10 +1 places for a weekend in Romania

Some castles with counts and countesses memories still vivid, some farms where the nature is the power that can heal everything, some restaurants that could enchant any food lover, plus a #winterwonderland area in Covasna area: here are the 10+1 places in Romania perfect for a weekend. 

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Alma-Via Guesthouse & Restaurant is the perfect place to wind down and relax or to actively enjoy the nature and culture of Transylvania. This is a traditional Saxon farmhouse that has been restored (5 wonderful, different guestrooms), between Sibiu and Mediaș. It is a perfect place to start exploring Transylvania area: you could find here many cultural sites and medieval attractions are within easy reach. www.alma-via.ro, @almaviaguesthouse

Păstrăvăria Zăvoi – as its name says, it is a lovely weekend destination with a fish restaurant mega-delicious. At 1,5 km from Curtea de Argeș (with a lot of historical sites to explore), the location includes some wooden small villas, with a beautiful view over the lake. pastravariazavoi.ro, @pastravariazavoi

Paul’s Lodge Singureni Manor is a private equestrian estate, an oasis of seclusion and intimacy, not far from Bucharest, in the heart of old oak forests. The manor is decorated in hunting style, with personalised rooms for utmost intimacy, with private pool, saunas and jacuzzi. Put on the list the fine dining with the signature by Chef Alexandru Dumitru. www.singurenimanor.com, @singureni.manor

Amfiteatrul Transilvania – the lodge in the middle of nature. Farm and garden, restaurant. It is the place on my travel list for 2022, it looks so zen and quiet! On 100 hillside hectares in the Bucegi Mountains, this rustic-chic restaurant has dishes with natural, local ingredients, an amazing view and rooms set in restored 19th-century farm buildings. Nearby attractions include Bran Castle (Dracula’s Castle), Museum Medieval Bran and Horror House Bran. www.amfiteatrul.ro, @amfiteatrultransilvania

Panoramic Colibita – I heard a lot of good things about this location from some of my friends, so I guess I will pay it a visit, someday. The landscape looks incredible, the water is hot even in the winter, and the restaurant menu sounds great. http://www.panoramic-colibita.ro, @panoramic.colibita 

Das Fort Boutique Hotel – in Râșnov, in a scenery location, Das Fort Boutique is a wonderful ensemble of reborn houses, meticulously transformed into guesthouses (Painter’s House, Barn House, The Porch) , with an exquisite gourmet restaurant and intimate relaxation areas. In the courtyard you could enjoy the fresh air, a glass of wine by the fire, admire the architectural details. Close for visits: Râșnov Fortress, Bran Castle. www.dasfortboutique.ro, @dasfortboutique

Ferma Penteleu – with a name reminding a famous Romanian cheese 🙂 the farm offers what you imagine: stay in a farmhouse, eat eat pure bio food, enjoy the mountains. Their story starts like that: “It all began in the summer of 2009, when we, the Dincă’s (Alexandru and Valerica), were looking for a quiet place of retreat, away from the everyday stress of the city and of our current business…” fermapenteleu.com, @fermapenteleu

The Pines – Boutique Villa – Bed and Breakfast. I know I have mentioned them before, but after a lot of stays there and some years passed, I still enjoy the white & beige with woody touches decor of The Pines in Brașov (architect @sorana.buzinschi). This is truly the place where all the holiday dreams come true! Plus: now with other locations, as Vama Veche and Pines Favelas.  https://thepines.ro, @thepinesvilla

Schuster Boarding House – a perfect boutique hotel located in a building with art nouveau architecture in Brașov. The house has an interesting  history – belonged to the Schuster family, was built in 1914 with an architecture specific to the Art Nouveau period, and from the roof terrace you have a wonderful view over the city. www.schusterhotel.ro, @schusterboardinghouse

Mesendorf Gasthaus – another location on my 2022 list, still unvisited is a cozy guesthouse in the village of Meșendorf, Transylvania. Mesendorf area is famous for unspoiled natural scenery, Saxon fortified churches, bike trails and delicious food. Built more than a hundred years ago, the old houses share the traditional Saxon architecture in the area, recently restored. Mesendorf Gasthaus hides a beautiful inner yard, where you can enjoy a drink or a good book. https://www.mesendorfgasthaus.ro, @mesendorf49

PLUS 1: Comandău – or Komandó, Covasna, Romania, is one of the places chased by Instagram socials and snow addicts. And it is known for a famous winter retro rally, when once a year, some car lovers came to see (and freeze) the drifts in the snow of some beautiful retro cars. Loved it!