Save a rain forest and eat a chocolate or two at Grocer’s Daughter Chocolates where hand crafted chocolates are made using only Rain Forest Alliance Certified Premium high cocoa content chocolate in such innovative creations as lavender, rosemary or thyme truffles and sea salt caramels. It’s one of many charming stores and eateries in Empire, a small village on a secluded bay.
Plug in your laptop, sip a latte and savor a freshly baked pastry at Gemmas.
Joe’s Friendly Tavern was voted as having the best burgers.
Learn about the history of this lakeside hamlet at the Empire Museum.
Stop by Sleeping Bear Surf and Kayak to take a surfing lesson, ride the waves or paddle along the shoreline of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Shoreline and even one of the park’s inland lakes.
Hit the greens at the 18-hole Dunes Golf Course with its rolling vistas of Sleeping Bear Dunes.