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An artsy north shore hideaway with private beach access.
The chic Paia Inn provides a calming sanctuary in the heart of eclectic, funky Paia on Maui's north shore. This 1920s-era property has been renovated and transformed into a boutique inn that fuses European-style elegance with tropical décor. Of note among original details are the beautiful dark hardwood floors. Three standard rooms look out over the town's main road and come with flat-screen TVs, air-conditioning, iPod docks and refrigerators. While the standard rooms are reason enough to stay, the garden suites are magical. Three spacious one- and two-bedroom suites feature kitchenettes, and the three-bedroom beach house boasts a hot tub, stainless steel gourmet kitchen, washer/dryer, outdoor lounge and secluded oceanfront location perfect for watching surfers and sunsets. All rooms showcase the brooding, locally-inspired artwork of local artist Avi Kiriaty. Guests enjoy private access to sandy Paia Bay, and from there can hook up with walking trails that lead to various north shore beaches. Rates include complimentary Internet, parking (first come, first serve) and complimentary use of beach gear.
When we think of vodka and pineapple, many good things come to mind: a tropical cocktail that combines the neutral spirit with pineapple juice, preferably served with a tiny umbrella; a pineapple-infused vodka; or biting into a pineapple that's been soaked in vodka for an adult tropical treat. But we never thought of vodka actually made from pineapple!
When we last visited the Maui Brewing Co.'s brew pub in Lahaina, we were thrilled to hear this small company was making plans to package and sell their handcrafted product on the open market. Visitors to Hawaii have long enjoyed this microbrew's quality, but now it is steadily growing its market off the island.