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Greenwoods House in the Village of Empire

Greenwoods House in the Village of Empire Greenwoods House close up Relax on beautiful porch Walk to beach thru the village Home is Where the Heart Is Heart of the Home Making Memories Rest and Relax Rest and Relax Rest and Relax Lake Michigan Beach park..picnics, swimming, hiking the beach Lake Michigan park..fun for kids Beautiful beaches Kayaking on Lake Michigan at the end of another day in paradise

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Last updated: 04/14/2014
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  • Pets considered:No
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Empire house description

'GreenWoods' House is a wonderful three/four bedroom, two bath retreat located in the in the Village of Empire, Michigan. This comfy beach town, situated in the heart of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, offers shops and restaurants. Easy walking distance to Lake Michigan beach. Area attractions: Six area golf courses, 15 National Lakeshore hiking trails, 17 miles of unspoiled beach, three canoeing rivers, fishing, swimming, boating, skiing, shore-to-shore trail, wineries, Lake Michigan sunsets. Perfect setting for multi-generation family reunions, creating family and friend memories to last a life-time.

New family home constructed in 2006 in the village, walk to beach. Accommodates six to eight: queen bed in master bedroom; two twin beds in second bedroom/den; queen bed in third bedroom; full size futon in fourth bedroom; twin day bed in upstairs open space. Complete amenities include washer, dryer, dishwasher, wrap-around covered porch, ceiling fans in upstairs sleeping areas, patio/deck area, and charcoal grill. Linens and towels provided. Summer rentals are Friday to Friday. NO smoking and NO pets.

Our family has been visiting this area for over 38 years. Here is a short list of some memorable experiences we have enjoyed:

1. Hiking the Sleeping Bear Dunes
2. Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive (and 450-foot dune climb)
3. Boating on Little and Big Glen Lake
4. Visit the historic Glen Haven Coast Guard Station
5. Canoeing and tubing on Platte River
6. Golf, Golf, Golf, Golf (Four)
7. Sunsets and campfires on Empire Beach on Lake Michigan
8. Visiting historic Leland Fishtown
9. Touring area lighthouses (4+)
10. Ice cream every night at local sweet shops
11. Charter fishing trips....catching & eatting salmon!
12. Exploring shipwrecks
13. Taking the Ferry to Uninhabited Manitou Islands
14. Hiking Empire Bluff
15. Cross country skiing & Snowshoeing
16. Fishing, fishing, fishing
17. Day trips to Traverse City, Frankfort - SHOPPING!
18. Traverse City Beach Bums Baseball (Minor League)
19. Collecting Petosky stones
20. Mountain biking
21. Hosting family reunions, weddings, get togethers involving apple picking, wine country tours, and much more!

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Property Type

  • 1600 sq. ft.
  • House
  • 2 story

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Suitability

          • Non Smoking Only
          • Pets Not Allowed
          • Children Welcome

          Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8

          • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

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          • Bedroom 2: 1 queen

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          • Bedroom 3: 2 twin/ single

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          • Loft + Den: 1 twin/ single, 1 sleep sofa /futon

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          • Queen size Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (3), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) (Full size futon in den. Day bed in loft area on second floor)...moreless

          Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

          Kitchen & Dining

          • Cooking Utensils
          • Dishwasher
          • Oven
          • Dishes & Utensils
          • Stove
          • Coffee Maker
          • Kitchen
          • Toaster

          Amenities

          • Parking Off Street
          • Linens Provided
          • Clothes Dryer
          • Air Conditioning
          • Washing Machine
          • Towels Provided
          • Heating
          • Iron & Board
          • Living Room

          Other Amenities

              • Ceiling fans in upstairs bedrooms, wrap-around covered porch, located in park-like setting....moreless

              Entertainment

              • Stereo
              • Television
              • CD Player

              Communications

              • Wireless Internet:

                Internet available at the house, plus internet access also available at local library, coffee shops and restaurants...moreless

              • Broadband Access
              • Internet

              Outdoor Features

              • Outdoor Grill
              • Deck / Patio

              Theme

              • Historic
              • Sports & Activities
              • Tourist Attractions
              • Adventure
              • Away From It All
              • Family

