Our retreat is located on 120 acres of beautiful wooded land in Leelanau county. To arrive you drive on a well maintained two track through a lovely woods. When you step out of your car, you truly understand the notion of 'getting away.'
House is a 1200 sq ft timber frame, completely off the grid. We produce all our electricity using solar panels and wind generation. This retreat being 'off the grid' allows guests to experience living in an energy sustainable fashion, and requires a sensitivity to moderate energy use and a basic understanding of how alternative energy actually works. Guests will be given a simple explanation of how to monitor energy use versus energy gain. We are located 9 miles to Empire Beach, and 18 miles from Traverse City.
This region is renowned for its natural beauty, the spectacular sand beaches of Lake Michigan, the vineyards and cherry orchards of Leelanau County. The closest golf course is four miles away. Empire is the gateway to the 70,000 acre national park, Sleeping Bear Dunes. No shortage of skiing, hiking, beach combing, canoeing, fishing and peace and quiet.
We are located only twenty minutes to Traverse City, which offers many fine dining possibilities as well as the newly renovated State Theater, home of the Traverse City Film Festival.
An additional timber framed guest cabin is available, a stones throw from the house. Please inquire for details.
If you are looking for the peace and quiet of the woods, this is an ideal place to be. It is also a wonderful spot to experience off the grid, sustainable energy living.