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Cheryl Fettes

Speaks english
Bedrooms 1
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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Empire Cottage Rental Photos and Description

1 Bedroom 1 1/2 bath in the middle of a national lakeshore, close to beach.

In the middle of the 'the most beautiful place in America, it's also on national geographic list of the top 10 places in the world 2012 vacation spots. Wow! A few other accolades include words like: healthy, foodies, etc. Visited by the rich and famous and then there's us! Come join us and experience the area in a cozy quite spot that's near everything but away from the crowds.

It's reputation is increasing, with lots of publications and shows proclaiming it's natural beauty. Travere City's Chamber Of Commerce uses pictures from here to advertise their city, along with listing our area actractions as 'Places to visit'.

This quaint historical home was built circa 1893, with continual rehabs and updates. It belongs to 2 empire artists and is available on a weekly basis during the months of May through September.

Perfect for 2 people who want to get away from it all on a quite street off the beaten path, yet only blocks away from the world famous Empire MI beach. Nestled in the midst of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, you'll have all of nature at your doorstep and the grandeur of the dunes and bluffs within easy reach.

We offer you our non-smoking home with a casual lifestyle. It is nicely appointed with leather furniture, wood floors, lovely dinnerware and stylish appliances. Dining space for 2.

( seating for dining is impromptu. We dine casual, in front of the tv. But there is a small table with bar stools).

Not your ordinary up-north rental cabin, it is our home and we spend the winter months there. We summer a few doors down the road, so we are there if you need anything.

More details if you care to read this much:

Inside entertainment includes:

40' TV with cable, DVD and WI FI, BluRay.

Most cell phones work here.

Outside entertainment includes a world renown beach for strolling, swimming, picnics, playground and fabulous sunsets. Boat ramp, and jet skies allowed in lake Michigan with parking available if you're lucky. Wi fi is also available in shopping district and the beach.

Dunes, library, parks, tennis, and wildlife galore. Sidewalks throughout most of the village making it a very walkable community. Hiking trails throughout the park and islands.

Stores in downtown Empire can provide everything from the essential to exotic foods, surf boards to kayaks and canoes. Antiques and libraries. Local talent and national arts are available, as is fudge.

Also handy for your visit is a gas station, banks and friendly eateries. Gift shops, hair salon, massage, medical services and SBD guided tours.

Sunsets on the beach are some of the most magnificent found anywhere.

Our area includes spectacular hiking and sight-seeing opportunities, golf, kayaking, fishing, winery tours in Leelanau county and many more outdoor activities. Traverse City hosts the National Cherry Festival and film festival as well as many other cultural events.

Tucked quietly on a little known side street, very little local traffic, no lake view. Nice neighbors.

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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • pets considered
  • non smoking only

Cheryl Fettes

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Speaks english

We have lived in Empire since 1977. We found Leelanau County when we honeymooned here. It only took us a few weeks to move to Empire and start new lives in the place that took our breath away. That's a lot of fires on the beach, watching the sun go down. Snowshoeing, skiing, swimming, hiking, sunbathing, we've done it all. It's Our vacation spot that we happen to live in.

Cheryl Fettes purchased this cottage in 1998

We purchased this home when it was a mere 111 years old. In the following years we have remodeled every room, and added a couple just like all of the previous owners have. It inspires us!

This is a great little home with fantastic neighbors. It's on a quite street with a casual setting that allows time for the important things in life, like the beach!!

Bedrooms 1
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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Property Reviews

Cozy Casual Cottage in Sleeping Bear Dunes NL
average rating of 4.75 based on 4 reviews
Cozy Casual Cottage in Sleeping Bear Dunes NL
Empire Sleeping Bear Dunes
Cobden Illinois

Exceeded expectations

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
This was an excellent place for the two of us. All features and amenities of the cottage exceeded our expectations. The bed was very comfortable, the deep tub a luxury, and the original art added a very nice ambience. Location was great as we could walk to the beach, shops, and dining. A great spot if you are looking for a casual and cozy spot in a quiet village with the most spectacular scenery all around. We will return!
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Helpful votes: 1/1
Cozy Casual Cottage in Sleeping Bear Dunes NL
Empire Sleeping Bear Dunes
Holt, MI

Bill & Pam - Holt MI

Bill & Pam - Holt MI
  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
We really enjoyed our stay at Cher's cottage. The hummingbirds visited non-stop and our Maltese Star is still trying to figure out what they were. <G> The cottage is everything we hoped it would be for our week stay. The only missing touch was not having a gas or charcoal grill to use. The large wall flat screen TV was great too! We highly recommend this cottage for any couple.
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Pet-friendly, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: I'm glad your stay was so pleasant, right down to the birds at the feeder. I've always gotten such positive responses about our wildlife and nature and always keep the feeders stocked, as well as the typical things like paper towels, soaps and clean fresh linens. I'll look into getting a bbq.

