Empire Vacation Rentals

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Make Empire your next getaway

Find your escape to scenic northern Michigan with Empire vacation rentals. Known as the gateway to Sleeping Bear Dune National Lakeshore, this town offers a front-row seat to the stunning beach bluffs and crystal blue waves. With a wide range of year-round activities and panoramic views to enjoy, your next adventure awaits.

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Empire vacation rentals for every getaway

Dog-friendly Internet Lake view
Sunset Suite
1 Bedroom | 1 Bath | Sleeps 4

Sunset Suite - Empire, MI

$296 avg / night
The Caboose
1 Bedroom | 1 Bath | Sleeps 2

The Caboose - Empire, MI

$211 avg / night
Cedar Crest
2 Bedroom | 1 Bath | Sleeps 8

Cedar Crest - Empire, MI

$539 avg / night
Empire Escape
2 Bedroom | 3 Bath | Sleeps 9

Empire Escape - Empire, MI

$251 avg / night
Empire Lodge
3 Bedroom | 2 Bath | Sleeps 8

Empire Lodge - Empire, MI

$232 avg / night

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Recent Empire vacation rental reviews

The house is very nice, well appointed and comfortable. It had plenty of room for five adults, two of whom had to occasionally log into work. Fire pit was very nice and enjoyable.
Daniel C. | Jun 2023
Great shallow beach with lots of sandbars. Eclectic style cottage built around an old Sears mail order home kit. Kitchen has every utensil you may need. Path to lake could use trimming. Swimmers itch warning from beach. Vacasa who runs the rental company was very disappointing when we arrived trying to get the key code. After staying here for many years we are booking elsewhere on little Glen Lake next year.
Barbara R. | Jun 2023
This little cottage is a perfect location, right on Little Glen Lake and across from the trail by Sleeping Bear Dunes. We love Glen Arbor, and going into town is an easy bike ride or super quick car ride. The house is clean, and having two bathrooms was great for our little family of 4. Air conditioning was also super nice to have - and unusual as many homes in the area don't have it. On the downside, we had a bad problem with mayflies for 2-3 days, and I mean SWARMS of them, so enjoying the backyard wasn't an option for those days, but that's just nature. While the home is clean and comfortable, there are a few things that would have improved our experience. First, the coffee table was super tiny and one of those old ones with foldable eaves that didn't even work. Our family likes to gather in the living room and use the coffee table for drinks, snacks, and books, etc. This one wasn't even functional. For a small price, this should be updated soon -even a cheap Ikea coffee table would be better. The house also had just the very basics in the kitchen. Plates, cups, silverware, but no serving platters are anything else for putting the food out. I actually had to buy some while we were there. Other than that, cute little house in a great location!
Melissa V. | Jun 2023
Empire vacation rental FAQ

Yes, 22 of our Empire homes allow dogs—so feel free to bring Fido along. (Just make sure to check individual home listings for any limits on the number and size of dogs they allow).

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Yes. 170 of our Empire vacation rentals have internet access, so you can stay connected throughout your trip.

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Our standard check-in time is 4:00 p.m., and the check-out time is 10:00 a.m. Some exceptions apply—after you book, you’ll find check-in and check-out details in the Vacasa guest app or your Trip Manager.

Absolutely. Our local Empire team includes professional housekeepers who care for all our homes here. They’ll clean thoroughly and restock amenities, so everything is ready for your arrival—and all you have to do is settle in and relax.

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No worries, plans change. Read over our cancellation policy for more information. And if you currently have a Vacasa reservation for Empire, log in to Trip Manager to see options available for your specific trip.

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Explore our Empire, MI, vacation rentals

Empire vacation rentals are located along Platte Bay and the shores of Lake Michigan on the lower peninsula. The small town is considered the entrance to Sleeping Bear Dune National Lakeshore, a popular national park admired for its stunning water views, hiking trails, scalable bluffs, and its surrounding picturesque lighthouses. Discover all there is to love about this park by kayak, canoe, or one biking or hiking trail at a time.

In town, you’ll find Empire Beach’s soft sands, local parks, cafes, restaurants, and the Robert H. Manning Memorial Lighthouse. Head out for a day of walking the nature trails around Empire Bluffs and pack a picnic lunch to enjoy along the way. Make new memories together along the shores of Lake Michigan.