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Modern cottage at the gateway to the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Cottage, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

A Northern Escape is a quiet retreat in the village of Empire, surrounded by the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Park. Enjoy this well equipped home (full kitchen, seating for 6 people) and the two decks for some quality time. You will find two beaches, each with boat launch- one on Lake Michigan and one on South Bar Lake which is ideal for small children.

The public beach area offers a playground with climbing structure, basketball court, rest rooms as well as a picnic area, fire pits and swimming dock and offers fun for everyone! There also is a park with baseball diamond and public tennis courts nearby.

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Park offers hiking and wildlife viewing and nearby Pierce Stocking Drive allows for breathtaking views of Lake Michigan, the Manitou Islands and the surrounding area. The house is in walking distance to Empire's restaurants, unique shops and ice cream parlors. A grocery store, library and a gas station are conveniently located in the village.

The house is available year round - enjoy spring and the blooming orchards, summer and all it has to offer, the spectacular fall colors and excellent winter sport opportunities.

Keywords: Single Home

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Empire Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Village ...
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Parking ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , 2 sinks
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
  • Queen size Beds (2) 2 bedrooms with queen size beds, Twin or Single Beds (2) One bedroom with 2 twin beds. Bed linens are not provided.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
The area offers great beaches, bike paths and hiking trails. Guided nature hikes and private tours are available.


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Modern cottage at the gateway to the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
average rating of 5.0 based on 5 reviews
Patoka Lake, Indiana

Our favorite house in Empire!!!!!

  • 5 of 5

We've come to Empire for several years escaping the heat of southern Indiana. This is a great house and meets all our needs. It's modern and in a nice quiet neighborhood. In the past we've stayed in different houses but this one is by far the best. It's a pleasant little walk to downtown and the beach. There are nice hiking trails close by. The owner is a very nice person to know. Book early... this house goes fast.

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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What a gem!

  • 5 of 5

This clean, modern cottage was perfect for our stay. The adults stayed on the first floor, leaving the downstairs bedroom for the kids. The kitchen is large and is well stocked for our cooking needs and is supplemented by a gas grill in the backyard. The cottage is in close walking proximity to downtown Empire and the lake, making it easy for beach visits.

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2014
  • Stayed: August 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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City of Wyoming, MI

We are a married couple near of at 70 years of age. Daughter and three grandsons stayed with us.

  • 5 of 5

The house is modern, well maintained and quite clean. It is convenient to the town of Empire and its beach. Its location puts you right in the middle of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, its attractions and its surrounding communities, either to the north or to the south. The price is reasonable for the facility and the contacts with the owners are always positive. It is recommended that the owners finish installing the lights in the lower hallway, the light in the lower bedroom closet AND the fan in the lower bathroom. All of these are much needed to make this a perfect place to stay. Overall, after two years during the same week, we have been very pleased with this rental property (except for mentioned needed installations).

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2013
  • Stayed: July 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy Winter Week

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at this house was amazing! From the warm welcome to cozy comforts, this house had it all! The beds were comfortable, the living area was spacious and the kitchens and bathrooms were well-equipped. We would absolutely stay here again!

  • Submitted: Mar 31, 2013
  • Stayed: March 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Naperville, IL

Quiet, comfortable family rental with good landlords

  • 5 of 5

If you are looking for a place on a quiet street, out of the way from the busy downtown area, but not too far from the beach, consider this house! It was perfect for me, my husband, and our 3 small kids who needed a private setting. This house now has air condtioning! YEAH! It was definitely used for the humid days in August. This house is clean, airy, and the owners are wonderful to interact with for all your concerns. Being next to the woods was also a treat since we saw deer in the backyard, and wood land birds almost every day. You can even feed the hummingbirds from special feeders on the deck and outside the kitchen. The beach is walkable and it only a 15-20 minute leisurely hike even with kids! Bring your own dvds, and videos and a game system (if ok with the landlords) for entertainment because there is no tv broadcasts, but also bring your bug spray, as you will have plenty of bugs at night.

I would definitely want to return to Empire again some time in the future, and rent this place!

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2010
  • Stayed: August 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Martina Dorn
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, german
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Calendar last updated:
February 6, 2018


Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Traverse City
Nearest Beach
0.75 Miles
Empire Beach, South Bar Lake

Guided nature discovery hikes and bike tours in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and walking tours in historic areas are available.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $75

End of stay cleaning fee is $65.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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