Sunday, August 11, 2013

My Stay and Food Experience in Sagada

For a small poblacion in Cordillera region, the town of Sagada in Mountain Province has a lot to offer to tourists. Allow me to share my experience with these establishments in the area.

George Guesthouse

Our group of about 30 people stayed in the neighboring hostels of Canaway and George guesthouses. Above left photo shows the facade of George Guesthouse. The rock on the right photo is along the road to the caves and Mt. Ampacao.

My roommate Henry and I, were assigned on the yellow room of George Guesthouse at the third floor.  Rooms rates start at P 1,200 per night for rooms with TV and 2 double beds, that can sleep 4 persons. Linens are old but clean, as well as the bathroom with water heater. 

On their second and third floor foyers, they have sofa sets that their guests can use for group chats. But we prefer to sit on their balcony area, to see part of village below.

Their breakfast set menus start at P90. Below is a copy of their limited menu, with their mobile number for reservations. 

Masferre Inn and Restaurant

Our first lunch in Sagada was in Masferre restaurant. Knowing that food orders in the area takes at least 30 minutes to be served, we have plenty of time to review the very old photos of Igorots taken by the Masferre patriarch.

The place is also an inn, as they have guestrooms on the ground and basement floors. I wasn’t able to see their rooms, but I remember that their room rate is around P 2,xxx per night. They have a pasalubong store where guests can buy souvenirs and locally-processed food items.

Their food is just average, although more expensive than most of their competitors. It is the ambience and the old photographs which make this restaurant unique.

Lemon Pie House

This famous restaurant in the area serves very good lemon pie. Some of my companions ordered their lemon pie to take back in Manila the night prior our checkout.

I got to taste one slice which costs P 35 if I'm not mistaken. A whole pie costs around P 200.

Like most restaurants in Sagada, pine tree woods make up the material of their furniture and fixtures. 

However, the seats and tables are small, with some sporting the tatami style. Leaving the restaurant, I saw this vine on the left side of the building.

Canaway Guesthouse

We used the small function room of Canaway guesthouse on their ground floor for our seminars. Our two breakfasts were served on that area which is too small for 20+ participants.

I really enjoyed their fried red rice, plus the huge portion size of their breakfast and dinner meals.

We’ve had dinner in a restaurant behind the new municipal building. I forgot its name, probably because their food is unremarkable. While I was in Lemon Pie House, some of my companions are in Yoghurt House. I would surely try their food next time when I’m back in Sagada.

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