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Shipman House Bed & Breakfast Inn

Hilo, HI 00

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Shipman House is the perfect inn for guests who love the history, gardens and comfortable living of Old Hawai`i. As Hilo's best accommodation, Shipman House offers the gracious, unpretentious hospitality of a fifth generation Island family in a home listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Welcome to the Shipman House, home of one of Hilo's most influential families of the past century. Built in 1899 on Reed's Island, on the lush green side of Hawai`i Island, it is one of the state's few remaining Victorian mansions. Hilo's most photographed residence, the recently renovated "castle" sits high on a ridge overlooking a deep gulch lined with magnificent stands of palms, bamboo and ferns.
Nearby attractions:
3 blocks to Lyman Mission
House and Museum
5 blocks to historic Hilo town
1/2 mile to the ocean
5 minutes to Rainbow Falls
10 minutes to Hilo
International Airport
15 minutes to beaches (snorkeling)
20 minutes to Akaka Falls
45 minutes to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
1 hour to Waipi`o Valley
2.5 hours to Kona

All guest bedrooms are large, with 10 to 12 ft. ceilings, private baths, small refrigerators, cotton kimonos, heirloom furnishings, and fresh flowers.

The Main House offers Three Rooms:
Flossie's Willow Bough: On the first floor, adjoining the library, with antique koa twin beds, ceiling fan, and private bath with shower/tub. It opens onto the wraparound veranda through an unusual window-door and tall shutters. Originally a billiard room, this is the room Charmian and Jack London stayed in.
Auntie Clara's Shell Room: Upstairs, with parts of her shell collection, koa furniture, and a queen-size bed. Spectacular view of Hilo Bay. Its large private bath, adjacent in the hall, with claw foot tub and separate shower, was the only bathroom in the original house. Hear Waikapu ("forbidden spring") Stream running through the canyon below.
Auntie Carrie's Room: Upstairs, one-third of the original ballroom, it overlooks the expansive side/backyard. It adjoins the upstairs porch, and has a private bath (shower/tub) en suite, small sitting area and antique koa queen-size bed with feather mattress.
Cottage Mauka and Cottage Makai are the two (separate) spacious bedrooms upstairs in the 1910 guesthouse, across the driveway. They have queen-size beds, window seats and private baths (shower/tubs). Private entrances and ceiling fans. No kitchens. The headboards in these rooms are from the bed Jack London slept on when he stayed for a month in 1907. A broad, shared, screened lanai and an interior door separate/connect the two bedrooms. Surrounded by trees, lawn, and birds.

Much of the original furniture remains in the house, which included a double parlor, library, dining room, conservatory, billiard room, and a second floor ballroom (now guestrooms). In the afternoon, guests may enjoy cold lemonade on the lanai overlooking Hilo Bay, just as the Shipman family did. The library is also available, as is the 1912 Steinway concert grand piano. The porte-cochere's high step accommodated turn-of-the-century horse-and-carriage passengers.

A glorious celebration of Island foods not usually available to visitors, is served on the lanai. A typical continental buffet may have macadamia nut granola, assorted local fruits in season (there are 20 varieties of fruit trees on the property), fruit juices, Kona coffee, fruit breads or rolls,
baked bananas, hashed brown taro, local sausage and more.
BREAKFAST HOURS 7:30-9:00 a.m., (or earlier with notice). Anyone having dietary restrictions or food allergies can request, ahead of time, a different menu. The Shipman House staff tries to accommodate special diets (with sufficient notice).

Children: Children are restricted (the home contains many valuable antiques and there is a deep canyon next to house).

Smoking: outside only

Pets: no

Rates: $140-175, $25 extra person. Also, $25 fee added to a single night stay.

Payment: Major credit cards, cash or travelers checks

Shipman House Bed & Breakfast Inn

Hilo, HI 00

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