              Car

                  • Necessary

                  Activities

                  • Kayaking
                  • Hot Air Ballooning
                  • Basketball Court
                  • Water Skiing
                  • Jet Skiing
                  • Parasailing
                  • Hospital
                  • Groceries
                  • Medical Services
                  • Pier Fishing
                  • Laundromat
                  • Skiing
                  • Fishing
                  • Golf
                  • Sailing
                  • Cycling
                  • Tennis
                  • Surfing
                  • Hiking
                  • Wind-Surfing
                  • Hunting
                  • Swimming
                  • Mountain Biking
                  • ATM/Bank
                  • Museums
                  • Live Theater
                  • Cinemas
                  • Restaurants
                  • Zoo
                  • Winery Tours
                  • Churches
                  • Health/Beauty Spa
                  • Library
                  • Playground
                  • Marina
                  • Beachcombing
                  • Sight Seeing
                  • Walking
                  • Antiquing
                  • Sledding
                  • Horseback Riding
                  • Scenic Drives
                  • Boating
                  • Gambling Casinos
                  • Miniature Golf
                  • Wildlife Viewing
                  • Shopping

                  Other Activities

                      • GreenWoods House. Welcome to one of the most beautiful natural areas in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. Come and enjoy 35 miles of Lake Michigan's eastern coastline, explore North and South Manitou Islands, and of course climb the dunes! Learn about the history of shipping, logging, and agriculture of the area by visiting former Life-Saving Service/Coast Guard Stations, Lighthouses, Sleeping Bear Dunes national lakeshore area and Port Oneida Historic District. This area voted 'Most Beautiful' on Good Morning America in 2011....moreless
                       

                      Reviews

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                      • California Girls loved this house in Empire

                        California Girls loved this house in Empire

                        • Guest Elaine (Oakland California)
                        • Date of stay 10/06/12
                        • Review Submitted 11/05/12
                        The house was great, and the owners Jeanne and Dan were wonderful. The house is located in the new part of town, but we could easily walk to the village and to the beach. The house was very clean and nicely laid out, and we were very comfortable there. Empire was a great central location for day trips to Sleeping Bear Dunes, Leland, Point Betsie, Charlesvoix and Northport. It was our first trip to Michigan, we had a great time, we really liked the house and the area, and we would definitely go back again.

                        Recommended for: Families with teenagers, sightseeing, girls getaway.

                        Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 0/0

                      • family of 6

                        family of 6

                        • Guest Scott Gilmer (Red Wing, Mn)
                        • Date of stay 08/26/11
                        • Review Submitted 09/15/11
                        We had a wonderful time in Empire and the house was perfect. We are a family with four adult children. The house had plenty of room and was very clean. The kitchen was really nice and we cooked three meals there during our stay. The house is located in a neighborhood that is walking distance to the historic/commercial area of town. We brought our bikes and biked to town and to the beach every day. There is wonderful hiking nearby. The beach in Empire is beautiful. Overall the experience was fantastic and we plan to be back.

                        Recommended for: Families with teenagers, sightseeing, age 55+, adventure seekers, families with young children, girls getaway.

                        Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 1/1

                      • Couldn't have been better

                        Couldn't have been better

                        • Guest Mark (Brooklyn)
                        • Date of stay 08/19/11
                        • Review Submitted 08/30/11
                        My family and my parents all loved staying here. The house was very clean and comfortable. The neighborhood quiet and pretty. Walking distance to the town beach and a great ice cream place. Hoping to do it again next year.

                        Recommended for: Families with teenagers, sightseeing, age 55+, families with young children, girls getaway.

                        Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 1/1

                      • Cool Place!

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                        Cool Place!

                        • Guest L.T., Big Rapids, MI
                        • Date of stay 07/15/11
                        • Review Submitted 08/07/11
                        We had such a wonderful time at your house and appreciate everything you did to make it so comfortable. We hit 96 degrees in Empire mid-week, so the air conditioning was vital. I simply cannot sleep well when I'm hot, and I can never understand why most vacation houses do not have air. Not sleeping well is not a vacation! The dual zone feature was great, we could make it a little cooler upstairs for sleeping kids without freezing out people still downstairs. We have been renting from vrbo.com for years, and your is truly the nicest house we have ever rented. Thank you for sharing GreenWoods with us!

