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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Yes, 13 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).Browse dog-friendly homes >
Yes. 140 of our Empire vacation rentals have internet access, so you can stay connected throughout your trip.Browse homes with internet access >
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.Learn more about Vacasa Premium Clean >
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.