We love exploring historic landmarks, especially when those places tell stories of the past and present.

All week, we’ve been highlighting unique places to visit in Traverse City. So, of course, we had to stop by The Village at Grand Traverse Commons. It is a former State-run asylum, that years ago was turned into a bustling spot to shop, dine and even live.

>>> Take a look in the video above. 

You can hike or bike the trails there and stop at a bakery. There’s also a winery and brewery. We’re so excited to take you inside this place, which opened in the late 1800’s as a state hospital and still speaks to the history and beauty of Traverse City today!

The Village is such a unique and large place to visit. You can take walking or bus tours of The Village. Spring is such a great time to explore this area, because it’s less busy than in the summer months. The shop owners tend to have more time to spend with you and of course, there’s less wait times at the award winning restaurants located here!

It’s fun to spend the day, then head north to wine country. The Traverse Wine Coast is made up of the Leelanau and Old Mission Peninsulas, and next month during Michigan Wine Month they’re doing something really fun.

It’s called TC Uncorked and all month long, there will be special events at the wineries and vineyards. There’s tasting tours, great culinary offerings and lots of great lodging packages. All of this, set against picturesque landscapes and stunning Lake Michigan shoreline.