'LEMON DROP COTTAGE' IN THE WOODS NEAR SLEEPING BEAR DUNES.

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Timothy and Kathleen Young

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Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 6 nights

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'LEMON DROP COTTAGE' IN THE WOODS NEAR SLEEPING BEAR DUNES.

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Cute 2BR 1BA 50's Cottage. Sleeps 4.

This place is a winter and summer wonderland. We’re surrounded by a 70,000 acre national park (Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore), named by ABC's Good Morning America's 'Most Beautiful Place in America.' There’s plenty of skiing, canoeing, hiking and fishing and more. We’re close to Traverse City and Leelanau County, the best of wine regions this side of the Mississippi. Honor Michigan is 7 miles to the south and was rated in Field and Stream Magazine as the best all around recreation spot in the country. In 2012 Mario Batali listed his 9 favorite restaurants in the world. Two of them are here in Traverse City (25 miles away).

On the adjoining 5 acres there's a home I built where we run a small organic jam making company (foodforthought.net). While a tour is always popular with adults, children usually get a big kick out of seeing jam, salsa or salad dressing being made. If we are around we are happy to give tours. Lake Michigan is a three mile drive, ski or hike away and the beach is part of the Sleeping Bear Dunes, meaning there’s few people and no homes for miles in either direction.

It’s breathtaking summer or winter. This place is perfect for a winter reading and writing hideaway or family get-a-way.

It was stated earlier, but bears repeating. This place was recently remodeled to green building standards. Our NO PETS/NO SMOKING policies are not negotiable. Don't take it personally. We are trying to keep the place habitable for people with allergy or chemical sensitivities. We also clean with non-toxic cleaning products.

We also request respect for peace and quiet. It is a rural area, but our home in nearby and sound travels far in quiet rural settings. No amplified loud music, fireworks etc. Singing, 'unplugged music' and children playing are music to our ears and acceptable. Thank you for your understanding.

Amenities:: TV w/DVD player (no cable) and fire pit.

There is no phone. You may get cell service depending on your service provider. Verizon and AT&T usually have good signal.

Surrounding area: This location is ideal for it's rural setting, near beaches and central to the Sleeping Bear Dunes. However, you are not far from civilization in that our area boasts award winning restaurants, wineries and other food artisan establishments. It is truly an area of breathtaking natural beauty and a culinary paradise.

Traverse City is the closet large town (about 25 miles). Here are just a few of it's recognitions:

- one of American's Five Top Foodie Towns, Bon Appetit

- one of the Top 10 Places to Enjoy Local Wines, USA Today

- one of America's Top Ten Wine Destinations, TripAdvisor.com

- #8 in list of America's Top Ten Beach Towns and a Top 10 'Coolest Towns in the States, AOL Travel News

- second place in Our Top 10 Charming Small Towns, TripAdvisor.com

- on the Top Ten list of Surprising Foodie Towns, Livability.com

- one of Midwest's Five Top Food Towns, Midwest Living

- one of America's Top Adventure Towns, NationalGeographic.com

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Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • Low Allergen Environment

Timothy and Kathleen Young

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Speaks english
Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 6 nights

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Property Reviews

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'Lemon Drop Cottage' in the Woods Near Sleeping Bear Dunes.
average rating of 4.7272725 based on 11 reviews
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'Lemon Drop Cottage' in the Woods Near Sleeping Bear Dunes.
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Empire Sleeping Bear Dunes
Caledonia, MI, USA
5

A Relaxing Week

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2009
  • Stayed: Jun 2009
The Lemon Drop Cottage was a perfect location for our family's vacation. Our kids loved roaming the yard and were intrigued by the tentworms, skunk, chickens, and other creatures they encountered. The cottage is in a lovely setting that is very peaceful and provides plenty of relaxation!

We also enjoyed the nearby sights -- we made trips to the Sleeping Bear Dunes, hiked two trails, enjoyed the Empire Beach, and traveled through the Leelenau Peninsula. Loved the local aspargas and the complimentary Cherry Salsa Atento as well.

