In the Heart of Sleeping Bear Dunes Nat'l Park and 4 Blocks from Lake Michigan

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Last updated: 09/28/2016
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:No
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

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.

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Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 1400 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9, Beds for 9

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower


  • Full bathroom


  • Books
  • DVD Player:

    Can also rent DVD's at library and gas station....moreless

  • Games:

    Several board games, puzzles,cards and poker chips. ...moreless

  • Stereo:

    Radio with IPod Dock ...moreless


  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Churches
  • Festivals
  • Library
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Village:

    Located in the heart of Sleeping Bear Dunes Nat'l Park, within walking distance to beach, inland lake, grocery store, shops, library, ice cream parlor, Joe's Tavern, and Empire Bluff hiking trail....moreless

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


  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    Living room includes sofa, chair and love seat. Another sofa and rocking chair in den. ...moreless

  • Parking:

    Two parking spaces included....moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen:

    Updated in 2010...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio:

    Patio seating for 6-10....moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    1 canoe and 2 kayaks...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Room to play yard games such as Ladder golf and Croquet which is provided....moreless



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from 4 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
My Standard Rate
2 night min 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:

Policy available by contacting owner when booking

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Last updated: 09/28/2016
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30 Miles
Nearest Airport
Traverse City Airport
0.15 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Joe's Friendly Tavern
65 Miles
Nearest Ferry
Ludington SS Badger
5 Miles
Nearest Golf
Champion Hill Golf Course
0.25 Miles
Nearest Motorway
M 22
0.1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Joe's Friendly Tavern
25 Miles
Nearest Ski
Crystal Mountain
0.25 Miles
Nearest Beach
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.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2010

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Speaks: english

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VRBO #612953

This listing was first published here in 2014.

Date last modified - Friday, October 14, 2016

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

Empire, MI, USA #612953

3 BR  1 BA  Sleeps 9

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