These days, everywhere we turn, there are tiny pockets of people imagining their next beach trip. Some are eyeing a quick respite at the nearby beaches of Zambales or Batangas, while others with a lot to get away from are hatching careful travel plans to one of the many beautiful islands in the Philippines. This list, though, is for the ones on the prowl for a charming drive through the Luzon terrain and a taste of its native delicacies while on the way to La Union. After all, some of North Luzon’s best-kept secrets are already on the road to our favorite surfing hotspot.
Here are our top picks for detours that will make the best of your drive to La Union:
Editor's note: Business hours and accommodations will vary according to IATF protocols in the area
Business Hours: Everyday from 1 p.m. - 11 p.m.
What to do: Taste the wide range of craft beer varieties named after Ifugao mythological figures like Pugaw (India pale ale), Lagud (strawberry beer), and Kabunyan (American wheat beer). Combine that drinking experience with the rustic interior of the establishment, a full platter of grilled food, and a top view of Baguio forestry.
Best feature: The cool Baguio climate improves the fermentation process of craft brewers and creates an enriched beer flavor that attracts barkadas and after-work gatherings from all over Benguet.
Location: 4 Ben Palispis Hwy, KM 4, Baguio, 2600 Benguet
2. Mt. Cloud Bookshop
Business Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
What to do: Feast on the idyllic and cozy ambience of the reading nooks, a wooden ladder that leads to the second story, and the mixed media art installations that change once in a while.
Best feature: Mt. Cloud is a champion of Philippine literature and culture. About 80 percent of their stock is reserved for Filipiniana titles ranging from general fiction, to independently published comics, to children’s books about regional curiosities.