Thank you for a great week - we hope to see you again!
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Helpful votes: 8/8
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'Lemon Drop Cottage' in the Woods Near Sleeping Bear Dunes.
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Empire Sleeping Bear Dunes
4

peaceful cottage in the woods

  • 4 of 5
  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
This is a very sweet, cozy, and peaceful cottage just a short drive from one of the most beautiful shorelines in the country! It is just as advertised. In town with our toddler for a big family wedding, we most loved the peace and quiet of the cottage, nestled among big pines and forest. While not a large cottage, it has all the needed basics, and is a clean and comfortable place to rest after exploring the windswept dunes and spectacular beaches of Lake Michigan. We appreciated that it was so tidy, and that all the cleaning products are natural with low toxin. It is obvious that the owners care about the environment. We did not meet the owners, but we needed nothing and they were perfectly responsive and helpful with any questions we had before and during our stay. The cottage is in the woods but completely central to amazing sites - Esch beach - our favorite spot, sleeping bear dunes and the scenic drive, Point Betsie, trails to Empire bluffs, and North bar Lake. The tavern in Empire makes fantastic hamburgers and the owners make delicious preserves - we loved the organic tart cherry. Hope to come back to this wild and beautiful place.
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'Lemon Drop Cottage' in the Woods Near Sleeping Bear Dunes.
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Empire Sleeping Bear Dunes
5

A charming little place that was exactly as advert

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
If you want to stay near Sleeping Bear and don't want to camp, this is a beautiful place to chill out and rejuvenate. The owners were helpful and responsive, which made our stay truly delightful.

The cabin's kitchen is small, but very serviceable. It has a full stovetop and oven, and the selection of dishes was more than adequate for our needs.

The rest of the cabin would best be described as cozy but not cramped. There's not lots of extra room, but I didn't miss it either. Decorations were very thoughtful and tastefully done.

The only thing I would recommend prospective consider relates to the height of the shower head. I'm 5'11", and found the height less than ideal, but adequate. If you're much over six feet tall, be forewarned that this part of your stay will be less than ideal, maybe seriously so depending on how much you care about these things.

Having said that, I have no hesitation recommending Lemon Drop Cottage, will treasure my memories of the visit, and will definitely consider it again the next time we return to the Sleeping Bear Dunes area, the best-kept secret in the Midwest.
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'Lemon Drop Cottage' in the Woods Near Sleeping Bear Dunes.
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Empire Sleeping Bear Dunes
5

Small but Cozy

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
The Lemon Drop Cottage was small, but clean, well kept, and comfortable. It was able to provide all my husband and I needed for a week away to enjoy the national lake shore and surrounding region. The cottage was secluded and peaceful, but only a short distance from beaches and hiking trails. It is also a reasonable drive to get to Traverse City and the Leelanau peninsula.
You can probably find a lot "fancier" accommodations in the region, but if you are an adult looking for a quiet place to get a way to relax/recharge or a family with young children, it's perfect.
Helpful votes: 1/1
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'Lemon Drop Cottage' in the Woods Near Sleeping Bear Dunes.
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5

Great time!

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2012
  • Stayed: Sep 2012
We had a great time at the "Lemon Drop" and visiting Sleeping Bear Dunes. To be honest, it was even better than I expected. Although it's tiny, it had everything we needed and was nice and clean. We stayed two nights and the accommodations were perfect for our family (2 adults, 3 children under 6). Lots of land to run around on. The owners children where also very friendly and even gave us a short tour of their farm and chicken coop! We hope to make back again next year!
Helpful votes: 1/1

Map

Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Traverse City (TVC)
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Otter Creek Beach (Esch Beach)
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Joe's Freindly Tavern
Nearest Ski
20 Miles
Crystal Mountain Resort
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Dunes Golf Course
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Joe's Friendly Tavern
Car: recommended

This place is a winter and summer wonderland. Our cottage is a small 50's style with much character and in the woods. We’re surrounded by a 70,000 acre national park (Sleeping Bear Dunes) and thousands of acres of state land. There’s plenty of skiing, canoeing, hiking and fishing, peace and quiet. We’re close to Traverse City and Leelanau County, the best of wine regions this side of the Mississippi. Honor Michigan is 7 miles to the south and was rated in Field and Stream Magazine as the best all around recreation spot in the country and was named by ABC's Good Morning America 's 'Most Beautiful Place in America.'

