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Member since: 2002
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Speaks: english


4 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Sleeping Bear Dunes House Rental Photos and Description

3BR/2BA Fully Appointed, Sleeps 8

Beautifully decorated 3 BR, 2 BA, two-story, year-round home, walking distance to Lake Michigan, Empire Beach and the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Headquarters.

The EmpireHouse, built in 1985 and located west of M-22, offers guests a feeling of cottage living combined with modern amenities sought after for a relaxing get-away.

If you are looking for the quaintness of a bed and breakfast, but the privacy of your own home, the EmpireHouse is for you. It includes a fully equipped kitchen and laundry, screened porch, bedroom balconies, skylights, and fireplace. Private setting. Rent SATURDAY to SATURDAY only.

Enjoy year round activities in the place voted THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN AMERICA, as announced in August 2011 by Good Morning America!


Fireplace, Cable TVs, DVD player, and Wireless Internet. Kitchen is equipped with Ceramic Range and Oven, cookware and utensils provided. Outdoor gas grill. Small portable charcoal grill. Outdoor portable fire pit. Linens and towels included.


Half-mile to beach, Half-mile to Empire Bluff Trail; Half-mile to Sleeping Bear Heritage Bike Trail!

M22 Scenic Drive from Empire to Northport; Sleeping Bear Dune Climb, Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive; Glen Lake; Glen Arbor

Manitou Underwater Diving Preserve; Coast Guard Station and Maritime Museum; Fishing Village of Leland;

Traverse City - 25 miles;

Sugarloaf Golf; Manitou Passage Golf Course, Dunes Golf Club - four miles;

Cross Country Skiing in National Park, Downhill Skiing Skiing less than 30 miles (Crystal Mountain, The Homestead);

Charter Boat Fishing; Jet Ski and Boat rental; Canoeing, Kayaking.

Wine tasting, touring and local farm markets.


25 minutes to Traverse City and shopping, dining and shows.

Adjacent to scenic Empire Bluff where hang gliding is popular.

10 minutes to Glen Arbor, 20 minutes to famous 'Fishtown' in Leland.

Beautiful public beaches nearby with children’s playgrounds.

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Cora (Owner)
Member since: 2002
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Speaks: english


based on 4 traveler reviews

average rating of 4.75 based on 4 reviews

Grat house in a wonderful location!

  • 4 of 5

This Empire house is spacious, comfortable, well maintained, and in good location. We enjoyed our stay tremendously and Cora was very easy to work with. The house is within walking distance of everything in Empire, but nicely secluded with trees around it which invited the occasional deer to visit. Empire is a great location only 10-30 minutes from Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes, Traverse City, Glen Arbor, Leland, and more.

A couple of thing to be aware of is that while there are two bathrooms only one has a shower and the other a tub. This worked out just fine for our family! Second, there is no air conditioning so you want to make sure you sleep with the windows and doors open upstairs otherwise it gets warm.

Our family highly recommends this house!

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It's so nice to hear you enjoyed your stay. Thanks for the review. We do describe the house amenities on the website, including the bathrooms, and I am glad you found it worked for your family. Keeping the house cool during summer time can be managed, as you described. Also, we provide window and box fans for every room. There is also a ceiling fan in the master bedroom. Keeping the window blinds and skylight shades closed during the day can also help keep the upstairs cooler during exceptionally hot weather. Most of the time it cools down at night in Empire, average temperatures are in the high 50's. Thanks again for choosing to vacation at EmpireHouse. Cora
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Wonderful place!

  • 5 of 5

This was a wonderful place to stay. It has everything you need to be comfortable for the week and the screened in porch and sitting area out back are lovely. It is conveniently located to the beach and town, just a short walk or bike ride. I've stayed here several times and would highly recommend it!

  • Submitted: Jan 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for the positive review. We look forward to having you stay with us again!
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Fantastic Property!

  • 5 of 5

Our family loves Empire, and we love to come every summer for a week. We stayed at this home, and it is by far the nicest placed we have stayed at in Empire. First of all it is a home! Lots of room to spread out. 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, balconies that overlook the beautifully landscaped yard. The home was immaculate. We like to cook, and the kitchen had everything and more that we needed. We used the barbecue and sat outside every evening to eat. We loved the covered sunroom and napped in the hammock! We walked to the beach everyday! The owners were so easy to work with, and provided great information and directions for the home. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and will be back for sure!

  • Submitted: Nov 8, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for staying with us! We are looking forward to having you come and enjoy Empire again. Cora
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Amazing!! We will be back

  • 5 of 5

First off the pictures do not do this place justice. The living room has a unique color scheme or a bit dated but the everything else is beautiful. Everything was extremely clean and well stocked. They provide more supplies than your average rental. It's on the corner so it's quite and has a enough room for our kids to run and play when we just hanging at the house. Can't say enough about this place. One of the first vacations where we weren't itching to get home because we had space, comfort and everything we needed.

  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed your stay! We look forward to having you as guests again. Sincerely, Cora
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Joe's Friendly Tavern
"Food & Drink within walking distance!"
Tiffany's Cafe
Art's Tavern
"Great place for food & drink"
Greystone Gardens
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
"Headquarters for National Lakeshore are within walking distance, located at 9922 Front Stree..."
Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive
Grocer's Daughter Chocolate
Deering's Market
Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Traverse City
Nearest Barpub
0.25 Miles
Joe's Friendly Tavern or Empire Village Inn
Nearest Ferry
130 Miles
Manitou Island (27miles) or Lake Express, Muskegon
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Dunes Golf Course
Nearest Train
150 Miles
Grand Rapids
Nearest Motorway
0.25 Miles
M-22 and M-72
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Miles
Joe's Friendly Tavern or Empire Village Inn
Nearest Ski
28 Miles
The Homestead(10 miles) or Crystal Mountain Resort
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
Lake Michigan Beach Park and South Bar Lake
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Empire House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Summer 2016 Rates
Jun 11 2016 - Sep 16 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 6.0%

Check in Saturday 4:00pm, Check out Saturday 10:00 am
Security Deposit due immediately to reserve the property. Rent amount due 30 days prior to arrival.
Security Deposit will be refunded approximately 30 days after departure; subject to damages.
Service fee is charged if booked through HomeAway. This fee is nonrefundable.
Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Sleeping Bear Dunes House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Garage
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 double , Full Size Bed, lower level
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Queen, upper level
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , Queen and a Trundle bed (2 twin beds), upper level
  • Ceiling fan in Bedroom 1 Box fans in all bedrooms Skylights in upstairs bedrooms, bathroom
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Balcony
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Wood Deck
  • 2 bicycles
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 8 beach chairs
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Dining area, screened porch and outdoor patio. Each has seating for four people. Guests need to supply their own paper products (ie. toilet paper, paper towels), toiletries and kitchen garbage bags, etc. THIS PROPERTY IS NOT AIR CONDITIONED.

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