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The Tree House in the Heart of Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore

Bedrooms 1
Space 700 sq ft
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Carriage House, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 3-4)


July & August 2018 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.

. You may rely upon the accuracy of the calendar that appears on VRBO.

>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. 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 and we do not participate in the refundable deposit program.

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 2 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.

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 5:00 pm - Check out Saturday 11am.

The property is closed to rentals from October 15 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.

More Details

Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 6, 2018

About Norm

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.

Norm purchased this apartment in 1995

Why Norm 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.

What makes this apartment unique

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.


Empire Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 700 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 5:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 27
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Smoking allowed ...
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 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. Guests must provide their own beach towels.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Double Beds (1), Twin Bed (1), (1), Sleeper Sofa (1) Rollaway Twin (1)
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
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
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
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
LGBT friendly.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(32 traveler reviews)

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The Tree House in the Heart of Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore
average rating of 4.75 based on 32 reviews

Wonderful property in the middle of sleeping bear dunes country

  • 5 of 5

Norm was great. And the setting was stunning. Deep in the woods. The small pool was wonderful to relax in after a day of tooling around.

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Getaway !

  • 5 of 5

Cozy quiet retreat in a beautiful forest setting, away from traffic yet close to all the wonderful attractions of sleeping bear dunes including the bike trails, dunes and beaches, great hosts

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great stay!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time staying at the Treehouse. The property is very peaceful and relaxing. Perfect location for anything we did in the area. Norm's place was a comfortable size for our group(3-4) and our 60# dog. Our dog loved it here, and was tired out every night. Norm was very considerate and hospitable, answered our questions and gave good advice about the area. Our privacy was maintained during our stay. We had a very enjoyable week here. Definitely would stay here again. Highly recommend!

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautifully secluded and close to everything!

  • 5 of 5

My husband, two sons and I had a wonderful week staying at the Tree House! It was exactly what we were looking for and we are happy we stumbled upon it.

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy!! Great place to stay .

  • 4 of 5

The treehouse was cozy and nice. if you are looking for a very reasonably priced place then consider the treehouse. The only drawback was that it isn't close to the lake - Norm was very nice and helped with anything we needed

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Great Location

  • 2 of 5

Treehouse is nestled in thick forest right across the road from a section of the park. It has great N. Michigan theme and is well equipped in the kitchen. I have only 2 complaints: 1. we had to kill a ton of daddy-long-legs spiders on our first day in the apartment (not uncommon in thick, shady forests). 2. On the last day - we were targeting the check out time shown in documents left for us when we checked into the treehouse. The owner called prior to that time to tell us that we should have departed already and that penalties were accruing. This later resolved to be a case of different times posted in different locations and he apologized for the mix up but the experience had already upset my wife.

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: This is only the second time we have felt the need to respond to a guest comment. There was a misunderstanding regarding check out times. An old brochure was left somewhere in the house, unintentionally, giving the wrong check out information. However, the actual contact time was 15 minutes before the guest's planned check out, so how upset can one possibly be if they were planning on checking out 15 minutes later? That said, it is impossible to know if there is a problem unless the problem is mentioned. When asked 2 days into the reservation, the guest stated "everything is great." Lastly, it is important to pass along potential issues to the owner before leaving. It would be very important that the owner would need to be informed that a guest's pet has urinated on the sofa, so the sofa can be steam cleaned and sanitized before the next guests arrive in a few hours.
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Nearest Ferry
80 Miles
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Dunes Golf Club
Nearest Motorway
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
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.




Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $79
Departure Housekeeping $75
Pet Fee $50
Tax Rate 6.0%

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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 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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