One of the romantic weekends Bülent and I planned was to Bolu. We had an amazing time, but it wasn’t actually in Bolu. We had planned to stay in the Bolu city area and take day trips to Abant Gölü and Yedigöller, however the place we stayed was actually two hours from both, in Bolu province. In the end it all worked out, and we had a wonderful time. The drive there was very pretty. There was still snow on the hills lining the freeway!
We arrived at Hindiba Pansiyon, an ecofriendly resort with small bungalows. It was really lovely. The bungalows and outdoor tables straddled a clearing in the woods which a creek ran through. There was a full service restaurant, and breakfast and dinner were included in the price of the bungalow. The eals were great, produced with locally available foods.
There were two types of bungalows, stone and wood. I would recommended the stone. The wood bungalow was very cozy, with not much floor space, but since we were on a romantic weekend, the size of the bungalow didn’t really matter.
We relaxed, read, rested and took walks. The best part of walking was that immediately after leaving the pension we were deep in the country.
We did take a day trip to Gölcük, a small lake up in the mountains of Bolu. The drive was gorgeous, and once we got there—there was water! That is always a focus for people who live in Ankara. Water, since our city is sort of arid, we all prefer vacationing in areas that are lush and green, preferably with a body of water nearby. In this respect Hindiba was perfect for our needs.
Even though it was not what we were expecting, we had a great time. The focus was on time together anyway. It wouldn’t have mattered if it was a dive motel—but that is a post for next time…