Escape from Manila's heat is a pleasant hour's drive. Southbound through the highway, then an ascent through hills laden with pineapple, coconut plantations on the fringe. At Tagaytay Ridge, 2,250 feet above sea level, flowers bloom everywhere. The cool wind kisses spectators of the scene. Perched high, visitors look upon Taal Volcano, the world's smallest active volcano, sitting in the middle of a lake framed by the ridge. It is a photo op that leaves you breathless, puts you in a picnic mood as weekenders do at the Picnic Grove. Restaurants whip up popular dishes, ingredients fresh out of Tagaytay's farms and gardens. Nature spas cure fatigue with a touch. And as the temperature plummets, comfy hotel rooms with a view await those who fancy a night's stay in Tagaytay.