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: 10/16/2015
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  • Minimum stay:3-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

July 2016 and August 2016 almost completely booked !

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: If you obtain a "quote" from VRBO, please understand that the quote is based upon a single night's stay (weekly rate divided by 7). Also, taxes, housekeeping, insurance and pet fees are not always include in the quote.
>Minimum stay during peak season (May - September 6) is 7 nights. (Saturday-Saturday)
>Check in on Saturday, and check out on Saturday. Sorry, we do not break up weeks.
>Maximum occupancy is 4 people. Example 2 adults and 2 children.
>We are pet friendly, within reason. There is a pet fee to consider.
>We do not provide a babysitting service, however, we can help find a sitter if necessary.
>All guests are required to purchase VRBO rental insurance.

National Geographic

The Tree House is located in the heart of Good Morning America's Most Beautiful Place in 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. During Peak Season (May - September ) check in day is ONLY on Saturday and check out the following Saturday. 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 30.

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

Keywords: Sleeping Bear, house, apartment, upstairs, gay friendly, pets, Empire, Glen Arbor, Traverse City.


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Property Type

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

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

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

  • 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

  • Smoking Allowed:

    OUTDOORS ONLY...moreless

  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

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

Other Amenities

  • LGBT friendly.


  • Books:

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

  • DVD Player:

    DVD player...moreless


  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Library
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Miniature Golf
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Rafting
  • Roller Blading
  • Sailing
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Water Tubing
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining:

    Seats 4 comfortably, but will seat 6 total....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • 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

  • 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

  • Clothes Dryer:

    NO clothes dryer....moreless

  • Fitness Room / Equipment:

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

  • Heating:

    Furnace - forced air...moreless

  • Internet:

    Internet available....moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

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

  • Parking Off Street
  • 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

  • Telephone:

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

  • Towels Provided:

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

  • Washing Machine:

    NO washing machine....moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Small propane grill on the deck....moreless

  • Tennis:

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

Pool / Spa

  • Heated Pool
  • Indoor Pool
  • 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



Write a review 4.9
from 22 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Fall Season 2015
Oct 1 - Nov 30, 2015
3 night min stay
Pre Season 2016
Apr 30 - May 13, 2016
4 night min stay
$875 $2,500
Peak Season 2016
May 14 - Sep 16, 2016
7 night min stay

$1,000 $3,500

Changeover Day: Saturday

Fall Season 2106
Sep 17 - Oct 31, 2016
3 night min stay
$875 $2,500
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees and Rental Conditions:

  • Property Damage Protection $59
  • Pet Fee $100
  • Departure Housekeeping $100
  • Tax Rate 6%


There is a reservation deposit at the time of booking. VRBO has made the property protection optional. It is NOT optional for this property. Everyone must purchase the insurance to book.

No credit cards at check-in.

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: 10/16/2015
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30 Miles
Nearest Airport
80 Miles
Nearest Ferry
1 Miles
Nearest Golf
Dunes Golf Club
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Nearest Beach
Empire State Beach

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: Please check our reviews. Some of the best reviews for the area. 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. Please be sure to leave a review after your stay. Thanks for your kind support.

Why the Owner Chose Empire:
Just read the reviews ! We have many return guests year after year, which explains why the reviews sit at 20, because our guests keep returning.

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 20-30 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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  • 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

  • spring time

    spring time

  • January one of the main roads

    January one of the main roads

  • January


  • Sandhill Cranes

    Sandhill Cranes

  • just a short drive to Interlochen Center for the Arts

    just a short drive to Interlochen Center for the Arts

  • living space

    living space

  • living space

    living space

  • kitchen and dining

    kitchen and dining

  • double bed

    double bed

  • Indoor Endless Pool

    Indoor Endless Pool

  • Ship wreckage washed ashore on Lake Michigan

    Ship wreckage washed ashore on Lake Michigan

  • a winter view from the Tree House deck

    a winter view from the Tree House deck

  • Traverse City National Cherry Festival - 2o mintues

    Traverse City National Cherry Festival - 2o mintues

  • summer


  • Sunset over Lake Michigan near Glen Arbor  2015

    Sunset over Lake Michigan near Glen Arbor 2015

VRBO #297182

This listing was first published here in 2010.

Date last modified - Tuesday, November 17, 2015

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