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... rim (very lush, shady forests) and then drops down into the crater itself. You make your way across the crater floor (fear not- Denise- this is the site of the 1959 eruption; not the current hotbed) and then back up the other side. It is amazing to see the amount of land that is moved/melted/pushed during an eruption; the crater floor had gouging rock formations and more pumice stone than I could use in a few lifetimes.
Following this hike we drove down the ...
... I don’t usually take two yoga classes per day, but there is often a class from 4:30-6:00, so if I didn’t go in the morning I might go to this one. Otherwise I might go for a short walk or bike ride, do some laundry, lie in a hammock, take another shower, or eat ice cream at Hale Aloha.
6:00 – Dinner. It feels like the days are structured around meal times and we are always eating. There is always an awesome dessert at ...
... to show how much lava actually does move about to create this very unique island.
Next we headed over to the volcano itself to see it close up and have a quick look in the museum. Although we had to stay quite a distance back, it was still amazing to see an actual active volcano. There isn't really much to see as it's just a huge crater with smoke billowing out of it, but it just felt strange knowing what was actually going on inside the crater and that it's got ...
... beautifully. Again, there was no comparison to last night but it was still fascinating to see the glow of the lava across the sky. We stayed quite some time enjoying the glow of the lava and taking lots of pictures. We just can't seem to get enough lava pictures as it's just so incredible.
It was another great ending to another great day. We drove the short distance to our hotel and now we're looking forward to a good nights sleep.
... and even in the summer months. Before heading up the mountain you need to call a number to make certain weather conditions are safe for a visit. Dario and I got on our our winter coats, hats and gloves that we had packed just for today and BOY DID WE NEED THEM!!!! Winter weather was common place for us...we had both lived years in NYC...but MAN.....this was a wind and biting cold I have never felt in my life. It was so cold we would run quickly out of the car to take a picture ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Country Goose Bed & Breakfast Volcano
We spent 2 nights at the Ahuanani lodge. Wow! Every visit to the Big Island should include a trip to the Volcano Village area. It's simply enchanting. The "cottage" was wonderful. Secluded, set in the midst of an Ohia forest, it was quiet, spacious, and well equipped. I would have liked to have spent a week here. We had a fire in the fireplace both nights (the cottage was supplied with a generous amount of firewood). For Thanksgiving we barbequed steaks on the gas grill on the lanai and enjoyed dinner in the cottage's dining room. Afterwards, we watched a movie from the selection of videos provided by our hostess, curled up on a comfortable sofa next to the fireplace. The cottage is only a couple of minutes from Volcano National Park (very conveniently located for sightseeing.) I would recommend this place to any prospective vacationers. You'll love it.
The right decision to stay here
It was the right decision to stay at Country Goose. Elua room has fit our needs. Have enjoyed the delicious breakfast every morning. Joan is a great host. If we come back to Big Island, than to Country Goose.
Loved it - Above and beyond!
We stayed only one night (unfortunately for us) at the Hideaway Retreat cottage. The cottage was beautiful, serene and spotless. We were right in the middle of the forest and loved all the glass windows that made us really get full enjoyment out of the incredible surroundings. It was one of the most peaceful places I have ever been. The hot tub on the deck added to the relaxation. And I must say the best shower (oversized tile stall with a double head) that we saw all vacation. And last but not least, a big thank you to Joan (the owner) who went out of her way to help us. After we left and went off to another island, I realized I left something behind that had a lot of sentimental value. We called her and she retrieved it and sent it back home to us. I am forever grateful. If you are planning a trip to this area, stay at the Country Goose!
Definity Will Return
We stayed the Country Goose for three nights after staying for six nights in Waikoloa. We thought it was a great place to stay. We stayed at the Hale Oheo cottage, ours was the closest to the road. The house had a kitchen complete with stove,microwave,fridge,sink,utencils,plates,bowels and pots. We cooked dinner here every night. We ate breakfast at the Country Goose every morning which was made my the owner, Joan Early. The breakfast was great and full of healthy foods. We were right near the entrence of Volcanos National Park where we went spent our entire day except to sleep and eat at our cottage. We definitly want to stay here again.
Excellent in every way
My wife and I truly enjoyed our 2-day stay at the Country Goose. I booked this bed and breakfast based on TripAdvisor reviews, and now I want to report our experiences to the TripAdvisor readers.
