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Charming Cottage in Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes Near Lake Mi Beach

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Located 3 blocks from beach; 1 block from galleries, tavern, ice cream & library

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Last updated: 05/03/2015
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  • Minimum stay:3-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

Charming historic home nestled on 2 shaded lots in the village of empire. It's just a short walk or bike ride (we've stored a few bikes in the garage for you!) to Empire's quaint main street and to one of the world's most beautiful beaches.

Our cottage has two bedrooms, each with a queen bed. Additional sleeping spaces for up to 4 people are provided by a futon and a sleeper sofa in the living room. Both the dining room (seats up to 10) and the living room (seats up to 11) are light-filled, spacious and sport newly refinished pine floors. Fully furnished, with WiFi (in summer season), a flat screen television, dishes, cookware, bed linens and bath towels (please provide your own beach towels).

Enjoy climbing the dunes, paddling the shoreline, biking the Heritage Trail or simply walking to Empire's tavern, art galleries, ice cream shop and library. Venture out or get cozy at the cottage where you can use the outdoor charcoal grill, piece together a puzzle at the game table in the living room or stroll to the beach to watch a sunset overlooking Lake Michigan.

Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes National Lakeshore park was voted 'most beautiful place in America' by ABC Good Morning America. Come see why!

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Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 1200 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 4-6

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

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  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen

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  • Bedroom 1 contains a queen bed, antique dresser, cozy reading chair and large closet. Bedroom 2 contains a queen bed, small dresser, comfortable reading chair and large closet....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower

    Long, narrow space....moreless

Entertainment

  • Books:

    Several books for adults and children available on bookshelf in living room....moreless

  • DVD Player:

    DVD player is connected to flat screen TV in living room. (Guests may use public library 1 block away to check out books & games and to rent videos for $1 each.)...moreless

  • Games:

    A variety of board games and puzzles available on bookshelf in living room....moreless

  • Television:

    Flat screen TV in living room. However, the cottage does NOT have satellite or cable TV, and the TV receives no channels. TV is only for use with DVD player....moreless

  • Video Library:

    Some videos at cottage. Use of public library 1 block away (where you can check out books & games as well as rent adtl videos for $1 each) is available to guests for $10 temporary library card....moreless

Theme

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

Attractions

  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Library
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Theme Parks
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting Small Game
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Swimming
  • Water Skiing
  • Wind-Surfing

Dining

  • Dining:

    Spacious dining room includes buffet and oak table with up to three leaves and chairs for seating up to 10....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 10 people

General

  • Heating
  • Internet:

    Free WiFi provided year-round....moreless

  • Linens Provided:

    Bed linens and bath towels are provided. Please bring your own beach towels....moreless

  • Living Room
  • Parking:

    You may park in the driveway located in front of the garage behind the house. Parking on the street in front of the house is allowed during the day, but NOT overnight (due to an Empire ordinance)....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Bath towels are provided. However, beach towels are NOT provided. Please bring your own beach towels....moreless

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster

Outside

  • Bicycles:

    Garage contains 2 small adult and 1 child bicycles. Bring your own helmets....moreless

  • Golf:

    The Dunes Golf Club located just 5 miles from our cottage, has 18 holes and features 5730 yards of golf. For tee times....moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    The Sleeping Bear Surf & Kayak Shop, located just 2 blocks from our cottage on Front Street in Empire, rents surfboards, stand-up paddleboards and skimboards....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Seating for 8 at picnic table and patio table with chairs in backyard. We also own a shaded, vacant lot adjacent to our cottage which is perfect for picnics, barbecues or pitching a tent....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Charcoal grill in backyard. You will need to provide your own charcoal and lighter fluid....moreless

 

Reviews

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Rental basis: Per property
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Off Season
Sep 1 - May 17, 2015
3 night min stay
$150
$950
My Standard Rate
7 night min stay

$1,200

Changeover Day: Saturday


Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Taxes Included

Notes:

Summer season (June-August)=$1200/week

Off Season (September-May)=$150/night; $900/week

Multi-week discounts available


Cancellation policy:

Policy available by contacting owner when booking.


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Last updated: 05/03/2015
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Location

  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

  • Sleeping Bear Gallery

    "Full to brimming with artwork from area artists. We stopped in one afternoon and got to meet..."

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  • The Misers' Hoard

    "This shop is full of delightful finds. The shop owners are super friendly and laid back."

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  • Cottage Book Shop

  • Grocer's Daughter Chocolate

    "The chocolate is handmade on-site and the staff is so friendly! Lots of samples. We love com..."

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  • Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive

  • Robert H. Manning Memorial Light

  • Joe's Friendly Tavern

    "On a cold evening, grab the table right next to the wood stove and order the wings."

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  • Tiffany's Ice Cream & Cookies

    "The portions are huge! We buy the child's scoop 'cause it's plenty big, and take our ice cre..."

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  • Cherry Bowl Drive-In Theatre

    "Bring sleeping bags and pillows and prepare to curl up in the back of your vehicle for a dou..."

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  • Cherry Republic

    "Wonderful store for finding gifts to take home to friends."

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  • Arts Tavern

    "Save room for Art's homemade cobbler."

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  • Cedar Sol Hydro Farm

    "Their fish tacos are really good. Actually, it's all good. Love the chorizo,"

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  • Empire Area Museum

    "We were blown away by how much info and artifacts are in this museum. The exhibits are reall..."

