by Staff Writer
on Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018 at 10:16am.
Nestled on the slopes of Haleakala, the Upcountry region is undeniably one of the most beautiful parts of Maui. But it’s not just rolling, green pastureland and lush forests — from distillery tours to art galleries to charming eateries, there are literally dozens of ways to explore one of Maui’s most loved regions.
So we’ve wrapped up a list of some of our favorite ways to spend your days exploring Upcountry. And as summer turns into fall, there’s no better place to spend a cool autumn day on Maui.
You don’t have to travel far to find some of the best goat cheese in the country. With dozens of different delicious goat milk products like cheeses, soaps and truffles, Surfing Goat Dairy has been an island favorite for two decades. Besides experimenting with different types of cheeses, the farm also offers tours, where you can learn about the cheesemaking process and hang out with adorable baby goats.
After eating a hearty lunch or enjoying a cheese tasting at Surfing Goat Dairy, head next door for a tasting at the Hawaii Sea Spirits distillery. Located in the heart of lower Kula, the distillery is home to an 80-acre sugar cane farm, where the distillery produces Ocean Organic Vodka and Deep Island Hawaiian Rum. You can visit the farm and its gift shop, or sign up for a tour and tasting.
If you live on Maui, you probably already appreciate starry night skies. But imagine taking that to a whole new level — by taking a stargazing tour at the Haleakala Summit. During the tours, you’ll learn about the cosmos and can gaze from stellar telescopes in one of the state’s most celebrated astronomical hubs. There are multiple groups that offer tours, including Maui Stargazing and Maui Astronomy Tours.
For 15 years, La Provence has been a favorite for hungry Maui visitors and residents. Located in a charming cafe with sweeping views of the azure Pacific Ocean, this little gem serves up traditional French pastries and cafe favorites. From crepes to sandwiches made with fresh Fresh bread, this picturesque cafe offers something for everyone. They also serve classic French dinners.
Take a moment to relax, breathe and enjoy nature. At the Kula Botanical Gardens, you can do just that. With hundreds of varieties of colorful and unique plants and flowers, it seems almost impossible to soak up everything in a single visit. There are also rock formations, bridges and waterfalls, along with breathtaking views of Haleakala.