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our michigan vacation rental cottage

Cherry Hut -- true Michigan classic restaurant and gifts! We love the pie. Perfect thing to buy on the way to cottage in Empire!

Having fun decorating our 2 bedroom, Empire, Michigan cottage near Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes Ntl Lakeshore.

at our cottage: spacious dining room features vintage style posters by Glen Clark; oak table with 3 more leaves & chairs to seat up to 10.

at our cottage: Bright, newly painted kitchen with rocking chair by window for morning coffee.

Iris Farm about 5 miles west of Traverse City (and 10 miles east of our cottage in Empire, Michigan)...beautiful!

AMAZING works of art at Sleeping Bear Gallery on Front Street in Empire, MI (one block from our cottage)!

Having fun decorating our 2 bedroom, Empire, Michigan cottage near Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes Ntl Lakeshore.

Empire Bluff Hiking Trail [Click here to view full size picture]

blueberry and asparagus cupcakes at the Empire Asparagus Festival held each year in May includes a cook-off that showcases . . . asparagus!

Grocers Daughter Chocolate Hand-made chocolate infused with local flavors, inspired by the food, nature and soils of Northern Michigan. Many of the products used are certified organic. 12020 S. Leelanau Hwy. (M-22) PO Box 103, Empire MI 49630

The Secret Garden Gallery with whimsical, contemporary, affordable art. More than 200 artists from North America, and many artists from Michigan. Paintings, woods, glass, mobiles, pottery, jewelry, wearables, photography and more. Open daily May through January 1st and weekends in January. 10206 Front Street, downtown Empire 231.326.5428

Tiffanys Ice Cream Front Street, downtown Empire. Where sandy toes are welcome on a summers day! A walk to the beach is really neat. Stop by and have a treat. Ice cream,sodas, pop corn and hot dogs. Phone: 231.326.5249

Empire Village Inn M-22, north or M-77 in Empire. Awesome Pizza, Great salads, Calzone, Stromboli. pool table, live music. Call for schedule. Full service Bar. Kitchen, Open till 2:00am! Phone: 231.326.5101

Dunes Golf Club Eighteen hole golf course on scenic M-72 four miles east of Empire. South of Glen Lake. Pro Shop, Cart Rentals, and Snack Bar. 6489 W. Empire Highway Empire, MI 49630 Phone: 231.326.5390