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Sleeping Bear Bed and Breakfast

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11977 Gilbert Rd., Empire, MI 49630
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Sleeping Bear Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #1 of 4 Empire B&B and Inns
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

If you like your gardens hidden and your breakfasts hearty, this place is for you. Within easy reach of Sleeping Bear Dunes, great boutique towns and awesome restaurants, Susan and Van run a tight n' tidy lil b&b. All aspects of our stay (reservations, check in, finding recommendation for restaurant) were easy and low-keyed. Wonderful experience, highly recommended.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

We visited Sleeping Bear Dunes area last week and this B & B was a great location. It is a few miles outside of Empire but that was not a problem for us; it is also conveniently located to Glen Arbor. The hosts were friendly and very helpful and knowledgeable about what to see in the area, good restaurants, etc.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

This place was great for us. It is a well managed B&B in an old farm house. It is close to the Sleeping Bear Dunes. The owner gave us great info on seeing the dunes and on dining in the area. The owner is an artist and has many of his own art on display as well as great gardens.... More

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Susan W, Owner at Sleeping Bear Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review

Thanks! It is gratifying when our guests "get" what we are doing and appreciate it. More

Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

A recent visit to the Sleeping Bear Dunes area included a fabulous stay at Sleeping Bear B&b. I know why it is the number 1 rated inn - one expects good food, nice ambiance and helpful hosts. Sleeping Bear was over the top in all of these categories..breakfasts were the best we have ever had in our travels- Susan is... More

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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8 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013

We stayed the week of 7/4 and felt exactly the same as the other couple. In fact, I asked my husband if he wrote it! We were welcomed by Van, walked into the house where Susan was sitting at her desk and did not even turn her head to greet us. We did have a chat over breakfast the next... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2013 via mobile

My wife and I have only been to three B&B's and this place was not even close to the the way we feel they should be. The owners are Van and Susan. While Van tried to be accommodating and friendly, his wife seemed as if we were intruding on her home and did not say two words to us as... More

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Annapolis, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

I just returned last weekend from my first visit to the Sleeping Bear Dunes area and the Sleeping Bear Bed and Breakfast. I really can't speak highly enough of both the general area, and particularly this B&B. First off, the place is absolutely adorable. As someone else mentioned, it does look a bit cluttered at first, but then it all... More

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Colorado
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

There are not an abundance of places to stay near Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore but Susan and Van's B&B is very convenient and cozy if you don't happen to be going camping! When we first arrived, I wondered if we had made a misstep as the owners' collections of various things looked a bit cluttered. But the guest room... More

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

Wonderful and gracious hosts, Van and Susan made us feel completely at home. We loved the appointments and decorating in our room (Leelenau Room). The bath had a tub and a handheld shower. Susan's breakfasts were to die for! As we enjoyed breakfast we were entertained by the many birds at feeders just outside. We will absolutely return to this... More

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Columbus
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

The first time my husband and I stayed here we only stayed one night. We knew we would be back for a longer stay someday. This time (five years later) we stayed for a week! The gardens, wood carvings (by Van), quaint outdoor seating all around the spacious yard are a relaxing retreat after a long day of kayaking. We... More

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Address: 11977 Gilbert Rd., Empire, MI 49630
Location: United States > Michigan > Leelanau County > Empire
Also Known As:
Sleeping Bear b&b
Sleeping Bear Hotel Empire

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