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The Tree House in the Heart of Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore

Bedrooms 1
Space 700 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Carriage House, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 3-4)


July 2017 and July 2018 almost completely booked !

Welcome to our Tree House in the Sleeping Bear National Park. The Tree House is 3 miles from the Village of Empire and 3 miles from Glen Arbor.

. You may rely upon the accuracy of the calendar that appears on VRBO.

>Minimum stay during peak season (May - September 6) is 7 nights. (Saturday-Saturday)

>Check in on Saturday, and check out on Saturday. Sorry, we do not break up weeks.

>Maximum occupancy is 4 people. Example 2 adults and 2 children.

>We are pet friendly, within reason. There is a pet fee to consider.

>We do not provide a babysitting service, however, we can help find a sitter if necessary.

>All guests are required to purchase VRBO rental insurance and we do not participate in the refundable deposit program.

National Geographic


The Tree House is located in the heart of Good Morning America's Most Beautiful Place in America...Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore.

This completely furnished carriage apartment was built by the owners. The house is situated on 30 acres, on a secluded road with minimal traffic, directly across from the Sleeping Bear National Forest. Comfortably sleeps 2 adults and up to 2 children. The apartment is upstairs, essentially a tree house in the woods and separate from the main house. Exactly half way between Glen Arbor and Empire. Less than a mile from the beautiful Glen Lakes; swimming, jet ski rental, boat rental and fishing. Empire and Glen Arbor restaurants, shopping, art galleries and more within a 10 minute drive. Golf, horseback riding, hiking, less than a mile and only 20-25 minutes from Traverse City. We have an Endless pool on the property, which may be used by our guests.

There is also an art studio on the property and a large garden. Down the hill from the apartment is a large natural pond and from the apartment balcony deck you can observe the wildlife at the pond. Anytime you might see cranes, deer, foxes and even an occasional coyote. There is also a small pond off the garden, near the main house.

Please check the calendar for available dates during your intended stay. During Peak Season (May - September ) check in day is ONLY on Saturday and check out the following Saturday. In the upper right side of the main page there is a link to the reservation calendar. You can view the available dates there. Check in Saturday, after 6:00 pm - Check out Saturday noon.

Peak Season rates apply for Thanksgiving. The property is closed to rentals from the Sunday after Thanksgiving until April 30.

PLEASE: when you inquire about reservations, please email me back and let me know your decision ! Thank you.

Keywords: Sleeping Bear, house, apartment, upstairs, gay friendly, pets, Empire, Glen Arbor, Traverse City.

More Details

Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 21, 2017

About Norm

Please check our reviews. Some of the best reviews for the area. We have hosted many guests over the years from performers at the Manitou Music Festival, to artists in residence of the Glen Arbor Art Association. Whatever we can do to make your stay in Empire/Glen Arbor/Traverse City better, we will be happy to help in any way that we can.

Please be sure to leave a review after your stay.

Thanks for your kind support.

Norm purchased this apartment in 1995

Why Norm chose Sleeping Bear Dunes

Just read the reviews ! We have many return guests year after year, which explains why the reviews sit at 20, because our guests keep returning.

What makes this apartment unique

In the heart of Sleeping Bear National Forest, the Tree House is centrally located, with quick access to the Glen Lakes, Sleeping Bear Dunes and Lake Michigan. Within a 20-30 minute drive, guests can find themselves in the midst of Traverse City. Come stay with us during the National Cherry Festival or the Manitou Music Festival. Everything is within reasonable driving distances. Benzie, Honor, Cadillac, Suttons Bay, Acme, Williamsburg, Bear Lake, Northport, Leland, and Lake Leelanau.


Empire Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 700 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 5:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • smoking allowed ...
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Guests must provide their own bar soap. Linens are provided. The Tree House has unfiltered well water. No smell or taste. Guests must provide their own beach towels.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Double Beds (1), Twin Bed (1), (1), Sleeper Sofa (1) Rollaway Twin (1)
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
LGBT friendly.


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(28 traveler reviews)

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The Tree House in the Heart of Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore
average rating of 4.714286 based on 28 reviews

Cozy!! Great place to stay .

  • 4 of 5

The treehouse was cozy and nice. if you are looking for a very reasonably priced place then consider the treehouse. The only drawback was that it isn't close to the lake - Norm was very nice and helped with anything we needed

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Great Location

  • 2 of 5

Treehouse is nestled in thick forest right across the road from a section of the park. It has great N. Michigan theme and is well equipped in the kitchen. I have only 2 complaints: 1. we had to kill a ton of daddy-long-legs spiders on our first day in the apartment (not uncommon in thick, shady forests). 2. On the last day - we were targeting the check out time shown in documents left for us when we checked into the treehouse. The owner called prior to that time to tell us that we should have departed already and that penalties were accruing. This later resolved to be a case of different times posted in different locations and he apologized for the mix up but the experience had already upset my wife.

