September 18, 2012
In 1872, when São Paulo State was living its late 19th-century Coffee Cycle, José Alves Cardoso and his wife Carolina founded Fazenda Jaboticabal. The farm named after jaboticaba orchards was renamed in 1919 after Dona Carolina's death and, since the decline of the Coffee Cycle, turned into by the family into Fazenda Dona Carolina Historical Hotel. The hotel in Itatiba is located about 62 miles from São Paulo and 31 miles from Campinas.
The property with a preserved farmhouse and outdoor activities and entertainment which make it a good place for family vacations is also an attractive option in cachaça tourism: day visitors can follow the steps of production of Dona Carolina, the farm's own award-winning label.
In the last decade, the farm has also gone back into coffee growth, with tupi, a hybrid of catuai and caturra. Coffee tours are available and the product, just like the cachaça, can be purchased at the farm.
Memories of the Coffee Cycle are visible in the beautiful farmhouse and the former processing building (tulha), now a space for conventions and other events. In the past, the sacks of coffee were transported on donkeys to Jundiaí and then transported on the Santos-Jundiaí railroad - built for the coffee industry - to the Santos docks to be exported.
Dona Carolina, an abolitionist and Republican who took over the property administration after her husband's death, freed all farm slaves before the Abolition in 1888 and gave them 593 acres of land.
That area became known as Bairro dos Pretos (The Black People's District).
Contact and Reservations:Hotel Histórico Fazenda Dona Carolina
Estrada Manoel Stefani
Km 39,5 of Rodovia Itatiba-Bragança
Itatiba - SP
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The 26 guest rooms and suites at Fazenda Dona Carolina are recent additions to the original farm and designed in accordance with the period style.
All of them have A/C and heating, a mini refrigerator, cable TV, a ceiling fan, an ensuite marble bathroom with a bathtub, L'Occitane products, linens by Brazilian designers Trussardi.
The restored 19th-century constructions at Fazenda Dona Carolina have living areas, bars (one of them a piano bar in Imperial style), a restaurant and a convention center as well as the coffee and cachaça production facilities.
Milk and vegetables for the meals come from the farm. Besides breakfast and afternoon tea, lunch and dinner are included in the daily rate. Families with young children can use a special kitchen for the preparation of meals and bottles.
Recreation programs are available seasonally for adults and children 4 and up. The hotel has heated pools, sports courts (volleyball, tennis), a soccer field, games, a playground and a playroom for kids under 4.
There is a computer room and Wi-Fi is available in the guest rooms and common areas.
Outdoor activities include rappelling, climbing wall, kayaks, zip lining, kayaking and fishing in the lake, and tractor rides. There are nearly 20 miles of trails for hiking and horseback riding, surrounded by over 80 species of trees. The hotel's equestrian center is also a hotel for horses.
A fitness center and a spa are also available.
Though the hotel has a strong focus on family vacations, it is also prepared for honeymoons and romantic getaways. A historical chapel dedicated to Our Lady of Conception and other premises can be used for weddings, and special romantic packages can be booked.
Fazenda Dona Carolina has holiday packages with special prices and events. For example, during Christmas, kids can enjoy the arrival of Santa Claus and for New Year's Eve, there is a supper with live music and a fireworks by the lake.