Can it be true, a Victorian-style community located in the Kapa’a foothills, just a three-mile drive to Old Town Kapaa and Lydgate Park? This unlikely site, reminiscent of San Francisco architecture, but with island style interiors, has been a pleasant surprise to travelers for the past 25 years. And not only because of the unusual yellow house that springs up out of nowhere.
Rosemary and Norbert Smith invite guests into their home and treat them like one of the family. Because of that hospitality, Rosewood Inn has grown into a full-fledged community with some of the best deals on the island.
The three bunkhouses with hardwood floors, loft beds, microwaves and refrigerators, shared bathrooms, and an outdoor shower—all for less than fifty bucks—make budget travelers feel just as special as the B&B crowd. The bed and breakfast rooms inside the main Victorian offer mountain views, a King-sized pillow-top bed, a private bathroom, and access to Rosemary’s delicious continental breakfast (usually including fresh organic fruit from her trees).
Finally the cottages make great makeshift homes for families. There’s Colleen’s Dream, a one bedroom cottage with a kitchen, small living space, indoor toilet and sink, and outdoor shower; the Victorian Cottage, a two-bedroom Xerox of the main house, with a bathroom (that has an indoor shower), an outdoor shower, hardwood floors, fans, a spacious living room, a computer with wireless, a large lanai with rocking chairs, and private garden; and finally Shannon’s Serenity is the three bedroom ranch-like house on the back of the property, with laundry, “Heavenly” beds, full kitchen, Internet hook-ups, and a couple bathrooms.
Plus Rosemary serves Aloha and Mahalo breakfasts for the guests staying in the cottages. During this time, chat with Rosemary and Norbert, who
have raised seven kids on the island and can assist you with activities and advice. Be forewarned that there is a farm across the street, and the animals start up early. Rosemary is also a real estate agent who specializes in vacation rentals.