On our first night at the Jacaranda Inn, I was somewhat taken aback. It had been a long day of traveling. We were tired and still wound up from the hectic pace of work, mainland traffic, airports, and all the details of our hectic lives. Our room at the inn was hot and stuffy because it had been left closed for the day. There was no air conditioning. No TV. And the place was, well, old.
The thing is, it was quiet. And quaint. And, with the windows opened, the room began to cool down and gradually, the magic came alive. The following morning, I took a walk around the grounds of the old ranch house and the magic grew on me. We only had a few days in the Big Island’s Upcountry, but it was a great few days and the Jacaranda Inn was the perfect complement.
The Jacaranda Inn’s main house was built-in 1897 for the Parker Ranch manager. There are former bunk houses in various buildings on the twelve-acre estate. It was fascinating to learn the inn’s history and how it’s been transformed from ranch house to restaurant to country inn. This is one of those places I’d stay at again in a heartbeat.