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On Glen Lake Beach Across from Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes and Heritage Bike Trail

Empire, MI, USA
  • Cottage720 sqft
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps6
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay2 - 7 nights

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4-6)

Glen Lake is the fifth most beautiful lake in the world according to National Geographic and this cottage is on that sandy shore. We are in the Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore that was voted the most beautiful Park in the U.S. The Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes are across the road with a half mile trail leading to the dune climb area. Ride the Heritage Bike Trail across the street to Glen Haven, Glen Arbor or Empire. Enjoy the wildflowers and the freshness of spring in May/June, sun and sand in July and August, usually warm and wonderful September and the outrageous color of October. Located among private lakeshore homes and cottages with woods on one side for privacy.

This cozy 50's cottage is pine-paneled with a fireplace, attractive furniture and new beds, updated kitchen and bathroom, row boat, lawn chairs. Glen Arbor has a large artist community with unique shops selling local artisans work. The Glen Arbor Annual Art Fair is the third Wednesday of July (7/18/18) with 96 artists participating, the National Cherry Festival in Traverse City 1st week in July . Many vineyards, wine tasting, championship golf courses, tennis courts, horseback riding stables, marinas, kayaking, tubing, bird watching, bike and walking trails nearby and throughout the Leelanau peninsula.

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Member Since 2005
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within a few days
Calendar last updated:
Apr 11, 2018
About Patti

I am a year around resident and love every minute here. My grandparents bought the property in the 1920's. My cousins and their families (about 30) vacation on Glen Lake every year for a week long family reunion. I grew up in Huntington Woods, Michigan, graduated from Cranbrook School, MSU, Wayne State and taught school in Birmingham, Mi.

Patti purchased this Cottage in 1995

Why Patti chose Leelanau County

I bought the cottage so that each of my children could have a home here when they retire.The cottage is one property away from my home

What makes this Cottage unique

Wonderful community of friends with many opportunities to give back. Active churches. Community activities. Always beautiful and engaging. Cottage has been a year round home. Many activities on the water with marina to rent equipment, golf courses, Heritage Bike Trail, tennis, artists shops, restaurants,gorgeous sunrises, sunsets at Glen Haven, Stocking Drive to top of sand dunes, vineyards and wine tasting, hiking the woods, campfires, picnicking, sunbathing, swimming in the crystal blue water


    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Kids Welcome
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
      • Bedroom 1
        1 queen, dresser, chair, clothes closet
      • Bedroom 2
        1 double, dresser, chair, clothes closet
      • Convertible bed queen
        1 queen, 1 double, 1 sleep sofa /futon, new springs and mattresses on all three sleep surfaces
      • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Sleep Sofa with new spring mattress


      • 1 Bathroom
        • Tile shower, pedal sink

        Location Type

          • Beachfront
          • Lake View
            Across the lake to Glen Lake bridge and Alligator Mountain
          • Lakefront
            On shore of sandy bottom crystal clear Glen Lake
          • Rural
            Wooded areas among homeowners
          • Village
            4 miles to Glen Arbor 5 miles to Empire 2 miles to historic Glen Haven


              • Away From It All
              • Family
              • Historic
              • Romantic
              • Sports & Activities
              • Tourist Attractions


                  • Guests provide their own meals


                      • Fireplace
                      • Heating
                      • Iron & Board
                      • Living Room
                        picture window overlooks Glen Lake to the bridge and Alligator Hill
                      • Parking
                        off road near back door of cottage
                      • Parking Off Street
                      • Wood Fireplace


                          • Coffee Maker
                          • Cooking Utensils
                          • Dishes & Utensils
                          • Kitchen
                            This has been a year round home and has all the necessary equipment you would expect. Refrigerator/freezer, electric stove, coffee maker, toaster, pots and pans, dishes and glasses.kitchern tools
                          • Microwave
                          • Oven
                          • Refrigerator
                            with freezer
                          • Stove
                          • Toaster


