Long gone are the days that an Upcountry Maui adventure was simply something you stumbled into almost as an afterthought when... more » returning from Haleakala. On an island known more for beautiful beaches, outstanding ocean recreation, glorious sunsets and that white-knuckle switchback route to Hana, foodie and agriculture tourism are grabbing their share of fanfare as "must do's" for those into everything from lavender to vino. And it doesn't hurt that Maui's interior is spectacular in its own right, with the type of views you'd expect from the slopes of the island's resident peak, Haleakala.
Whether you're coming from West Maui or South Maui, you can take off after breakfast and spend a glorious day grazing as you explore. After all, ag-tourism is as much about food as it is about flowers.
Along the way, you can sample goat cheese, catch vistas that will take your breath away and view botanicals that you have to literally see to believe. And at the end of the road, so to speak, is Ulupalakua, where you can sip a glass of Maui wine as you soak in the historic setting at Tedeschi Winery.
So why why not be prepared? Before you hit the Upcountry road, grab a loaf of sourdough bread or flatbread crackers at the market. You can munch on goat cheese from Surfing Goat Dairy or enjoy it with a bottle of wine from Tedeschi. Cheers! less «