Sunday, July 21, 2013

Oprah's Maui Retreat

Montecito is one of the most beautiful cities in California.  I have been there many times and love everything about it.  It is close to Santa Barbara, which has incredible shopping on State Street, the Old Mission Santa Barbara and beautiful beaches.  The harbor in Santa Barbara is a great place to have lunch and walk along the harbor and watch the dolphins jump about in the ocean.  If you walk all the way out to the end of the ocean wall you can climb the rocks out onto a little beach that juts out into the Santa Barbara boat harbor.

Montecito, California

The area is home to many celebrities, including one of my favorites, Oprah Winfrey.

Oprah Winfrey

I think Oprah Winfrey is incredible.  I really do.  She is truly blessed with all she has but she works very hard for every bit of it.  She is also a generous philanthropist and has a very kind heart.  I love that she has trying to bring consciousness to the world through her television channel, magazine and radio shows.

The most recent news of her philanthropy is that she has donated a total of $13 million toward the creation of an African American History Museum on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.  It will be the Smithsonian's 19th museum and will house items such as Harriet Tubman's shawl, Emmett Till's casket and a Jim Crow-era segregated railroad car.  It is expected to open late 2015.

Oprah has another home that she purchased several years ago in Kula, Hawaii, on the island of Maui.

It is my dream to have a bungalow on the beach in Maui someday.  I used to travel to Hawaii a couple times a year and Maui was my favorite.  I fell in love with the land, the people and the energy of the island.  From the moment you step off the plane and smell the flowers, to the moment you put your toes in the ocean, you know you are in heaven.

A perfect home in Hawaii.  This perfect island farmhouse is complete with beautiful front porches (upper and lower).

Oprah showed off her beautiful island living room in her magazine.  I love the swing out doors and windows, which will allow the island breezes to flow through.  

I do not know the origin of this photo, but it appears that more homes are being built on the property.  It looks like the original home is on the right.

Oprah's Front Porch in Hawaii with spectacular views of the ocean.

Again, I don't know the origin of this photograph, but this looks like the original farmhouse that Oprah purchased on her Hawaiian property before the new buildings were started.

Oprah and her health advisor, Bob Greene, have been working on a huge garden as well.  There are more than 100 species of fruits, vegetables and herbs growing there.  One acre is producing 145 pounds of food each week and they are receiving help from a Hawaii natural resource management group called Bio-Logical Capital.

Oprah's organic farm is planning on giving back the produce to the people of Maui.

Oprah and her trainer and health adviser, Bob Greene working the gardens on Oprah's property.

Not one to sit idly by and retire in Hawaii, Oprah plans to start selling a new organics line called "Oprah's Organics" or possibly "Oprah's Harvest".  I'm sure we will see make-up, produce, hair and skin care, as well as other products.

If you'd like to be Oprah's neighbor, you can purchase this beauty for just $7.9 million.

“The three great elemental sounds in nature are the sound of rain, the sound of wind in a primeval wood, and the sound of outer ocean on a beach”

~ Henry Beston

Have a wonderful week,



Laurie Ritchey said...

She is an amazing person. Her interests and her charities are so varied. Oh, I could just sit on that porch and never leave. Gorgeous! laurie

Deserae said...

I have never seen her home is AMAZING!! I would love to be her neighbor :o)

Heather Lindstrom said...

Oprah definitely has style (and the funds to support it!). Her properties are amazing. How fun to travel and collect lovely homes in favorite places we visit.
Just found your beautiful blog. Your header images are lovely. I look forward to following.
Cheers, Heather @ stylemindchic