Pico do Refugio. It’s a 300-year-old private property and tea farm owned by Portuguese architect Luis Bernardo Brito e Abreu. The main house, where he lives, is filled with historic art, sculptures, original wooden ceilings and things you couldn’t imagine. It’s the most unique hospitality experience on all the islands. The suites are built from local pine and cedar and create an authentic and spacious experience as opposed to a boxy-hotel room.
Maya Reik at Pico de Refugio
What’s the one thing you’re glad you packed and why?
A light rain coat. On these islands, the weather can change at a moment’s notice.
View of tea fields at Pico de Refugio
What souvenir(s) did you buy and why?
I’m not one for buying souvenirs as I don’t like to clutter up the home. My photos and memories are souvenirs. But I did bring back some volcanic rocks from Porto Pim beach in Faial. That place is truly remarkable.
What do you wish you’d done, but didn’t get to?
Hiking to explore the waterfalls in Sao Miguel island’s Nordeste region. Apparently it’s the least developed, and the most beautiful spot on the island. Whoops!
Maya Reik at Lagoa das Sete Cidades
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