Okay Maui Travelers, here is the Maui Insiders list of the top 10 attractions you can find in Upcountry Maui. Upcountry Maui is known for its stunning natural beauty, cool climate, and agricultural landscapes. Here are some must-visit attractions in this area:

  1. Haleakala National Park: This iconic national park is home to Haleakala, a massive dormant volcano. Visitors can watch breathtaking sunrises or go hiking along the scenic trails within the park.

  2. Ali'i Kula Lavender Farm: A tranquil and aromatic farm where you can stroll through lavender fields, enjoy panoramic views, and learn about the various uses of lavender in food, beauty products, and more.

  3. Tedeschi Vineyards: Known as the MauiWine tasting room, Tedeschi Vineyards offers wine tastings and a chance to sample their unique pineapple wines. Enjoy the scenic views of the vineyards and surrounding countryside.

  4. Surfing Goat Dairy: This working dairy farm produces award-winning goat cheeses. Visitors can take guided tours, learn about the cheese-making process, and even pet and feed the goats.

  5. Kula Botanical Garden: A beautiful garden featuring a vast collection of tropical plants and flowers. Take a leisurely stroll through the gardens, enjoy scenic views, and learn about Maui's diverse flora.

  6. Ocean Vodka Organic Farm and Distillery: Discover the process of organic vodka production while exploring a sustainable farm. Visitors can learn about organic farming methods and enjoy vodka tastings.

  7. Grandma's Coffee House: A charming coffee shop nestled in the picturesque town of Keokea. Savor delicious locally grown coffee and homemade baked goods while taking in the peaceful surroundings.

  8. Makawao Town: A quaint and artistic town known for its cowboy heritage. Explore art galleries, boutique shops, and enjoy a delicious meal at one of the local restaurants or cafes.

  9. Kula Lodge: Nestled on the slopes of Haleakala, Kula Lodge offers stunning panoramic views of Maui's coastline. Enjoy a meal at their renowned restaurant, known for its hearty cuisine, or relax with a drink on the outdoor patio.

  10. Horseback Ride at Triple L Ranch: Experience the beauty of Upcountry Maui on a horseback ride through the lush landscapes of the Triple L Ranch. Trained guides will lead you through scenic trails, offering a unique perspective of the island's natural splendor.

  11. Upcountry Farmers Market: Held on Saturdays in Kula, this vibrant farmers market offers a variety of fresh produce, flowers, local crafts, and food vendors. It's a great place to experience the local culture and support local artisans.

These attractions showcase the diverse offerings of Upcountry Maui, from natural wonders to agricultural experiences and cultural gems. Exploring this region will provide you with a deeper understanding of Maui's rich heritage and natural beauty.

Upcountry Maui is a haven for culinary delights, boasting a variety of exceptional restaurants that cater to diverse palates. Allow me to introduce you to some of our favorite upcountry dining establishments, each offering a unique culinary experience:

  1. Hali’imaile General Store: Indulge in the farm-to-table delights of Chef Bev Gannon's original and most acclaimed restaurant. Hali’imaile General Store serves Pacific-style cuisine, showcasing the finest local ingredients. Due to its popularity, reservations are highly recommended, ensuring a memorable dining experience.

  2. Ulupalakua General Store: For mouthwatering burgers featuring grass-fed cattle from Ulupalakua Ranch, look no further than this casual deli-style eatery. With counter service and picnic tables set amidst the picturesque upcountry landscape, Ulupalakua General Store offers a laid-back ambiance that perfectly complements its delectable offerings.

  3. Kula Bistro: From brunch to dinner, Kula Bistro is a culinary gem that never disappoints. Although they don't accept reservations, the food served here is worth the potential wait. Be prepared to savor a delightful blend of flavors crafted with care and precision.

  4. Grandma's Coffee House: Nestled amidst the beauty of upcountry Maui, Grandma's Coffee House is the ideal spot to recharge after witnessing the magnificent Haleakala sunrise. Treat yourself to their homegrown and roasted coffee, accompanied by delectable baked goods and comforting homestyle dishes.

  5. Mahalo Aleworks/Marlow: Quench your thirst with a refreshing beer at Mahalo Aleworks' taproom and brewery. Pair it with a scrumptious pizza from the neighboring restaurant, Marlow. For an unparalleled dining experience, take your treats upstairs and revel in the panoramic views that make upcountry Maui so renowned.

While exploring upcountry Maui, you'll also encounter charming towns that add to the region's allure:

  1. Makawao: Step into the rustic charm of this old paniolo (cowboy) town, boasting a historic and walkable downtown area. Don't miss the annual Fourth of July rodeo, a beloved event that showcases the town's rich cultural heritage.

  2. Pukalani: The name Pukalani translates to "hole in heaven" (puke = hole, lani = heaven), alluding to the breathtaking surroundings. Although primarily a residential community, make sure to visit the locally famous Pukalani Superette for a taste of the local flavors.

  3. Kula: Immerse yourself in the rural ambiance of Kula, an agricultural town renowned for its farms, gardens, and bountiful produce. Enjoy the scenic views and savor the freshness of the region's culinary offerings.

  4. Ha'iku: Stretching from upcountry to the north shore, Ha'iku offers a unique blend of mountain and coastal experiences. Explore the diverse attractions this region has to offer, where you can immerse yourself in the beauty of both landscapes.

Upcountry Maui presents a cornucopia of culinary delights and enchanting towns, providing an unforgettable experience for travelers seeking the flavors and charm of this captivating region.

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  • Kevin Peterson
    published this page in Explore 2023-05-20 06:51:01 -1000