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Empire, Michigan
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First settled by John LaRue and his family in 1851. Named after the schooner Empire which became icebound in its harbor in the winter of 1863. The vessel was then used as a schoolhouse. Empire developed into a lumber town.  Incorporated as a village in 1895. Informational excerpts from Michigan Place Names, by Walter Romig, L.H.D.

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ATTRACTIONS:  Amusement Parks, Casinos, Farms & Mills, Historic Sites, Lighthouses, Museums, Planetariums, Tours, Waterfalls, Wineries, and Zoos

Empire Area Museum, 11544 LaCore Street, Empire, MI 49630, Phone: (231) 326-5568. Historical museum featuring a turn-of-the-century saloon, parlor, blacksmith shop, sail & rail and lumbering era displays, old kitchen, complete one-room school, barn full of horse drawn equipment and an audio/visual center. Open six days a week July through Labor Day (closed Wednesday); weekends only Memorial Day through July 1 and after Labor Day through third weekend in October.

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Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, 9922 Front Street, Empire, MI 49630. Phone: (231) 326-5134 . Welcome to one of the most beautiful natural areas in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. Come and enjoy 35 miles of Lake Michigan's eastern coastline, explore North and South Manitou Islands, and of course climb the dunes! Learn about the history of shipping, logging, and agriculture of the area by visiting former Life-Saving Service/Coast Guard Stations, and Port Oneida Historic District.

Sleeping Bear Orchards [Farm Market], PO Box 181, Empire, MI 49630, Phone: (231) 326-3276

Sleeping Bear Point Maritime Museum, 9922 W. Front Street, Empire, MI 49630-9797, Phone: (231) 326-5134

Valley of Giants [Natural Attractions], Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore], Virgin white cedar grove over 500 years old.  World record cedar over 90 feet tall and 17.5 feet in diameter.

DINING 0UT:  Breweries, Dinner Trains & Cruises, Restaurants, and Wineries


PLACES TO STAY:  Apartments, Bed & Breakfasts, Cabins & Cottages, Condominiums, Historic Inns, Hotels & Motels, Resorts and Vacation Homes

Dorseys On Glen Lake [Cabin & Cottage Rentals], 7656 W Glenmere Rd., Empire, MI 49630,. Phone: (231) 334-4151

Empire Lakeshore Inn Of  Wellbeing [Hotels & Motels], 11730 S. Lacore, Empire, MI 49630, Phone: (231) 326-5145

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COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS:  Business, Civic, Clubs, Colleges, Fraternal, Independent Schools, Political, Public Schools, Religious, Social,  Universities, Veteran, etc.

Leelanau Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, 112 E. Philip St., PO Box 172, Lake Leelanau, MI 49653, Phone: (231) 994-2202

Michigan Tree Farm System, 501 Norway Street, Grayling, MI 49738, (989) 348-9319

Northwestern Michigan Online [Internet Business Directory], 3980 Curtisville Rd., South Branch, MI 48761, Phone: (989) 726-4416

INDOOR & OUTDOOR RECREATION:  Beaches, Biking, Boating, Bowling, Camping, Dog-sledding, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking, Hunting, Kayaking, ORVing, Nature & Parks, Scuba Diving & Snorkling, Skating & Hockey, Skiing, Sports Rentals, Snowmobiling, Snowshoeing.

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Finiky Fish Charters [Sport Fishing Charters], 16446 Pettengill Rd., Empire, MI 49630, Phone: (231) 645-0020

Garey Lake Trail Camp [Equestrian Trail Camp], Traverse City Field Office, 404 West 14th Street, Traverse City, MI 49684. Phone Number: (231) 922-5280. Benzie County - 8 miles SE of Empire via M-72, Plowman Road and Pettengill Road. Group area designed for use by equestrian campers riding the Shore to Shore Riding/Hiking Trail. Non-equestrian campers welcome too. Maximum capacity is for 200 individuals and can accommodate tents and small trailers. Campground is located on Garey Lake which offers good pan fishing. Rustic campground includes vault toilets and potable water from well hand pump. Group Trail Camps are available by reservation by calling (231) 922-5280. Lake Ann (9 miles SE) and Honor (12 miles SW).

H & H Stables [Riding Stables], 5200 W Beeman Rd, Empire, MI 49630, Phone: (231) 326-5150

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Michigan Shore to Shore Riding & Hiking Trail [Equestrian Trails], 5806 E. State Rd., Hale, MI 48739,  Phone: (989) 473-3205.. This 400 mile trail is maintained by the Michigan Trail Riders Association (MTRA). For Trail Maps contact the MTRA at Phone: (989) 473-3205.

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Sleeping Bear Surf & Kayak, 10085 Front West, Empire, MI 49630, Phone: (231) 326-9283

SERVICES:  Building, Dental, Personal, Professional, Medical, Real Estate, Rental, Repair, etc.

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Traverse City Community Based Outpatient Clinic [VA Medical Facilities], 3271 Racquet Club Dr., Traverse City, MI 49684, Phone: (989) 497-2500 X 11412

SHOPPING:  Antique Shops & Flea Markets, Art & Craft Galleries, Florists, Gift Shops, Outlet Malls, Shopping Centers, Shopping Districts, and Specialty Shops

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The Secret Garden [Art & Craft Galleries], 10206 Front St., Empire, MI 49630, Phone: (231) 326-5428

Sleeping Bear Gallery [Art & Craft Galleries], 10085 W. Front Street, Empire, MI 49630, (231) 326-2278

Sleeping Bear Orchards [Farm Market], PO Box 181, Empire, MI 49630, Phone: (231) 326-3276


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