Important: This destination may have COVID-19 travel restrictions in place, including specific restrictions for lodging. Check any national, local, and health advisories for this destination before you book.

Overview of Charming Cottage In Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes Near Lake MI Beach

Photo gallery

2 bedrooms, Internet
Beach nearby
Beach nearby
Beach nearby
Living Room

Charming Cottage In Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes Near Lake MI Beach

4.7/5 Exceptional

Entire home

2 bedrooms1 bathroomSleeps 6

Cleaning and safety practices

  • Cleaned with disinfectant
  • Contactless check-in
  • 24-hour vacancy between guest stays

Explore the area

    Popular LocationSleeping Bear Dunes Park Visitor Center5 min walk
    Popular LocationSleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore13 min walk
    Popular LocationEmpire Bluff Trail20 min walk
    AirportTraverse City, MI (TVC-Cherry Capital)48 min drive

Space details

2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, sleeps 6
Bathroom 1
    Bathtub/shower combo

About this property

Entire place

You'll have the entire home to yourself and will only share it with other guests in your party.

Charming Cottage In Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes Near Lake MI Beach

Family-friendly cottage in Empire
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 2 people are provided by 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!
Bathrooms include shower/tub combinations.
The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected

Social distancing

Contactless check-in
Property is kept vacant for 24 hours between stays
This information is provided by our partners.

Change Search

Property amenities


  • Near the beach


  • Snowboarding and cross-country skiing nearby


  • Internet access


  • 2 bedrooms


  • 1 bathroom
  • Shower/tub combination

Location highlights

  • On the lake
  • In a rural location

Things to do

  • Winery tours nearby
  • Wildlife and game walks nearby
  • Theme parks nearby
  • Jet skiing nearby
  • Water skiing nearby
  • Golf nearby
  • Mountain biking nearby
  • Swimming nearby
  • Cycling nearby


  • Sleeps 6

Similar properties



Check-in time starts at Flexible


Check-out before Flexible

Special check-in instructions

You will receive an email from the host with check-in and check-out instructions; you will also receive an email from Vrbo with a link to a Vrbo account which will enable you to manage your booking

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome

Important information

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card, or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed

Property is also known as

Charming Cottage Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes Lake MI Beach Empire
Charming Cottage Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes Lake MI Beach
Charming Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes Lake MI Beach Empire
Charming Cottage Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes Lake MI Beach Empire
Charming Cottage Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes Lake MI Beach
Charming Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes Lake MI Beach Empire
Charming Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes Lake MI Beach

About this area


Located in Empire, this cottage is in a rural area and on a lake. The area's natural beauty can be seen at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and Lake Michigan, while Sleeping Bear Point Coast Guard Station Maritime Museum and Benzie Area Historical Museum are cultural highlights. Be sure to check out the area's animals with activities such as game walks and birdwatching. Guests love the property's quiet location.
Popular Location

What's nearby

  • Sleeping Bear Dunes Park Visitor Center - 5 min walk
  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore - 13 min walk
  • Empire Bluff Trail - 20 min walk
  • Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive - 6 min drive
  • Glen Lake - 8 min drive

Getting around

  • Cherry Capital Airport (TVC) - 48 min drive


  • Tiffany's Cafe — 4 min walk
  • Shipwreck Cafe — 4 min walk
  • Joe's Friendly Tavern — 5 min walk
  • Empire Village Inn — 6 min walk
  • Bluewater House — 9 min drive

Overall score and ratings



Rating 5 - Excellent. 20 out of 27 reviews
5 - Excellent 74%
Rating 4 - Good. 5 out of 27 reviews
4 - Good 19%
Rating 3 - Okay. 2 out of 27 reviews
3 - Okay 7%
Rating 2 - Poor. 0 out of 27 reviews
2 - Poor 0%
Rating 1 - Terrible. 0 out of 27 reviews
1 - Terrible 0%




Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities

5/5 Excellent

Delightful Quaint home in the Village
A Charming 19th century home with a few modern conveniences, but retaining the feel of the past. This house is perfectly located for easy access to Empire Beach and Sleeping Bear Dunes. Perfect for family and kids as it has lots of games and a big yard for playing ball and croquet. An easy walk or bike ride to to the beach. Kitchen was well supplied with pots and pans. Host was easy to reach when we had a question. We would stay here again. Bathroom might be a challenge for someone with a disability or on the larger size.

5/5 Excellent

Cozy lake house
We had a wonderful week at this cozy house, exploring Empire and Sleeping Bear Dunes. Our kids loved the big yard, complete with a hill to roll down. We loved sitting in back reading in the early evening, and looking at the stars at night. Very quiet and peaceful. We even saw a couple pileated woodpeckers! The house was old and charming, and has everything you need to make meals, relax, watch a movie, and sleep. The kids adored every oddly placed door and have some theories about what’s in the attic. (Nothing but good-natured fun). We loved the front living room with comfy seating and wonderful light. Kim was wonderful and helpful, and even bought an extra fan (it’s a great one! High powered!) when I mentioned we get hot— we were perfect all week. Thanks for sharing your place with us. Was the perfect pandemic getaway.

5/5 Excellent

Hoping to visit again
Our family had a great time. The house was cozy and clean. There was plenty of space for family dinners in the dining room and game nights in the living room. Everything from trails to beaches to the chocolate shop was super walkable. Thank you for a great experience.

5/5 Excellent

M22 vacation
Such a breathe of fresh air! Spacious cottage for my family of 6. Very clean with character. Charming home built in 1880, but partially redone to accommodate today. Adorable small artsy town that all ages will love and centered in sleeping bear dines, Glen Arbor and Glen Haven! So much to do!! Highly recommend!! We will be back💛

4/5 Good

Great location in comfortable house
The property owners were easy to communicate with and very responsive to messages. The 19th century house has been updated but retains some charming features. It had obviously been thoroughly cleaned before our arrival, and was welcoming and comfortable throughout. Do leave windows open and fans on during summer months. Easy walk of just a few blocks through quiet, peaceful neighborhood to quaint little town with local stores. We walked to beach, but there is plenty of parking there, too. Note: an outdoor light would have been helpful for arriving after dark.

Supercharge your planning powers

Use the Expedia app to organize your entire trip and find mobile-exclusive deals on the go.

Text yourself a download link

By providing your number, you agree to receive a one-time automated text message with a link to get the app. Standard text message rates may apply.
Scan the QR code

Scan the QR code