Traverse City, MI

Guest Book

June 22, 2020

We had a very relaxing Father's Day weekend. Great accommodations, wonderful food, the best companions! Fishing, campfires, music, and pontoon boat rides were memorable. Thank you for the memories.

- Vern and Flo

June 20, 2020

We had an absolutely wonderful time! This island is truly special, it has incredible energy! We hope to come back for years and years to come! Thank you for the amazing stay!

- Airy & Ryan

June 15, 2020

The best thing about memories is making them. Things end, but memories last forever. With all the craziness and fast changes in the work the best place to be is certainly Namaste Island. A truly awesome vacation! So blessed to have wonderful kids to drag mom along and create lasting memories with them and my beautiful grandson. Serene and beautiful, peacefully placed island with wonderful accommodations. Al was a great help, loved his introduction to the island, and quick response to any question. Thank you!

- Grandma Cook

Oct 5, 2019

So in love with Namaste. Boundless Gratitude. Thanks x 1000. Love and Peace.

- Al, Linda, Jamie & Norm

September 29, 2019

The most amazing and relaxing place! A great place for a getaway! Thank you so much for sharing it with us!

- Nani, CJ, and Bobo

September 29, 2019

Great cabin for a rainy weekend.

- Aaron & Molly

September 16, 2019

We had a great relaxing time with our dogs - just what we needed to get away from the hustle & bustle.

- Wetzel Family

August 11, 2019

We pick a new place every year - and this was one of the best! Our pups were worn out by the end of every day and was our daughter. It was a perfect place to reset from our regular stressful life. Thank you for sharing with us! We hope to be back some day.

- Rutherford Family

July 28, 2019

We have had an amazing week! What a relaxing vacation. We spent time boating, swimming, kayaking, hiking, reading, and napping. Our 2 labs have been in paradise all week long - running through the woods, chasing chipmunks, swimming in the lake, and taking sunset rides on the boat. Everything about the property was perfect and Al was super helpful. We hope to return next year!

- Badgley & Cole Families

July 20, 2019

We enjoyed a wonderful week on Namaste Island. We enjoyed exploring the paths and the lake. Had a great campfire and S'mores, enjoyed our day trips to Traverse City, and Sleeping Bear Dunes. Georgina's (in TC) and Boone's (Long Lake) were both fabulous. And, Moomer's Ice Cream as the best!

- Carl, Tabitha, Andrew & Ainsley

July 14, 2019

What a magical place! We loved exploring and fishing. So relaxing and peaceful. Thank you!!

- Kim, Matthew, and Natalie

June 30, 2019

This place is truly awesome and amazing! We loved kayaking around the island, hiking out to Sunset Point for swimming and watching the sunset over the trees. This was Tucker Dude's (our Bernese Mountain Dog) first time swimming and he loved it! We even took tucker for a canoe trip around the island... it was a challenge but he eventually calmed down. We loved using the boat for rides and fishing - we caught many largemouth bass! We enjoyed the fire pit at night when we roasted marshmallows and told scary ghost stories. Amazing! Awesome! Love it! Thank you!

- Potter & Kowallowki Family

June 18, 2019

So medicinal!! What a special place. The path to Sunset Point is otherworldly! Water views from every window, cruising the lake in the canoe, the wineries, fire pit, etc. etc. What's not to love?

- Berube Family

May 27, 2019

We had an amazing stay - loved exploring the island and using the boat! We caught 10 fish and had a blast.

- Stierwalts, Jochum, and Berning-Stein Families

August 24, 2018

Best Vacay Ever! Truly Namaste - so "peaceful". My rescue dog seemed so at peace after living in abuse. So grateful. Thank you, Al (and Linda) I felt love the first time I stepped on the little paradise. Lovely!

- Geri

August 12, 2018

This was most certainly one of our best vacations ever! The island and home are both so relaxing and enjoyable. We explored, ate, read, canoed, and slept. All of us had a real opportunity to unwind, which is what we needed. Thank-you!

- Ball Family

July 29, 2018

We had an amazing time! Absolutely Stunning. It was a great time for us to be together. It's our son's senior year, what a sweet way to spend our vacation. We were refreshed and renewed. It's so nice to get away from the busy. Gorgeous weather and the perfect place to the read. Slabtown Burgers and Traverse Pie Company were two of our favorites. The only thing we left for. Thank you!

- Joplin Family

July 15, 2018

Great week at a very special place. Perfect weather & wonderful setting. Hope to make it back again! Thanks so much!

- Jim & Renee Staebler

July 8, 2018

We had an awesome week on the private island. We enjoyed all that the island and cabin offered. The weather was fantastic, the fishing was great and time with family and friends was priceless. Our two dogs were fearless warriors all week and will be sad to go back home to "suburban" life. I think we are all sad to back. Thank you for the wonderful experience.

- Door Family

June 17, 2018

Wonderful family time, beautiful island, cabin, and lake. Three generations, plus two dogs thoroughly enjoyed fishing (3 northern pikes and nearly 20 bass all 15 to 18") such fun!! Also loved swimming off the dock, family in the kayaks and canoe, long hikes to sunset point, and campfires. LOVELY! THANK YOU!

- Rankoczy & Russell Family

September 23, 2017

Namaste Island was absolutely beautiful. We celebrated our one year wedding anniversary and it was exactly what we hoped for. Al was a spectacular host and even provided us was a bottle of prosecco and goodies native to Northern Michigan upon arrival. We are looking forward to our next visit!!

