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Monday, July 20, 2009

How I spent my “staycation” on Maui, Hawaii!

Written by Marie Glodt, Hawaiian Destination Specialist at Travel to Maui

As a travel agent here on Maui I am constantly invited to stay at the nicest properties in the state. In doing so I am able to tell my clients first hand the pros and cons of each and every property we offer. Another benefit of booking your travel with Travel to Maui would be our local travel tips and discount coupons.

This last week I took some time out of the office to enjoy this beautiful island of Maui that I call home! During my “staycation” I made it a point to “stop and smell the flowers,” visit the tourist sites, check out some tours, and eat at some of my favorite spots.

One of the highlights of my time off was donating my time with Maui Pet Therapy-Haku Baldwin Center. On this trip we visited Kula Hospital with about 6 human volunteers and 15-20 feathered and furry volunteers. Our goal is to make someone’s day just a bit brighter with our love and laughter.

Are you planning a trip to Maui? You may want to consider a “volunteer vacation” while you are here. It makes you feel good and a portion of your vacation may be tax deductible.

I also enjoyed a day at the beach with about 20 of my closest friends and family having a potluck. Most of the beach parks on Maui close at sunset time. So please make sure and not leave your car unattended after dark or you will be locked in for the night!

Another treat during my “staycation” was visiting the new Kapalua Spa. This 3,000 sq. foot spa opened the week before my visit. I had the nicest massage from a gentleman named Bo. I also enjoyed the cold water shower, steam room and outdoor pool looking out at Kapalua Bay! For reservations contact:

Rainy days don’t happen that often in Maui, but when they do the place to be in the Maui Ocean Center in Maalaea.
I love the jelly fish tank with black lights. It is easy to spend an hour or more checking out the sharks and fish, so please allow ample time on this visit.

After the Maui Ocean Center I had lunch at one of my favorite shrimp places. That would be Buzz’s Wharf located in Maalaea Harbor, Maui.
My favorite things would be the shrimp bisque and the ahi fish sandwich. If you book your travel thru Travel to Maui we will also send you a 10% off coupon at Buzz’s Wharf with your travel documents.

If you are shopping for souvenirs stop by the Maui Swap meet.
It is held every Saturday from 7:00 am to 1pm, in Kahului town. You will find reasonably priced handmade items. Please stop by and see Meriah’s tie dye booth. I just love her tie dyed clothes and doggie shirts.

Lastly I had dinner at Haliimaile General Store. We had Carol for our waitress. She was great for giving suggestions on the menu, and her service was excellent ! I had the fish, my guest had the ribs. Both were perfect. Don’t miss the opening of Seawatch in Wailea under the Bev Gannon management team. This will be happening in August 2009.

For more information please contact Travel to Maui

Coming up in future blogs: more hidden airline fees, golf courses on Maui, Aloha Classic Event, and more.

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