THE TREE HOUSE IN THE HEART OF SLEEPING BEAR NATIONAL LAKESHORE

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Sleeps5
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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THE TREE HOUSE IN THE HEART OF SLEEPING BEAR NATIONAL LAKESHORE

Empire Apartment Rental Photos and Description

Apartment, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 3-5)

NOW TAKING SUMMER 2014 RESERVATIONS.

Welcome to our Tree House in the Sleeping Bear National Park. The Tree House is 3 miles from the Village of Empire and 3 miles from Glen Arbor.

Please note: Minimum stay during peak season is 7 nights. Check in on Saturday, and check out on Saturday.

National Geographic

2012 TOP 10 BEST SUMMER VACATION PLACES.

The Tree House is located in the heart of Good Morning America's Most Beautiful Place America...Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore.

This completely furnished carriage apartment was built by the owners. The house is situated on 30 acres, on a secluded road with minimal traffic, directly across from the Sleeping Bear National Forest. Comfortably sleeps 2 adults and up to 3 small children. The apartment is upstairs, essentially a tree house in the woods and separate from the main house. Exactly half way between Glen Arbor and Empire. Less than a mile from the beautiful Glen Lakes; swimming, jet ski rental, boat rental and fishing. Empire and Glen Arbor restaurants, shopping, art galleries and more within a 10 minute drive. Golf, horseback riding, hiking, less than a mile and only 20-25 minutes from Traverse City. We have an Endless pool on the property, which may be used by our guests.

There is also an art studio on the property and a large garden. Down the hill from the apartment is a large natural pond and from the apartment balcony deck you can observe the wildlife at the pond. Anytime you might see cranes, deer, foxes and even an occasional coyote. There is also a small pond off the garden, near the main house. If you have friends and family that wish to vacation near you, there are neighbors who also provide accommodations through VRBO.

Please check the calendar for available dates during your intended stay. Red dates are already reserved. Yellow dates are on tentative hold, awaiting reservation confirmation. In the upper right side of the main page there is a link to the reservation calendar. You can view the available dates there. Check in Saturday, after 6:00 pm - Check out Saturday noon.

Peak Season rates apply for Thanksgiving. The property is closed to rentals from the Sunday after Thanksgiving until April 18.

PLEASE: when you inquire about reservations, email me back and let me know your decision ! Thank you.

Keywords: carriage house, apartment, upstairs, gay friendly

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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters

Norm

This advertiser has been with HomeAway.com since 2010
Speaks english

We have hosted many guests over the years from performers at the Manitou Music Festival, to artists in residence of the Glen Arbor Art Association. Whatever we can do to make your stay in Empire/Glen Arbor/Traverse City better, we will be happy to help in any way that we can.

Have you stayed at the Tree House and given a referral to a friend? If your friends book a reservation, you can receive a $50 discount on your next vacation at the Tree House? Please make sure your referrals mention your name.

Repeat Guests earn a $50 one time discount on your

next visit.

Please be sure to leave a review after your stay.

Thanks for your kind support.

Norm purchased this apartment in 1995

In the heart of Sleeping Bear National Forest, the Tree House is centrally located, with quick access to the Glen Lakes, Sleeping Bear Dunes and Lake Michigan. Within a 20 minute drive, guests can find themselves in the midst of Traverse City. Come stay with us during the National Cherry Festival or the Manitou Music Festival. Everything is within reasonable driving distances. Benzie, Honor, Cadillac, Suttons Bay, Acme, Williamsburg, Bear Lake, Northport, Leland, and Lake Leelanau.

Sleeps5
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Property Reviews

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The Tree House in the Heart of Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore
average rating of 4.866667 based on 15 reviews
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The Tree House in the Heart of Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore
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Empire Sleeping Bear Dunes
Texas
4

Late summer vacation

  • 4 of 5
  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
Restful location. Pleasant apartment/cabin/tree house. Close, easy access to local attractions.
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
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The Tree House in the Heart of Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore
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Empire Sleeping Bear Dunes
Sugar Grove, IL
5

Quiet, Cozy, Comfortable

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
This was our first visit to the Sleeping Bear area. Very comfortable, clean, cozy accommodations. Private and quiet, just the way we like it. Short drive to Empire and Glen Arbor for shops and coffee. Fantastic restaurants near by. Magnificent beaches up and down the coast. Had fun driving the maze of little seasonal roads at dusk and freaking the kids out about bears!... never saw any though. We will definitely be coming back. Thanks for a great visit Norm.
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Empire Sleeping Bear Dunes
West College Corner, Indiana
5