This cottage we completely remodeled to green building standards and we clean with non-toxic cleaners. It may be suitable for people with allergies or chemical sensitivities. Our NO PETS/NO SMOKING policy is not negotiable.

While this is a very rural setting we request that you abide by our peace and quiet policy: No loud music, fireworks,

Golf: The closest (and cheapest) is the Dunes Golf Course about 4 miles away. There are too many to mention within 25 miles. Crystal Mountain Resort, The Homestead Resort, Sugarloaf Resort and Mistwood Golf Course are just a few.

Ski: Crystal Mountain and the Homestead Resort are about 20 minutes away.

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Availability & Rates

Empire Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekend Weekly Monthly Event Minimum Stay
 
Off Season
Mar 1 2014 - Jun 5 2014
$95
$110
$300
$450
2 nights
 
Notes: An off-season minimum is $250 for two nights, or $300 for three night over a weekend.    
 
Summer 2014
Jun 6 2014 - Sep 11 2014
$650
$2,000
6 nights
 
Notes: Please note we only rent in weekly increments (Friday to Thursday) during the summer season.   

Notes

  • $450-$650/week
  • $100 security deposit required to book dates, refunded 10 days after departure less damages or cleaning fee.
    50% deposit due 60 days prior to arrival
    Balance due 30 days prior to arrival.
    Cancellations 60 days out, full refund. Less than 60 days out no refund, unless we can book your dates, less deposit.
    Our cleaning policy is leave it as you found it or pay $50 cleaning fee.
    No Smoking, No Pets, No exceptions.
  • A rental week is 6 nights 7 days Friday to Thursday. Arrival anytime after noon and departure by 10:00 a.m. We can be flexible if we don't have consecutive rentals.

Amenities

Empire Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Forms of Payment:
  • accept credit card
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Budget
  • Away From It All
General:
  • Parking ...
  • Firewood
  • Alarm Clock
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Linens Provided
  • Iron & Board
Kitchen:
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Microwave
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Oven
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Nice new (2012) tile and stone shower/floor. It's small, but very nice. No tub.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , Bunk Beds
  • Bedroom 2 has bunk beds.
Entertainment:
  • Television ...
  • Books
  • Books for Kids
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Toys
  • DVD Player
Outside:
  • Yard
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Wood Deck
  • Deck / Patio
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • Low Allergen Environment
Attractions:
  • recreation center
  • playground
  • autumn foliage
  • winery tours
  • coin laundry
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • water parks
  • restaurants
  • live theater
  • forests
Leisure Activities:
  • sight seeing
  • scenic drives
  • beachcombing
  • eco tourism
  • antiquing
  • walking
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • tennis
  • hunting small game
  • hunting
  • paragliding
  • sound/bay fishing
  • wind-surfing
  • pier fishing
  • water tubing
  • surfing
  • skiing
  • ice skating
  • cycling
  • water skiing
  • hiking
  • roller blading
  • fly fishing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • golf
  • freshwater fishing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • fishing
  • mountain biking
  • jet skiing
  • hunting big game
Notes:
The TV is hooked up to a DVD player. No cable or TV signal. No phone. There is a Verizon/AT&T cell phone tower a mile away. We provide linens and towels, though you will be responsible for laundry during your stay. There is a coin laundry in Beulah. We will provide you one wheelbarrow of firewood for the fire ring. You will need to purchase firewood after that at $5.00 per load.