Dutchfairyph Travels: Exploring Tagaytay

Hello dearies! Rainy season is almost here but I still feel the scorching heat of Summer. Because of the extreme heat that we are experiencing, places like Baguio and Tagaytay become a favorite destination. Today I will be sharing with you my Tagaytay adventure.

Warning: This blog post is photo heavy. 😁 Proceed at your own risk. Just kidding 😄

Tagaytay is one of the favorite Summer destination here in the Philippines due to its cool and breezy air. Aside from that, Tagaytay is near Metro Manila. Approximately an hour or two of travelling time is needed.

Last November 2014, Me and my best friend decided to go on tour in this beautiful place. We booked a hotel that we saw in an online deal site.

image Yes we stayed at MC Mountain Home Apartelle.

For budget travellers like me this is a perfect deal because it is easy to locate, affordable and it is near in most of the visited places in Tagaytay like Caleruega Church, Sonya’s Garden and Bag of Beans.

image Me and bestie.

imageThe Standard Room.

imageThe beautiful view from our room’s veranda.

MC Mountain Home Apartelle is a family owned hotel. It is owned by Mr. Daniel Crisostomo and his wife Ms. Adora. The staffs were friendly and courteous. What I love about MC Home Apartelle is you can see the beautiful view of Taal Volcano and Lake. It is affordable without compromising the quality of service and comfort. Imagine we only paid 3000 pesos in our three days and two nights stay plus free breakfast. In terms of the room, it is spacious enough for two persons. Here are some of the amenities: air condition, wi-fi, water heater and complimentary toiletries.

MC Mountain Apartelle is located at Km 68.9 Tagaytay-Nasugbu Highway Buck Estate, Alfonso, Tagaytay, Luzon 4123.

How to go there: You can ride a bus going to Nasugbu (BLTB in Buendia). Tell the driver to drop you off MC Mountain. One way fare cost Php 120.

Reservation is thru email and payment is thru bank deposit. Ms. Adora will assist you on how you can pay once you make a reservation.

You can email them at reservation@mcmountaintagaytay.com/adoramcmountain@gmail.com or you may call them at 09177947500 or 027362547.

Here are the places that we visited.

Stop # 1: Sky Ranch

image Sky ranch is the newest attraction in Tagaytay owned by SM Prime Holdings Inc. Located here is the tallest ferris wheel in the country. The Sky Eye stands 63 meters (207 ft.). What makes this ride special is you can see the picturesque view of Taal Volcano.

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imageThe Sky Eye.

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image The scenic view of Taal Lake. Photo taken when I was riding the Sky Eye.

The entrance fee is Php 100 but we only paid Php 50 because of the 50% Christmas discount. The Sky Eye ride cost Php 150.

How to commute to Sky Ranch: From Manila you can ride a bus going to Nasugbu then tell the driver to drop you off to Olivares. Bus fare will cost you around Php 100. From Olivares you can ride a jeep going to Sky Ranch. The jeepney fare is Php 8.

Sky Fun Amusement Park
Address: Beside Taal Vista Hotel, Kilometer 60, Aguinaldo Highway, Tagaytay City
Email: skyfunamusementpark@gmail.com
Instagram: https://instagram.com/skyfunpark
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SkyRanch

Stop # 2: Picnic Grove

image Picnic grove is one of the most visited places in Tagaytay. If you’re fond of nature and adventure then this place is for you.

image Me while going on the trail with the beautiful view of Taal Lake.

Picnic Grove has a lot of activities to offer. If you’re on a tight budget you can just bring food and a mat and have a picnic bonding with friends. If you’re the adventurer type you can try their zip line, cable car and horseback riding activities.

image Me having a selfie while enjoying the cool air. 📷

image Cottages for rent.

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image Some photos of the majestic view of Taal.

image Inside the park are stalls that sell souvenirs like shirts, bags, key chains and even plants.

How to commute to Picnic Grove: From Olivares you can ride a jeep going to Picnic Grove. Jeepney fare cost Php 8.

