|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
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. The Village of Empire is wlaking distance from the condo and less than a 10 minute drive from the busier Glen Arbor. A 5 minute drive to the Marina on the Narrows which rents all water sports and even gives skiing and surfing lessons (10% off rental coupon if you stay with us). We highly recommend the pontoon boat rental and cruise.
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 $2625. Two week rentals are at the rate of $4750 Weekend rentals (Friday-Sunday, 2 nights) are available before May 1 or after Labor Day at $550/weekend. A $300 deposit is required which will be returned or credited to your card once the cleaning crew has completed. We encourage you to call at 616-340-4293 for more information and to determine if this property is a match for you and your family.
Keywords: Sleeping Bear/Empire
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
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.
2 kayaks, 2 rowboats, paddle boat, tennis racquets, football, basketball, baseball, whiffle ball and loads of beach chairs, umbrellas and beach toys
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.
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.
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.
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!!!
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
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.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
May 23 2015 - Sep 12 2015
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
|Property Damage Protection||$49|
|Refundable damage deposit||$300|
|Notes||The summer rate of $2625/week will have a $500 discount for multiple consecutive weeks rental. A $300 deposit due at final payment and that will be returned within 2 weeks after departure. In 4 years of renting every guest has had the full amount returned as they have treated the property as their own|
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (USD) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.