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Quaint Empire Home Near Lk Michigan Beach & Sleeping Bear Dune

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 6-8)

This modern new home is located in the heart of the Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore, one of the most beautiful National Parks. Located within walking distance of the Lake Michigan beach at Empire Michigan, you can enjoy many areas attractions without having to drive.

The Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore is known for it's beautiful views and scenic hikes. While vacationing here be sure to visit areas like The Dune Climb, Empire Bluff, Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, North Bar Lake and Point Betsy to name a few.

When you get hungry there is many a place to satisfy your appetite including The Friendly Tavern, The Village Inn, The Road House Restaurant and Boones Tavern. If cooking your own food is more to your liking then walk to Dearing's market in downtown Empire for the fixings to make your favorite meal. Be sure to try their cheese and milk, a local's favorite.

I'm sure you'll enjoy your stay in our beautiful home as much as we do and will count the days until you can return.

Keywords: Home, House, Condo

More Details

Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 18, 2018

About The Owner

My name is Paul Lissner. I am the owner of Lissner and Sons Inc., a south eastern Michigan building company. I have been in the building business since I was 14. I began running Lissner and Sons Inc. in 1990 after the death of my father. Building homes is one of my passions. My other passions include backpacking, cycling, skiing, running, triathlons.....

The Owner purchased this house in 1997

Why The Owner chose Empire

I chose to build the home in Empire to allow me to be near all the things I love to do. North Eastern Michigan is one of the most beautiful places on earth and if you can't live there you should treat yourself to a vacation there.

What makes this house unique

The outdoor activities that are available to you in the Empire area are endless hiking, cycling, skiing, fishing, hunting, sailing, windsurfing, golfing, backpacking, sight seeing, wine tasting.....


Empire House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Street shoes are not to be worn in the rental unit.
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Stereo
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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Quaint Empire Home Near Lk Michigan Beach & Sleeping Bear Dune
average rating of 4.571429 based on 7 reviews
West Bloomfield, MI

Beautiful house in a perfect neighborhood!

  • 5 of 5

Great place to stay! Walkable distance to downtown empire. Comfortable furniture, bedding, and plenty of extra blankets and pillows in case you need them. Neighborhood is very friendly and quiet. Had a great time!

  • Submitted: May 20, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
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Property overall was mostly clean. No door wall covering was disappointing.

  • 3 of 5

The lack of door wall covering is the reason for three stars-felt it was necessary with the close proximity of the houses. Thank you for allowing us to stay in your home. 🙂?

  • Submitted: May 13, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Place to Stay to visit a Beautiful Area!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I made the trip from Southern Illinois to Sleeping Bear Dune for the 2016 M22 Challenge. We chose to stay at this property and we could not have been more pleased. The location was great, and the home was wonderful. The area in general is gorgeous and the kids couldn't stop talking about the trip when we arrived back home. If you are looking for a great place to stay while taking in a wonderful part of America this would be the place. We look forward to trip back in the future.

  • Submitted: Mar 1, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Girls week in the UP

  • 5 of 5

This house was so nice, and Empire was a great little town with very nice people. We walked to the beach at night and watched the beautiful sunsets. We were so close to the Sleepy Bear National Park, we enjoyed the great trails and the views were amazing! We had a great time cooking, playing cards and just enjoying the beautiful area, even watched the northern lights - bonus! Definitely would return. We did hang a sheet over the back window at night as there is no window treatment on the back.

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lisle, IL

Great Rental! Would recommend.

  • 4 of 5

I would recommend this property for any family looking to stay in the Empire / Glen Arbor area. The property is very clean, well maintained and up to date with very nice furniture and fixtures. This property truly felt like our own home and the entire family felt comfortable here. It has every amenity you would want or look for and it is kept very clean, like your own home.

The property is close to the local Empire beach, which is great for children and a relaxing day outside. It is a short drive up M-22 to Sleeping Bear National Park, which includes the scenic drive and dune climb. It is a short drive to Glen Arbor where there is more shopping and many restaurants to choose from. Traverse City is only about 20-25 minutes away. This really was a great location to set as your jumping off point and return point for all things in this area.

The only issues I would recommend for the owner is to put up some shades or drapes over the living room windows for some privacy and temperature control and key the front and back door to the same key to make it possible to enter and leave from either the front or rear door. Otherwise, this house is absolutely perfect.

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2015
  • Stayed: September 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Rental!!

  • 5 of 5

This is a great rental property! There is a master bedroom on the main floor with master bath, family room, dinning room table and a full kicthen with anything you need for cooking or bbqing. There is a television, which we were not sure about until arrival. We do not go on vacation to watch tv, but it is nice to have on rainy days if you have children. Upstairs, there are 2 more bedrooms, 1 has a queen bed and the other has 2 twins. There is another full bathroom up there as well. There is also a half bath on the main floor and basement with washer and dryer. Bath towels and bed linens are provided, which I love because that means I don't have to pack all that bulky stuff along with everything else in my car. You will need to bring beach towels...which is to be expected. We stayed here with another family and there was plenty of room.

The house is VERY clean and well cared for and is in a great location. It is just down the street from Empire Beach and the Empire Bluff Trail. 10 minutes (or less) from Sleeping Bear Dunes, 10 minutes to Glen Arbor and 10-15 minutes to Platte River. About 40 minutes to Leland and 30 minutes to Traverse City...very central to all of those things.

Dealing with the owner was pleasant and easy. I would stay here again! Loved it here!


Elyse C.

  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2014
  • Stayed: August 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Property Damage Protection $59
Cleaning fee $150

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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