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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2016

Our host "Van" was very hostile and passive aggressive. We did not stay for breakfast because we did not want to be around him. The Wi -Fi was too weak for more than one of us to watch Netflix at a time. The drinking glasses in our room were dirty. There was a cobweb in the shower area and there... More 

2 Thank Jamie R
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2016 via mobile

This was actually the first B&B my husband and I had ever stayed in. What we liked: Very welcoming hosts (mostly Van, as we didn't talk much with Susan), beautiful property, very convenient location (15 min from Glen Arbor, 20 to Traverse City), clean room, excellent breakfast. What we didn't like: The public spaces in the house were really cluttered... More 

Thank Katie D
Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2016

The Sleeping Bear Bed and Breakfast was all we had hoped it to be. The location was convenient to the NP, wineries and between the towns of Empire and Glen Arbor. The home was comfortable and far away from the heavy traffic. Susan and Van, our hosts were very friendly and accommodating. They cooked us a delicious breakfast each morning.... More 

Thank ken w
Holden, Missouri
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2016

Great B&B with alot of character and style. Out in the country, but not too far from Sleeping Bear Dunes. Van & Susan are gracious hosts and serve breakfasts with a style and presentation that put a smile on our faces. Our room was clean, comfortable and quiet - very relaxing. We enjoyed the landscaping and outside with several spots... More 

Thank 35joyb
Cleveland, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Fortunately, we stayed at Sleeping Bear B&B on a weekend trip through Sleeping Bear Dunes Nat. Lakeshore. The innkeepers were friendly and informative, the breakfasts were delicious. The 1891 farmhouse and grounds provide comfortable and unique amenities. We found it enchanting.

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Millington, Michigan
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2015

Stayed here for a night with a friend while visiting the dunes. Stayed in the Gilbert room upstairs. Very quiet and comfortable. They really make you feel welcome and gave us advice on a place to eat dinner. It was late and most places were closing but they sent us to a popular hot spot in town and that too... More 

Thank Cindy R
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

First time ever at a Bed and Breakfast....Susan and Van were fantastic host and hostess to the Sleeping Bear Dunes area. .. Susan is a French chef with credentials and breakfasts to prove it. The sauces and scones were wonderful and their knowledge of the area was so helpful to us. So many nice tiny touches too numerous mention in... More 

Thank Kalvin W
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

We always enjoy staying at this lovely B&B close to Glen Arbor and Empire, but out of the fray. Comfortable rooms, pretty garden. Enjoy the quiet and watch the hummingbirds at the window while you eat Susan's delicious breakfasts.

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austin, TX
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Stayed here for one night. Had the main floor bedroom, which was quite large and comfortable. It is right off the lounge with glass doors and curtains, so we found that a little uncomfortable. We were there during a regional power failure, but they had power fortunately. Breakfast was quite satisfactory, with juice, coffee, fruit cup and French toast. The... More 

Thank Metldr
Lansing, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

We were happy with our stay at Sleeping Bear Bed and Breakfast. Our room was quiet and cozy, with a good bed. We had a very nice breakfast the next morning. We did share a bathroom, but it was very clean and not a problem because it was clearly stated when we booked the room. If you need lodging away... More 

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Additional Information about Sleeping Bear Bed and Breakfast

Address: 11977 S Gilbert Rd, Empire, MI 49630-9599
Location: United States > Michigan > Leelanau County > Empire
Number of rooms: 5
Also Known As:
Sleeping Bear b&b
Sleeping Bear Hotel Empire
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