It has been a couple of years since I’ve been to Tagaytay and it’s a place I definitely wanted my kids to have a memorable experience, especially since we don’t often go out of town. I asked for suggestions from friends who have been there recently, one of whom pointed me in the direction of the blog of Anton Diaz, Our Awesome Planet, which was truly useful.
After going through the guides provided and reading a bunch of articles, I opted to bring my family to Cliffhouse Inn for lunch. We used Waze to get us there – which sadly didn’t go to the correct place; first time Waze has failed me. Thankfully, locals are friendly and we weren’t too far off from the place.
Once we arrived at the Cliffhouse Inn, my family went straight for the viewing deck, It was wide and not crowded at all. Lots of chairs had thoughtfully been provided so that visitors could really enjoy the view of the lake within a lake within a volcano. Though the rocking chairs were meant (most likely) for senior citizens, all of us enjoyed sitting in them. Those who chose to eat at Fire Grill or Buon Giorno could stay at tables overlooking Taal.
The sun wasn’t high yet when we arrived so most of my attempts to capture the beauty of taal ended up misty looking. The weather was cool and really refreshing. Truly glad to have gotten away from the heat of the city.
The Cliffhouse Inn actually had 6 restaurants for us to choose from. We opted to go for Platito where the portions are not served on saucers, in spite of the name. Foodwise, nothing fantastic but the servers were great.
We then finished off our meal by having some dessert at Fruits in Cream, which was conveniently right beside Platito. PISTACHIO!!!
When we were kids, we used to go horseback riding so we went to check out Residence Inn but decided against it. The stench was just too much. he kids weren’t interested to even go in.
We passed Sky Ranch on our way to Residence Inn and the kids decided they wanted to go, so that became the next stop. I actually wanted to go in but my LP wasn’t in the mood. I opted to stay at Uncle Cheffy’s with the grown-ups (sob!) while the kids got to have fun inside. I did notice the 2 huge LOVE structures set against the far wall from the entrance. Instant smile on my face as those made me think of Skip Beat. While it is no amazing amusement park (compared to say Disneyland), the kids had a blast and that’s what matters.
Pasalubong is a must for us Filipinos so last stop was Lou Mar’s where we got some buko pies and caramel tarts. Something I loved at this shop was that the attendants were very quick to respond. I thought there was a long line. Turned out it was a single group. most of whom were still browsing. With the help of the attendant, we were done shopping in less than 15 minutes.
I wish we had time to go to Ilog Maria and Antonio’s but due to schedule conflicts, I had to leave that for our next Tagaytay trip. I’m looking forward to it!