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Book Summer, 2018!! Open Weeks June 2-23, July 14-21, Aug 11-18, Aug 25-Sept 1

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,400 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

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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Empire House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Renter provides paper products (ie., toilet paper, paper towels, paper plates, tissues) and toiletries.
  • Refrigerator must be emptied and all personal belongings must be removed from premises upon departure.
  • Beach towels, if used, must be laundered, placed in linen closet. Keys must be returned to lock box. Parking pass must be returned to house.
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • 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 Window air conditioners in upstairs bedrooms
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • 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
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • 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 CENTRAL AIR CONDITIONED.THERE ARE WINDOW AIR CONDITIONERS IN UPSTAIRS BEDROOMS. Beach towels can be used but must be laundered before check out. Failure to do so will result in a deduction from security deposit. Don't want to wash them, don't use them. Bring your own!


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Book Summer, 2018!! Open Weeks June 2-23, July 14-21, Aug 11-18, Aug 25-Sept 1
average rating of 4.857143 based on 7 reviews

great location in a very quiet area.

  • 5 of 5

This house sits on a quiet street and is close to everything. The yard is beautiful and shaded so it's nice and cool. My grandkids even took hammocks and hung them in the trees in the backyard. They also put up a tent. The house was well stocked with towels and bedding. It is a very lovely house.

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the complimentary review. It's nice to hear you enjoyed EmpireHouse and had a great vacation!
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Midland, Michigan

Fabulous outdoor space!

  • 5 of 5

My family has rented six cottages in the area (we love Sleeping Bear Dunes) and we all agreed this was the best. The yard is very private and the home has a great location on the village side of M-22. My husband's favorite traits of this place: screen room, spacious and clean, in the village but private. My son's favorite traits (he's five): cartoons on the TV (cable), smooshy carpet, big bedroom. My favorites: clean laundry room, unscented linens (for allergy sensitive), empty closets and drawers for plenty of storage space, and the screen porch. This home is solid and contains plentiful supplies. It's a great find. I hope you disregard everything I've written---I don't want to compete w others to get a week or two next year!

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow! Thanks for the great review. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay at EmpireHouse.
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Wellington OH


  • 5 of 5

WE had a great time in Empire, especially in our home for a week. The setting was quiet and private and after a good day's walk or bike ride, was the perfect place to relax and still feel the sea breeze. The home was the nicest we have stayed for comfort, privacy, and closeness to the beach. When we come back to Sleeping Bear, it will be the first place we check. Paul Wilson, Wellington, Ohio

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the great review! Glad you enjoyed the house and the beautiful national lakeshore area.
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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: July 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: June 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: August 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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Member since: 2002
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
February 23, 2018


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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 6.0%

Check in Saturday 4:00 pm, Check out Saturday 10:00 am
$500.00 Deposit due immediately to reserve the property. Remaining rent amount and $500.00 security deposit is due 60 days prior to arrival.
Security Deposit will be refunded approximately 20 days after departure; subject to damages.
If Beach Towels are used, they must be washed before checkout. Failure to do so will result in a $100.00 deduction from your damage deposit. Or just bring your own! Parking pass must be left in the house and keys must be returned to the lockbox. Failure to do either will result in a $100.00 deduction from the security deposit.
Additional Cleaning Fee is $100.00.
6% tax also charged.
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 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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