At the risk of just listing a string of superlatives, we had an amazing family retreat to John and Steve's perfect hideaway. The house is charming and well stocked, perfect for cooking meals and enjoying the surf and sights while you do it. What we particularly liked was feeling like we were among locals, and away from the tourist melee. The location encourages exploration of the south and eastern part of the Big Island, while also being close enough to Kona and the northern resorts to allow for easy visits with vacationing friends. Only we almost felt guilty escaping the resort enclave for our small piece of paradise by the Pacific.