Hiking & Biking Trails 

Whether you explore the unpaved trails, travel along the Historic Men’s and Women’s Walk or venture to the Botanic Gardens, these supreme parks are open to the public from dawn til dusk. 

The Grand Traverse Commons Natural Area is the largest park in the group, including 140-acres of unpaved trails wandering though the hills behind Building 50.  Beautiful streams, wooded areas and clear panoramic views make the Commons Natural Area a favorite of many.

No matter the season, visitors frequent the area for hiking, biking and cross-country skiing.  In addition to the natural appeal, a man-made attraction can be found within this trail system as well. The Traverse City State Hospital built a reservoir in 1894 to help support the hospital’s fresh-water needs. Today, the concrete structure remains up in the hillside trails covered in brightly colored graffiti, visually stark in contrast to its natural surroundings.

 The Village at Grand Traverse Commons is surrounded by beauty and vitality in many forms. The preserved parkland, trail systems and community gardens are blessings that will allow many people and generations to reap their benefits. 

Click Here for a Trail Map

The Front Lawn & Historic Arboretum

Building 50’s expansive front lawn hosts a variety of  events, including weddings and private parties, the Traverse City Wine & Art Festival, the Traverse City Microbrew & Music Festival and our own annual Bocce Tournament!

When there’s not a big event taking place, Village residents and neighbors enjoy the serenity and walk-ability of the lawn. On any given day, you may see outdoor yoga, a lunchtime picnic, a game of frisbee, or someone taking a break with a relaxing cup of coffee under a shady tree.

The Village campus is abundant with a wide array of trees from all over the world with most of them located on our front lawn. Part of Dr. James Decker Munson’s “Beauty is Therapy” ideal, was to surround the hospital with beautiful trees for the patients and their families to enjoy. In fact, there is such a variety of trees, many local schools advise their students to visit our lawn for their Leaf Collection assignments. Imagine…finding a Gingko Biloba tree, right in Traverse City!  Click HERE for our tree map. 

The Backyard

With the historic lawn located in front of Building 50, the area bustling with activity behind Building 50 is called The Backyard. This area is alive from morning to night. From the early smells of fresh baked bread and delicious cups of coffee to decadent afternoon lunches and glasses of wine with an evening meal. The Piazza is located right in the heart of The Backyard and is home to many community activities.

The Piazza

In Italy it’s very typical that each small town and city have a centrally located Piazza where the community gathers together to talk, stroll and enjoy one another’s company. Modeled after a European lifestyle, The Village at Grand Traverse Commons has park-like area central to The Backyard that we affectionately call The Piazza.

The Village Piazza is home to bocce ball courts, live music, a weekly farmers market, community events and family picnics. It is a public space for the community to enjoy and provides a beautiful space to sit and relax.


As of 5/27/2020

To combat the spread of COVID-19 in Michigan, Governor Whitmer signed the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order. For at least the next three weeks (until April 13th), all Michigan businesses and operations must temporarily suspend in-person operations that are not necessary to sustain or protect life, and all Michiganders must stay in their homes unless they’re a part of that critical infrastructure workforce, engaged in an outdoor activity, or performing tasks necessary to the health and safety of themselves or their family, like going to the hospital or grocery store.

  • NOW BOOKING - Private Tours, click  HERE for more information.
  • Sanctuary Handcrafted Goods: ONLINE SHOP now available https://www.sanctuarytc.com/
    or by phone or email 231-932-0775, christie@sanctuarytc.com
  • B50 The Village Store Online Store NOW AVAILABLE!  Use code MISTRONG25 for 25 % off your entire order including Tour Certificates!
  • High Five Threads merchandise is available Online!
  • Christmastide TC now available ONLINE 
  • The Village Farmers Market will take place Saturdays on the Piazza from 9am-12pm. Monday, June 8th will be the official start to the Outdoor Market from 2-6pm.

Carry Out Hours:

  • Cuppa Joe: Mon-Sat 8a-3p Closed Sunday (231) 947-7730 Online ordering now available CLICK HERE
  • Earthen Ales: Wed-Sunday 2p-7p, Pick Up Only (231) 252-4270
  • S2S: Please call  (231) 492-4616 TO GO Orders Friday-Sunday 9am-2pm
  • Pepenero: Tuesday-Saturday 5p-9p (231) 929-1960
  • Left Foot Charley Winery Curbside Service Tuesday - Saturday 12-6pm.  Order ONLINE or by phone
  • FYT Health Foods Meal Prep Services - Pick-up or delivery is on Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday from 3pm to 6pm.
  • Spanglish Curbside Pick Up, Wednesday - Saturday 12-6pm. Please Call 231-943-1453 or order online at spanglishtc.com.

Please do your part:

  • Maintain a minimum 6 feet distance between others
  • Practice frequent and thorough hand washing.
  • Visitors: If you feel sick or share a home with someone who is sick, please do not enter, and  please self-isolate.

The intent of these extraordinary measures is to “flatten the curve” of the number of illnesses at once to avoid overwhelming our healthcare system. If everyone does their part now, we can help shorten the duration of this health emergency.

Thank you - The Minervini Group, LLC