5 of the best short weekend trips in Istanbul
1) Hindiba Nature House
Inside the spectacularly verdant Yedi Göller National Park, Hindiba is a real retreat amidst nature with simple wooden cabin rooms and plenty of walking paths through the wild flora and fauna. Produce from Hindiba’s own garden and other ingredients from local and ecologically friendly producers are made into delectable homemade dishes, including vegan and vegetarian options.
2) Casa Lavanda
Certainly one of the most romantic weekend trips, Casa Lavanda is a familyrun Provence-style boutique hotel in the Ulupelit village. Spend the day lounging by the pool, relaxing in the spa or hiking in the forest and enjoy exquisite dishes made by Chef Emre Şen from local ingredients in the hotel’s fine dining restaurant.
A modern organic and sustainable farm and hotel with an educational focus, Narköy is the perfect place to learn about organic natural farming through activities and workshops. Dine on organic farm meals, stroll through the nearby forest and take part in outdoor classrooms.
4) Parma Sole
Having lived and worked in Parma, Italy, the Yomralıoğlu family expanded their holiday home in Şile transforming it into an Italian destination restaurant and a boutique hotel. The menu of Parma local cuisine is prepared with ingredients from the restaurant’s own farm and organic suppliers from all over Turkey.
5) Bakucha Vineyard Hotel
A family estate with an environmentally sensitive viticulture, Arcadia Vineyards also runs Bakucha, a chateau-style hotel among the sustainably cultivated vineyards. Guests can take guided wine tasting tours, join the seasonal harvest, relax in the spa and dine on local and seasonal dishes in the sustainable restaurant.
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