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.
The architecture and attention to detail displayed was simply exquisite.
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.
I enjoyed these ornate gates.
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.
The Village at Grand Traverse Commons
former Traverse City State Hospital
20th anniversary getaway