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Empire, Michigan - Vacation Retreat in Quiet Beach Town

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Greenwoods House in the Village of Empire


Last updated: 04/11/2017
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  • Minimum stay:3-7 nights
  • Sleeps:8
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

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. 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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Member since: 2007

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/11/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 1600 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 8
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 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)...moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

Other Amenities

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


  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Television


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


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Winery Tours
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

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

Location Type

  • Village

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


  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 9 people


  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone:


  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet:

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


  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:


  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill


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from 7 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Jun 16 - Sep 8, 2017
7 night min stay
Fri, Sat, Sun

Changeover Day: Friday

My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
$1,575 $6,300
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $300


Summer season by the week only $1850

Off Season 3 night minimum

Contact Owner for rates. Rates subject to change.

Owner's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.

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Last updated: 04/11/2017
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25 Miles
Nearest Airport
Traverse City (CherryLand) Airport
0.5 Miles
Nearest Barpub
In Village
25 Miles
Nearest Ferry
3 Miles
Nearest Golf
0.25 Miles
Nearest Motorway
M-72 and M-22
12 Miles
Nearest Ski
0.5 Miles
Nearest Beach
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.


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Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/11/2017

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  • 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

  • Alcove


  • Backyard


  • Lake Michigan for kids

    Lake Michigan for kids

  • Beautiful beaches

    Beautiful beaches

  • Paddling on Lake Michigan in long boats

    Paddling on Lake Michigan in long boats

  • Two-track riding

    Two-track riding

  • Loon Lake, Benzie Co.

    Loon Lake, Benzie Co.

  • 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

  • The Necessary Room

    The Necessary Room

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

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

  • Beautiful sunsets

    Beautiful sunsets

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

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

  • Dune set

    Dune set

  • Empire Beach

    Empire Beach

VRBO #131914

This listing was first published here in 2007.

Date last modified - Tuesday, April 11, 2017

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