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Summer Place in Empire

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Vacation rental cottage. Sleeps 10, 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms. Dogs allowed.

Empire, MI 49630 United States

Charming and cozy! This 1891 Centennial Home is located in the heart of old Empire on a calm side street. Only a five-minute walk away from the Empire beach (Lake Michigan), with miles of sugar sand in each direction to enjoy. 3 bedrooms and 1 bathroom. 2 level house, backyard faces north plus a 2 bedroom 1 bath guest house that combined will sleep up to 10 guests.

Main level bedroom has 1 Queen. Upstairs, 1 Full and 2 Twins. Smart TV in each cottage (no cable). WIFI, DVD player in main house. Original interiors with modern conveniences. Washer/Dryer. Nicely updated bathroom.
The guest house (called the Bluejay-a dog is allowed at guest house only) features a full kitchen, 2 bedrooms with 1 Queen, 1 Twin and a cot plus 1 bath.

Relax outside in the spacious backyard with deck, chiminea for outdoor fires and grill. Beautiful peach tree if you are lucky enough to be there in the late summer when peaches are ripe for picking. You will have to transport them in your own vehicle. Stroll down the street to Tiffany's for ice cream or Joe's Friendly Tavern for a burger. The Empire beach boasts a beautiful beach with sand for miles and a large playground. Come in May for the Asparagus Festival! Only a 5 minute drive to the Sleeping Bear Dunes climb. 25 miles to Traverse City.

No air conditioning. 1 pet will be considered in the guest house only. Linens are provided.


Open May - October. Prime Summer 3 night minimum or weekly Saturday-Saturday. Short stays are permitted during prime summer dates, however, deposits will not be charged for reservations totaling less than 7 nights that are booked online until the reservation is confirmed by Visit Up North the next business day. Arrival and/or departure date must back up to existing reservations and/or begin/end on a Saturday.

Rooms and Amenities
Property Type Cottage, 2 story
Unit Code SUMMER
Beds 2 queen beds, 1 full bed, 3 twin beds
Bathrooms 2 bathrooms
Rooms Sleeps 10
Pets Dogs allowed.
Living Amenities Pet Considered, Linens & Towels, No Air Conditioning, Washer & Dryer, Ironing Board
Kitchen Amenities Utensils, Cookware, Coffee Maker, Refrigerator, Stove, Oven, Microwave, Toaster
Entertainment Amenities Internet (Wifi), Smart TV, Antenna Television, DVD Player, Board Games
Outdoor Amenities Charcoal grill, Deck, Sand Toys
Geographic Near Beach, Short Walk to Water, Sleeping Bear Dunes Area
Local Activities Beach Walking, Beachcombing, Biking, Boogie Boarding, Fishing/Fly Fishing, Hiking Trails, Playground/Park, Public Parks w/Swim Beach, Sight-Seeing, Swimming, Tennis Court, Interlochen Golf Course, Dunes Golf Course-Empire, Mistwood Golf Course-Lake Ann, Cherry Bowl Drive in Theatre, Sugarloaf the Old Course, Sleeping Bear Dunes, Heritage Trail
Local Businesses Nearby Area Fitness Center, Nearby ATM, Nearby Coffee Shop, Nearby Farmers Market, Nearby Golf Course, Nearby Grocery/Shopping Center, Nearby Jet Ski Rentals, Nearby Medical Services, Nearby Post Office
Local Features Art Gallery(s), Lighthouse(s), Museum(s), Symphony Orchestra, Wine Tour(s), Sleeping Bear Dunes Nat.Lk.Shore, Festivals, Cherry Festival, Traverse City Film Festival, Bike rentals, Wine Festivals (summer& fall), Tall Ship Cruises, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Brew Festival-Summer, Baseball Park- Beach Bums, Leelanau Peninsula Winery, Good Harbor WInery, Lake Ann Brewery, 2 Lads Winery, Bonobo Winery, Bowers Harbor Winery, Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery, Chateau Chantal, Peninsula Cellars, M22 Challenge, Bayshore Marathon, Grand Traverse Distillery, Jolly Pumpkin, The Filling Station Microbrewery, The Workshop Brewery
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100 % of our reviewers would recommend this vacation rental.

