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

Bedrooms 2
Space 720 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

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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Empire Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 720 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Tile shower, pedal sink
  • 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
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • 4 beach chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • 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


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(8 traveler reviews)

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On Glen Lake Beach Across from Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes and Heritage Bike Trail
average rating of 4.875 based on 8 reviews
10080 cattail rd ne

The Carr Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad that you appreciate the beauty of our area. We hope to see you again.
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Fun week on the lake

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Location, Location, Location

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2015
  • Stayed: September 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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.
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This cabin was perfect for our family of four!

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2013
  • Stayed: June 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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
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Washington, DC

Ideal Location

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2011
  • Stayed: July 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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,
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Archbold, Ohio


  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2010
  • Stayed: July 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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.
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Property Manager

Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 8, 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 Empire

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


Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Cherryland airport in Traverse City
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Glen Arbor
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
The Dunes
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Glen Arbor

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


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 6.0%

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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