Tagaytay City, just a two-hour drive from Manila, is obviously my favorite get-away place.
I’ve checked in at The Lake Hotel, which showcases nice view of the Taal Volcano and its serene-looking lake.
Must try for backpackers who’d wish to have an affordable stay, good food and the great view.
The hotel is relatively new, with cozy rooms. Their bathroom has a tub which is enclosed with a see-through glass that allows you to catch the glimpse of the bedroom or vice versa.
Enjoy the cable channels from a mounted 32′ inch LED TV. Or just have a chat at your veranda with a good view of the lake.
The cold weather in January beats the weather in Manila. Its even an escape from the polluted metro air caused by fireworks display during the new year. Spending summer or even the Holy Week here would be a welcome respite. The retreat houses & local churches are just nearby.
Although Baguio City, the country’s summer capital boasts of below 10 degree celsius temperature during this time of the year, Tagaytay remains the closest from the metro for just a quick overnight or two vacation.
The place is near the Sky Ranch that features a big ferris wheel that allow tourists get full sky view of the city, or simply enjoy the rides or have a horse-back riding experience.
Dine at the Steakhouse by The Lake, or have fun at the nearby Villa Ibarra. There is a row of restaurants in the area so you won’t ran out of food choices.
Before you go back home, you might want to try the city’s specialties such as Bulalo and fried tawilis at the small restos at the city market.
You’ll surely buy a kilo or more of the fresh beef cuts– whether tenderloin, porter steak or just plain “panglaga” or “sinigang” beef at P150/kilo for rib part or P210/kilo for sirloin or steaks.
If you want to bring some fresh fruits and even ornamental plants, stalls line up the road back to Manila, you can’t miss them.