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On Glen Lake In Front Of Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes and Heritage Bike trail

8 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Minimum Stay
2 nights


Empire Cottage Rental Photos and Description

2BR+ Convertible, 1BA, Fireplace, newer livingroom furniture

Glen Lake is the fifth most beautiful lake in the world according to National Geographic, and this cottage is on that sandy shore. The Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes, a Chippewa legend of the mother Bear's devotion to her cubs, is across the street and is located in the Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore, the most beautiful of the National Parks, among private homes and cottages with a wooded lot on one side for privacy. Swim in crystal clear water, climb the sand dunes or ride the bike trail. Relax and enjoy the beauty of the area in a cozy pine-paneled cottage of the '50s with an updated kitchen and new bathroom, attractive living room furniture, new queen and double bed springs and mattresses,new hide-a-bed spring mattress. fireplace.

Enjoy the large artists community,creative shops, wine tasting, championship golf, Art Fair with 96 artists third Wednesday in July, and Cherry Festival in Traverse City first week in July. Canoe the Crystal River. Fireplace, microwave, charcoal grill, rowboat, picnic table, fire pit, attractive living room furniture, new queen and double bed, hide-a bed has new spring mattress,newer blankets, updated bath and tile shower, TV/DVD/VCR Linens, towels,soaps,etc. not furnished. No pets. No smoking. Maximum 6 people.

27 golf courses nearby (The Dunes - 5 miles); tennis courts in Glen Arbor and across from The Dunes Golf Course;swim in Glen Lake or Lake Michigan (2 miles); sand dune climbing and bike trail across the street; health fitness center, charter fishing, art shops, restaurants in Glen Arbor-4 miles; horseback riding, hiking, restaurants around the lake; walking in the woods on Alligator Hill for majestic views of both Glen Lake and Lake Michigan-1 mile; climb the Empire Bluffs overlooking Lake Michigan - 5 miles; touring the Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore and the Coast Guard Museum at Glen Haven - 1 mile; browsing the creative shops selling unique and local artisans work all over the Leelanau Peninsula; and an absolute must - drive the Stocking Scenic Drive through the woods to the top of the Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes, wine tasting tours on Leelanau Peninsula.

Located on the magnificent Leelanau peninsula, 2 miles to Lake Michigan at Glen Haven where the Coast Guard Museum is located, 4 miles to Glen Arbor's many activities, 5 miles to Empire's beautiful Lake Michigan beach, 30 miles to Traverse City.

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

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based on 8 traveler reviews

On Glen Lake In Front Of Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes and Heritage Bike trail
average rating of 4.875 based on 8 reviews

The Carr Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

We loved this quaint 1950s cabin! We quickly made it our home! We loved looking at the sunrises in the morning over Little Glen Lake! I got some amazing pictures of the purple sky in the evening! The location was perfect for all the sightseeing! We're already talking about coming back! There's something to do no matter how young or old you are! Patty, the manager was wonderful! She made sure to tell me to call if I needed anything and gave me suggestions on places to go. I finally found paradise!

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad that you appreciate the beauty of our area. We hope to see you again.
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Fun week on the lake

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our visit to Little Bear. This was our tenth year visiting Empire/Glen Arbor for a weeklong summer vacation, and the first time we've rented a cottage on the water. It was nice that our "up north" time didn't end when we returned to the cabin each evening. After dinner, we could head back out and enjoy the lake in our own backyard. The cottage was spotlessly clean and had everything that we needed to relax. Patty was a joy to work with, and made renting and our arrival/departure a breeze.

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Location, Location, Location

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here on Labor Day weekend, the cabin was perfect for our family of 4. It was simple yet sufficient for our family, if you are looking for something extravagant this is not the place for you. The location was absolutely amazing the area is one of the most pristine and beautiful I have been to in Northern Michigan (this was not our first time in the region), one thing that stood out the most for me is that we did not need to get into the car to go to the dunes, the Heritage Bike Trail is literally across the street and the main Dune Climb is a short bike/walk. The bike ride to Glen Arbor was about 4 miles and we stopped at Glen Haven about half way and watched a blacksmith make a coat hook and looked at some old boats, there is also a Lk Mich Beach there. Our boys and I loved fishing in the crystal clear Little Glen and just relaxing on the shore. If you like craft beer there is no brewery but go to Art's Tavern, Short's makes a beer specifically for them.

A larger beach area would have been nice, some of the brush growth could be cleared out from either side to enhance the view of the lake and enlarge the beach area, and have the beach area more maintained lots of reeds growing on it. Also, linens would've been nice but weren't a deal breaker.

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm glad you took advantage of many opportunities to enjoy this beautiful area. I'm so glad you commented on the view area to the lake. It has been widened, and you can now see the Alligator and the bridge from the cottage. The reeds and weed roots at the beach hold the beach from erosion. We have lost as much as 5 feet a year when the ice goes out and from wind damage. We cannot remove them. Where they have been removed you will see a significant indentation on the shoreline. I'm glad you and the boys had a great time, and we hope you will be our guests again.
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This cabin was perfect for our family of four!

