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Grand Traverse Commons

Fall is the perfect time for a shopping trip to the Village at Grand Traverse Commons, a unique commercial/residential complex built in what was once the Northern Michigan Asylum. Located just a few minutes west of downtown, the Village is a fascinating collection of shops, boutiques, galleries and restaurants set in a cluster of cream-colored castles amid acres of beautiful wooded grounds that are ablaze with autumn color.

You'll be delighted by the imaginative restaurants and shops of the Mercato, a remarkable underground shopping center, as well as the restaurants and shops scattered around the outdoor piazza. In fall there's often an opportunity for al fresco dining under the tall trees, and you'll be tempted to take a walk through the adjoining arboretum or participate in fun events like the Harvest Festivus or the Halloween Hootenanny.