Summer is just around the corner, and pretty soon, we urbanites will be feeling the heat.
It will be high time to hie ourselves and our fam off somewhere cool for a bit of R ‘n R.
How about a sojourn in chilly and breezy Tagaytay? A staycation in this popular destination would be just the ticket when the mercury rises.
May I recommend a place my extended fam stayed in recently? Jennifer’s Abode just may be your ideal staycation venue in chilly Tagaytay, especially during a time when we need to maintain physical distancing due to the still present threat of the pandemic.
1) It’s within driving distance from the metro.
Located along Raflores Street, Tagaytay Country Homes 1 along the Tagaytay-Calamba Road (near Ayala Malls Serin and Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Church), Jennifer’s Abode is an easy two- to three-hour drive from Metro Manila.
The extended fam were able to travel safely and comfortably using our family cars, avoiding the risks entailed when using public transportation. The relatively short driving time also precluded the need for stopovers in crowded areas for meals or bathroom breaks.
2) It has everything the fam needs for a restful break from the metro.
If a relaxing stay is what your family is looking for, there are many opportunities to do just that at Jennifer’s Abode.
You can spend a quiet time taking in the morning sun in its lush garden.
You may also catch up with each other or enjoy family game time in its spacious and comfortably furnished living room.
Take a few steps up the stairs and sit back at the family room for a movie marathon. Here’s a tip: the house’s internet connection is actually strongest here so maximize your browsing or streaming time when you’re hanging out here.
Meal preparations are hassle-free with a kitchen equipped with a refrigerator, a three-burner stove, a microwave oven, a rice cooker and water dispenser, as well as various kitchen implements to help you cook from scratch or reheat your prepared food, as well as clean up after your meals.
You also have the option to visit nearby restaurants and order food for takeout such as our Korean feast from Neul Bolm located a little over three kilometers away.
You may also opt to just order from food delivery services such as our Bulalo dinner from Farmer’s Table which was ordered via FoodPanda.
These meals can be enjoyed family-style in the well-appointed dining room equipped with dinnerware and flatware.
To take your rest during your stay, retreat to the Master’s Bedroom furnished with a double bed and has terrace overlooking the pool and a view of the surrounding pasture.
The second bedroom is a cozy space as well with a canopied double bed and windows that let in the cool breezes.
One of the place’s shared bath is also located in the second floor.
Step up the stairs to the third floor and you will find the attic which is furnished with four single beds laid out dormitory-style.
The attic also includes an extra bedroom with a double bed.
Stepping outside will bring you to a gazebo where you can enjoy the cool Tagaytay breezes.
A small pavilion equipped with a karaoke underneath the gazebo brings the perfect opportunity for you and your companions to rock out and have a great time.
You may also take a dip in the swimming pool and wash up in the house’s second bathroom just up the stairs.
With all the facilities available at Jennifer’s Abode, you and your fam can have fun yet relaxing stay, away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
For any concerns you may have about the place, a caretaker lives just beside the house and can be immediately reached for assistance.
3) The family can enjoy the great outdoors in a nearby park
On the other hand, if you are in the mood to venture outdoors, you can take the kids out to the nearby park, also located inside Tagaytay Country Homes 1. Inside this sprawling grassy enclosure which houses various playground equipment such as slides, seesaws and swings, young and old alike can enjoy spending time outside.
4) You can go on a food trip with great al fresco dining options.
You want have to travel far if you want to explore the gastronomic possibilities that Tagaytay has to offer as Jennifer’s Abode is conveniently located near top foodie destinations such as:
Lime and Basil for a delicious taste of authentic Thai cuisine…
… or at Mozu at Ming’s Garden for the delectable comfort of classic homegrown dishes.
5) Nearby attractions provide you with a view of the scenic Taal Lake and Volcano
Tagaytay became a tourist destination because of its scenic views overlooking the Taal Lake and Volcano. Staying at Jennifer’s Abode also places you within easy distance of attractions that provide such views. These include:
The Picnic Grove, where you can go for a walk along an eco-trail…
… or Zoori, where you can take a ride on the cable car or go zip-lining as your take in the view.
6) You have nearby options to shop for supplies and pasalubongs
Should you want to sample the local wares or bring home some pasalubongs for the folks in Manila, you can easily drop by popular shopping destinations such as:
The Mahogany Market located behind the new Tagaytay City Hall where you can shop for fresh meat, produce as well as herbs and flowers for the plantitos and plantitas back home…
… or Rowena’s, with three branches in the Tagaytay area, where you can shop for its famous fruit tarts, buko pie and other pasalubong favorites.
So when are you planning your next staycation in Tagaytay?
Book your stay at Jennifer’s Abode via Airbnb where it is rated an average of 4.46 stars.
For the health and safety of its guests, Jennifer’s Abode is committed to Airbnb‘s five-step cleaning process.
Jennifer’s Abode is located at the end of Raflores Street in Tagaytay Country Homes 1, Maitim 2nd West, Tagaytay City. Check in is after 3pm while checkout is at 11am.