Cheers, Cher.
Helpful votes: 1/1
Cozy Casual Cottage in Sleeping Bear Dunes NL
Empire Sleeping Bear Dunes


  • 4 of 5
  • Submitted: May 29, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
Great little cottage in Empire. The owners were very helpful, the cottage had lots of little interesting features, including glasswork done by the owner. Very close to the small town of Empire and right near a really nice public beach. The cottage was a perfect base to explore sleeping bear dunes and the surrounding area. Would recommend to others and would return ourselves.
Owner's Response: I'm so glad you had a great time, hope to see you again next year! Nobody has ever said they really liked my sinks, that touched my heart.
Cozy Casual Cottage in Sleeping Bear Dunes NL
Empire Sleeping Bear Dunes
Ontario, Canada

May 2013

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: May 22, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
We had a really enjoyable time staying in Cozy Cottage. It is nicely rustic and has all the amenities that one would require from kitchen utensils to lovely artistic decor. The bed (water!) is really comfortable. Only 3 blocks from the main street and then on to the beach it is well located. A walk up the hill takes you to Empire Bluff trail and picture postcard views.

Empire itself is a lovely village with friendly people and a very clean beach.

Close to other attractions in the area such as the Dune Climb, Glen Haven and other walks. Half hour drive south of Leland, which is also well worth a visit.

Would highly recommend.
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: It was great meeting you both, really glad you had such a great time.
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Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive
Philip A. Hart Visitor Center
Friendly Tavern
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
The Misers' Hoard
Sleeping Bear Gallery
Joe's Friendly Tavern
Robert H. Manning Memorial Light
Tiffany's Ice Cream & Cookies
Food for Thought Incorporated
Manor on Glen Lake
Greystone Gardens
Empire Area Museum
Deering's Market
Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Cherry Capital Airport Traverse City
Nearest Ferry
27 Miles
Frankfort MI
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Lake Michigan
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Joe's Friendly Tavern
Nearest Ski
12 Miles
The Homestead
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Dune's golf course
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Joe's Friendly Tavern
Car: necessary

Walking distance to the Headquarters for Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. The 'Most Beautiful Place in America' as Voted on Good Morning America's contest.

Also, National Geographic listed it as the number 4 place in the WORLD to to vacation. (actually, they named Traverse City, because of it's proximity to the Sleeping Bear Dunes). :)

Empire is a walkable community. All of the stores, shops, center of the village, and 2 lakes are in walking distance.

With all of the summer activities and visitors, you'll enjoy the peaceful setting of our home.

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Availability & Rates

Empire Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
Per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Minimum Stay
Apr 1 2014 - May 24 2014
2 nights
Week (7 nights)
May 25 2014 - Aug 31 2014
7 nights
Sep 3 2014 - Sep 29 2014
2 nights
My Standard Rate
3 nights

Additional information about rental rates

Notes Rates are subject to change until confirmed.
Rates go down for 4 nights or more.
If you're not satisfied with the premises, you will receive a full return of monies paid, up to your arrival and inspection.
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Empire Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq. ft.
  • 1 story
Location Type:
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Internet ...
  • Heating ...
  • Parking
  • Living Room
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Towels Provided
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Stove ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , jetted tub , Features an artist made glass sink.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , In the utility room. With an imported clay sink, auto water.
  • The full bath is a spa-like experiance. Starting with an artisian made glass sink with hand made glass tiles. A Jacuzzi tub for one and a walk in single head shower could accomodate 2. The 'commode' is discretely tucked beyond the shower wall. Well lit with full to dim lighting, plus heater and fan in the ceiling. Heated towel rack, smooth textured walls and artwork give this little room a European flair. The Utility room is brightly finished with a Mexican clay bowl with a hands free faucet. Washer, dryer, commode and furnace complete this room.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Queen size Beds (1), SOMA waveless waterbed.
  • Books
  • Television ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • pets considered ...
  • non smoking only
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub
  • health/beauty spa
  • churches
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • boating
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • miniature golf
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • water tubing
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • hunting small game
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
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