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: This is only the second time we have felt the need to respond to a guest comment. There was a misunderstanding regarding check out times. An old brochure was left somewhere in the house, unintentionally, giving the wrong check out information. However, the actual contact time was 15 minutes before the guest's planned check out, so how upset can one possibly be if they were planning on checking out 15 minutes later? That said, it is impossible to know if there is a problem unless the problem is mentioned. When asked 2 days into the reservation, the guest stated "everything is great." Lastly, it is important to pass along potential issues to the owner before leaving. It would be very important that the owner would need to be informed that a guest's pet has urinated on the sofa, so the sofa can be steam cleaned and sanitized before the next guests arrive in a few hours.
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Relaxing and great location

  • 4 of 5

The tree house is a very relaxing getaway. It is minutes from Sleeping Bear Dunes National park and Glen Arbor! Located in Empire, MI the house is very well named as you are in the trees. We used it as a base as we went exploring. It is great place to hangout on a rainy day as it did on one of our days! Very relaxing reading looking out at the trees. It was a perfect size for the two of us and our two medium size dogs. It might be tight for a family of four. There is just a full size bed, twin, trundal and a rollaway. Norm is a very nice host and made sure everything was going well.

  • Submitted: May 29, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A quiet place in the woods.

  • 5 of 5

The Tree House is a perfect place to base a tour of the Leelanau Peninsula. The location is good for drives to Sleeping Bear, Glen Lake, Leelanau, Northport, Frankfort and so on, while coming back to a comfortable and well equipped cabin in the woods. Quiet and secluded. Be prepared for stairs, as it is a carriage house over a large garage. A great place for a couple with a dog. Norm is a good host.

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Tree House!

  • 5 of 5

Nice place considering it's above a garage,has everything you need for cooking cleaning ect....


July 30th-August 6th 2016

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Tree House Bliss

  • 5 of 5

This is the first time I have stayed at the Tree House. I've been going to the Glen Arbor area for 28 years and it's the first time not staying on Lake Michigan. I wasn't sure what to expect. Turns out it was so relaxing! The view is amazing as you are literally in a tree house! Waking up every morning to blue skies and hearing the leaves blowing in the wind was an awesome start to each day. The accommodations are cozy and clean. Norm is a wonderful host. All the activities that the area has to offer are very close by. I would highly recommend the Tree House to anyone!

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
Joe's Friendly Tavern
Grocer's Daughter Chocolate
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive
Pyramid Point
Robert H. Manning Memorial Light
Tiffany's Cafe
Empire Area Museum
Cherry Republic Grand Cafe
Glen Lake, Michigan
Glen Arbor Art Association
Art's Tavern
Sleeping Bear Dunes Park Headquarters
Sleeping Bear Surf & Kayak
Sleeping Bear Gallery
Traverse City Film Festival
Chateau Grand Traverse
Grand Traverse Pie Co.
Big Little Wines
Traverse City Beach Bums
Chateau Chantal Winery & Inn
Left Foot Charley
Diversions Beer & Winemakers Supply -- CLOSED
MAY SPECIALS - 3 BD 3 BTH @ the COMMONS - Luxury
Black Star Farms
Boone's Primetime Pub
Leelanau Sands Casino
Bel Lago Vineyards & Winery
VI Grill
Music House Museum
Dunes' Golf Club
Side Traxx Video
Trattoria Funistrada
"I promise, some of the best food in the area !"
Trattoria Stella
Greystone Gardens
Glen Lake Marine
"Talk to Jeff, if you want to rent a boat during your visit."
Joe's Friendly Tavern
North Bar Lake
Crystal River Outfitters
Elizabeth Lane Oliver Center for the Arts
Forest Gallery
Center Gallery, Glen Arbor
Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Nearest Ferry
80 Miles
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Dunes Golf Club
Nearest Motorway
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Empire State Beach
Car: necessary

Good Morning America's 2010 Most Beautiful Place in the US.

National Geographic's TOP 10 BEST SUMMER VACATIONS 2012.


Rates & Availability

Empire Apartment Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
June 17 - Sept 2017
Jun 17 2017 - Sep 9 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
2017 Fall
Sep 10 2017 - Oct 23 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50
Property Damage Protection $59
Departure Housekeeping $50
Tax Rate 6.0%

There is a reservation deposit at the time of booking. VRBO has made the property protection optional. It is NOT optional for this property. Everyone must purchase the insurance to book.

No credit cards at check-in.

Family pets must not be left alone in the apartment, unless they are crated. This is for our protection in case of an emergency and access is needed to the apartment.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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