AMERICA'S MOST BEAUTIFUL LAKESHORE

william cunningham

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Sleeps8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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AMERICA'S MOST BEAUTIFUL LAKESHORE

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

Overview

Empire Condo Rental Photos and Description

Condo, 3 Bedrooms + Loft, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 6-8)

Nestled in the center of beautiful Sleeping Bear Dunes National Seashore is South Bar Lake and Empire, Michigan. The Sleeping Bear heirtage bike trail is just a quarter mile from the property and it winds it way through the forest, past the sand dunes and Lake Michigan to Glen Haven and Glen Lake for a 10 mike bike hike. The trail will soon be finished all the way to the lighthouse at the tip of the pennisula in Northport. South Bar Lake is separated from the east shore of Lake Michigan by a small sand bar on which Empire beach and a large playground and park stands. The South Bar condo sits on 3 acres of woodland with lakefront and dock on South Bar and a 10 minute kayak or canoe ride to Empire beach and Lake Michigan. Empire Beach has a playground, pavillion, fire pits on the beach and a vista of Sleeping Bear dunes and Empire Bluffs which is breathtaking and the reason that the area was named the most beautiful vacation spot by Good Morning America in 2012. By foot, it is a mile walk and there is also a beautiful wooded 4 mile walk around South Bar Lake that has a panoramic view of both lakes and the lakshore. Empire is less than a 10 minute drive from the busier Glen Arbor and only 5 minutes to the Marina on the Narrows which rents all water sports and even gives skiing and surfing lessons,, website (10% off rental coupon if you stay with us).

The two level, 3 bedroom condo with loft sleeps 6 comfortably and can accommodate 8 with the use of the loft. It has a master bedroom with full bath , 2 bedrooms with twin beds and a full bath, living area and full kitchen. A walk out recreation room with ping pong, board games, library and a 64 inch flat screen with DVD and half bath keep the children occupied. There is a walk out porch with full view of South Bar Lake and Lake Michigan. From the porch it is a short walk to the sandy beach and dock with kayaks, inner tubes and other sand toys. In the evening take advantage of the large fire pit just off the beach and multiple lounge chairs.

Rentals are Saturday to Saturday from the first of May to Labor Day at the weekly rate of $2400. Two week rentals are at the rate of $4500 Weekend rentals (Friday-Sunday) are available before May 1 or after Labor Day at $450/weekend. A deposit is required which will be returned or credited to your card once the cleaning crew has completed.

Keywords: Sleeping Bear/Empire

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Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
william cunningham (Owner)
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About william cunningham

The Cunningham family has six children and have been vacationing in the Empire/Glen Lake area for over twenty-five years. when the family moved to Michigan in 1990 their dream was to purchase a property in the Sleeping Dunes area for their retirement home and for a permanent legacy for their family

william cunningham purchased this condo in 2011

Why william cunningham chose Empire

On a small private lake that opens up to Lake Michigan and just a 10-15 minute row to the one of the most pristine beaches on Lake Michigan. Walking distance to the quaint little town of Empire or to the beach. The Sleeping Bear bike trailhead is a quarter of a mile from the property and winds through Sleeping Bear Dunes into Glen Haven and Glen Lake. Soon to be finished for a thirty mile ride to the lighthouse in Northport at the tip of the Leelanau pennisula. Property sleeps 6-8 comfortably and has all the accomodations of your personal hime, including beach and recreational equipment to use.

What makes this condo unique

2 kayaks, 2 rowboats, paddle boat, tennis racquets, football, basketball, baseball, whiffle ball and loads of beach chairs, umbrellas and beach toys

Why HomeAway

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 2 nights
Pay with confidence
Pay with confidence
Guaranteed, secure, with no booking fees
Add vacation protection services to your booking
Three services to protect your trip:
Protect your payments in case you need to cancel.
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Ensure you're prepared in case of accidental damage.

Reviews

Reviews

5
based on 7 traveler reviews

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America's Most Beautiful Lakeshore
average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews
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Empire Sleeping Bear Dunes
DeWitt, Iowa
5

Family Reunion

  • 5 of 5
We rented the property for our family reunion. The condo was perfect for the 7 of us. The location to Empire Beach was great. With South Bar Lake as a backdrop, the morning view from the deck was superb. It was a short drive to Glen Arbor and Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes.
Hope to stay there again.
  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Anthony: Glad that we could addomodate your family and you enjoyed the area. Please make sure if you are returning that you let us know that you are a return guest, as we give priority to those that have stayed with us in the past. Peace,
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Empire Sleeping Bear Dunes
5

Great condo, in a beautiful tranquil setting

  • 5 of 5
Stayed at Drift Away with three generations of our family - my husband and I, my husbands parents and our son(21). The accommodation and facilities at the condo were excellent. The photo does not do justice to the space between the house and the lake which is absolutely beautiful. We loved being able to sit on the deck and watch the garden and lake. We had a wonderful time grilling sausages and marshmallows on the fire pit as well as taking the kayaks out on South bar lake. It was a great base for exploring - the condo has a lot of literature on local attractions to help plan days out in Sleeping Bear dunes, Glen Arbor and further afield. There is really something for everyone here. My father in law loves photography and the quality of the light and vistas were fantastic. All in all we had a lovely time and thoroughly enjoyed the tranquility and peacefulness of the location. I would thoroughly recommend Drift Away to anyone considering visiting this area.
  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Ideal Location and Nestled in Nature