  • 5 of 5

This cabin fit our family PERFECTLY...myself, husband and our 2 boys. The cabin was clean and kept up well. We LOVED our "first" visit to Sleeping Bear Dunes. The cabin sits back from the road, is peaceful and private, the boys had plenty of room to safely ride their bikes around the driveway turnaround. The cabin is walking distance to the Dune Climb. Seemed like the perfect location for everything. We enjoyed having our own swimming area and walking right out on little Glen Lake. The sand area could be kept up a little better, I am a gardner by nature so I caught myself pulling weeds and cleaning it up (I also found poison ivy, just beware) The cabin was equipped with just about everything you can think of...a few things I didn't think of, dish soap and scrubber, kitchen towels, bathroom hand soap, a radio (there is alarm clock w/ radio but would have loved to have remembered real radio). We would love to stay here again and would refer this cabin in a second.

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for letting me know you enjoyed the cabin (Little Bear) and this beautiful area as much as I do. We look forward to seeing you again. Jeanine Dean
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Washington, DC

Ideal Location

  • 5 of 5

This is a comfortable small cottage. My husband and I enjoyed swimming in the lake as well as hiking on the many nearby paths and found the cottage a relaxing place to stay.The cottage has a great location across from the Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes. This was our 3rd year at this cottage and we plan to return.

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2011
  • Stayed: Jul 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I love your enthusiasm for the beauty of the area, the lake, and the trails. I look forward to seeing you again next year,
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Archbold, Ohio


  • 5 of 5

This cottage gave us a great vacation! It was very comfortable and in fact a new bed was delivered while we were there! It has a great location and the lake is awesome, espically for kids! The cottage is furnished with everything you might need. We really enjoyed ourselves!

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2010
  • Stayed: Jul 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: A new double bed springs and mattress replaces the older one. The queen was new last year. We tightened the screws on the bed frame.
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Traverse City
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Glen Arbor
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Dunes Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Glen Arbor
Car: necessary

Glen Lake is the fifth most beautiful lake in the world according to National Geographic and this cottage is located on that sandy shore. We are in the Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore that was voted the most beautiful park in the U.S. The Sleeping Bear sand dunes are across the street and 1/2 mile walking/biking trail leads to the climbing area. Located on West side of Glen Lake on M109 (S. Dune Hwy) among private homes with woods on one side for privacy. 4 miles to Glen Arbor and 5 miles to Empire for groceries, art/craft stores, unique shops, tennis courts. Old Glen Haven, Coast Guard Museum and Lake Michigan beach are 2 miles. Stocking Scenic Drive to top of sand dunes 2 miles. Dunes Golf course 5 miles.

Other Activities: We have a large local artist community. Artist studios, art galleries, wine tasting and unique shops all over the Leelanau Peninsula. Glen Arbor Art Fair with 96 artists from all over the country is July 15, 2015. Cherry Festival in Traverse 1st week of July. Crystal River kayaking, bike rental in GA, Dunes golf course and 19 other public courses in area. Tennis courts, horse back riding, speedboat rentals, water skiing, tubing, charter fishing in Lake Michigan, perch/bass fishing in Glen Lake, hiking/biking wooded trails. Enjoy the Stocking Scenic drive to the top of the dunes, climb Alligator Hill to view both Glen Lake and Lake Michigan, climb Empire Bluffs, and hike/bike many scenic trails. Tour beautiful Leelanau Peninsula. Relax in the sun and swim in the lake. Look for Petoskey stones on Lake Michigan shore. Enjoy the freshness of spring looking at wildflowers in May/June, sun and sand of July/August, warm September, and outrageous color of October.

Golf: Dunes Golf course 5 miles, Sugar Loaf 10 miles, Mistwood 30 miles, Grand Traverse Resort Championship courses 35 miles, plus many other courses on the Leelanau peninsula.


Rates & Availability

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Sep 3 2016 - Oct 31 2016
2 night minimum stay
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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 6.0%

Deposit of 40% of rent with reservation.
Final check on arrival.
6% Michigan tax.
No smoking. No pets.
Linens, towels,soaps, etc. are not provided.
Check out time is 11 AM, Check in time 2PM
Inbetween week is 6 nights only
4th of July is 8 nights
Where 2 nights can be rented, the charge is $125 a night

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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Empire Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 720 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
  • Lake
  • Lakefront
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Alarm Clock
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • updated with new shower and pedestal sink
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
  • Queen hide-a-bed in living room with new spring mattress. Closets and dressers, bedside tables and lamps in each bedroom. Radio/alarm clock.
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Beach Chairs
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 6 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Lawn chairs, row boat, fire pit, wood fireplace beautiful views of sand dunes, lake, Alligator hill and Glen Lake Bridge

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