Why We RecommendJust a mile West of downtown Traverse City, accessible by bicycle, car or foot, is one of the Country’s most unique and extraordinary cultural destinations. Leave your troubles behind and step into a world-less-ordinary: a 63-acre expanse of historic yellow-brick buildings, botanic gardens, restaurants, nature trails, and scintillating shopping experiences. One minute you’re enjoying a glass of local cider, a wood-fired baguette, or the best cup of coffee you’ve ever tasted. The next, you’re strolling serene corridors, suffused with whimsical shops and world-class restaurants. Step outside and marinate your senses in towering Victorian architecture and picturesque, pastoral landscapes punctuated by the burgeoning Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park. Special events and social gatherings abound. From festivals and farmers market, to artist receptions, concerts and celebrations, The Village at Grand Traverse Commons is always alive with activity, and is accessible to everyone!
What's Up RecommendationGive yourself the gift of an uninterrupted, no-expectations afternoon in the Mercato. Explore the golden-bricked nooks and crannies of each and every retail experience and be inspired by what shopping can, and should be: a voyage into the unexpected!
With so many truly excellent options, you owe it to yourself to arrive hungry, spend the whole day, and come back often! Local libations abound at Left Foot Charley and Earthen Ales: a collective celebration of local wines, and great craft beer. Higher Grounds and Cuppa Joe offer a veritable almanac of aromatic teas and locally roasted coffees. And to fill the belly and imagination, take your pick of cuisines from Mexico, Southern Italy and around the world at Spanglish, Pepenero, and Trattoria Stella. And for dessert? The Underground Cheesecake Factory and Pleasanton Brick Oven Bakery promise to surprise, tantalize and transfix your palette, and your sweetest imaginations!
The Village at Grand Traverse Commons offers miles of picturesque recreational trails and walking paths traversing historic landscapes, pastoral expanses, and horticultural curiosities; including the oldest arboretum and the newest botanic garden in the State of Michigan!