Picnic Grove
Barangay Sungay East-End, Cavite

Stop # 3: Puzzle Mansion

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Puzzle Mansion is owned by Gina Gil Lacuna. She is the current title holder of the Guinness Book of World Records for having the Largest Collection of Jigsaw Puzzle in the World.

image Puzzle Mansion is a gem in a somewhat secluded place in Tagaytay. Going there you need to ride a tricycle that costs Php 10. Me and best friend opted to walk in this steep road.

image Puzzle Mansion has a vast number of green plants. As a nature lover this is paradise for me. :mrgreen:

image Let’s make a wish. 😁

image Photo op with the GBWR Certificate. Proud Pinoy here.

image Some of Ms. Gina’s extensive collection of puzzles. Look at these cutie patootie doggie puzzles.

Aside from the puzzles, Puzzle Mansion is also known for their delicious and creamy coconut cream pie which they sell for Php 50 per slice.

Entrance to the Puzzle Mansion is Php 100 which includes a tour and lecture.

Puzzle Mansion
Address: Purok 4 Cuadra
St. Barangay Asisan, Tagaytay City, Philippines
Email Address: puzzlemansion@gmail.com
Website: http://www.thepuzzlemansion.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/PuzzleMansion

For inquires or reservations you may call these numbers: 02 6610019 / 639052250229

Stop # 4: Sonya’s Garden

image Sonya’s Garden used to be a private garden. In February 1998, the owner opened its doors to public for them to experience its beauty.

image I feel like I am in a different world upon entering this magnificent garden.

image What a beautiful fountain.

image I love sunflower. 😄 🌻 ❤

Everything inside Sonya’s is exquisite. Aside from the beautiful garden there are also small shops that sell souvenir items.

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The Country Store.

Inside the country store you will see organic stuffs from Ilog Maria. They also sell hand weave products and some herb and spices like basil and coriander.

image The Apothecary sells organic soaps, lotions and shampoo.

image Me having a selfie outside the Favorite Finds. You can find unique furniture pieces here. Shabby chic and rustic are some of the words I can describe these furniture pieces.

image If you love breads like me don’t worry because Sonya’s also sell some. My favorite would be their cheese hopia.

image There is also a restaurant that offers set and buffet menu to their guests.

imageWhile roaming around, I stumbled this area called Proposal Garden.

The place is perfect for photo ops. please pardon my “selfie moments” hihi 😁

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I love this place. I am planning to visit this again to try their spa services.

How to commute to Sonya’s Garden: If you’re coming from Manila you can ride a bus going to Nasugbu and tell the driver to drop you at Buck Estate. Bus fare is around Php 110. From Buck Estate you can ride a tricycle going to Sonya’s. Tricycle fare is Php 30.

Sonya’s Garden
Address: Barangay Buck Estate, Alfonso, Cavite, 4123
For reservations: call or text +63-9175329097 or +63-9175335140
Website: http://www.sonyasgarden.com
Email address: info@sonyasgarden.com

Stop # 5: Bag of Beans
image It was my first time to try Bag of Beans and I am kinda excited because of the good reviews that I’ve read. I instantly fell in love with its beautiful theme. It was scenic.
imageAl fresco dining indeed.

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image The rustic vibe of the restaurant is so relaxing. It is like looking in an artwork.

I ordered their iced caramel macchiato and apple pie a la mode. Caramel macchiato means stained coffee. It has a layer of cold and sweet caramel on top and a slightly warm coffee at the bottom. I love the strong bitter flavor of caramel macchiato. If you want the drink to be a little sweet you just have to stir it so that the caramel part will mix into the coffee part. Their apple pie a la mode is deliciously sinful. The serving is big enough for two persons. The pie crust is baked into perfection. The apple filling is warm and sweet. The ice cream on top goes well with the warm apple filling.

imageThe delish apple pie a la mode and caramel macchiato.

Bag of Beans Coffee Shop & Bakery Tagaytay City
115 Aguinaldo Highway, Mendez Crossing West
Tagaytay City, Cavite Philippines
Contact numbers: (046) 4132724  or 639209546370

So there you have it dearies. I hope you enjoy reading my little tour of Tagaytay! Till my next blog post!

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