                        Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 1/1

                      • Mary--New Baltimore(July 2009)

                        Mary--New Baltimore(July 2009)

                        • Guest Mary (New Baltimore)
                        • Date of stay 07/31/09
                        • Review Submitted 02/17/11
                        My Mother,sister and her 2 children stayed 1 week at Greenwood. We loved the "home away from home"feeling! So many activities to do---just a walk or short drive away!! If the day was warm-we went for a swim at the nearby beaches or went" tubing" on the Platte River. If the day was cool-we walked the many nearby trails, including the Empire Bluff and Alligator Hill trails. Take your camera!!! Beautiful sunsets!!! My husband and I are planning a Leelanau Peninsula wine tour with some friends this year. Can't wait!!

                        Recommended for: Families with teenagers, sightseeing, age 55+, families with young children, girls getaway.

                        Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 1/1

                      • Great Family Get-Away!

                        Great Family Get-Away!

                        • Guest Wolfpack (Carmel, IN)
                        • Date of stay 08/01/10
                        • Review Submitted 02/03/11
                        From the start, we had an easy time communicating with the owners in scheduling our trip. They were very helpful and informative about rental information and things to do in the area- very knowledgeable in this since they've been vacationing here themselves for 20+years! This is the 3rd VRBO property I've rented in Western Michigan, and I was impressed by it's cleanliness and updated features. I also really appreciated the time that the owners took to decorate their place with unique local art. The house was comfortable for just hanging out in the mornings until we decided what we would do for the day and in the evenings to just sit out and enjoy the evenings on the huge porch. We vacationed with our 4 young children and their grandparents. There was a ton of things to do in the area. Here are some things we loved: *Walking to Empire beach. The dual beaches are great and the kids loved the playground. *The local coffee shop (Gemma's), the chocolate shop (Grocer's Daughter), & ice cream place (Tiffany's) We didn't feel quite so guilty about all the good food since we were able to walk there! *Hiking- we found some great trails that the kids were even able to come on and other, more challenging ones that we went on while the G'parents babysat. Try catching the sunset on Empire Bluff trail! Awesome! *Shopping in Glen Arbor- we made the best of a rainy morning by doing a little shopping. The shops were cute and there were a lot of choices for places to grab a bite to eat. Thanks for letting us stay at your beautiful house. We had a great time and can't wait to come back!

                        Recommended for: Families with teenagers, romantic getaway, sightseeing, families with young children, tourists without a car, girls getaway.

                        Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 2/2

                        • Guest Scott Dolan (Richmond,MI.)
                        • Date of stay 10/08/07
                        • Review Submitted 10/08/07
                        My family has visited Empire area before,and of all the homes we have rented,Greenwoods has been the most enjoyable.Alot of thought has gone into the lay out of the home.Very enjoyable syay in the New Neighborhood.My children really enjoyed watching the deer right from the porch.Will most definitely return next year.Thanks again.

                        Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 5/5

                       
                      2014 rates $1500-$1850/week in summer (includes all taxes and cleaning fees)
                      Summer season June 13-Sep 5,2014
                      $300 security deposit & 1/2 total rate to confirm
                      NOTE: Until confirmed, rates subject to change
                      Weekends: $275 night/3 nite min.
                      

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                      Photos

                      • Greenwoods House in the Village of Empire

                        Greenwoods House in the Village of Empire

                      • Relax on beautiful porch

                        Relax on beautiful porch

                      • Home is Where the Heart Is

                        Home is Where the Heart Is

                      • Making Memories

                        Making Memories

                      • Rest and Relax

                        Rest and Relax

                      • Lake Michigan Beach park..picnics, swimming, hiking the beach

                        Lake Michigan Beach park..picnics, swimming, hiking the beach

                      • Beautiful beaches

                        Beautiful beaches

                      • Greenwoods House close up

                        Greenwoods House close up

                      • Walk to beach thru the village

                        Walk to beach thru the village

                      • Heart of the Home

                        Heart of the Home

                      • Rest and Relax

                        Rest and Relax

                      • Rest and Relax

                        Rest and Relax

                      • Lake Michigan park..fun for kids

                        Lake Michigan park..fun for kids

                      • Kayaking on Lake Michigan at the end of another day in paradise

                        Kayaking on Lake Michigan at the end of another day in paradise

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                      This listing was first published here in 2007.

                      Date last modified - Wednesday, October 09, 2013

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                      3 Bedroom / 2 Bathroom
                      Sleeps 8

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