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The Journey by Mary Oliver is my favourite poem because it describes better than I ever could both the difficulty and the necessity of following your heart when it ...
... lava tube. The crater rim drive was only half open because of sulphur fumes and where you could look out over the crater the part with the lava was miles away. We took the road down to the sea which was over the old lava flow, this was OK but all the lava was years old. The steam vents were OK but not spectacular. On the whole 5/10.
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... been created and that's not counting how much has fallen back in the sea. Most of the roads in the park have had to be dug back out and relaid after nearly all of them were covered by the lava flows back in 1969 and 1972. Further along this same road, it has been closed again due to the current lava flow! Scientists predict the current eruption may last another 100 years, or stop tomorrow, no one can ever really tell what's going to happen!
First up on our agenda, ...
... This was not an issue for us as we walked down just fine but I felt sorry for seniors that then had to pay extra just to be able to get to the viewing area. I hope at some point the gardens will change this practice and make their location more senior friendly. There was one area within the park that had a wonderful view of the ocean with all the greenery around and some beautiful flowers. We took a number of pictures from this ...
... if in the other blogs Paul has mentioned much about the trivia dynamics. Since we got on board there has been a team of six people that have been on the ship since Southampton; that play trivia everyday, the four times each day that it is played in the Golden Lion Pub. They are really good, brilliant in fact. There are some repeated questions, that helps but they should get props for being so smart. However, instead of just being smart they are also ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Shipman House Bed and Breakfast Inn Hilo
Beautiful Historic Retreat
The Shipman House is in a beautiful setting that overlooks a lush gulch that takes one's breath away. The grounds alone are reason enough to visit but go inside and see the magnificent history that this house affords. It's roomy and homey and the breakfasts alone are worth the stay. The hosts of the Shipman House are just what you'd expect in Hawaii-very accommodating and cordial. We definitely look forward to going back!
We were warmly welcomed and given a tour of the beautiful historic home. Daily breakfasts were included in the price and consisted of a delicious combination of fresly picked, beautifully displayed friut and homemade muffins breads, and coffee cake. Another table consisted of coffees, juices, teas and Island jellies of which the Lilikoi has become my favotite. - NOT your typical B & B breakfast!
One of the best experiences ever. Great old victorian mansion loaded
with charm. Breakfast there is incredible with breathtaking view of
We have stayed three times and hope to spend many more holidays
at Shipman House.
I will be back
Everything was great and breakfast was phenomenal. I will come back.
Comfy and Delightful
This immaculately maintained bed and breakfast is sure to please any discerning traveler. Barbara and Gary, who own and operate this little piece of paradise, will bring a smile to the face of anyone who understands the difference between good service and service with a heart. And the food, including an ample selection of local fruits and specialties, is to die for. I very much enjoyed my stay and can't wait to return.
In Hilo Stay at the Shipman House
In Hilo the Shipman House is the B&B to pick. Barbara and Gary are great hosts and are very knowledgable about what to see and do in the Hilo area. The house is historic with a great view of Hilo harbor. They provide a wonderful breakfast with lots of local fresh fruit. And it's only a 10 minute drive from Hilo airport.
Two nights at the Shipman House recently were perfect in every way, and set the pace for a memorable week on the Big Island. Our hosts, Barbara and Gary Andersen, started things well with an enthusiastic welcome, even though we arrived late, at nearly midnight. Throughout our visit, their friendship and helpful information were the factor that made this visit special.
Absolutely Wonderful B&B
To start I have to say this was the most beautiful house and wonderful owners. There was a hula lesson on the porch that I was invited to ( I think it is every Tuesday). Absolutely fun! Wonderful fresh fruit that is grown on the grounds and juices in the mini fridge in the bedroom. There were Kimonos in the closet and the breakfast was enormous with fresh smoothies, coffeecake, local fruits I had never experienced along with papayas, lilikoi passion fruits and rambaton (I think that is what they are called, they looked like hairy red things but were delicious). When I booked my room I was also asked if I was allergic to any foods, so Barbara could avoid cooking with them or make me something I could eat. Nice surprise! Great place!
I stayed at the Shipman House B &B from Oct. 18-22, 2004, and I must say it was the most delightful experience I have had in Hawaii. Traveling on business, I booked at the Shipman House to avoid the tacky hotels in Hilo. The Andersons gave me an excellent rate (which comes with a stellar breakfast) that included a simply breathtaking room in a house filled with antiques and history. Yet, it is not a formidable historic house that a lodger would feel intimadated or uncomfortable in. The Andersons welcome each guest as a family member, interacting with guests in a friendly, convivial manner which, after a day or so, encourages guests to become part of their extended family. While the Andersons are conscious of the business side of running a B & B (especially in their stewardship of the house and its historical contents), they are also attempting (and succeeding) in offering an alternative experience to traditional hotel lodgings. From the hula lesson on the lanai to the books on Hawaiiana throughout the house, to the lovely decor that reflects a slower, less frenetic age, the Shipman House embodies true Aloha spirit.
We stayed at the Shipman House in early July and thought it was absolutely lovely. The house is full of beautiful Hawaiin antiques and the owners, Barbara and Gary are two of the nicest people you will ever meet. They also provided a lot of useful tips on where to go and what to do in the area. The grounds (around 5 acres) are lush with flowers and fruit that you will no doubt see at breakfast the next morning. Prepare yourself for a real treat when you sit down to an unbelievable assortment of native fruit and breads on the porch overlooking the bay. We stayed in the guesthouse which provided a little extra privacy for those who may not entirely embrace the bed and breakfast idea. The room was very large with a view of the "jungle" and the bathroom was nice and roomy, complete with a shower/oversized tub combination. This was perfect for soaking after a long day of travel or hiking. We easily walked to dinner in Hilo, though when you're on the property, you almost feel like you have the island to yourself.