Glen Lake - Spectacular Dune Views & Complete Privacy!

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Fridge, microwave, oven, stovetop
TV, DVD player, books
TV, DVD player, books

Overview of Glen Lake - Spectacular Dune Views & Complete Privacy!

Entire home

Glen Lake - Spectacular Dune Views & Complete Privacy!

4.9/5 Exceptional

Popular amenities

  • Kitchen
  • Washer
  • Dryer
  • Outdoor Space
  • Barbecue grill
Empire, MI

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationGrand Traverse Bay38 min drive
  • Popular LocationFront Street40 min drive
  • AirportTraverse City, MI (TVC-Cherry Capital)50 min drive
  • Popular LocationTurtle Creek Casino56 min drive

Space details

2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, sleeps 4
1000 sq ft
Bedroom 1
    2 twin/single beds
Bedroom 2
    1 queen bed
Bathroom 1
    Bathtub/shower combo
Bathroom 2

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About this area


Located in Empire, this cottage is on the waterfront. The area's natural beauty can be seen at Lake Michigan and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Be sure to check out the area's animals with activities such as game walks and birdwatching.

What's nearby

  • Glen Lake - 1 min walk
  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore - 6 min drive
  • Grand Traverse Bay - 38 min drive
  • Front Street - 40 min drive
  • Turtle Creek Casino - 56 min drive


  • Bluewater House — 3 min walk
  • Good Harbor Grill — 4 min drive
  • Western Avenue Grill — 4 min drive
  • Bear Paw Pizza — 4 min drive
  • Good Harbor Grill — 4 min drive

Getting around

  • Cherry Capital Airport (TVC) - 50 min drive

About this property

Entire place

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

Glen Lake - Spectacular Dune Views & Complete Privacy!

Lakefront cottage with kitchen and patio
The 'Beach House' on Little Glen Lake was built in the early 20's as part of the old 'Oasis Resort', one of the early resorts that used to operate around the lake. Originally a boathouse, It was converted to a cottage sometime in the late 30's. In 1996 we completely gutted the original building and rebuilt it as a private guest cottage. Surrounded by extensive decks and a shaded private outdoor dining area the cottage sits on a very private setting on the north shore of Little Glen Lake with spectacular views of the surrounding hills, the Sleeping Bear Dunes, and fabulous sunsets.

The water is crystal clear with a sandy bottom and is excellent for swimming and is especially nice for small children as it is shallow for over 100' out. You have your own private dock, and a dedicated mooring is available should you bring your own boat.

The south facing deck in front of the cottage has both chaise lounges and adirondack chairs and is perfect for reading, getting a tan or enjoying a beverage. A canoe and 2 kayaks are available for your use. After dark enjoy a fire and smores in your own private firepit.

Be aware that there is a stairway which you must negotiate to reach the cottage - not steep, 22 steps with several landings. Not appropriate for wheelchairs or walkers.

Keywords: beach front, private,great views, dunes and sunset views.
Guest accommodations at this cottage offer DVD players and coffee/tea makers. Rooms open to patios. Kitchens offer refrigerators, stovetops, microwaves, and cookware/dishes/utensils. Bathrooms include shower/tub combinations.
The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

Property manager

Bob and Joan Hawley
Speaks English

Property amenities


  • Snowboarding and cross-country skiing nearby


  • Internet access

Parking and transportation

  • Car required

Family friendly

  • Highchair


  • Refrigerator
  • Stovetop
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Dishwasher
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Toaster
  • Spices
  • Cookware/dishes/utensils


  • 2 bedrooms


  • 2 bathrooms
  • Shower/tub combination

Living spaces

  • Wood stove


  • TV with cable/satellite service
  • DVD player
  • Books

Outdoor areas

  • Patio
  • Barbecue grill


  • Washing machine and dryer


  • Heating


  • No pets allowed


  • Smoke-free property

Services and conveniences

  • Iron/ironing board
  • Phone

Location highlights

  • On the lake
  • On the waterfront
  • Near a hospital
  • Near outlet shopping

Things to do

  • Water sports equipment
  • Fitness facilities nearby
  • Tennis on site
  • Golfing on site
  • Kayak on site
  • Ecotours nearby
  • Horse riding nearby
  • Sledding nearby
  • Water skiing nearby
  • Ice skating nearby
  • Power boating nearby
  • Winery tours nearby
  • Wildlife and game walks nearby
  • Snorkeling nearby

Safety features

  • Carbon monoxide detector
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Smoke detector
  • Deadbolt lock


  • Sleeps 4
  • Unit size: 1000 sq ft (93 sq m)

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Check-in time starts at 4:00 PM


Check-out before 10:00 AM

Special check-in instructions

You will receive an email from the host with check-in and check-out instructions


Pets not allowed

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome

Important information

You need to know

This property is managed by a private host, not a professional engaged in trade or business
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
Onsite parties or group events are strictly prohibited
Safety features at this property include a carbon monoxide detector, a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, and a deadbolt lock
This property is managed through our partner, Vrbo. You will receive an email from Vrbo with a link to a Vrbo account, where you can change or cancel your reservation

We should mention

A car is required for transportation to and from this property

Property is also known as

Glen Lake Spectacular Dune Views Complete Privacy!
Glen Lake - Spectacular Dune Views & Complete Privacy! Empire
Glen Lake - Spectacular Dune Views & Complete Privacy! Cottage

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Overall score and ratings



Rating 5 - Excellent. 29 out of 32 reviews
5 - Excellent 91%
Rating 4 - Good. 2 out of 32 reviews
4 - Good 6%
Rating 3 - Okay. 1 out of 32 reviews
3 - Okay 3%
Rating 2 - Poor. 0 out of 32 reviews
2 - Poor 0%
Rating 1 - Terrible. 0 out of 32 reviews
1 - Terrible 0%

5/5 Excellent

Lovely September Trip
Bob and Joan were wonderful hosts!! They were delightful to talk to and their dog was adorable! The rental was very clean, comfortable, and felt like home. We were able to watch the gorgeous sunsets from the deck while enjoying a glass of wine. Although the weather was less than ideal, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay and look forward to returning next year. Our family has been vacationing at Glen Lake for the past 17 years, but this was our first time renting Bob and Joan's "slice of heaven". Thank you so much for an enjoyable stay.

5/5 Excellent

Best week ever! Thank you!
Thank you Bob and Joan. We had an amazing time at your beautiful cottage and made memories to last a lifetime! The property was absolutely perfect for our family! We loved being right on the water, Glen Arbor is such a cute town and it was only a 30 minute drive to some of our favorite surrounding cities. Thank you again!

5/5 Excellent

More than a cottage
We had a wonderful week at Glen Lake. The beautiful boathouse is comfortable, cozy and clean. The views are spectacular! Bob and Joan are great hosts, very accommodating. Curly and Quacker added to the fun! We hope to return soon!

5/5 Excellent

Lovely stay and lovely Little Glen Lake
We loved our stay at this sweet cottage on the shore of little Glen Lake. The location is perfect, the beds are comfy, the views are beautiful! Little Glen lake is the perfect shallow depth for our toddler grandchildren who visited us for the day. We hope to return again.

5/5 Excellent

Beautiful location, lovely hosts, very comfortable accommodations for our family. I can't say enough good things!