Sleeping Bear Bed and Breakfast

11977 Gilbert Road , Empire, MI 49630 USA (Show map)


Nestled in the Leelanau Peninsula, this 1890s farmhouse is waiting to meet your every need while visiting the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Every effort has been made to make your stay relaxing and comfortable. A typical morning begins with a cup of our special-blend coffee or tea, followed by a scrumptious full gourmet breakfast. Afternoon treats are provided as well. After a day of activities, your bed awaits with our crisp linens (is that a hint of lavender I smell?) and peaceful, quiet country setting. Perfect for family reunions and small weddings, we look forward to making your stay special.



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  • Guest room4.3
  • Service4.7
  • Value4.3
  • Cleanliness5
  • Onsite Dining4.7

A great place to stay.Excellent food,pleasent host.

4.4 on August 12, 2013

Their was twelve people and we had no problems,very nice

Van and Susan know how to host people!

5 on April 19, 2013

We warmly and highly recommend Van and Susan's B&B. The location is wonderful and their house so welcoming and beautiful. The bedrooms are very comfortable and nicely decorated. Every detail has been thought. This place is very quiet and the landscape adorable. Van is an artist and Susan is a cooker! You will have a traditional american breakfast. They have traveled a lot and you can discuss with them about places where they have been and places where you are from. Our first experience in B&B exceeded our expectations. We would love to come back and stay a little bit more. Thanks again!

Wonderful venue, great hosts

4.4 on August 10, 2010

We highly recommend the Sleeping Bear B&B. Susan and Van are warm and engaging hosts. The Sleeping Bear room was very comfortable and very nicely appointed. The breakfasts are great and their 'library' of local books is exceptional.

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Location Type



Traverse City, MI (TVC-Traverse City) 25 miles

Directions to property:

Take M72 west from Traverse City for 18 miles to Gilbert Road, Turn right on Gilbert. Bed & Breakfast faces M72 on North. From Empire and M22, take M72 east 6 miles, turn left on Gilbert road.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Beach, Casino, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ski area, Vineyard, Winery, Zoo

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Inn Details

On-site amenities

BBQ grill, Board games, CD player, Fax Machine, Library, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, Telephone, Videos, Wedding Facilities

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bath robes, Ceiling fans, DVD Player, Fireplace, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Internet Service, TV, VCR, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bicycles, Billiards, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Cross-country ski trails, Downhill Skiing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Hunting, Kayaking, Mountain Bike trails, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Ski rentals, Snow shoe rental, Snow shoe trails, Swimming, Tennis courts, Water sports

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  • Check In:: 3:00- 6:00 p.m.
  • Check Out:: 11:00 a.m.
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Outside only
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Yes
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Two nights on weekends, in season
  • Accepted payments VISA, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: A deposit of one night's room rental or 1/2 of total stay, whichever is greater, is required.
  • Cancellations: Refunds are given for cancellations 14 days before the scheduled stay, less a 20% handling fee.
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Susan and Van Wilson, Innkeepers

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About the innkeepers

Gourmet cooking, gardening, sailing, woodworking, needlepoint, music, travel

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  • Time Served: 8:30; 9:15
  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining area

Special meal options

Restrictive , Vegetarian

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