If you're one of the many who'll be climbing uphill the Summer Capital of the Philippines in the next few days, I'm pretty sure a 'day trip at Camp John Hay' is included in your itinerary. But what else is there to do in this former US Military recreational camp aside from golfing and strolling around? Read on to find out!
Feast! There are lots of restaurants spread out around the 250-hectare vicinity of Camp John Hay but those who are seeking fine, luxurious cuisine keep coming back to Le Chef at The Manor Hotel. With renowned Chef Billy King (of Le Souffle fame) at the helm of the kitchen, guests can expect no less than his trademark Neo-Classic approach to cooking in the restaurant's buffet and ala carte spread.
But if your budget doesn't permit, you can always walk to the Mile-Hi Center, at the back of the hotel. The strip houses long-standing casual restaurants such as the Mile Hi Diner and Tender Joe Steakhouse.
Familiar restaurant chains from the metro such as Yellow Cab, Army Navy, Seafood Island, and Brothers Burgers are also options when you're nearby the fairly new Baguio Ayala Technohub. A strip of comfort food restaurants can also be found inside The Filling Station-- a popular go-to dining hub after checking out the nearby parks.
Enjoy great conversation over a cup of tsokolate. Baguio's chilly weather is conducive for lengthy conversations over a cup of warm drink. And if it's familiar coffee that you want, there are two Starbucks branches within Camp John Hay at your disposal. But if you want to experience the old world charm of a local cafe, then the quaint garden-restaurant Choco-late de Batirol is your best bet.
Aside from their tummy-warming concoction Traditional Chocolate Batirol Blend (P80), the cafe is popular for their Bibingka (P105), Plated Meals (Below P200), and a mismatched artsy ambiance.
Shop for bargains. Baguio has earned its reputation for being the Ukay Capital of the Philippines. While Camp John Hay isn't exactly the prime spot for the best ukay-ukay deals, bargain hunters still head to this area for the slew of big brand factory outlets. Last season's articles and some overruns can be bought at low prices (with as much as 70% off) in these outlets.
Fall from a treetop and survive to tell others about it. One of the more recent additions in the attractions inside Camp John Hay is the adrenaline-pumping Tree Top Adventure.
Just like in their other branches, there are different activities to choose from at Tree Top: Canopy Walk, Superman Zipline, Silver Surfer, Tree Drop, and Sky Walk. Check out the packages in the picture below:
Ride a horse. Acrophobic? Try riding horses instead. Shalan Ti Kabadjo is still one of the more popular attractions in Camp John Hay to date.
Prove that life's a picnic. Cool and fair weather. Sprawling grass beds. Fresh air. What's missing in the picture? Why, you, your family, and your picnic baskets, of course! Take advantage of Baguio's perfect climate and organize a picnic for your family. Tables are available for rent near the TreeTop Adventure area.
Practice your photography skills. A budding photographer? You'll have lots of interesting subjects in this side of Baguio. Aside from vibrant and variegated flowers virtually unseen in Metro Manila, Baguio offers a breathtaking view of the day's sunrise that's magnificent enough to give you a winning shot. The Butterfly Garden is also a good place to check out if you want to exercise your Macro skills. Recently acquired a zoom lens? Let the flock of birds in the lush sanctuary give your lens a good test.
Learn more on how to preserve and protect nature. The John Hay Management Corporation regularly holds: Eco-Talk-- a 180 minute seminar facilitated by Environment Officers and/or a Forester. Topics such as Environmental Awareness and Preservation, Wellness and Conservation, and Practical Guide to Conserving Energy and Recycling Waste are discussed during the scheduled Eco-Talks (Rates: Student – P80, Non-Student – P100, Faculty – P80). You may also want to learn more about nature by taking an Eco-Walk where you'll roam around the property's forest on a guided tour. More information about these activities can be found in JHMC's website.