#1 Bonifacio St. cor. Quirino Blvd.
Vigan City, Ilocos Sur
Based on my experiences, buses arrive an hour after another, so I set up for us to visit the Sta. Maria Church within one hour so we can catch the next bus ride. I don't know what happened why we were actually on schedule, but the buses weren't. I particularly chose for us to ride Viron Transit as we would leave our luggage at the terminal and just come back at the terminal because we will travel back to Manila that night, too.
The bus arrived near 11am, so it was already 12nn when we arrived in Vigan City. From the terminal, we hoped to check the Pagburnayan, but it was closed for lunch, so we decided to have our lunch as well. I have been to Vigan many times, so I am always searching for something new. Days before the trip, I read about a fellow blogger's food trip at Grandpa's Inn, so we hailed a tricycle to take us to the place.
Since the tricycle took a route unfamiliar to me, I didn't know how to get there, but... after checking the map, the inn is very accessible from Calle Crisologo.
Getting inside, we were quickly amazed at how rustic the place look. We then asked ourselves if we can afford to stay overnight because it was just so beautiful.
The room for the Concierge was a room full of vintage stuff. At that time we weren't sure why there were so many people, but because of it we weren't able to take that much pictures as I was afraid people might take it negatively. Among the vintage stuff, these were my favorites - the set of analog telephones and the electric fan.
We managed to talk to the receptionist, but most of the rooms were already booked and they only had the rooms without en-suite bathroom. Ria and I decided we will just try our luck next time.
So okay, we went here for lunch. We were ushered to the Kusinas Felicitas, which was a big restaurant, but the table given to us was directly in front of the door. The idea of us checking the people coming in and out wasn't a good thought, so we asked if they still have different dining area. Thankful they still have.
This dining area was a bit small, but we appreciated that atmosphere. We quickly found a place and started browsing the menu. We were given three sets of menu, indicating that there were three food places here, but diners can order from any menu.
For our lunch we had two Ilocano dishes: Pinakbet with Bagnet and Igado. For our drinks, I went for my favorite Watermelon Shake while Ria went for Rambutan Shake. It was a very good lunch because both dishes were delicious. We certainly did a great decision of eating lunch here.
It was indeed a great experience. We listed this as one of our favorites in Vigan, and we were then looking forward to come back again.