Happy Friday! I know many of your are stuck in a snow/ice storm this weekend so don’t hate me for sharing pics from my recent trip to Hawaii! Hopefully they warm you up!
It was so nice to get away for a week with my husband. My business is non-stop from August through February and I have found that it is nice to catch my breath for a few days and take a rest. We decided to go back to Maui after last year’s trip. It is such a beautiful place and a relatively quick plane ride for us.
Don’t worry about my organizing skills getting rusty, I even organized my closet on vacation! Everything is hung by color and sleeve length, ha!
Our friend and travel agent Kathy Roth took care of all the details for the trip. This year instead of staying at a resort we rented a condo on the beach. We had a wonderful balcony, view, kitchen, and pool. Most of my days were spent in a chaise lounge by the pool reading a book (I read 2) enjoying a view of the ocean. We really didn’t venture too far from this spot all week!
It was so nice to have a kitchen so we could make some meals. The essentials for any great vacation…
When we weren’t relaxing by the pool we spent time walking on the beach. Each morning we did a 5 mile loop up the shore, it made me feel less guilty about taking advantage of happy hour everyday! The water was so calm and the and the views were beautiful!
Seriously, I walked everyday so I could enjoy snacks like this! Maui onion chips and dip, so good!
Chris and I had so many nice dinners out or on the balcony in our condo. Here we are before dinner one night…
All of the food is so fresh and beautiful. I love the white fish called Ono, it’s firmer and is delicious on a salad.
The lavender farm was much more interesting than I expected. Chris signed us up for the tour and it was well worth the $12, I would highly recommend it! I learned more about lavender than I ever dreamed and hopefully I will be able to grow my own this year.
The man that started the farm 30 years ago was a master gardener. All of the grounds were perfectly manicured. It’s hard to believe he started it with just one lavendar plant!
A look at the planting zone. All good things start small!
How do you like my pants? Perfect for paradise, right? I bought them at an estate sale last year and even though they are 2 sizes to big I love them. Thank God for drawstring waists!
After the lavender adventure we went to Surfing Goat. I gave up dairy last fall and depend on goat cheese for my “dairy” fix.
Can you even handle how cute these little guys are? This is a group of 3 month old babies during snack time. If you weren’t careful they would try to eat your shirt.
Next door to the 3 month olds was a pen full of 7 day old babies. Adorable!
These two really wanted to come home with us! Harper would have loved them.
On the way back to the beach from up-country we stopped at the Maui Wine Company for a pineapple wine tasting. It was surprisingly delicious. I guess juice is juice, grape or pineapple. We bought a bottle of the sparkling pineapple wine to enjoy later in the week.
On our last night in Maui we went on a great sunset whale watching cruise. We met 4 great new friends from Texas earlier in the week (Cyndy, Jack, Sandy, and Richard) and they happened to be on the same boat so that was fun! I tried to get a picture of us together but no one had their eyes open. Cyndy and Sandy were as excited about the whales and I was!
Ready to set sail!
The view of the island from the ocean was really pretty!
It’s prime whale watching season in Maui right now. There are over 3,000 whales making their journey from Alaska to Japan to breed, give birth, and feed. All week we could see whales from the beach but it was a treat to see them from the boat. We saw this group of whales for about 30 minutes, there were about 5 swimming together.
I can’t believe I caught a whale tail on camera. Next time I need to remember to bring my bigger lens to get a close up!
When we weren’t watching whales were we learning about them, grabbing a cocktail, or having a snack. The meatballs were delicious!
The cruise was about 2 hours and ended with a beautiful sunset. Pure heaven!
I was sad to get off the boat because I knew that meant our vacation was coming to an end.
It was such a relaxing trip and I can’t wait to go back!
The good news is that I will be going back with Chris in only 6 weeks! We just found out that Google is sending him for a work trip and of course I need to tag along! Aloha!