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Member since: 2011
Speaks: english

Empire Rose: Cozy Home in the Heart of Empire on Front St.

2 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Sleeping Bear Dunes House Rental Photos and Description

$1250/wk. House, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 6-7)

Enjoy living in the heart of Empire, a cozy town with a great public beach. Empire Rose is a clean, comfortable home owned by Bruce and Cindy Taggart. It has a modern kitchen and bath, living room, family room, fenced in yard, and two large bedrooms. The master bedroom has a queen-size bed, the large upstairs bedroom has two double beds. Wireless internet and cable TV are provided. Linens are available.

Rates: Weekly rental only for $1250, Sat-Sat. For an extra $100, we will provide linens. Rate includes 6% use tax. Off-season: $900/wk. We do not rent through VRBO, so there are no surprise add-on fees. Contact us directly.

Load up the wagon and take the short walk to the beach for the day, enjoy nearby galleries and shops, grocery shop and eat out across the street. Empire is in the heart of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, voted by Good Morning America as 'The Most Beautiful Place in the Country'! Drive the scenic drive. Hike the trails. bike on miles of beautiful roads, visit the many endless beaches. After dinner, stroll back to the beach for some of the most beautiful sunsets in the country.

Keywords: Downtown, sleeps six, modern kitchen, near beach, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Traverse City, Sand dunes, Lake Michigan, West Michigan, Leelanau Peninsula, Crystal Lake, Glen Lake

More Details
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english

About The Owner

Bruce and Cindy Taggart teach in the College of Music at Michigan State University. Cindy also owns and runs The Secret Garden, a gallery of handcrafts in Empire, three doors down from Empire Rose. Bruce and Cindy spend summers in Empire; their home is nearby.

The Owner purchased this house in 2011

Why The Owner chose Sleeping Bear Dunes

We have been summer residents of Empire since 1988. It really is 'The Most Beautiful Place in America.' We love the town, the beach, the National Lakeshore. Empire Rose is a house we have admired for many years; we purchased it in 2011. We are thrilled to own it and be able to offer it for others to enjoy.

What makes this house unique

Empire Rose is in an ideal location: easy walk to the beach (five minutes), groceries (one minute), restaurants, bank (with ATM), ice cream store, quirky shops, library, National Lakeshore visitor's center.


2 traveler reviews

Empire Rose: Cozy Home in the Heart of Empire on Front St.
average rating of 4.5 based on 2 reviews
Vernon Hills, IL

Love the Empire Rose

  • 5 of 5

My family stayed @ the ER the last few days of July and the first few days of August. We really liked it.

Great location in a small beach town. The property was clean, neat and well kept. When I showed my girls pictures of the home they were not impressed but they liked it as soon as we walked through the door. The owners (very nice people) live next door so if you have any issues they'll be addressed. The location is perfect-maybe 5 minutes to the beach, 10 seconds for ice cream, 30 seconds to the grocer and 60 seconds to Joe's Friendly Tavern. Glen Arbor (north on M22) has more to offer as far as shopping and dining. We hope to be back to Empire in the next year or two and will definitely stay @ the Empire Rose when we do.

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fraser, Michigan

Great M22 Experience

  • 4 of 5

The owners of this house have done a great job of keeping this property fresh and very user friendly. I would have rated Excellent if there was a better way to manage the heat. They had several fans but think that during the hot summer days and nights, these werent effective enough. This is my only comment for improving the rating. Different weeks and different weather, it may not have mattered. Appliances are all up to date. The kitchen is stocked with all the accessories to cook with. The master bedroom is spatious with a walk in closet. Having two living rooms is also a plus if someone wants to read while the others play in the other room. Make no mistake, you are right in middle of this little sleepy town. There were many mornings where I would sit in the front room and read while watching and waving at the passers by. The nights were quiet for us. The beach is one of the best I have seen. Get there early for a parking spot. There are actually two sets of beaches, one on Lake Michigan and the other on an immediate inland lake. There are restrooms and a small pavillion. BBQ grills are spread out. There are a few places in town to spend you money. The grocer has limited offerenigs and convenience pricing. The bar restaurant is also the only game in the downtown and is also priced accordingly. There is a Post Office, ice cream shop, water sports and several specialty shops ranging from Art to collectables. There are some shops outside of the downtown but we did not explore them. Everyone was friendly in town and at the beach. I didnt witness any drunken or lewd behavior. The beach was a 10 minute walk and offered the convenience of popping home for a nap. The view at this beach is unique and breathtaking, with dunes to the north and south. We traveled to neighboring towns and experienced the M22 feeling. This was a nice change from the drone of a big city. My only regret was not going down to the beach and having a bonfire in one of the many designated spots.

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the nice comments! You're right that the upstairs can get hot. Since your stay, we have installed an attic fan that pushes the hot air out and pulls in cooler air. This helps keep the upstairs cool on our rare hot days.
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In the heart of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Weekly rental ($1200 without linens, $1300 with linens; includes 6% use tax).


Rates & Availability

Empire House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Sep 3 2016 - May 27 2017
7 night minimum stay
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7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Weekly: $1200 (includes 6% use tax)
Linens provided for $100 extra.
Second-week discounts are possible.

50% in advance (non-refundable). 50% on arrival.

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Sleeping Bear Dunes House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • VCR
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Wagon for going to the beach, beach chairs

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