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The Tree House in the Heart of Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore

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Sleeping Bear Dunes..a short hop from the Tree House


Last updated: 09/18/2014
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  • Minimum stay:3-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Empire apartment description


Welcome to our Tree House in the Sleeping Bear National Park. The Tree House is 3 miles from the Village of Empire and 3 miles from Glen Arbor.

Please note: Minimum stay during peak season (May - September 6) is 7 nights. Check in on Saturday, and check out on Saturday.

National Geographic

The Tree House is located in the heart of Good Morning America's Most Beautiful Place America...Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore.

This completely furnished carriage apartment was built by the owners. The house is situated on 30 acres, on a secluded road with minimal traffic, directly across from the Sleeping Bear National Forest. Comfortably sleeps 2 adults and up to 3 small children. The apartment is upstairs, essentially a tree house in the woods and separate from the main house. Exactly half way between Glen Arbor and Empire. Less than a mile from the beautiful Glen Lakes; swimming, jet ski rental, boat rental and fishing. Empire and Glen Arbor restaurants, shopping, art galleries and more within a 10 minute drive. Golf, horseback riding, hiking, less than a mile and only 20-25 minutes from Traverse City. We have an Endless pool on the property, which may be used by our guests.

There is also an art studio on the property and a large garden. Down the hill from the apartment is a large natural pond and from the apartment balcony deck you can observe the wildlife at the pond. Anytime you might see cranes, deer, foxes and even an occasional coyote. There is also a small pond off the garden, near the main house. If you have friends and family that wish to vacation near you, there are neighbors who also provide accommodations through VRBO.

Please check the calendar for available dates during your intended stay. Red dates are already reserved. Yellow dates are on tentative hold, awaiting reservation confirmation. In the upper right side of the main page there is a link to the reservation calendar. You can view the available dates there. Check in Saturday, after 6:00 pm - Check out Saturday noon.

Peak Season rates apply for Thanksgiving. The property is closed to rentals from the Sunday after Thanksgiving until April 18.

PLEASE: when you inquire about reservations, email me back and let me know your decision ! Thank you.

Keywords: carriage house, apartment, upstairs, gay friendly

Property Type

  • Apartment
  • On floor 2
  • 700 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental


          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


          • Pets Considered:

            Pet deposit does apply. Pets cannot be left in the apt alone, unless crated. This is for our protection in case of emergency....moreless

          • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

            Sorry no renters under the age of 25....moreless

          Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 5, Beds for 4-5

          Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

          • Bathroom 1


          • Guests must provide their own bar soap. Linens are provided. The Tree House has unfiltered well water. No smell or taste....moreless

          Kitchen & Dining


          • Air Conditioning:

            There has never been a reason to install air conditioning. Temperatures during the summer are typically no greater than 82 degrees. There are ceiling fans and portable fans included....moreless

          • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

            If you have an RV, boat or trailer, please contact me BEFORE arrival to arrange a parking location. There is plenty of room to park these vehicles, NO access from the main driveway....moreless

          • Fitness Room / Equipment:

            Treadmill, Indoor Endless Pool (pool closed from November to June). Pool hours are 10 am - 6pm. Only registered guests....moreless

          • Living Room:

            Lounge chairs, sofa (can be used for sleeping), Flat screen TV, DVD player, DVD library, books, stereo receiver....moreless

          • Parking:

            ONE SPOT for guests. Located next to the entrance. Other spaces available out the driveway....moreless

          • Linens Provided:

            Yes, linens are provided. There is no maid service....moreless

          • Towels Provided:

            Yes, but you must provide your own beach towels....moreless

          • Heating:

            Furnace - forced air...moreless

          • Washing Machine:

            NO washing machine....moreless

          • Clothes Dryer:

            NO clothes dryer....moreless

          • Babysitter
          • Iron & Board
          • Parking Off Street

          Other Amenities

              • LGBT friendly.


              • Books:

                A small collection of favorites and some left behind by other guests to share....moreless

              • Satellite / Cable:

                Cable TV - no pay per view....moreless


              • Broadband Access:

                Separate secure WI-FI access for the Tree House. The entire property is Apple supported. We have had no issues with connections. ...moreless

              • Wireless Internet:

                If you are required to work while vacationing and have to create a VPN, we do not allow any VPNs....moreless

              • Telephone:

                There is NOT a telephone in the carriage house....moreless

              • Internet:

                Internet available....moreless

              Pool & Spa

              • Private Pool:

                There is an Endless pool attached to the main house for guest use. Hours are 10 am - 6 pm daily. Only registered guests may use the pool. Pool closed from November to June 15....moreless

              • Indoor Pool
              • Heated Pool

              Outdoor Features

              • Kayak / Canoe:

                Rentals available in Glen Arbor and Empire. Crystal River Outfitters in Glen Arbor. Sleeping Bear Surf and Kayak in Empire. Both can be found on Facebook....moreless

              • Balcony:

                Over looks the woods, hiking trail and the large pond. Wild animals frequent the pond daily. Depending on the time of day..deer, raccoon, coyote, fox....moreless

              • Boat:

                Boat rental less than 2 miles. Glen Lake Marina. If you are interested in renting a boat during your visit, look on Facebook for Glen-Lake-Marine. ...moreless

              • Lawn / Garden:

                There is an English garden off the main house. There is a landscaped yard with several gardens, fruit trees and a garden pond....moreless

              • Deck / Patio:

                The deck is access to the apartment. Approximately 12 steps up to the apartment....moreless

