Saka Mõis – Manor and spa

One of our first trips this summer was to Saka town in east side of Estonia, near Narva. We found this lovely manor closed to sea and decided to enjoy their spa and hospitality for one night.

The main road nro 1 is boring as h…, but in good condition, and also full of trucks. You can do as we did, and drive part of the trip in smaller roads. We took first road to Rakvere and from there to Kohtla-järv. These roads are in good shape also and not so straight and boring as the main road.

The manor is pretty old but recently renovated, the rooms are kinda oldish and there is nothing fancy but big enough for motorcycle stuff, clean and homey. Also free parking outside behind fence was nice.

The spa was lovely small spa with all the necessarily features like sauna, jacuzzi and swimming pool. We had the whole area only for us for 1,5 hours and that was really nice small detail.

Breakfast next morning was really nice ans we were able to eat outside.

The manor area is big and there are also some cottages to rent, you can park your wagon here and there are also places for tents.

In surrounding area you can walk, play tennis, hike, rent bicycles or just climb to watching tower to enjoy the view.

Unfortunately there is only one restaurant in the manor and it’s ok but not that good. It’s not pricey either so we didn’t really care that much. But the service was nice, food rather ok and the dining room looked amazing so we were pretty happy after we left.

The whole Saka area is pretty quickly explored but the manor is lovely, the spa is nice, prices are decent so if you are driving to m/from Narva and need place to stay, we can really recommend thia place for you.

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Tartu – Tampere Maja and cocktails by the river

The final destination of our trip was Tartu and Tampere Maja, really lovely wooden house with specious rooms, sauna and parking space on backyard.

The road from Otepää to Tartu was no different than the other roads; quiet, boring and in good condition. Nothing much to see on the road, few cows and a lots of trees and fields. When we arrived to Tartu, we noticed that ok, now we are in the real city, plenty of cars, some motorcycles and a bit tricky old town to drive. Luckily we had our navigator so it was pretty easy to find the hotel.

Tampere Maja

We know that we were able to park the bikes backyard so we drove straight in from the gates, took our stuff and checked in.

Our room was spacious and bright and of course really hot, cause it was Indian summer outside. The room had air conditioning but we had some problems to use it and we were too tired to call the staff so we decided to open the window and enjoy the Estonian summer.

Bedroom

Tampere Maja has also a sauna for rent. We rented it for 2 hours and it was really nice even after a short ride we had today. Sauna is clean and there is shampoos and stuff for the guests and also towels, so no need to bring your own. You can also bring your own drinks (also alcohol) with you but make sure you buy plastic bottles or cans.

Sauna and terrace

After a nice sauna session we headed to town and to river side, where is one of our favorite bars, Väike Kuuba. Their mojitos are just awesome!

Väike Cuba

After few drinks we decided to try local tex mex- food at Sheriff Saloon and what a disappointment it was. Service was slow, food was straight form the can and tasted like …. I don’t know. The place looks nice, but there is so much better restaurants in Tartu than this one.

Saloon

But thank good, Tartu has the best chocolate restaurant in the country, Chocolate de Pierre. There I had my dessert cake, a big cup of coffee, lovely glass of white wine and at the same time we enjoyed the atmosphere of Tartu town hall square.

Next morning we had a small breakfast at the Tampere Maja. Nothing special, just breads, cereals, vegetables, cheeses and hams, but it was enough for as at that point, so we were kind of happy. On our way home, we took a small detour and ended up this “sports center” near Tallinn, where we had really good soup for a lunch and the price was a round 2,5 euro per cup, nothing fancy but the area, friendly service and nice weather made our day and we drove happily back to Tallinn. The Tartu-Tallinn road is in really good shape and there is some traffic, and in rush hours you should take your time cause there might be a lots of cars going to Tartu on Friday or leaving from Tartu on Sundays.

But once again we had really nice road trip and we are really lucky that we have so nice places near us.