I have not been to Baguio for more than a decade! This is really quite sad as I LOVE BAGUIO! It always takes me back to my childhood. I have many beautiful memories about the city and each time I think about Baguio I get all so warm and fuzzy inside. I finally had the chance to go due to the recent long weekend and to several appointments with people that would help me with a very important project.
We drove up Friday night and by midnight we were in City of Pines. I decided to stay at the Manor as the last time I was in Baguio I had a really great time there. I loved the entire experience and I wanted to have it all over again. We checked the website and as luck would have it the Manor was having a special and they were offering half prices for the season! I thought that this was a really excellent sign.
We checked in with ease and after we settled down in our room, the most beautiful bowl of fresh strawberries were delivered to us! Nothing makes me think of Baguio more than these delicious sweet luscious strawberries! They were the most perfect welcome to one of my favourite parts of my country. Take a peek into their website and find out more information about the Manor. http://www.campjohnhay.ph
I slept so soundly that evening and woke up with the most beautiful view of Manor’s garden which lead up to the near by mountains. The weather that weekend was really amazing! We decided to trek out of the Manor for breakfast and headed to the Hill Station which is the old Vallejo hotel is owned by a family friend Mitos Villareal. http://hillstationbaguio.com I loved the HIll Station as this place really makes me feel like I the Baguio of my childhood. The breakfast I had was beautifully done and I really enjoyed it. I wish I really had more days in Baguio as looking through the Menu of The Hill Station there were so many things that I was really dying to try. I guess I have to plan a trip back andI pray it won’t take me another 10 years. Right after breakfast we explored the hotel and discovered that it is also home to an independent film cinema which I really loved and the most charming little books store called the
The Mount Cloud book shop. https://www.facebook.com/
Right after that I headed to one of the most exciting and productive meetings that I ever had, I have to keep things under wraps for now but there was something about the weather and the vibe of Baguio that made it all so amazingly creative. My dear high school friends were in the city at the same time and we decided to meet up for dinner and since the Manor is one of the best places to dine in the city we naturally booked a table. The reason why the food is so good at the Manor is because of Chef Billy King!
Chef King lorded over the Manila scene for several years and then moved up to Baguio and in my mind changed the way the people ate in the mountains. I had one of the most satisfying meals ever in his restaurant. Take a look at my beautiful photos of Baguio and if these does not convince you to drive up and visit. I don’t know what will?