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Grand Traverse Commons

No Traverse City shopping trip is complete without a visit to the Village at Grand Traverse Commons, a fascinating commercial/residential complex built in what was once the Northern Michigan Asylum. Located just a few minutes west of Traverse City's downtown shopping area, the Village is a unique collection of shops, boutiques, galleries and restaurants in a cluster of creamy castles surrounded by acres of beautiful wooded grounds.

Shoppers love the elegant shops of the Mercato, a remarkable underground shopping center, as well as the restaurants and shops scattered around the outdoor piazza. In summer, there's lot of opportunity for al fresco dining under the tall century-old trees, a stroll through the adjoining arboretum or a chance to participate in fun events like the Traverse Colantha Dairy Festival or the Traverse City Wine & Arts Festival.