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Grand Rapids, Michigan
Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

The hosts are not friendly. They just do not seem happy. The place is filled with clutter, especially in the dining/kitchen area. It needs a health department inspection. The place, despite its name, is relatively far away from Sleeping Bear Dunes. We have stayed in many B&Bs. We will never return to this one.

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Reviewed 7 August 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...

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Reviewed 27 July 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...

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Atlanta, Georgia
Reviewed 24 July 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....

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Holden, Missouri
Reviewed 15 July 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...

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Cleveland, Ohio
Reviewed 15 December 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
Reviewed 12 September 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...

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Reviewed 26 August 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...

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Midwest
Reviewed 14 August 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
Reviewed 13 August 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...

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  • Free Parking
  • Free Breakfast
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  • Family Rooms
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  • Free Parking
  • Free Breakfast

Additional Information about Sleeping Bear Bed and Breakfast

Address: 11977 S Gilbert Rd, Empire, MI 49630-9599
Region: 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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“Upstairs rooms share a bathroom....but not a problem”
 of 5 bubbles 559kalvinw, 25 Aug 2015 | Read review
“We were in the Gilbert Room. Michigan Room looked very spacious.”
 of 5 bubbles MSUmindy, 11 Aug 2015 | Read review
“All of the rooms are great!”
 of 5 bubbles 992eileenk, 4 Aug 2015 | Read review
“Close to the towns of Empire, Glen Arbor, Glen Haven. Every where you travel in this part of the state is lovely.”
 of 5 bubbles donnabeaumont, 30 Jun 2015 | Read review
“All rooms are lovely.”
 of 5 bubbles SunnyPetunia, 25 Jul 2014 | Read review
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