I love spur-of-the-moment things. And, most especially, this one! We went on a spontaneous Tagaytay road trip and stayed at Potter’s Ridge Hotel.
We’ve been meaning to go on a short trip out of Manila before school starts – maybe a Tagaytay road trip. But because hub is always swamped with work, we kept postponing the trip.
And then, a “pleasant” errand came up – Hub had to inspect a project site in Tagaytay! I thought the kids and I would tag along in this Tagaytay road trip since it was a Saturday anyway. Then, of course, the next logical thing to do is to spend the night over since it would be Sunday the next morning.
So I immediately went online to search for hotels. The thing with having a big family such as ours – it’s difficult to find hotels that would allow us all (5 family members plus one yaya) in one room. Oftentimes, I’d be told to get two rooms, or settle for a more expensive family suite. I just wish hotels would be more family-friendly.
Then I found Potter’s Ridge through another blog.
Potter’s Ridge – don’t you just love the name? It’s actually named after the owner, Marissa Potter – a warm, friendly lady!
My family stayed at the Deluxe Family Room, which has a king bed and a twin. I loved the huge windows that open to a breathtaking view of Taal Lake and the forests below.
Because it was a rainy day, the kids and ateJo were holed up and horsed around in the room all afternoon while hub and I visited the project site.
It kinda sucked that all our plans of horse-backriding, kite-flying and Taal-trekking were junked because of the damp weather.
VGood even remarked: “We came here to watch Disney Channel and sleep???”
Sunday morning was cold and foggy, but it wasn’t raining anymore! Whoopee! We all got up early to have breakfast at the hotel restaurant.
Hub and I were determined to make it up to the kids. So we brought them to the People’s Park for horseback riding – one of their favorite things to do. But the highlight of the morning was the zipline!
While Patch and VGood lined up for their turn at the zipline, I really did not give it much thought. But as they were being secured onto the harnesses, I couldn’t help feeling worried for V. She has fear of heights! And I could tell from the look on her face she was nervous.
I sent an encouraging smile her way and a quick please-don’t-let-her-faint-or-throw-up thought upwards. *crossing fingers*
And they zipped away!!
I was so relieved to see and hear how delighted they were! When they got off, they were so high. VGood kept saying she wanted to do it again, haha. So I guess she conquered her acrophobia? We shall see on our next mall trip if she does fine in the escalators. 😀
Visit the People’s Park on your next Tagaytay road trip. The park charges Php50 entrance fee for each person above age 4. The Tagaytay Zipline costs Php200/person for a one-way ride and Php300/person for a two-way ride. Horseback riding costs Php350 for an hour of what they call an ‘Adventure Ride’. It was nothing more than going around in a wider riding space. I’d expect an adventure ride to be like the ones in Baguio where we ride through trails on slopes. Be wary of being ripped off by people offering horseback rides!
Potter’s Ridge is a cozy and family-friendly hotel located at Km 67 Aguinaldo Highway, Tagaytay (after Mendez Junction, between Residence Inn and Splendido). It is actually outside the Tagaytay border, but not too far. The Family Deluxe Room costs Php4,250 per night, and includes breakfast for three. It has a nice restaurant with a spectacular view of Taal – perfect for intimate gatherings such as small weddings, birthdays or a baby shower. For inquiries and reservations, call +63 46 4130368 or 4134566, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the website at www.pottersridge.net.