I love the history of the hospital. The shops have so many beautiful things to look at. We had already eaten so we didn't try any of the restaurants but we did try the brewery there. I would definitely go back to give the rest a try.
  • Make sure you sign up for the guided tour of the Village, it's an incredible story about a one-of-a-kind facility that was far ahead of it's time, and the transformation into a great mixed-use campus has to be experienced. The food places are great, the shops are unique, and the buildings and grounds are picturesque. Make sure it's part of your Traverse City experience.

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Most accommodations in Traverse City lie near the waters of Grand Traverse Bay. The West Arm of the bay is closer to businesses and services in and around downtown. The portion of Traverse City on the East Arm of the bay remains quieter. Both areas offer hotels and bed and breakfasts with convenient access to the beach. Many visitors opt to stay in vacation rentals, including lakeside cottages and houses, which you'll also find here.
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