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  • Sr. Week at Empire

    Stayed 7 days ending in June, 2018

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    a guest from Akron, PA recommends this vacation rental

    The location of the house(s) were great, this made up for the "older" condition of the house. We arrived later than 8pm and told the property management team that this would be happening. They told us they would have a light on for us. Unfortunately, this did not happen, making it very difficult to find the house at 10:30 pm. The cottage will hold 4 people, but not exactly sure where the 4th person is suppose to sleep...we made it work. Thankfully everything else was pleasant and being so close to the beach and right in town made up for it.

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  • Wonderful!

    Stayed 7 days ending in July, 2017

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    Kathy L from Indianapolis, IN recommends this vacation rental

    My extended family stayed in both the Blue Jay and The Summer Place. We loved it. Very clean.

    • Manager Responded on 1/8/2018

      We are thrilled you enjoyed the house and hope you come back again soon!

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  • Perfect getaway.

    Stayed 2 days ending in September, 2016

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    Nicole B from Clarkston, MI recommends this vacation rental

    Four of us ladies like to getaway in the fall. Every year we choose a different location and this year Empire was the destination. The house was perfect. It had all the amenities and the location couldn't be better. Everything was clean and the beds were comfortable. My only critique is the living room furniture. While in good shape, not very comfortable for sitting for a long period of time. It wasn't a deal breaker.

    • Manager Responded on 3/10/2017

      We are thrilled you had a great stay! Come back and see us again soon.

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  • Birthday celebration at the Dunes

    Stayed 3 days ending in July, 2016

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    a guest from Royal Oak, MI recommends this vacation rental

    The rental experience was very good. The home served our needs perfectly. What was lacking, was a toaster.

    • Manager Responded on 7/15/2016

      We are glad you had a great time and hope you will be back soon! Not sure what happened to the toaster but we will get one out there, remember to always feel free to call us about things while you are there we will make all efforts to make your stay more enjoyable!

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  • Wonderful experience

    Stayed 4 days ending in June, 2016

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    a guest from Westlake, OH recommends this vacation rental

    We had a wonderful time. the proximity to the beach was perfect as well as the National Park.

    • Manager Responded on 7/14/2016

      We are glad you had a wonderful stay and hope you come back to see us soon!

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  • 3 Days in Empire

    Stayed 3 days ending in June, 2016

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    Maureen W recommends this vacation rental

    We enjoyed our stay at Summer Place in Empire, MI. The house was very clean and nicely furnished. We liked being in walking distance to store, antique shops, restaurant, ice cream parlor, and sports shop. the folks in Empire were very friendly. We especially enjoyed our charter fishing with Bill at "Watta Bite" Chartering service. the only criticism is the house smells musty when you first walk in. after we opened the windows we did not notice the smell. a toaster would have been nice but otherwise we had a great stay.

    • Manager Responded on 7/1/2016

      We are so glad you enjoyed your stay and hope you will come back. We are sorry about the musty odor that can sometimes

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  • Summer Place in Empire, Michigan

    Stayed 4 days ending in October, 2015

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    a guest from Midland, Michigan recommends this vacation rental

    Four of us senior ladies rented Summer Place in Empire, Mi. for our color tour. We liked it very much, it accommodated us very well. We loved having a fire every night outside by the deck. The kitchen was well stocked except we couldn't find a toaster and also the front door knob needs to be replaced. But the house was very clean and has been very well taken care of, beautiful place!! We ate at Joe's Tavern 3 times, great breakfasts and wonderful burgers plus it was only 2 blocks away. The little park on Lake Michigan was very nice too, beautiful sunsets!!

    • Manager Responded on 12/17/2015

      Fall isa perfect time to stay in Empire. We are so happy you had such a pleasant time.

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  • Labor Day 2015

    Stayed 3 days ending in September, 2015

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    Kelly M from Ann Arbor, MI recommends this vacation rental

    We had a wonderful time in Empire over the holiday weekend and really enjoyed our stay at Summer Place in Empire. The house is really well kept and in a perfect location for walking to Deerings Market for essentials, Tiffany's for ice cream, and the beach for fun.

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  • This home worked out well!

