At times, because of traffic and over familiarity, we run out of new things to see in Baguio City. But just a few hours away, there are still places within Benguet Province that offers spectacular view of sea of clouds and fields of flowers in chilling temperature. Such is the case of Northern Blossom Flower Farm in Atok, Benguet, two hours away from Baguio City.
NOT A LONG WEEKEND TRIPThis is a weekend trip that my sister and I took just so we could Netflix at a different place other than our house. Northern Blossom is often a side trip for mountaineers who climbed either Mt. Pulag or Mt. Timbak. The guided tour on this flower farm can be completed in an hour or two, depending of course on the number of photos you will take. Since we have no other itinerary but Northern Blossom and no other purpose but to relax, we stayed overnight in one of the transient rooms inside the flower farm.
Sea of clouds without the effort of climbing mountains! Cold weather at 9 degrees Celsius or lower. Great Benguet brewed coffee. Sunrise breaking like the first morning. Colorful snapdragon in greenhouses. Succulents not in pots as wedding souvenirs but on natural soil where they grow. Slow passing of time. LTE if that’s your thing or if staying connected to your family makes you feel safer. Northern Blossom is definitely a new must go place near Baguio.
Cabbage roses made Northern Blossom popular on social media. They are what celosia flowers are to Cebu’s Little Amsterdam. Cabbage roses are ornamental plants which are also edible but aren’t recommended to be consumed because they’ve been sprayed on but lots of pesticides. Are they fragrant? Cabbage roses smell more of cabbages than roses.
BEST TIME OF THE YEAR TO VISIT
It’s still best to visit Northern Blossom during the dry months from October to May especially before All Soul’s Day and Valentines Day when the farm is in full bloom. We visited on August 31 to September 1 when it was raining the entire week prior. Northern Blossom has just 10% of its fields in bloom. Based on the photos on this blog page, you be the judge if the visit is worth it at any time of the year. I think it is.
Northern Blossom is a flower farm which opened its doors to tourists and was kind enough to think of the guest’s welfare so they offered accommodation too. But it is first of all, a flower farm so don’t expect hotel service and amenities. They don’t have a restaurant nor free breakfast.The transient rooms have more than the basics – toilet and bath with heater, a nice bed with comforter, power outlets, tv, supply of towels, etc. The staff in the transient room, registration/reception area, and even the tour guides are the same staff who really man the flower farm so registration area is almost always empty. We didn’t have water supply during the evening and we didn’t have anyone to report to. We even checked out by just leaving the key on the reception! But overall, the staff are kind, warm, and trustworthy.
I have here a one-pager of the basic things you need to know if you plan to visit. Screenshot or download then you’re good to go.
Another place I recommend which offers sea of clouds an hour away from Baguio City is Valleypoint Campsite.
More photos of Northern Blossom on my next post.