Wanting to break free from Manila-Quezon city life. Hot humid weather here. Gray parking area there. New modern buildings everywhere.
Time for some R&R. Somewhere cool. Somewhere historic and heritage-full. Somewhere with sprawling greens, tall trees, and pine-scented air — all these without sacrificing the comforts of an urban city life.
Time to start the 6-hour drive up Baguio.
Baguio City was established by the Americans in 1900. The city is at an altitude of approximately 1450 meters (4760 feet) in the Luzon tropical pine forests eco-region conducive to the growth of mossy plants and orchids. It is a highland retreat in the Cordillera in Northern Luzon, with pine trees, crisp cold breezes and low verdant knolls and hillocks. It has made its mark as a premiere tourist destination in the Northern part of the Philippines with its cool climate, foggy hills, panoramic views and lovely flowers. Being the ideal convergence zone of neighboring highland places, Baguio is the melting pot of different peoples and cultures and has boosted its ability to provide a center for education for its neighbors. Because of its altitude, Baguio City was designated by the Philippine Commission as the Summer Capital of the Philippines on June 1, 1903.
After 6 hours of being confined in the Kia Soul, we were finally in Baguio!
“Welcome to Casa Vallejo!
A Hotel in Baguio that defines Baguio…
A boutique hotel in the heart of the summer capital of the Philippines, Baguio City. Casa Vallejo was established in 1909. It is one of the oldest American structures in Baguio City. Beautifully located on a sprawling landscape reflecting the richness and the charm of Baguio’s historic heritage. It is the perfect blend for the business traveler and leisure traveler.”
The main lobby of Casa Vallejo reflects an American-inspired ambience built by the turn of the century. We love the Christmassy ambiance of the lobby. Usual Baguio decors like pine cones, logs, and dark brown furniture were complemented by Christmassy red and green decors.
Hill Station is the hotel’s in-house restaurant. It is a comfort food haven which has been reviewed by several food critics and bloggers, and has been been recognized as one of the best restaurants in Baguio.
Entrance to Hill Station from the Casa Vallejo lobby.
I love to read. Mount Cloud Bookshop is the shop beside Casa Vallejo. The shop has a cozy ambience, inviting both readers and non-readers to explore the first and second floors, inviting everyone to go open up and read a book (or two). In keeping with the history and memories of Casa Vallejo, the bookstore has created a space where the quiet, woody Baguio atmosphere of olden days blends comfortably with the work of contemporary artists, artisans, and writers. The shop carries titles that exemplify fine writing, including the work of writers who have lived in Baguio City.
North Haven Spa is Casa Vallejo’s spa. Treat yourself to a Baguio Strawberry, Benguet Coffee or Cordillera Rice scrub and feel completely refreshed and enlivened. You can reenergize in the spa’s dry sauna too.
Baguio city life in Casa Vallejo. Chilly cool weather here. Sprawling landscape there. Baguio historic heritage everywhere. This is life.
Travel Spot: Casa Vallejo
Address: Purok 138, Barangay Neogan, Tagaytay City, Batangas, PhilippinesUpper Session Road, Baguio City, Philippines 2600
Telephone Number: +63.74.424.3397
Budget: PHP 2500++
More Baguio Adventures:
Another Gastronomic Experience at Cafe by the Ruins, Baguio – https://mailovestoeatandtravel.wordpress.com/2013/01/20/food-trip-cafe-by-the-ruins-at-baguio/
Playing at Baguio Children’s Park at Burnham Park – https://mailovestoeatandtravel.wordpress.com/2013/01/20/travel-baguio-childrens-park-at-burnham-park/
Cafe Sabel – blog to be released soon
BenCab Museum – blog to be released soon
More food travels listed here: https://mailovestoeatandtravel.wordpress.com/mymai-food-trip/
International trips listed here: https://mailovestoeatandtravel.wordpress.com/mymai-travel-its-fun-in-other-countries-too
But traveling is still more fun in the Philippines too: https://mailovestoeatandtravel.wordpress.com/mymai-more-fun-in-the-philippines
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