    Stayed 2 days ending in August, 2015

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    a guest from Ann Arbor, MI recommends this vacation rental

    The home is a comfortable, clean place to stay. It was family-friendly (our daughters are 6&8. Our trip went smoothly. We brought bikes for the kids and they biked to the beach and around town easily. We drove to the empire bluffs trail head and walked the trail (round trip 1.5 miles), which was beautiful. We brought most of out food/supplies but it was nice that the market was close by for a few things we forgot, like a toothbrush! We cooked our meals at the house. It was quiet during our stay and we all slept well. We did put a blanket over the window in the kids' room since it wasn't dark enough. We also took off the plastic sheets from their beds since they have been potty trained for years! We would definitely stay here again if we return to the area. We did ask about the availability of bikes and no one at the management company ever got back to us. We brought them for the kids so it worked out but a return call would've been nice. There were several small bikes in the shed in the backyard.

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  • summer place

    Stayed 4 days ending in August, 2015

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    a guest from Acton, MA recommends this vacation rental

    quiet town location, perfect for walking to beach and venturing off to sleeping bear. Adequate furnishings except for the mattress that was absolutely terrible.

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  • Wonderful start to the summer

    Stayed 4 days ending in June, 2015

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    a guest from Indianapolis, IN recommends this vacation rental

    This rental property was just what me and my friends were looking for. It was very clean and well stocked. It is a perfect distance from the beach and only a few minutes drive from the dunes. Our vacation was restful and quiet when needed, but also so close to adventure. I would love to stay here again.

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  • Cozy cottage

    Stayed 4 days ending in May, 2015

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    Lauren W from Springfield, MO recommends this vacation rental

    This was such a quaint, clean, and cozy cottage! We enjoyed the charm and variety of spaces (front sunroom, living room, back deck). It was stocked with everything we needed, including a wine key. We would definelty stay here again.

    We did recommend a new front door lock. It is showing its age and isn't the easiest to get in and out of. Newer matresses would also be nice.

    Empire was the perfect place to stay. It provided a beautiful beach just minutes away by foot, cute shops, a few restaurants, and a central location to all the other destinations you want to see. Beware though, the local grocery store does not offer the best food selection. We did our grocery shopping in Traverse City. It did, however, have firewood and other basic amenities.

    The locals were so nice and enjoyable to speak with. Overall, we had an amazing experience!

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  • Great weekend getaway location!

    Stayed 2 days ending in May, 2015

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    a guest from Midland, MI recommends this vacation rental

    This is my 8th year coming up to Empire for the Asparagus Festival. I've stayed in many different rental houses in Empire but this is, by far, my favorite! It was the perfect house for our group of friends, very clean, and obviously well cared for! We had a wonderful time in Empire and the location and condition of the house was perfect!

    • Manager Responded on 5/23/2015

      We are glad you enjoyed your stay! We hope you will consider returning next year (or sooner!).

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  • Couldn't Ask for a Better Location

    Stayed 5 days ending in September, 2013

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    a guest from Silver Spring, MD recommends this vacation rental

    This house is perfectly situated just steps from downtown Empire and a 5 minute walk from the beach. We arrived on Labor Day when the weather started to turn chilly so we didn't spend much time in the water, but we had a great time visiting nearby towns of Glen Arbor and Leland. Lots of trails nearby, as well as Pierce Stocking scenic drive which affords fantastic views of Lake Michigan and Sleeping Bear Dunes. Three nearby playgrounds kept our 18 month old daughter entertained, and the white sand beaches are some of the best I've experienced. The house is on the small side, but was large enough for our family of 3 (especially since we spent most of our time outdoors). One negative to the house would be that there is only 1 bathroom and no tub. Our daughter is terrified of the shower so we had to get creative and give her sponge baths. My husband and I spent most nights chatting in the sunroom after our daughter went to bed, which was really lovely. There is also a stove on the back patio, where we enjoyed star-gazing by the fire. Really a beautiful place!

