Hang Like a Local: Maui’s Top 10

Walking along the beach to the Sunday night drum circle at sunset

Walking along the beach to the Sunday night drum circle at sunset

Even if whale-watching tours, traffic on the road to Hana, and luaus at big chain hotels are not your style, Maui still has a lot to offer. If you embrace the authentic “aloha” spirit, Maui can be a land of bucolic hills, soulful experiences, undiscovered beaches, charming upcountry towns, and unassuming but delicious meals. Here’s an Insider’s list of 10 top activities to hang like a kamaaina (“local”) on the Valley Isle.

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Tasting Through the Livermore Valley Wine Region

Vineyards in Livermore Valley

Vineyards in Livermore Valley

We wanted a wine tasting weekend a short drive from San Francisco with delicious dining and other activities; what we discovered was Livermore Valley Wine Country. Located in Tri-Valley, it is one of California’s oldest wine regions dating back to 1840. Less than an hour’s drive from San Francisco and offering a plethora of wineries and plenty to do, Livermore Valley was the ideal excursion.

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The Grand Villas of Lake Como

Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni in Bellagio, Italy

Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni in Bellagio, Italy

Bellagio—the real thing, not the Vegas casino resort—is a picturesque little town in Lombardy, Italy, with “beauty” (bella) embedded in its very name. However, the historical sources attribute it to the Latin bilacus (“two lakes”). The town, also called a “pearl of Lake Como,” is located between the two legs that comprise Lake Como’s shape of a running man.

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Connect With Nature at Jackson Fork Ranch

In and around Jackson Fork Ranch are rivers and creeks teeming with trophy cutthroat trout

In and around Jackson Fork Ranch are rivers and creeks teeming with trophy cutthroat trout

Hundreds of snorting bison chew on tender grass. Elegant white trumpeter swans swaddle nests, awaiting chicks. Taupe pronghorn run wild and free in vast valleys. Deer, elk, and bald eagles emerge from the forests, and the rivers are thick with trophy cutthroat trout. Only the human population is sparse; 100 people call Bondurant, Wyoming, home.

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