I'm a foodie so I have to gush about the breakfast!!! Breakfast at Shipman House B&B was a fabulous treat we looked forward to for every one of our 5 mornings at the B&B, with an unsurpassed offering of a gorgeous fresh tropical fruit tray artfully displaying a delicious rainbow of island fruit. Fresh lilikoi butter (passion fruit) was made every morning, and it is addicting when spread on a slice of gently toasted fresh Portuguese sweet bread, or on a whole wheat English muffin. Healthy oatmeal or quinoa was also offered, along with yogurt, home-made macadamia nut granola, hard-boiled eggs, cheese, and a different home-made baked treat each morning.
The tropical fruit was fresh and local and exquisitely ripened...some of it grown right on the grounds of Shipman House. My husband and I both miss the Shipman breakfasts, and I long for a return visit to the Big Island just to feast on the addicting tropical breakfasts! There were a dozen different tropical fruits at breakfast each morning, and the supply of fruit was generous, so we could have seconds of our favorite fruits. I was delighted by the sweet papaya with a scoop of passion fruit and a squeeze of a lime-like fruit.
We had booked 2 nights in a cottage room at Shipman, and 3 nights in Aunt Carrie's room in the main house. Both rooms were lovely and comfortable, with Queen beds, and ensuite bathrooms with overhead shower heads plus hand-held personal showers.
Shipman B&B has 5 guest rooms: 3 in the main house, (a historic mansion), and 2 in the duplex cottage. On our next visit I will be happy to book any of the rooms which have a Queen bed in either the main house or the cottage.
If you are choosing your room, here is some info.
Cottage Rooms: There are 2 cottage rooms in a duplex cottage in a separate building but near the main house. I felt that our casual, airy cottage room had a feeling of romantic seclusion, even though it was actually close to the main house and next to 4 small parking spots and some garden plants. The coqui frogs calling at night add to the tropical atmosphere, and we were closer to the frogs in the cottage. We love the sound of coqui frogs as it reminds us of romantic tropical nights! Our room in the duplex cottage was quiet, and we never heard a peep out of the other couple in the other side of the duplex cottage. The cottage showers heat up their own hot water when you flip on the shower. If you are taking a long shower, you need to flip the switch off and on again to receive plenty of hot water for a longer shower. The cottage showers have good water pressure, and flipping the switch off and on to get more hot water is only a minor inconvenience. We would cheerfully stay in a cottage room again, and I feel it's a romantic choice.
Main House rooms: We had also booked a few nights in Aunt Carrie's room in the main house. Lovely Aunt Carrie's room upstairs in the main house has a better shower, a slight advantage compared to the cottage rooms. Also, being in the main house makes it convenient to explore the very interesting Shipman family mansion. The coqui frogs sound quieter from the main house, and whether you think this is an advantage or a disadvantage depends on your personal preference.
Since we found advantages to both the cottage rooms and the rooms in the main house, I will have a hard time selecting my favorite room the next time we stay at Shipman House! Ah, yes, the Big Island is calling me back already...
We also found Hilo to be a great base for day-trips to the Volcano National park and up to Mauna Kea.
The owners are friendly and helpful at Shipman, and they always had tips for us every day, answering our many questions and marking places on a map for us.
After 5 nights at Shipman House B&B, we were sorry to leave. We then headed to the other side of the island. On a return visit to the Big Island, I would absolutely book a room at Shipman House B&B again.