Tagaytay City is one of the Philippines’ go-to destinations all year round. With its cool climate, high altitude, must-see destinations, and scrumptious food available food at every corner, Tagaytay is definitely the place to visit.
In fact, the city is so breathtaking; that people have opted to buy summer houses in the area or got themselves memberships in country club homes around Tagaytay. But what do they love about the city?
What makes them want more of Tagaytay? Here are some things you need to know about Tagaytay and why people fall in love with the city.
Breathtaking Scenic View
Imagine waking up or dining in the picturesque view of the pine trees and the beautiful Taal Volcano as your backdrop. Feel the cool, fresh breeze coming in from the lake and admire the amazing mountain ridges that surround the city. A view like that can definitely take all the stress away and make you forget about the hustle and bustle of city life.
Cool Climate in the Middle of summer
Tagaytay is known for its cool climate that lasts the whole year. It has been dubbed the second summer capital of the Philippines, second only to Baguio City, because of its refreshing cool weather that has a daily average of 27 degrees Celsius.
Tagaytay is home to various and truly unique tourist destinations. If you are in the mood for a relaxing afternoon feeling the cool wind breeze while you, your family, or friends are having fun then a day in the park is just the thing for you. Enjoy a most delightful picnic at the Tagaytay Picnic Grove, at the historical People’s Park in the Sky, or at the Sky Ranch theme park.
If you seek quiet time and are on a spiritual journey, you can visit the many churches and retreat houses in Tagaytay, one of which is the Our Lady of Manaoag at Tierra de Maria. Ilog Maria Honeybee Farm is the place for herbal honey and beeswax products like soaps, oils, and balms.
You can also visit the Puzzle Museum owned by Guinness record holder Gina Gil-Lacuna for the largest puzzle collection in the world. Apart from her Puzzle Museum, she also opened the Puzzle Mansion Bed & Breakfast which serves one of the best Coconut Cream Pie.
But of course, what is a trip to Tagaytay if you are not going to visit Taal Lake and the Taal Volcano?
The Taal Lake is a large third-order lake that is home to a diverse ecosystem. The lake used to be connected to the sea which is why many endemic species have evolved to the desalination of the water and exist in the lake. These are the Sardinella Tawilis, Caranx Ignobilis, and one of the world’s rarest sea snakes, the Hydrophis Semperi. And in the midst of that, is the Taal Volcano, the smallest active volcano in the world located on an island within a lake within an island; because of this, it became part of the 16 Decade Volcanoes being studied by the International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth’s Interior (IAVCEI).
When people visit Tagaytay, they usually go for a little horseback riding at the Picnic Grove. Now, everyone can enjoy the Grove experience and a Cable Car Ride. Eco trails are also available for trekkers or amateur hikers who want a taste of adventure. There are also rides like the Sky Cruiser where you have to pedal all the way to the Nessi Coaster, the Red Baron, the Mini Viking, and the Carousel at the Sky Ranch. There is also a zipline right next to the Sky Ranch so you can zip down with a breathtaking view as your backdrop.
Apart from the Puzzle mansion and the historic People’s Park in the Sky, you might also enjoy the Geronimo Berenguer de Los Reyes Jr. Museum where a curated collection of photographs, books, and memorabilia of 19th to 20th Century Philippines is exhibited in five galleries.
Delicious Food Offerings
Visiting all those places will surely leave you famished. Good thing Tagaytay is known for its Food destinations!
Visit Mushroom Burger, a fast food restaurant where the mushroom is the star of the meals. If you want a hot dish to go with the cool weather, go to the Tower Ground Bulalohan to enjoy an alfresco dining experience, a view of the Taal Volcano, and a steaming bowl of Bulalo. Mahogany Market is also known for its Bulalo, its fruit and vegetable stands, but most especially, for exotic food dishes like tripe, bull testicles, and intestines.
You can also visit Bag of Beans for a hot cuppa in the afternoon, or enjoy delicious meals at Antonio’s Garden Restaurant or Sonya’s Garden.
Exclusive Clubs and Luxurious Homes
If you are the kind of person who wants to relax and enjoy without being distracted by a throng of people and their noise, then membership in an exclusive country club is for you.
Tagaytay Highlands is an exclusive, premier mountain resort that offers its members exclusive access to a number of facilities and activities that is definitely world-class.
The Tagaytay Midlands Golf Club gives the player the perfect view of the Taal Lake and Volcano, but more than that, it boasts of a championship golf course where both amateur and professional golf players can challenge themselves.
Enjoy an awesome gastronomic experience in some of Tagaytay Highlands’ best restaurants. Dig into the best steak you will ever taste at The Highlander Steakhouse. Delve into the local dishes of the Philippines at The Filipino at the Country Club. And enjoy gourmet comfort food like no other at The Bistro Saratoga.
Tagaytay Highlands gives exclusively a whole new meaning. You can enjoy a peaceful but enjoyable day without the distraction of noise from the city.
Where to stay in Tagaytay
Tagaytay City is definitely the best place to be to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. A weekend in Tagaytay is all you need to take the stress off your shoulders and come back energized and refreshed.
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