Escape to Northern Michigan this year. Empire Lodge is located in the historic waterfront village of Empire in Leelanau County – in the heart of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Enjoy magnificent Lake Michigan sunsets at Empire Beach, just a few blocks away. Hike the famed Empire Bluffs for panoramic views of the shoreline and North and South Manitou Islands. Whether you enjoy fly fishing or golf, antiquing or bike riding, fine dining or artistic treasures, you’ll find them in Empire and the surrounding communities. Discover the area’s award-winning wineries, historic sites and natural attractions. Or, take a day trip over to Traverse City – a straight shot along M-72 just 30 minutes away. Of course, it’s perfectly acceptable to kick back and relax with a good book on the front porch swing as well. Empire Lodge is perfect for entertaining with its beautiful gardens, deck with gas grill, patio and fire pit. This vacation home accommodates eight in three bedrooms (queen bed in master bedroom, two twin beds in each of the second & third bedrooms and a queen sleeper sofa in the living room). Also features two full bathrooms, large kitchen and dining room, two window AC units, washer/dryer, stereo and TV/DVD. Towels and linens are provided. This non-smoking property rents Friday to Friday ($1500 a week). If you’re looking for that ideal Norman Rockwell experience, you’ll find it here at the Empire Lodge.