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28 Miles
Nearest Airport
Cherry Capital Airport, Traverse City, MI
0.2 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Friendly Tavern
83 Miles
Nearest Ferry
Ludington, MI
5 Miles
Nearest Golf
Dunes Golf Club, 6464 W. Empire Hwy (M-72)
0.1 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Highway 72
0.2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Friendly Tavern
30 Miles
Nearest Ski
Crystal Mountain, Thompsonville, MI
0.3 Miles
Nearest Beach
Lake Michigan Beach Park, Empire, MI
 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 2012

About the owner: Two families share this vacation cottage. Both couples became fast friends in grad school at the University of MI in the 90's. Both families now include children. Together we've camped, skied, traveled across country, and dreamed of owning a little spot in northern MI where we can explore the woods, walk the beach, paddle the shoreline and ski the trails.

Why the Owner Chose Empire:
We fell for this cottage on a spur-of-the-moment trip to Empire. The idea seemed just crazy enough, and we loved Empire's quirky, laid back atmosphere. Case in point: Empire hosts an annual Asparagus Festival each spring! That was incentive enough. Plus the breathtaking beach, a handful of really great art galleries & antique shops, Sleeping Bear's new Heritage Trail and Visitor's Center (complete with ranger-led programs), and even a hand-made chocolate shop (The Grocer's Daughter) . . . All this is literally right outside our cottage's doorsteps.

The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
(1) BEACH! Our cottage is a mere 3 blocks walk (or bike ride) from Empire's public beach. We love this beach because it provides spectacular views of both the Empire Bluffs (which you can walk to the top of via the Bluff Trail) to the south and Sleeping Bear's massive sand dunes to the north. Also, the beach let's you enjoy two lakes: Lake Michigan to the west and the much smaller South Bar Bake to the east. South Bar Lake stays considerably warmer than the big lake and is an especially great spot for young children. (2) VILLAGE! Empire itself is charming, quiet and walkable with a grocery story, a few well-appointed shops, friendly tavern (on a cold evening, grab the table right next to the wood stove and order the wings), and a newly renovated public library (which our kids have spent hours in playing games and reading during rainy days). (3) NATIONaL PARK! Empire is surrounded by sleeping bear dunes national lakeshore, a 50,000 acre national park that boasts 64 miles of lake Michigan beaches, two islands, 26 inland lakes, and the iconic sand dunes. Sleeping bear's visitor's center, located just 3 blocks from our cottage, has interpretive displays and is a great jumping off point for exploring the rest of the park.


Contact us

Speaks: english

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Photos

  • Located 3 blocks from beach; 1 block from galleries, tavern, ice cream & library

    Located 3 blocks from beach; 1 block from galleries, tavern, ice cream & library

  • Buffet and dining table (with 2 leaves added for a larger group).

    Buffet and dining table (with 2 leaves added for a larger group).

  • Kitchen blends old & new: original cupboards, new stove, antique hoosier cabinet

    Kitchen blends old & new: original cupboards, new stove, antique hoosier cabinet

  • Cozy spot for reading and vintage dresser in Bedroom 1.

    Cozy spot for reading and vintage dresser in Bedroom 1.

  • Bedroom 2 overlooks shaded lot to the left of cottage, perfect for picnics.

    Bedroom 2 overlooks shaded lot to the left of cottage, perfect for picnics.

  • Futon & sleeper couch in living room offer added sleeping for up to 4.

    Futon & sleeper couch in living room offer added sleeping for up to 4.

  • Pull up a chair at the game table for puzzles and board games.

    Pull up a chair at the game table for puzzles and board games.

  • Books and games (bananagrams anyone?) fill the bookshelves in the living room.

    Books and games (bananagrams anyone?) fill the bookshelves in the living room.

  • Leaf through our guestbook for info on the cottage, Empire and area attractions.

    Leaf through our guestbook for info on the cottage, Empire and area attractions.

  • Wilce Cottage (in background) was on Empire's 2013 Anchor Day parade route!

    Wilce Cottage (in background) was on Empire's 2013 Anchor Day parade route!

  • View from Empire public beach to the south featuring the Empire Bluffs.

    View from Empire public beach to the south featuring the Empire Bluffs.

  • View of Lake MI in winter atop Empire Bluffs, a perfect cross country ski trek.

    View of Lake MI in winter atop Empire Bluffs, a perfect cross country ski trek.

  • Spacious dining room's oak table has 3 more leaves & chairs to seat up to 10.

    Spacious dining room's oak table has 3 more leaves & chairs to seat up to 10.

  • Bright, newly painted kitchen with rocking chair by window for morning coffee.

    Bright, newly painted kitchen with rocking chair by window for morning coffee.

  • Cozy Bedroom 1 has queen bed, large closet, and high ceilings.

    Cozy Bedroom 1 has queen bed, large closet, and high ceilings.

  • Bright Bedroom 2 has queen bed, large closet, dresser and high ceilings.

    Bright Bedroom 2 has queen bed, large closet, dresser and high ceilings.

  • Spacious living room has a variety of seating areas.

    Spacious living room has a variety of seating areas.

  • Papasan chair provides cozy reading nook.

    Papasan chair provides cozy reading nook.

  • Sit down to chess, cards or...choose from many games & puzzles stocked for you.

    Sit down to chess, cards or...choose from many games & puzzles stocked for you.

  • View from living room into dining room on the right.

    View from living room into dining room on the right.

  • Empire's Anchor Day festival each July sports a parade, concert, 5K run & food!

    Empire's Anchor Day festival each July sports a parade, concert, 5K run & food!

  • Looking north from Empire's beach to Lake Michigan's Manning Lighthouse.

    Looking north from Empire's beach to Lake Michigan's Manning Lighthouse.

  • View from Empire's public beach north toward Sleeping Bear's Sand Dunes.

    View from Empire's public beach north toward Sleeping Bear's Sand Dunes.

  • Winter around Empire is lovely; ideal for snowshoeing & cross country skiing

    Winter around Empire is lovely; ideal for snowshoeing & cross country skiing

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  • Calendar last updated 05/03/2015
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