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On Maui, a new bed and breakfast takes you to the quiet life on the slopes of Haleakala volcano

Don’t look in the usual places if you’re seeking Maui’s newest lodging. At 3,000 feet above sea level, it’s about an hour’s drive from the most popular beaches.

G&Z Upcountry Bed and Breakfast opened in August in Kula, on the slopes of Haleakala volcano.

Owner Marsha Wienert is the first to acknowledge that the one-bedroom suite, with a spacious living room and full kitchen, isn’t for everyone. But she said it’s ideal for travelers seeking solitude away from the hustle and bustle of the West Maui resorts.

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“What we’re finding is that so many of our visitors are repeat visitors,” she told me. “They’ve been at the beach and loved the beach, but they’re looking for the other side of Maui, what else there is to see and do.”

The nearby attractions to which Wienert directs her guests include:

Alii Kula Lavender, where tours of the working lavender farm are offered. It’s less than five minutes’ drive from the B&B.

Haleakala National Park. It takes just half an hour to reach the crater, a popular spot from which to watch the sun rise.

Makawao, an upcountry town where hitching posts attest to the paniolo (cowboy) heritage. It’s now a thriving arts community about 10 minutes from G&Z.

Guests are also welcome to stroll among the fruit trees and vegetable garden on the 7-acre property. They can help harvest crops such as avocados, figs and lemons in season.

“If they want to, they can get their hands dirty,” Wienert said. “We encourage it.”

Locally grown fruits and breads and scones from Jeanne the Bread Lady bakery are served for breakfast.

The suite rents for $149 a night, plus tax.

Info: (808) 224-6824.

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