Sunday, June 13, 2010

Summer Weekend Getaway: Tagaytay City

It's already June and only a week more and it's school time once again.  Rainy season is also approaching, in fact this past week, heavy rains was experienced in Metro Manila especially in the afternoon.

Before classes start and rainy season really sets in, I'm thankful that my husband and I have managed to schedule an out of town trip last weekend, a treat my children were expecting since the end of school last March.

Tagaytay is the nearest  place we can think of spending our summer weekend this year.  Cool weather without the long travel.  Besides, my husband had signed up for a complimentary voucher in One Tagaytay Place Suites Hotel, and we had to use it before it expires this year. 

Saturday morning, off we went to Tagaytay, hoping that the weather will cooperate with us and that we can visit some place in Tagaytay by taking public transportation.  My husband's cousin drove us to Tagaytay but he'll be back to Manila in the afternoon and hopefully he can fetch us on Monday afternoon. 

After 3 days and 2 nights of stay, we had fun and the children really enjoyed the experience.  One Tagaytay Place Suites Hotel is located near a main road and taking public transportation is really convenient....jeepneys and tricycles abound the area.

We tried horseback riding, a simple picnic with site seeing, hiking and cable car ride at  Picnic Grove.  We visited Tagaytay Residence Inn mini zoo, attended mass at a nearby "Ina ng Laging Saklolo" Parish (a walking distance from the hotel), swimming at the hotel's swimming pool and a little exercise at the hotel's mini gym.  We also enjoyed the buffet breakfast at the hotel.

The weather also cooperated with us, Saturday ... a sunny day, Sunday...a light shower in the morning but the sun managed to be up after that, Monday ... it was sunny in the morning but when we left Tagaytay at noon, heavy rain poured and it was really raining hard until Santa Rosa exit but when we reached the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX), it was sunny and there's no trace or signs of any rain.

Below are the pictures taken during our stay at Tagaytay.

Me and my daughter at Picnic Grove, riding Obama...yes, Obama is our horse's name.  A little bit scary, she's big and it's our first time to ride a horse.  Taal lake and volcano is on the background.

My husband with our son riding Marimar.  Our little boy enjoyed the ride.

A nice view of Taal lake and volcano at Picnic Grove.

Picnic Grove's short hiking trail and cable car ride

Pictures at Tagaytay Residence Inn mini zoo

"Ina ng Laging Saklolo" Parish Church

A dip at the hotel's pool

At the hotel's mini gym

We really had a great time at Tagaytay and we hope to be back for some other adventures.  We still have to try the zipline which Picnic Grove offers.

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