  • 5 of 5
This home is a definite thumbs up: our teenagers' favorite part was the downstairs rec room complete with pool and ping pong table, 60 inch tv, comfy couches, bathroom, medium sized table/chairs, all very spacious, in addition to a walk out door to the yard with a view of South Barr Lake. Our tween liked the cute beanie baby stuffed animals she discovered with a few other toys as well as the loft upstairs. The rec room is a perfect family space for all ages. My husband loved the gorgeous lake view from the master bedroom, family room, and rec room plus the view of pine trees, deer and wild turkey from each of the other windows. Even though you were inside you felt like you were outside. I loved the oversized kitchen counter with a square table positioned in between the counter and the living room. Very nice open floor plan to enjoy each others' company, yet there were so many choices of rooms to go to you could also get away from each other. The bathrooms were all neat, clean, comfortable, master bedroom is large, another bedroom has twin beds, the 3rd has a full or it may be a queen sized bed. Add the loft and there is plenty of sleeping space. The bedding and towels are all provided and there is a washer and dryer next to the kitchen. Since our visit was during the winter we only ventured out in the yard once, it is long and deep, lots of trees, we walked way out on the ice. We have also stayed in the center of town on Front Street, but this location on the Lake was perfect, far enough away from the crowd, felt like we were back to nature with the deer and turkeys walking around like they were pets, but close enough for a quick drive to downtown Empire to the Village Inn or Joe's Friendly Tavern.
Empire in general is such a great location positioned about 5-10 minutes from the Glenn Lakes, Glen Arbor, the Sleeping Bear Dunes, 30 minutes to Fish Town, 30 minutes to Traverse City and maybe 15 minutes to the Beulah area...Cherry Bowl Theater...Hungry Tummy , Frankfort, Crystal Lake, and the Platte River Canoe Rides that end at Lake MI. The Empire Beach on Lake Michigan is our favorite spot, in the summer just go to the Sleeping Bear Surf Shop to rent a surf board, paddle board, boogie board, fat tire bike and you are set. Plan on roasting marshmallows at the fire pits located on the beach and if you are lucky the guitar guy may come out and play topping off a perfect evening swimming and hanging out by the fire & watching the sun set.
  • Submitted: Feb 27, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
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Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Pontrelli's: thank you for your response and we hope that you can enjoy our place in the summer or early fall. If you wish to stay again, please remark that you are a "return" so that you will be preferred. Have a great summer.
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Empire Sleeping Bear Dunes
Stevens Point, WI
5

Wonderful vacation in Empire and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore!

  • 5 of 5
Thank you for letting us enjoy your rental property in Empire! What a beautiful and convenient location in the Sleeping Bear Dunes area. We enjoyed some great hiking and biking in the area. We had a little cooler temperatures while we visited, but that didn't stop us from swimming in
Lake Michigan while at Empire Beach. Once back at the condo in the evenings, we enjoyed a relaxing campfire, playing ping pong, or reading a good book. We can't say enough about this place! We had a blast and would love to come here again soon!!!
  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
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Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
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Wonderful Family vacation in Empire

  • 5 of 5
We enjoyed this stay in a wonderful decorated home in Empire very much. Everyone of our family had fun and we liked it like our home. Really enough space for us 6 persons. Close to the Sleeping Bear Dunes, great Town Leeland and the nice beach at the Lake Michigan. Would go again in this domicile.
We come back really relaxed. Owner was helpful with all questions. I would recommend this property to friends. The listing Description was accurate regarding the location. Photo as well on a Sidelake.
Greetings Ziereisen Family
  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: The family loved taking the kayak out on our lake. A short paddle over to Empire Beach and Lake Michigan. The breeze off of Lake Michigan and the sound of the waves at night make for a restful sleep. Watching the mist and the swans on South Bar on your porch while you have your coffee/tea is a great way to start the day
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Empire Sleeping Bear Dunes
West Michigan, East Michigan, Nevada
5

Great condo propery, great location

  • 5 of 5
We had a great family vacation at this home. Perfect for people of all ages. We loved the paddleboat. Used the ping-pong table for countless tournamets. Our 3yr old granddaughter had lots of room to play, both inside and outside. Perfect location on a small lake that had access to Lake Michigan.
  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Map

Map

Nearest Point of Interest
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Seashore
Nearest Point of Interest
Empire Beach State Park
Nearest Point of Interest
Marina on the Narrows
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Photos

Photos

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Rates & Availability

Rates & Availability

From $340 Per night

Empire Condo Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rental rates quoted in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
summer
Jun 1 - Aug 31
2 night minimum stay
$340
From
$375
Fri,Sat
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$340
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Fri,Sat
 

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $49
Tax Rate 6.0%

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Amenities

Empire Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
  • Lakefront
General:
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available ...
  • Garage
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Linens Provided
  • Mobile Phone
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 3
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1)
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Attractions:
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Dock, Fire Pit, Kayaks, Paddle Boat, Inner Tubes, ping pong, 56 inch TV
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