Charming Cottage in Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes Near Lake Mi Beach
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- Minimum stay:3-7 nights
- Property type:Cottage
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Charming historic home nestled on 2 shaded lots in the village of empire. It's just a short walk or bike ride (we've stored a few bikes in the garage for you!) to Empire's quaint main street and to one of the world's most beautiful beaches.
Our cottage has two bedrooms, each with a queen bed. Additional sleeping spaces for up to 4 people are provided by a futon and a sleeper sofa in the living room. Both the dining room (seats up to 10) and the living room (seats up to 11) are light-filled, spacious and sport newly refinished pine floors. Fully furnished, with WiFi (in summer season), a flat screen television, dishes, cookware, bed linens and bath towels (please provide your own beach towels).
Enjoy climbing the dunes, paddling the shoreline, biking the Heritage Trail or simply walking to Empire's tavern, art galleries, ice cream shop and library. Venture out or get cozy at the cottage where you can use the outdoor charcoal grill, piece together a puzzle at the game table in the living room or stroll to the beach to watch a sunset overlooking Lake Michigan.
Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes National Lakeshore park was voted 'most beautiful place in America' by ABC Good Morning America. Come see why!
Member since: 2013
- 1200 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Children Welcome
- Non Smoking Only
- Pets Not Allowed
- Wheelchair Inaccessible
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 4-6
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
- DVD Player:
- Away From It All
- Sports & Activities
- Tourist Attractions
- Theme Parks
- Winery Tours
Local Services & Businesses
- Bird Watching
- Eco Tourism
- Horseback Riding
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Cross Country Skiing
- Freshwater Fishing
- Jet Skiing
- Mountain Biking
- Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
- Water Skiing
- Dining Area
- Seating for 10 people
- Linens Provided:
- Living Room
You may park in the driveway located in front of the garage behind the house. Parking on the street in front of the house is allowed during the day, but NOT overnight (due to an Empire ordinance)....moreless
- Towels Provided:
- Coffee Maker
- Dishes & Utensils
- Kayak / Canoe:
- Lawn / Garden:
|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Sep 11 - May 22, 2017
3 night min stay
My Standard Rate
7 night min stay
Changeover Day: Saturday
Additional information about rental rates
Summer season (Memorial Day - Labor Day)=$1300/week
Off Season (post-Labor Day ~ pre-Memorial Day)=$160/night OR $950/week
Multi-week discounts available
Owner's cancellation policy:
50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Year Purchased: 2012
About the owner: Two families share this vacation cottage. Both couples became fast friends in grad school at the University of MI in the 90's. Both families now include children. Together we've camped, skied, traveled across country, and dreamed of owning a little spot in northern MI where we can explore the woods, walk the beach, paddle the shoreline and ski the trails.
Why the Owner Chose Empire, MI, USA:
We fell for this cottage on a spur-of-the-moment trip to Empire. The idea seemed just crazy enough, and we loved Empire's quirky, laid back atmosphere. Case in point: Empire hosts an annual Asparagus Festival each spring! That was incentive enough. Plus the breathtaking beach, a handful of really great art galleries & antique shops, Sleeping Bear's new Heritage Trail and Visitor's Center (complete with ranger-led programs), and even a hand-made chocolate shop (The Grocer's Daughter) . . . All this is literally right outside our cottage's doorsteps.
The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
(1) BEACH! Our cottage is a mere 3 blocks walk (or bike ride) from Empire's public beach. We love this beach because it provides spectacular views of both the Empire Bluffs (which you can walk to the top of via the Bluff Trail) to the south and Sleeping Bear's massive sand dunes to the north. Also, the beach let's you enjoy two lakes: Lake Michigan to the west and the much smaller South Bar Bake to the east. South Bar Lake stays considerably warmer than the big lake and is an especially great spot for young children. (2) VILLAGE! Empire itself is charming, quiet and walkable with a grocery story, a few well-appointed shops, friendly tavern (on a cold evening, grab the table right next to the wood stove and order the wings), and a newly renovated public library (which our kids have spent hours in playing games and reading during rainy days). (3) NATIONaL PARK! Empire is surrounded by sleeping bear dunes national lakeshore, a 50,000 acre national park that boasts 64 miles of lake Michigan beaches, two islands, 26 inland lakes, and the iconic sand dunes. Sleeping bear's visitor's center, located just 3 blocks from our cottage, has interpretive displays and is a great jumping off point for exploring the rest of the park.
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Located 3 blocks from beach; 1 block from galleries, tavern, ice cream & library
Buffet and dining table (with 2 leaves added for a larger group).
Kitchen blends old & new: original cupboards, new stove, antique hoosier cabinet
Cozy spot for reading and vintage dresser in Bedroom 1.
Bedroom 2 overlooks shaded lot to the left of cottage, perfect for picnics.
Futon & sleeper couch in living room offer added sleeping for up to 4.
Pull up a chair at the game table for puzzles and board games.
Books and games (bananagrams anyone?) fill the bookshelves in the living room.
Leaf through our guestbook for info on the cottage, Empire and area attractions.
Wilce Cottage (in background) was on Empire's 2013 Anchor Day parade route!
View from Empire public beach to the south featuring the Empire Bluffs.
View of Lake MI in winter atop Empire Bluffs, a perfect cross country ski trek.
Spacious dining room's oak table has 3 more leaves & chairs to seat up to 10.
Bright, newly painted kitchen with rocking chair by window for morning coffee.
Cozy Bedroom 1 has queen bed, large closet, and high ceilings.
Bright Bedroom 2 has queen bed, large closet, dresser and high ceilings.
Spacious living room has a variety of seating areas.
Papasan chair provides cozy reading nook.
Sit down to chess, cards or...choose from many games & puzzles stocked for you.
View from living room into dining room on the right.
Empire's Anchor Day festival each July sports a parade, concert, 5K run & food!
Looking north from Empire's beach to Lake Michigan's Manning Lighthouse.
View from Empire's public beach north toward Sleeping Bear's Sand Dunes.
Winter around Empire is lovely; ideal for snowshoeing & cross country skiing
This listing was first published here in 2013.
Date last modified - Thursday, December 01, 2016
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