Duff somehow has his way of finding special places to impress me without bothering to learn Spanish or Chinese. This time around the gem he found was Tandil, a very well-worth 4 hour drive from BA.
After the hours of driving, which included the countless times of getting lost while plowing through Bossypants audio book, we finally arrived at the estancia. It was breathtaking. Hands-down, worth the drive.
Ave María. The layout of the grounds are stunning with views that can be pulled straight out of a travel magazine. The design of the rooms are personalized and cozy. For $160/night, with breakfast and dinner included, in addition to free horse back riding; we rode it through different scenic routes, visited their herb garden, and explored their never ending piece of land. At dawn, we stayed in, playing chess (winner!), reading and even though they have a media room and wireless internet, I did somehow restrainted myself from touching anything tech.
The town of Tandil is small, not much to note except for their cheese and fiambres, the must-go-to store in this town is Epoca De Quesos-the other highlight of our trip. Their stacks of cheese and fiambres are mind-blowing for foodies: the drooling smell, the assortments of cheeses, the carts of jamon crudo, salami, and so on. Even if one doesn’t like cheese and cold meats (really?) the ground itself is historic and picturesque. I walked out of there buying much more than I should.
A perfect getaway for the weekend.