The Village at Grand Traverse Commons

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To celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary, Terry and I spent a day in Traverse City. One of our destinations was The Village at Grand Traverse Commons, a collection of small retail shops in the beautifully-renovated former Traverse City State Hospital.

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The architecture and attention to detail displayed was simply exquisite.

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There’s an interesting history behind this former state hospital. Several books have been written about the facility, which I hope to borrow from the library. One of Terry’s relatives was a patient and, sadly, died there in 1926. This ancestor was 70 years of age at the time he passed away; I’m unaware of the circumstances surrounding his death.

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I enjoyed these ornate gates.

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I knew my Mom would enjoy this Michigan-shaped license plate collage. Too bad its price sticker wasn’t in my budget:) Since the shop didn’t have room to display the upper peninsula with the lower, the UP was leaning up against a wall inside the shop!

Most of The Village shops were way too upscale for us, but I purchased a few small gifts there. The mystery and architecture of the buildings made the visit worthwhile, in my opinion.

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The Village at Grand Traverse Commons
former Traverse City State Hospital
20th anniversary getaway

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