                              • Dining
                                Seats 6 easily
                              • Dining Area
                              • comfy seating for 6 people


                                  • CD Player
                                  • DVD Player
                                  • Television
                                  • VCR


                                      • Bicycles
                                        new Heritage bike trail across the street rental bikes in Glen Arbor (4 miles)
                                      • Boat
                                        row boat
                                      • Golf
                                        The Dunes golf course about 7 miles and many other courses nearby
                                      • Kayak / Canoe
                                        Available for rental locally
                                      • Lawn / Garden
                                      • Outdoor Grill
                                      • Tennis
                                        4 miles in Glen Arbor
                                      • Water Sports Gear
                                        Available for rental locally


                                          • wheelchair inaccessible
                                            Shallow water makes playing in the water safe for children. Rowboat, outdoor chairs, fire pit, picnic table


                                              • botanical garden
                                              • churches
                                              • festivals
                                              • library
                                              • marina
                                              • museums
                                              • playground
                                              • restaurants
                                              • winery tours

                                                Leisure Activities

                                                  • scenic drives
                                                  • antiquing
                                                  • bird watching
                                                  • boating
                                                  • gambling casinos
                                                  • horseback riding
                                                  • beachcombing
                                                  • shelling
                                                  • shopping
                                                  • sight seeing
                                                  • walking
                                                  • wildlife viewing

                                                    Local Services & Businesses

                                                      • ATM/bank
                                                      • fitness center
                                                      • groceries
                                                      • hospital
                                                      • massage therapist
                                                      • medical services

                                                        Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                          • parasailing
                                                          • cycling
                                                          • fishing
                                                          • fly fishing
                                                          • freshwater fishing
                                                          • golf
                                                          • hiking
                                                          • jet skiing
                                                          • kayaking
                                                          • deepsea fishing
                                                          • sailing
                                                          • snorkeling/diving
                                                          • sound/bay fishing
                                                          • swimming
                                                          • tennis
                                                          • water skiing
                                                          • water tubing
                                                          • wind-surfing


                                                              • complete kitchen, attractive livingroom furniture, new queen & double bed springs and mattresses, new queen spring mattress for Hideabed, blankets, fire pit, picnic table, TV/DVD/VCR Linens and towels not provided, No pets, No tents/campers, Maximum 6 people

                                                                House Rules

                                                                Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                                Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                                Cancellation Policy

                                                                100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                                8 Reviews


                                                                Latest reviews

                                                                The Carr Family Vacation

                                                                Polly C.10080 cattail rd ne

                                                                We loved this quaint 1950s cabin! We quickly made it our home! We loved looking at the sunrises in the morning over Little Glen Lake! I got some amazing pictures of the purple sky in the evening! The location was perfect for all the sightseeing! We're already talking about coming back! There's something to do no matter how young or old you are! Patty, the manager was wonderful! She made sure to tell me to call if I needed anything and gave me suggestions on places to go. I finally found paradise!

                                                                Owner's Response:

                                                                We are so glad that you appreciate the beauty of our area. We hope to see you again.

                                                                Fun week on the lake

                                                                We enjoyed our visit to Little Bear. This was our tenth year visiting Empire/Glen Arbor for a weeklong summer vacation, and the first time we've rented a cottage on the water. It was nice that our "up north" time didn't end when we returned to the cabin each evening. After dinner, we could head back out and enjoy the lake in our own backyard. The cottage was spotlessly clean and had everything that we needed to relax. Patty was a joy to work with, and made renting and our arrival/departure a breeze.

                                                                Location, Location, Location

                                                                Brandon D.

