By Randomly Candid and A Not So Secret Life
At first, we thought Tagaytay is another overrated local destination with only the Taal Lake and Volcano as its main attraction. But we were proved wrong as we experienced first-hand its real beauty.
Comparable to the cold weather of Baguio City, Tagaytay is ideal for those who want to have a short weekend vacation especially it being only a two-hour drive away from Manila.
Christmas season is just around the corner and if you’re planning to have a trip to Tagyatay these ber-months, here are some of the things to do and places to go.
TAKE A PHOTO WITH THE FAMOUS TAAL VOLCANO
You cannot leave Tagaytay without having a photo with Taal Volcano. If you want to have the perfect view of Taal Volcano, Taal Vista Hotel offers the best view of both Taal Lake and Volcano. Its viewing deck offers you the perfect spot for selfies and wefies all without the interruption of photobombers.
Aside from the magnificent view of Taal, the main attraction of Taal Vista Hotel is its luxurious accommodation. The rooms are spacious and equipped with modern facilities. Other rooms offer a great scenic view of Taal Lake and Volcano, thus, guaranteeing every guest a memorable stay.
EXPERIENCE EXTREME RIDES
Just located beside Taal Vista Hotel is a place where extreme adventures are to be found. The famous Sky Ranch is now known as one of the go-to places of thrill-seekers and adrenaline junkies in Tagaytay.
The most popular attraction at Sky Ranch is the Sky Eye. Considered as one of the biggest Ferris wheels in the country, this ride lifts you up to 63 meters above the ground (not a ride for the faint of heart).
It’s the best ride if you want to have a bird’s eye view of Tagaytay and its neighboring provinces. From its highest point, you can also see the whole of Taal Lake and Volcano. It’s best experienced with friends and loved ones as each of the 32 air-conditioned gondolas can accommodate 3-4 passengers.
ENJOY A CUP OF COFFEE
When it comes to coffee and desserts, Bag of Beans is one of the more popular places in Tagaytay.
Foodies and coffee lovers will surely find haven at Bag of Beans. They serve great tasting drinks and desserts. They have a wide array of specialty coffees (both hot and cold) at reasonable prices. They also serve main courses, soup and salad, pasta, pizza, burgers, all-day breakfast, Filipino favorites, pancakes, pies and yummy desserts.
Aside from the good food and aromatic coffee, Bag of Beans is also famous for its highly Instagrammable setting. Each corner has its own theme and was designed creatively. Customers will surely find their own perfect spot for a satisfying and unique experience.
EAT BULALO AND A LOT MORE
Tagytay is known for bulalo. There are a lot of restaurants serving bulalo here but one of those authentic recipes is found in Pamana Restaurant, a heritage restaurant serving original Pinoy favorites for over 100 years now.
The homey ambiance of the restaurant is reflected in the old furniture and portraits on display all over the place. It shows how their family tradition was passed on from one generation to another. As its name suggests, Pamana Restaurant’s heirloom recipes serve as the family’s legacy.
Aside from bulalo, Pamana Restaurant’s bestseller includes the flavorful seafood Kare-Kare and everyone’s favorite Crispy Pata. The restaurant also offers nice view of Taal Volcano, so you can really indulge in good food while having a scenic view.
Tagaytay has indeed a lot to offer aside from Taal Lake and Volcano and its cold weather. The wonderful sceneries, extreme adventures and authentic food are just a few of the many things travelers can experience when visiting this vacation destination.
So, if you’re looking for a place to chill and unwind over the weekend, Tagaytay is the place to be!