check navigate-up navigate-left navigate-right expand mail svg-lightning svg-24hr svg-house svg-sleeps svg-bedrooms svg-bathrooms svg-stay svg-toilet calendar svg-report-flag pet-dog svg-multiunit

In The Heart Of Sleeping Bear Dunes Nat'l Park And 4 Blocks From Lake Michigan

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Pay with confidence

When you book through the VRBO checkout, your booking is backed by our Book with Confidence Guarantee™ offering comprehensive payment protection.

Learn more


Minimum Stay
2 nights

About the property

3 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 9

Our cottage offers a historical charmer with a modern twist. Updated with new bathroom, kitchen appliances, washer/dryer, and refinished original hardwood floors.

3 bedrooms/1 full bath. Sleeps 9 comfortably not including futon on porch. One bedroom downstairs/queen bed on main floor. Two bedrooms upstairs, one with two full beds, the other with 3 twin beds.

Eat-in kitchen, dining room, living room, den, enclosed front porch, mudroom/laundry room.

The cottage offers flat screen tv with vcr/dvd, and ps2. No cable or internet but wifi free at local library. Puzzles, books, and games provided.

Canoe and two kayaks available for renter's use.

Gas grill, patio, fire pit (bon fire pits also on beach-snag early they go fast)

Linens and towels provided.

No pets/ no smoking.

More Details

Beth Weber
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 20, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner

You have a delightful home and thank you for sharing it with us. All of the accommodations were wonderful! We really enjoyed our time and the decorations are lovely. Such a fun and wonderful weekend in Northern Michigan. Beautiful cottage with a great location.
Aug 2014
  • 1 of 8


5/5 -
(4 traveler reviews)

In The Heart Of Sleeping Bear Dunes Nat'l Park And 4 Blocks From Lake Michigan
average rating of 5.0 based on 12 reviews

Best house ever for a multi-generation family vacation in Empire!

  • 5 of 5

Generous is the best way to describe this wonderful vacation house and its owners. Not only is it beautifully updated, decorated and light-filled, the house has charm and those special touches that make guests feel welcome. From the mountain of beach toys, bikes, scooters, wagons, balls and water gear in the garage to the piles of beach towels and extra linens and cozy blankets in the closets to the wine and martini glasses in the built-in shelves in the dining room, this house has everything you will ever need. My favorite touch and a simple example of the thoughtfulness of the owners: a prism hanging in the east-facing kitchen window threw rainbows throughout the room and delighted my grandchildren every single morning. We had a mostly rainy, cold week unfortunately, but the house and its many light-filled spaces -- screened porch, living room, family room, large dining room table -- had plenty of room for our three generations to bond and interact over PlayStation, board games, puzzles, movies and cooking together. When the weather cleared, it was a very short walk (even for the 6-year-old and the 3-year-old) to Empire Beach (and Tiffany's on the way back, of course). Loved every minute of it! (Two caveats: The single bathroom is large, updated and very functional, but might be an issue for families with teens who need a lot of bathroom "me" time. It wasn't a problem for our group of 9. The stairs to the second floor are VERY steep -- again no problem for us, but might be a challenge for older folks.)

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so glad you enjoyed your stay. Thanks for the kind words!
Did you find this review helpful?
2 0

Beautiful house and great location for exploring Sleeping Bear Dunes

  • 5 of 5

This historic home has been beautifully renovated, decorated, and is in a perfect location for exploring the area. House was super clean, and had everything we needed for a week stay. It's only a short walk to Empire beach which is one of the best beaches on the lake. I definitely recommend this property, and am looking forward to coming back in the future.

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so humbled by your review and so glad you were comfortable and enjoyed your visit to Sleeping Bear Dunes. We'd love to have you back! Beth & Tim
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0
Grand Rapids, MI

Amazing Place in Empire - Close to the Beach, hiking, sleeping bear, etc...

  • 5 of 5

thank you so much for the wonderful stay in your cottage! It was absolutely perfect, the location was close to the beach (awesome playground) and downtown empire (ice cream, coffee, grocery, antiques, etc.) We have little children and they loved the 3-4 block proximity to everything Empire has to offer. The accommodations were great, comfy beds and plenty of room to hang out and socialize with family...great assortment of movies and games. The patio and side yard was perfect for grilling and yard games, or just enjoying the sun during nap time. 6 mins to North Bar lake, 10 mins to Sleeping Bear and Glen Arbor, 8 mins to Pierce Stocking Overlook - can it get any better. This place offers something for, lounging, beach going, fishing, hiking, eating...I would highly recommend this cottage for anyone looking to enjoy and explore Empire and the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. The cottage comes fully stocked with everything you could need...We will be back very soon. Thank you very much...Great memories were made.

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Charming Home Close to Everything

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed here multiple times and always find it clean, convienient and cozy. You can be at the beach, grocery store, bar or state park within a few minutes walk. If you are visiting Northern Michigan and/or Lake Michigan, it doesn't get much better than this adorable red house in Empire.

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your kind words. We're glad you enjoyed your stay and had fun exploring the area!
Did you find this review helpful?
2 0


Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Traverse City Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.15 Miles
Joe's Friendly Tavern
Nearest Ferry
65 Miles
Ludington SS Badger
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Champion Hill Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
0.25 Miles
M 22
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Joe's Friendly Tavern
Nearest Ski
25 Miles
Crystal Mountain
Nearest Beach
0.25 Miles
Empire Beach
Car: recommended

Location, location! The Red House cottage is situated just 4 blocks from Lake Michigan. There are over 100 miles of hiking trails and many can be skied or snowshoed in the winter. Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail provides over 10 miles of paved trail for biking, walking, and skiing which runs from Empire to Dune Climb, Glen Haven, and Glen Arbor. Sleeping Bear Surf and Kayak shop located in Empire offers several rental options including paddle boards, kayaks, surfboards, and more.

Lake Michigan beach offers volleyball net, basketball court, playground, pavilion, bonfire pits, charcoal grills, public restrooms, and spectacular sunsets. South Bar Lake across the parking lot offers calmer waters for fishing,

swimming, paddle boarding, kayaking, smaller playground, and jumping off the dock.

5 miles from Empire is Glen Arbor, home of the Cherry Republic Winery and gift shop (all things Cherry). Many other shops, boutiques, and restaurants.

30 miles to Traverse City and Leelanau Peninsula with many Wineries to explore.

3/4 mile from Empire Bluff Trail walking right outside the front door.


Rates & Availability

Empire Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
Convert Currency
Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Security/Damage Deposit $300

$300 refundable Security/Damage deposit due at time of booking. Deposit refunded 5days after departure, less any damages.
50% rent due upon booking reservation date with remaining 50% rent due 14 days before arrival.
If cancellation occurs 60 or more days prior to reservation date, full deposit will be refunded. If cancelled within 60 days the $300 security deposit will be retained and the remaining amount refunded.
Summer season: Weekly rental only
Cleaning fee included in rental rate.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
Enter dates for accurate pricing
Contact Me Send a Message
Available arrival
Available stay (no arrival)


Empire Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Full bathroom
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 double
    Bedroom 3 - 3 twin/ single
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Games ...
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing

Partner Offers

You might like these similar properties