- Sam

August 08, 2017

We can't say enough about this wonderful property. The cabin was spotless and has everything you need and more. The island is gorgeous! It has so much space and we really enjoyed the walking trails. The lake is crystal clear and we were able to catch a few giant bluegill right off the pier. It's very quiet and peaceful, truly 'Namaste Island', but it also has the convenience of being just a short drive to all the activities, restaurants, wineries and shopping of Traverse City. The management and owner of the island keep everything top notch. It's fabulous!

- Lori

August 07, 2017

We had the best week at Namaste Island. Our family (2 adults, 3 kids (11yo, 9yo, 6yo) and 1 dog) enjoyed our week in TC. It was the perfect balance of sight seeing and relaxing. The kayaks and canoe were a hit with our kids and the lake was so quiet we could let them go out together anytime. They were able to catch some fish off the dock and we enjoyed swimming in the lake and jumping off the boat. The fire pit was used almost every night. The house was equipped very nicely and the supplies were good quality. Sleeping was a little tight, but we had brought an air mattress that made it work. The house is close to TC, but far enough away that you truly feel isolated. Al did a great job answering my questions and providing instructions. Would definitely recommend for families looking for an outdoor vacation.

- Maggie

Aug 02, 2017

I would highly recommend Namaste Island. My family and I spend a wonderful 2 weeks on the island. The cabin and island are beautiful. Bass lake is very quiet and peaceful.

- Ben

July 03, 2017

We, my husband, son, two dogs and I, loved our week on the island. The cabin was comfortable and Al welcomed us on shore, helped load our belongings and motored us to the island, gave us a tour on land and water and let us settle in for a beautiful evening. I'm always looking for a new adventure and this one was special. We hope to visit again. If you love fishing, kayaking, boating or canoeing, Bass Lake is a place to explore and make lasting memories!

- Jackie

October 16, 2016

We really enjoyed our long weekend on Namaste Island. The fall colors were beautiful, we enjoyed going to a few wineries, had some delicious dinners at the restaurants in Traverse City and truly enjoyed the views and the peacefully rest of the cabin. Thank you for sharing your gorgeous home!

- John & Linda

September 9, 2016

Namaste Island was such a peaceful & relaxing place to stay & get away from it all! Great accommodations with a great view, and fantastic weather. We enjoyed the kayaking and canoeing and the peacefulness of the mornings, especially witnessing the dear roam the beach! Hope to enjoy another stay on Namaste Island!

- Andrea & Friends

September 13, 2016

A love story on Namaste Island. Michael surprised me with a two day get away on this beautiful island. I had no idea what was yet to come. A tour of the island, Grand Traverse wine and bouquets of flowers gave me an idea, something was going on. After the caretaker left (Al) who was amazing. Michael and I explored the island with our dog Jax. We walked to the end to put our feet in the water, next to my surprise I was watching Michael get on one knee in the water! I couldn't believe he was asking me to marry him. What a PERFECT moment together that we will forever hold in our hearts. Both our parents greeted us that evening with dinner, drinks and a bonfire. We will never forget these wonderful day spent here on the island, and we all look forward to coming back.

- Ashley & Michael

September 11, 2016

Quite & Peaceful! Lake is awesome and island was fantastic for daily hikes. Weather was warm & so was the water still. Most relaxing vacation ever! Thank you!

- Joanne & Scott

August 21, 2016

We had a great vacation at Namaste Island! The house was wonderful, as is the entire island. We would love to come back again!

- Friends United

August 14, 2016

What a wonderful family vacation! Walking through the woods and along the shore with our gods was some of our favorite memories. My son didn't catch any fish but still had a fantastic kayaking and relaxing by the water. We did see 2 deer running through the trees. The property was absolutely perfect. Thank you so much!!

- The Bishop Family

July 31, 2016

We didn't think it was possible to truly relax from our busy life. However we found it here on this enchanted island. The cabin offered fantastic accommodations (unlike a campground), but the island offered us the chance to enjoy the outdoors. We are thrilled to have found such a lovely place.

- Patty & Paul

July 17, 2016

This is one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen & I have seen a lot of the US, Mexico, Italy & China. I need another week here because it has taken me almost a week to adjust to the beauty of island, the "cabin" (pretty fancy cabin), the water. The joy of our dog as she finally got to live her dream - run and swim and hang with us & run some more. This is a great house to hang with the family, we enjoyed the board games as well as the wifi. everything was wonderful & we would love to return.

- Judy

July 4, 2016

Been 6 years??? Felt like home again! Different dog, but some things never change - relax - chill - grill - repeat - everybody should have this experince - time flies - have fun while you can.

- Lori, Brett & Lori

June 25, 2016

Thank you for opening this beautiful place for others to enjoy! It offered something for all of us... a place to relax and read, to hike and exercise, a quite place to write and a napping place near the water. You place is beautifully decorated - a real home away form home.

- The Truax Family

June 19, 2016

Thank you for a wonderful Father's Day weekend get away! My husband an out boys had the best time hiking, fishing and relaxing! We even saw deer run through the water! Your property is amazing, a truly magical place! Thank you!

- Maria, Max, Sasha & Ivan

May 30, 2016

Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful cabin and island with us. It was an amazing Memorial weekend for my boyfriend & I. We appreciate you letting us spend time her. Nothing beats coffee and breakfast in either patio/deck. Thanks again! NAMASTE!

- Courtney & Ben