With all the current volcanic news, I've been pulled back to memories of a most comfy and curious stay we had on the Big Island.
I don't know if this B&B is still in business, but it was a most wonderful oasis, when we visited in 2005.
Don and I were traveling with our 2 teenagers, who weren't usually interested in quaint bed and breakfasts, but we had already done the resort thing in Maui.
Scott was 16 and in awe of the trees. He was also cold... arms tucked into shirt.
The home was set on a hill, looking over beautiful lawns and gardens.
Our Little House
We had our own little house and porch.
From the outside it looked like a dull block, with big windows.
Once we stepped inside, we discovered one surprise after another. The angled, wood ceilings opened up the space.
The hosts had added a comfortable blow-up bed for one of the kids.
Scott was appalled by the clear, plastic shower curtain... or pretended to be. I was delighted with the fresh flowers and heavenly bath products.
The living area had great views of the gardens. The view of the solar panels, was maybe a little too good. But that's okay.
13 year ago, they were attempting to be a green hotel.
The Main Building
The main house was filled with bright colors and tropical floral arrangements.
The Round Room
We were welcome to hang out in all the areas.
This glassed in room, made us wish we were traveling with a whole family reunion. What a fun space.
In the evening, we joined the host for some wine and a yummy spread of appetizers.
The kids put up with this B&B chumminess, because the food was good!
Fire and Flowers
It was a little damp and cool when we stayed, so maybe that actually is a warming glow, that Scott and Don are studying. I don't remember.
But again, I do remember the flowers. I know little about gardening, but the flowers inside and out, were stunning!
The first day, the kids were not so excited about dining quietly in a small room, with a few honeymooners.
That's kind of what B&Bs are like. But when the feast arrived they happily devoured the baked goods, bacon, eggs and fruits. The second day, Heidi wasn't feeling well. When our host learned of this, she made sure to have breakfast delivered, when Heidi felt a little better.
Yoga and Spa
The lower level held a peaceful area, where yoga classes are held.
We actually didn't see anyone at all. The place was almost eerily quiet.
We were traveling over spring break, so there actually were some reading assignments, as I recall.
What a picture perfect place to study!
Another Perfect Place to Sit
It was little damp for these outside chairs, but I loved the look.
It was such a fun contrast to the busy, sandy beach resort we had stayed in, days before.
My memory of this wonderful place was mostly about the quiet and the scenery. We were so lucky that we started our trip with the touristy side of Hawaii. By the time we reached the B&B, we were ready for something more peaceful and serene.
Thinking about all the people on the Big Island now. The eruptions are causing problems for locals and tourism. I hope this wonderful place is doing okay.
My New Year's Resolution for 2014 was to start documenting some of the memorable overnights I've had in some very odd and curious motels and hotels. Like the adventures in my Dining Blog, I have learned to enjoy the surprises that happen when you step out of the comfort zone, far away from the well-known chains.
I began with a few entries recalling my very first home away from home memories from my youth. Then, I started sharing about some of the quirky and unforgettable motels, hotels and inns that my husband and I have discovered in recent years.
The best part about this challenge was making some lists with Don and getting on the road in search of new overnight adventures. I gave myself a 2-year goal to write up 90 stories and the goal was met. Now we just keep on adding!