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  • Our Stay in Aug 2012

    Stayed 7 days ending in August, 2012

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    a guest from Schaumburg, IL recommends this vacation rental

    This was or First Experience in Empire and in the Sleep Bear Dunes area. Loved the Empire area and beaches... absolutely great for kids. The Summer Place was in an excellent location... about 3 blocks from the beach and 2 blocks from local stores. The house was clean and contained everything we needed although some items do need updating as they are quite warn (Living Room rug and Master bed mattress) but everything else was great. We liked that clean fresh white towels and linens were provided and that the kitchen contained all needed items, including radios and a few board games. It was a bit smaller than we expected but still good for a family of 4 (although there are sleeping arrangements for 6) Twin beds in the upstairs bedroom perfectly appropriate for 2 young girls... but a bit too small for either of my two boys ages 11 and 12. Overall we had a great experience and would stay there again !

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  • Summer Place

    Stayed 7 days ending in July, 2012

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    a guest from Oconomowoc, WI recommends this vacation rental

    The Summer Place is a cozy old home that is decorated very nicely. It was very small for a family of 6 (the 1 bath was especially tight), but the roomy backyard made up for that. The location was great and the two recommendations for beaches left on the counter were awesome! The master bed was very uncomfortable and should really be replaced, but the others were fine. Overall, a very good experience.

    • Manager Responded on 7/9/2012

      Thank you for staying with us. We are very sorry you found the master bedroom mattress to be uncomfortable. The hard part about mattresses is that everyone has a preference in terms of firmess/softness. The homeowners did invest in high quality mattresses due to their own back issues. We do continue to monitor complaints about mattresses and replace them if we deem it necessary. We appreciate the feedback and look forward to helping you with any future visits up north!

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  • Summer Place

    Stayed 4 days ending in June, 2012

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    a guest from Rush, NY recommends this vacation rental

    Was exactly that - a comfortable two story cottage in Empire, MI, close to beach, dunes, stores and friendly Empire people. We hope to return.

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  • Family Gettaway

    Stayed 3 days ending in September, 2011

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    a guest from Franklin, Michigan recommends this vacation rental

    We had a lot of fun playing at the beach with our three kids which was a nice walk through town. We didn't have time to play on the playground but it looked like fun. The kids enjoyed playing in the yard pushing each other around in the cart. It was nice to have the kids upstairs & have some privacy in our bedroom on the main level. The kids were able to have their own space playing in the front enclosed patio. Wish there was a dishwasher:( The house is close to Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive & the Sand Dunes. Great pizza at the Village Inn!

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  • Loved Summer Place

    Stayed 7 days ending in August, 2011

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    Andrea M from Allen Park, MI recommends this vacation rental

    The place was really great and we had a wonderful time. The only drawback was the proximity to the vacant lot next door inhabited by cats. We smelled cat poo a number of times and had to shovel it off the property twice. That being said, it was not a huge
    problem, but nonetheless one that should be addressed. We are cat lovers, and are sensitive to their situation. Otherwise we loved the location, the city, the beach, the home, the townspeople. The home was very clean, and comfortable. We had a great time.
    Thanks

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  • Pleasant stay in Empire

    Stayed 7 days ending in July, 2011

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    a guest from Channahon, IL recommends this vacation rental

    Only draw back we found were the ants.

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  • Serenity in Empire

    Stayed 7 days ending in July, 2011

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    Melissa P from Glen Ellyn, IL recommends this vacation rental

    We had a lovely stay in Empire. The house was very clean. We were conveniently located to town. Quick walk to the grocery store, restaurant, ice cream shop, and other shops. It's a bit of a walk to the beach especially if you're carrying all your gear with you, and/or you have small children. There's a cart in the shed you can use to carry a lot of your stuff. We were also located close to the Sleeping Bear Dunes, Glen Arbor and other small towns up in the Leelanau Peninsula. Don't miss North Bar Beach, it's incredibly beautiful!

    Our only complaints were the couch was a little wonky. The cushions don't want to stay on it. And, the house could use a few box fans to put in the windows at night to draw in a breeze. On warm nights it stays pretty warm in the house. We were fortunate it was cool most of the week. Just a few warm nights.

    We had a fabulous vacation, and would definitely stay in Empire again!

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  • Super Sleeping Dunes Stay

    Stayed 3 days ending in August, 2010

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    a guest from Plainwell, MI recommends this vacation rental

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  • Review by a guest

    Stayed 7 days ending in July, 2009

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    a guest from Moon Twp, PA recommends this vacation rental

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