My family always makes a point to make the most out of any holiday and long weekend. Back when we were all younger and life was a little more simple, we used to travel to the beach at least one weekend a month. With all of our changing schedules and growing family, its become more and more difficult to be able to travel together. However, my dad is something of a stay-cation extraordinaire and in one of his quests to plan the next long weekend, he randomly found this hotel in Puembo, a neighboring city. As soon as we got there, our jaws dropped. For starters, its only about a 15 minute ride from Cumbaya, but you'd never guess you could find this hidden gem so close to home. It's a Polo Club (link here), that recently expanded to accommodate guests, due to its closeness to Quito's airport. Word has it that Justin Bieber was interested to stay there during his recent visit to Ecuador for his World Tour. IT'S THAT GREAT.
I could go on and on about how pretty it is there, but I'll let the place speak for itself.
If you do go, stop by El Cavallino for dinner. They have the best pizza, and everything about it is a trip down memory lane for me. The Italian owner is full of secrets that he's willing to share on where to get Italian-inspired produce made in Ecuador, like burrata cheese. And much to my excitement, they also have a pizzeria in Cumbaya. It encourages my obsession with pizza, and it definitely doesn't help my pre-wedding "diet", but hey! anything that makes me feel like I'm back in Florence is a win in my book.
And on that note, happy weekend! I hope your weekend plans involve some pizza, mine certainly do!