Escape the familiar as you immerse yourself in the crisp air at a higher elevation on this unique getaway tour designed to inspire and recharge your spirit. Connect to parts of Maui skipped by most tours while tuning in to historical nuggets provided along the way by your enthusiastic guides. As we relax and behold the unique views and flavors of Upcountry Maui, we aim to leave you with more than a memory.
Escape Tour Stops
1) The Sacred Garden
Slow down, nature at play. Enjoy complimentary tea or water before taking a few breaths, and begin to walk the labyrinth. This is your time to focus on yourself, surrounded by the sounds of birds chirping, immersed in a lush garden jungle. You are literally in a forest, away from everyday stresses and obligations. The plants, statues, and energy of this garden are designed to support your wellbeing. This simple immersion among the succulents and foliage doesn’t need to last long to be effective. On your way out, you’ll pass a variety of treasures in the gift shop; don’t be surprised if one of trinkets, books, jewelry or aromatherapy tools attracts your attention.
2) Hali’imaile Distilling Company
Tune in to the stories behind Hāliʻimaile as your guide describes the history of Maui’s pineapple farms leading to supporting community pineapple endeavors across the island. Witness the staggeringly large and completely unique distillation method used on the farm before settling into the tasting room. Each guest may taste three of the flavors produced by the distillery, options may include: gin, rum, vodka, flavored vodkas, and blended whiskey.
3) Makai Glass Creation
Connect with Maui artisans while watching live glass blowing by expert craftsmen at Makai Glass Creations. It’s hard to resist keeping a hand-crafted souvenir after viewing the art gallery’s sea-inspired glass sculptures. Other mixed media art and photography by island artists fills the space and completes the upstairs gallery.
4) Lunch @ Kama Hele Cafe
Satisfy your hunger with Kama Hele Cafe’s flavorful, hearty selections for breakfast or lunch. Sip on a fruit smoothie or choose from the coffee bar whatever suits your tastes. There’s plenty of time to eat and relax under the tree.
5) Kula Country Farms
Explore a real Maui farm operated by fourth generation farmers. Kula Country Farms’ seasonal experiences vary throughout the year; see farm animals, go strawberry harvesting, or check out the variety of fresh local product and infusions in the Farm Stand. October’s popular pumpkin patch and corn maze feature tons of scenes and vignettes placed around the farm for fun photos for kids of all ages.
6) Maui Lavender Farm
With beautiful views and unique offerings, the Lavender Farm will brighten you day. Select a lavender scone or a tasty sample from the Gift Shop and sit on the deck to behold majestic Maui below. Stroll the gardens to find a peaceful water fountain or gazebo. Take a moment to yourself to reflect on your experience — or take a dozen ‘selfies’ with your friends — both are perfect options. You’ll find many photo-worthy spots on the farm among the statues and botanical diversity.
7) Surprise Stop!
Relax, you’re in for a surprise on this stop. Inhale the fresh air, check out the expansive views, listen to the birds chirping and notice the wild foliage and rolling green hills, reminiscent of Hobbitland… Life slows down here; horseback riders and critters may share the country road with us, and it’s just fine.
8) Grandma’s Coffee House
Grandma’s Coffee House is a quaint, family business featuring local art with ‘paniolo flair’ (cowboy style). In addition to fresh Maui coffee, they serve breakfast plates, pastries, pasta salads, veggie bagels, oatmeal, and tasty home fries. Order and take a seat outdoors on the back porch and enjoy a view of Kihei and central Maui as you sip and savor this final stop on the tour. Or peruse the neighborhood—the gallery and market next door may pique your interest.