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Empire, Michigan - Vacation Retreat in Quiet Beach Town

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,600 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Loft + Den, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 8)

'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 (check-in 4pm, check-out 10am). NO smoking and NO pets.

Our family has been visiting this area for over 40 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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More Details

Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 3, 2018

Guestbook comments from the owner

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 for years, and your is truly the nicest house we have ever rented. Thank you for sharing GreenWoods with us!
Jul 2011
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Empire House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 9 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 2
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Loft + Den - 1 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • 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)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 8 garden chairs
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Ceiling fans in upstairs bedrooms, wrap-around covered porch, located in park-like setting.


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(7 traveler reviews)

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Empire, Michigan - Vacation Retreat in Quiet Beach Town
average rating of 5.0 based on 8 reviews

Wonderful stay at Green Woods!!

  • 5 of 5

We recently stayed at Green Woods (party of 7 - two families) and had a great experience! The house is very comfortable - very clean, very organized, and had everything we needed. The beds were also very comfortable, which is key to enjoying a stay anywhere. The house is air conditioned with dual controls (separate temperature controls for downstairs and upstairs), which turned out to be a huge plus one of the days of our stay as it was hot and humid. We were able to cool off the upstairs to a good sleeping temperature and everyone was very happy. We cooked all our meals at the house except for one lunch and one dinner; they even had a nice charcoal grill that we used a few nights for dinner. We went shopping for local produce at the Farmer's Market in Empire on Saturday morning and made grilled corn on the cob - yum!

This is the second year we've spent a week in Empire and we really love the area - the public beach park in town has a terrific playground for kids of all ages (ours were 5 to 15) and it's easy driving to Sleeping Bear, Glen Arbor, Frankfort, and Traverse City (all the places we visited this trip). Renting a place like Green Woods is the best way to enjoy a family vacation at your own pace without breaking the bank. We will likely be back for future stays!!

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2014
  • Stayed: August 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Oakland California

California Girls loved this house in Empire

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Nov 5, 2012
  • Stayed: October 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Red Wing, Mn

family of 6

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2011
  • Stayed: August 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Couldn't have been better

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2011
  • Stayed: August 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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New Baltimore

Mary--New Baltimore(July 2009)

  • 5 of 5

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!!

  • Submitted: Feb 17, 2011
  • Stayed: July 2009
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Carmel, IN

Great Family Get-Away!

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Feb 3, 2011
  • Stayed: July 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Traverse City (CherryLand) Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
In Village
Nearest Ferry
25 Miles
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Nearest Motorway
0.25 Miles
M-72 and M-22
Nearest Ski
12 Miles
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
Lake Michigan Beach
Car: necessary

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.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300

Contact owner for quote (317-431-7196 or 317-695-0068)
Summer season by the week only
Off Season 3 night minimum

Contact Owner for rates. Rates subject to change.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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