The CanoeHouse. The restaurant is one of Hawaii's most romantic. $$$$; dinner daily. Mauna Lani Resort, 68-1400 Mauna Lani Dr., Kohala Coast; 808/885-6622.
Hilo Bay Café. A blend of regional specialties and updated American classics. $$; lunch and dinner daily. 315 Maka'ala St., Hilo; 808/935-4939.
The Hualalai Grille by Alan Wong. Specialties by a superstar of Hawaii Regional Cuisine. $$$; lunch and dinner daily, reservations suggested. Hualalai Resort, 100 Kaupulehu Dr., Kailua-Kona; 808/325-8525.
Merriman's Restaurant. Another landmark of Hawaii Regional Cuisine. $$$$; lunch Mon-Fri, dinner daily. See Merriman's Farm Visits, above.
Hawaii's Best Bed & Breakfast. A good resource for inns throughout the island. www.bestbnb.com or 800/262-9912.
Mauna Lani Resort. Oceanfront classic with a protected swimming beach. 342 rooms from $430; 68-1400 Mauna Lani Dr., Kohala Coast; www.maunalani.com or 800/367-2323.
The Palms Cliff House Inn. A small inn on the Hamakua Coast has the atmosphere of plantation-era Hawaii. 8 rooms from $175. 28-3514 State 19/Mamalahoa Hwy., Honomu; www.palmscliffhouse.com or 808/963-6076.