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Grand Traverse Commons

One of the most fascinating indoor shopping experiences you can have in Traverse City is in the Village at Grand Traverse Commons, a unique commercial/residential complex built in what was once a state mental asylum. Located just a few blocks from Downtown Traverse City, the Commons is a wonderful collection of shops, boutiques, galleries and restaurants in a cluster of creamy castles, surrounded by acres of beautiful wooded grounds.

You'll love strolling through the elegant shops of the Mercato, an intriguing underground shopping center in the center of the Commons. In winter, the graceful Victorian buildings become the setting for evocative Christmas celebrations -- complete with horse-drawn sleigh rides -- an indoor farmer's market on weekends and a charming midwinter Indoor Folk Festival.