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Member since: 2010
Speaks: english

The Tree House in the Heart of Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore

22 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Sleeping Bear Dunes Apartment Rental Photos and Description

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


July 2016 and August 2016 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.

NOTE: To inquire or book this property, please click EMAIL OWNER. Do not click Instant Quote or Book it Now, as I will decline if we have not communicated via message about the property. You may rely on 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 3 small 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. If you have friends and family that wish to vacation near you, there are neighbors who also provide accommodations through VRBO.

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
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Norm (Owner)
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english

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.


based on 22 traveler reviews

The Tree House in the Heart of Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore
average rating of 4.8636365 based on 22 reviews

Wonderful stay at the Tree House

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed at the Tree House for a few days, and found it to be so ideal. It was spotlessly clean, charmingly decorated, and the owners had provided every amenity. We had everything we needed when we walked in the door. They were very welcoming, friendly, and helpful without being overbearing. The area is beautiful, and there is so much to see and do. We are looking forward to visiting again soon.

  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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"Treehouse in the Woods" is the perfect name for this pet friendly gem.

  • 5 of 5

I had to confirm next year's visit before I checked out because I didn't want anyone else to book my slot! Ideally located for hiking and biking -- just down the road from the Glen Lakes, Lake MI and The Sleeping Bear Dunes.

The apartment is clean, comfortably furnished (especially the beds), with a well provided kitchen.

Quiet, peaceful, relaxing ........ plenty of hot water! What more could you ask for?

  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Always the same at the Tree House

  • 5 of 5

My family and friends love this apartment in the tree tops in the Sleeping Bear Dunes forest. It's always wonderful at the Tree House.

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Akron ohio

The first time will not be the last time

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time at the treehouse. Everything you need is provided and was very clean. Looking forward to our next visit.

  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
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  • 4 of 5

Great location, clean and beautiful! Hosts were wonderful. Highly recommended!!!!

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
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Mansfield OH

My Heaven

  • 5 of 5

The TreeHouse was so clean, tastefully decorated and had everything anyone would ever need. The setting is beyond beautiful- nestled in the woods, giving the view through each window of nothing but trees- heavenly! The owner is a kind and accommodating!

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
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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
Wine Festival Weekend Only - 3Bath, 3Bed Luxury Condo, Sleeps 4 - 6 Adults, 2Kid
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:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
May 26 2016 - May 31 2016
3 night minimum stay
Peak Season 2016
Jun 1 2016 - Sep 16 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Fall Season 2106
Sep 17 2016 - Oct 31 2016
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Departure Housekeeping $100
Property Damage Protection $99
Pet Fee $100
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

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Sleeping Bear Dunes Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 700 sq. ft.
  • 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 ...
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  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 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.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 5
  • Double Beds (1), Twin Bed (1), (1), Sleeper Sofa (1) Rollaway Twin (1)
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • smoking allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Indoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • 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.

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