Great relaxing week

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
Our first family getaway to the treehouse and we loved it. The weather was awesome and the scenery is beautiful. There is plenty of hiking, enjoying relaxation on the beaches, fine dinning in sorrounding areas, and scenic drives on HWY 22. Traverse City has a fun center (Pirates Cove) our kids enjoyed. We had our 8 yr son and 13 yr old daughter and they got bored at times but it was all worth the stay and relaxation for my wife and myself. This would be a perfect get away for a couple. The treehouse has all the amenties if you wanted to just stay in for a day. Empire is just a short drive and has a small local grocery store to stock up for cooking meals at the treehouse to save on eating out cost. I hope to stay again soon. The owner was great, Thanks a bunch.
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Pet-friendly, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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The Tree House in the Heart of Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore
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Empire Sleeping Bear Dunes
5

Great return visit

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
We returned to the Tree House for a second year (2 adults and 2 college age sons) and were again very pleased. The house is immaculate and it is a great place to spend a quiet week. Everything was in great shape and it was so simple to move right in. The owners are on site and available at any time but you also have privacy as their house is adjacent but not attached. I would certainly recommend this home without hesitation (unless climbing the stairs at the entrance would de difficult for you).

Empire has many advantages over the other towns in the area. It is a small town in a serene setting. The house is in the woods so you have silence at night. During the day, there is bike riding, kayaking, and most importantly hiking. If you choose a busier day, Traverse City is a short ride away.

Do not miss hiking the Sand Dunes and the other scenic trails in the area. They are memorable!

We certainly plan to return!
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Pet-friendly, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Empire Sleeping Bear Dunes
Geneva, IL
5

Private Retreat

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2012
  • Stayed: Oct 2012
Cozy coach house apartment situated in the woods. Cooking facilities were adequate, but you may need to bring a medium sauce pan and potato masher. We enjoyed the TV after a long day of seeing the colors and wine tasting. Good restaurants in the area if you don't cook, but they are a bit of a drive. Thanks for the nice stay Norm.
Judy & Fred
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Pet-friendly, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: "you may need to bring a medium sauce pan and potato masher"

I must apologize for this "issue" but at one time both items were in the kitchen. I can't possible fix a situation unless I know about it first. Both items are now in the kitchen again. Thank you.
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Map

Nearest Airport
30 Miles
TVC
Nearest Ferry
80 Miles
Ludington
Nearest Motorway
M-72
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Empire State Beach
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Dunes Golf Club
Car: necessary

Good Morning America's 2010 Most Beautiful Place in the US.

National Geographic's TOP 10 BEST SUMMER VACATIONS 2012.

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Availability & Rates

Empire Apartment Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Minimum Stay
 
Peak Season
May 1 2014 - Sep 6 2014
$950
7 nights
 
 
Off Season
Sep 7 2014 - Oct 31 2014
$150
$750
3 nights
 
 
My Standard Rate
$150
3 nights
 

Additional information about rental rates

Departure Housekeeping $75.00
Property Damage Protection $49.00
Tax Rate 6.0%
Notes There is a reservation deposit at the time of booking. The balance due is due at check-in. The balance due may be paid in cash or personal check. Please have a personal check completed upon arrival.
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Amenities

Empire Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Parking ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Internet
  • Heating ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Parking Off Street
Kitchen:
  • Refrigerator
  • Oven ...
  • Toaster
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Stove ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • The Tree House has unfiltered well water. No smell or taste.
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 5
  • Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Child Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
Entertainment:
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Stereo
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Books
  • Music Library ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Balcony
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • pets considered ...
  • smoking allowed ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Attractions:
  • restaurants
  • churches
  • marina
  • winery tours
  • cinemas
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • beachcombing
  • gambling casinos
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • boating
  • shopping
  • antiquing
  • sledding
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • wildlife viewing
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • jet skiing
  • skiing
  • hiking
  • cycling
  • cross country skiing
  • kayaking
  • tennis
  • sailing
  • hunting
  • rafting
  • snowboarding
  • golf
  • water skiing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
  • snowmobiling
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • roller blading
  • water tubing
Notes:
Gay friendly.
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