We stayed at the Ahuanani Lodge, a beautiful and spacious rental lodge conveniently located just a few miles from the entrance to Volcanoes National Park. Quite frankly, we were overwhelmed when we first walked in the door! The lodge contained a master bedroom, a guest bedroom, 2.5 bathrooms, living room, kitchen, dining room, laundry room, and a loft. We slept in the master bedroom, and the bed was luxurious and comfortable. Our bathroom contained a jacuzzi, which helped to soothe our aching legs after hiking to see the lava flows. The living room had a soaring ceiling and was beautifully furnished with two sofas and two chairs. The living room also contained a fireplace and a heater for cold nights. A wooden spiral staircase led from the living room up to a loft that had twin beds for additional sleeping. The kitchen was spacious and contained all the appliances and utensils you would need to prepare a nice meal (if you wished to eat in). The lodge also had a laundry room with the most modern washer and dryer I have ever seen! It was nice to be able to wash our dirty clothes before packing them to go home. The garage made it convenient to park our car and unload our bags. Finally, the lodge contained everything we needed for a comfortable stay: lots of thick towels, toiletries, books, videos, flashlights, etc. Overall, the attention to detail-from the Goose logo on the aloha mat to the volcano pictures on the walls-was remarkable. We wanted for nothing during our stay at the Ahuanani Lodge!
The lodge was a 5-minute drive to the Country Goose--a beautiful bed and breakfast in its own right--where the proprietor Joan Earley served delicious breakfasts. While we were there, the breakfasts consisted of fresh fruit, 100% Kona coffee, juice, pancakes, waffles, sausage, scrambled eggs, and toast. Joan was hospitable and knowledgeable, and we really enjoyed conversing with her and fellow guests about what to see and do on the Big Island. There is no doubt that Joan is a great person who is running an extremely high quality establishment. Considering the quality of both the lodging and the breakfast, you are getting a fantastic value.
Overall, we had an excellent experience. When we return to the Big Island, we will definitely stay at the Country Goose Bed & Breakfast again. And thanks to the TripAdvisor reviewers who did not steer me wrong!
All the Comforts of Home
We were delighted with our cottage, Pukawae, from the moment we stepped in the door! Soaring front room with very comfortable furnishings, large dining area, and kitchen around the corner complete with everything one could need. Down the hall past the kitchen were two bedrooms and a bath outfitted with the most luxurious towels I had ever seen. A small sitting room at the top of the stairs (loft) led into a large bedroom and a smaller bath. The whole cottage was exquisitely decorated. We quickly learned how to use the woodstove as the evenings were quite chilly. There was even a library of CD's for our viewing pleasure! Our cottage was a short drive to the home of Joan, our hostess, who served delicious breakfasts, more than we could eat.
'Hale Iki', lover's paradise
We love 'Hale Iki'. My huasband and I recently stayed in the 'Hale Iki' cottage of Country Goose. It's a getaway in the rainforest. The cottage is tuck amongst trees and ferns, very private, you won't see it from the road. Our favorite item in the house is the GIANT bathtub (from the guest book, it seems many past guests also agreed). The cottage is equipped with everything, even washer and dryer. We spend every night in front of the fireplace, there are also 2 heaters which really heats up the place. Every morning we look forward to our breakfast, lovingly presented by our host Joan. We can't say enough about Joan, her place (Country Goose) or her detail for everything. The breakfasts were sensational, and we had a great time chatting with Joan. She really loves what she is doing. She also runs other properties of various sizes. We definitely recommend Country Goose.
Loved 'Hale Iki'
Joan is a fabulous and fun host. "Hale Iki" was amazing, we were in our own fern forest. Will definitely return someday!
All the comforts of home
We really enjoyed staying at Country Goose. The place is about 2 miles away from the Volcano National Park and is located in a private and tranquil location.Joan, the owner, have furnished our room comfortably and completely with all the necessities. She thought of everything! Even ponchos, flashlights (a necessity for hiking after dark) and an emergency kit. Our room has a private entrance and bathroom. There's also outdoor furniture to enjoy the backyard.Breakfast is excellent. We enjoyed the Kona coffee, tea, juice, local fruits, and other breakfast items.Best of all, Joan is a wonderful hostess and we thoroughly enjoyed her company.
Don't Stay Anywhere Else
We have gone back twice. Joan (the owner) is the most fantastic person. The places are incredible and her breakfast is out of this world.