                                                                We stayed here on Labor Day weekend, the cabin was perfect for our family of 4. It was simple yet sufficient for our family, if you are looking for something extravagant this is not the place for you. The location was absolutely amazing the area is one of the most pristine and beautiful I have been to in Northern Michigan (this was not our first time in the region), one thing that stood out the most for me is that we did not need to get into the car to go to the dunes, the Heritage Bike Trail is literally across the street and the main Dune Climb is a short bike/walk. The bike ride to Glen Arbor was about 4 miles and we stopped at Glen Haven about half way and watched a blacksmith make a coat hook and looked at some old boats, there is also a Lk Mich Beach there. Our boys and I loved fishing in the crystal clear Little Glen and just relaxing on the shore. If you like craft beer there is no brewery but go to Art's Tavern, Short's makes a beer specifically for them.

                                                                A larger beach area would have been nice, some of the brush growth could be cleared out from either side to enhance the view of the lake and enlarge the beach area, and have the beach area more maintained lots of reeds growing on it. Also, linens would've been nice but weren't a deal breaker.

                                                                Owner's Response:

                                                                I'm glad you took advantage of many opportunities to enjoy this beautiful area. I'm so glad you commented on the view area to the lake. It has been widened, and you can now see the Alligator and the bridge from the cottage. The reeds and weed roots at the beach hold the beach from erosion. We have lost as much as 5 feet a year when the ice goes out and from wind damage. We cannot remove them. Where they have been removed you will see a significant indentation on the shoreline. I'm glad you and the boys had a great time, and we hope you will be our guests again.

                                                                This cabin was perfect for our family of four!

                                                                Kristina P.

                                                                This cabin fit our family PERFECTLY...myself, husband and our 2 boys. The cabin was clean and kept up well. We LOVED our "first" visit to Sleeping Bear Dunes. The cabin sits back from the road, is peaceful and private, the boys had plenty of room to safely ride their bikes around the driveway turnaround. The cabin is walking distance to the Dune Climb. Seemed like the perfect location for everything. We enjoyed having our own swimming area and walking right out on little Glen Lake. The sand area could be kept up a little better, I am a gardner by nature so I caught myself pulling weeds and cleaning it up (I also found poison ivy, just beware) The cabin was equipped with just about everything you can think of...a few things I didn't think of, dish soap and scrubber, kitchen towels, bathroom hand soap, a radio (there is alarm clock w/ radio but would have loved to have remembered real radio). We would love to stay here again and would refer this cabin in a second.

                                                                Owner's Response:

                                                                Thank you for letting me know you enjoyed the cabin (Little Bear) and this beautiful area as much as I do. We look forward to seeing you again. Jeanine Dean

                                                                Ideal Location

                                                                TerryWashington, DC

                                                                This is a comfortable small cottage. My husband and I enjoyed swimming in the lake as well as hiking on the many nearby paths and found the cottage a relaxing place to stay.The cottage has a great location across from the Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes. This was our 3rd year at this cottage and we plan to return.

                                                                Owner's Response:

                                                                I love your enthusiasm for the beauty of the area, the lake, and the trails. I look forward to seeing you again next year,


                                                                LizArchbold, Ohio

                                                                This cottage gave us a great vacation! It was very comfortable and in fact a new bed was delivered while we were there! It has a great location and the lake is awesome, espically for kids! The cottage is furnished with everything you might need. We really enjoyed ourselves!

                                                                Owner's Response:

                                                                A new double bed springs and mattress replaces the older one. The queen was new last year. We tightened the screws on the bed frame.


                                                                Empire, MI, USA

                                                                17 golf courses nearby, tennis courts, swim in Glen Lake and Lake Michigan, bike or walk wooded trails, visit the local artisan shops, Charter Fishing, Wildlife watching, Sightseeing in National Lakeshore, Coast Guard Museum, Empire Museum, drive the Stocking Scenic Drive to the top of the sand dunes, tour the beautiful Leelanau Peninsula and enjoy a wine tasting tour, climb Alligator Hill to view both Glen Lake & Lake Michigan, climb the Empire Bluff above Lake Michigan, birdwatch, hunt Petoskey stones on Lake Michigan, relax in the sun on the lakeshore

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