A few months ago while visiting my parents in Taiwan, a couple college friends invited me to a weekend trip to Yilan. I was super excited about the trip because for one, I haven't been to Yilan since I was a little girl, and two, it had been quite a while since college, going on a weekend trip would have brought back all the good old days of college dorm! Better yet, my friends planned everything! So today’s post is the first of a mini series on this particular Yilan trip, which I'm going to start with the bed and breakfast we stayed at, Kawoting B&B (http://kot.hotweb.com.tw)
While one may think of bed and breakfast as an English thing, bed and breakfasts have been quite popular in Taiwan for the last 10 years, especially outside the cities. In fact, a coworker of mine who recently visited Taiwan told me her favorite thing to do in Taiwan was staying at the various bed and breakfasts. Believe it or not, this is my first time staying at a bed and breakfast in Taiwan. Having nothing else to compare to, I'll merely share my experience at this particular one.
Yilan’s about 40 minutes outside of Taipei. Strictly speaking, it's an easy day trip, but since Yilan’s also known for hot spring, it's also a popular over night destination. On weekends the traffic can take up to 2-3 hours because of all the Taipei-ites escaping the city. We had to leave Taipei early in the morning on Saturday, and return to Taipei right after lunch on Sunday.
Kawoting is a big stand alone , modern Taiwanese house about 20 minute drive from Yilan train station. It has a very spacious living room with large windows that fill the room with lights.
There are 8 rooms of various sizes. We stayed at a room with two queen sized beds. The restroom is on the smaller side, but very clean and has nice shower. Each room has its own AC, which is nice. Though in May it wasn't yet scorching hot, it was pretty humid, nice to have the AC on to dehumidify.
Our room has a balcony that looks out to the mountian. I think this is why Yilan is so popular on the weekends with Taipei-ites, it's one of the closest place to get away from the bustling city to enjoy nature.
In addition to the living room downstair, there is also a common small sitting area on the second floor.
The house has a pretty big yard with a few lounge chairs. We sat on them a little when we had the afternoon snack outside.
We were served snacks upon check in. Hard to see in the picture, but the two dishes behind the cake was some Yilan sweet specialties. Taiwanese are very big on "local specialties", wherever you travel in Taiwan you'll find desserts, small eats, dishes, etc, that are "local specialties" unique to the area. There will be more on this on my next post.
Btw, apparently the house has appeared in several Taiwanese dramas, as seen on this page http://kot.hotweb.com.tw/p01.php
像”醉後決定愛上你“ “敗犬女王” “阿博ㄟ後山”
這幾片我只有看過敗犬女王, 剛剛再回味一下影片片段, 又再讓我想起單無雙幹嘛不嫁給學長啦！！！
We were greeted by the proprietor at the door, very friendly and talkative. He told us he used to be an engineer, then decided to build this house and run bed and breakfast instead. Later that night he took us to the backyard to see fireflies. I may have seen one or two fireflies in my life before, but never as many as that night. Unfortunately my attempt to take pictures of the fireflies failed completely.
民宿老板人很好, 跟我們講了很多蓋這棟房子的故事, 晚上還帶我們去後院看螢火蟲
身為都市小孩, 這還是我第一次看到那麼多螢火蟲呢, 真是太奇妙了
Breakfast was traditional Taiwanese congee and side dishes (not in the pictures), though there was Belgian waffle as well. Simple but filling to kick off the day.
So that is it for Kawoting Bed and Breakfast. It's a clean and comfortable place to stay if you're ever in Yilan and would like to experience some genuine Taiwanese hospitiality.
Not too far away from Katrina is a lake , which seems to be a semi-popular tourist spot as well, because of some TV drama. Be sure to stop by.
去之前我一直以為我們是來看一個 “碑”, 心裡一直納悶這個碑到底有什麼了不起？
結果是我不識字, 原來是“埤” 啦！
There's a walkway around the lake, takes about 10-15 minutes to make a lap.
The next few pictures were taken with the "dynamic" effect on my camera. While the colors are a bit exaggerated, the sumptuous green mountain and the mirrored images on the lake are nonetheless breathtaking.
(好啦, 我沒去過九寨溝, 我相信實際上九寨溝更美）
加州乾旱有多嚴重呢？政府現在推行一句話 “brown is the new green"
是說, 這次旅行讓我特別懷念起以前念大學住宿舍, 週末一群人去LV, Big Bear的時光
可以的話, 偶爾拋夫棄子(?) 跟朋友安排一下旅行吧～
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