              • Golf:

                Golf course and driving range less than 2 miles....moreless

              • Outdoor Grill:

                Small propane grill on the deck....moreless

              • Tennis:

                Courts in Glen Arbor - 3 miles....moreless


              • Adventure
              • Family
              • Sports & Activities
              • Tourist Attractions


              • Restaurants
              • Groceries
              • Laundromat
              • Massage Therapist
              • Medical Services
              • Fishing
              • Jet Skiing
              • Skiing
              • Hiking
              • Fly Fishing
              • Freshwater Fishing
              • Roller Blading
              • Water Tubing
              • Snowboarding
              • Golf
              • Water Skiing
              • Swimming
              • Wind-Surfing
              • Snowmobiling
              • Cycling
              • Cross Country Skiing
              • Kayaking
              • Tennis
              • Sailing
              • ATM/Bank
              • Hunting
              • Fitness Center
              • Photography
              • Churches
              • Marina
              • Winery Tours
              • Cinemas
              • Library
              • Museums
              • Playground
              • Recreation Center
              • Festivals
              • Bird Watching
              • Beachcombing
              • Gambling Casinos
              • Paddle Boating
              • Scenic Drives
              • Walking
              • Miniature Golf
              • Wildlife Viewing
              • Sight Seeing
              • Boating
              • Shopping
              • Antiquing
              • Sledding
              • Horseback Riding
              • Outlet Shopping
              • Rafting


              Write a review 4.8
              from 18 traveler reviews
              Rental basis: Per property
              Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
              Fall Season
              Sep 4 - Oct 31, 2014
              3 night min stay
              Peak Season
              May 1 - Sep 12, 2015
              7 night min stay

              Fall Season
              Sep 13 - Nov 30, 2015
              3 night min stay
              My Standard Rate
              3 night min stay

              Additional information about rental rates

              Fees and Rental Conditions:

              • Departure Housekeeping $75
              • Pet Fee $75
              • Property Damage Protection $69
              • Tax Rate 6%


              There is a reservation deposit at the time of booking. The balance due is due at check-in. The balance due may be paid in cash or personal check. Please have a personal check completed upon arrival

              If you are bringing a pet. Family pets must not be left alone in the apartment, unless they are crated. This is for our protection in case of an emergency and access is needed to the apartment.

              Cancellation policy:

              Policy available by contacting owner when booking.

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              Last updated: 09/18/2014
              Check availability
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              21 Unavailable
              22 Today
              23 Selected dates


              30 Miles
              Nearest Airport
              80 Miles
              Nearest Ferry
              Nearest Motorway
              3 Miles
              Nearest Beach
              Empire State Beach
              1 Miles
              Nearest Golf
              Dunes Golf Club

              Car: Necessary

              Good Morning America's 2010 Most Beautiful Place in the US.

              National Geographic's TOP 10 BEST SUMMER VACATIONS 2012.


              Owner info

              Year Purchased: 1995

              About the owner: We have hosted many guests over the years from performers at the Manitou Music Festival, to artists in residence of the Glen Arbor Art Association. Whatever we can do to make your stay in Empire/Glen Arbor/Traverse City better, we will be happy to help in any way that we can. Have you stayed at the Tree House and given a referral to a friend? If your friends book a reservation, you can receive a $50 discount on your next vacation at the Tree House? Please make sure your referrals mention your name. Repeat Guests earn a $50 one time discount on your next visit. Please be sure to leave a review after your stay. Thanks for your kind support.

              The Unique Benefits at this Apartment:
              In the heart of Sleeping Bear National Forest, the Tree House is centrally located, with quick access to the Glen Lakes, Sleeping Bear Dunes and Lake Michigan. Within a 20 minute drive, guests can find themselves in the midst of Traverse City. Come stay with us during the National Cherry Festival or the Manitou Music Festival. Everything is within reasonable driving distances. Benzie, Honor, Cadillac, Suttons Bay, Acme, Williamsburg, Bear Lake, Northport, Leland, and Lake Leelanau.

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              Speaks: english


              • Sleeping Bear Dunes..a short hop from the Tree House

                Sleeping Bear Dunes..a short hop from the Tree House

              • living space morning

                living space morning

              • sofa sleeper

                sofa sleeper

              • Entrance to the pool from the Tree House

                Entrance to the pool from the Tree House

              • garden pond

                garden pond

              • a winter view from the Tree House deck

                a winter view from the Tree House deck

              • January


              • summer


              • Traverse City National Cherry Festival - 2o mintues

                Traverse City National Cherry Festival - 2o mintues

              • living space

                living space

              • living space

                living space

              • kitchen and dining

                kitchen and dining

              • double bed

                double bed

              • Endless Pool

                Endless Pool

              • Ship wreckage washed ashore on Lake Michigan

                Ship wreckage washed ashore on Lake Michigan

              • January one of the main roads

                January one of the main roads

              • Sandhill Cranes

                Sandhill Cranes

              • spring time

                spring time

              • We are a gay friendly establishment.  Woof !

                We are a gay friendly establishment. Woof !

              • just a short drive to Interlochen Center for the Arts

                just a short drive to Interlochen Center for the Arts

              VRBO #297182

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              This listing was first published here in 2010.

              Date last modified - Saturday, September 13, 2014

              $143 - $175 per night (USD)

              1 Bedroom / 1 Bathroom
              Sleeps 5

              View calendar: Updated 09/18/14
              Minimum stay: 3-7 nights
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