Spend Shavuot weekend on Rosh Pina – Israel News


With Shavuot upon us, it’s time to think about where to spend the holiday long weekend, or where to go on a getaway in the weeks to come – being the last holidays before the end of the school year. For couples without kids or parents looking to spend some time alone, staying at an adults-only hotel is a great way to enjoy your next vacation.

1. Edmond Hotel

In recent years, a number of new boutique hotels offering a child-free setting have opened. One such place is the Edmond Hotel and Spa, located in scenic Rosh Pina, and open to guests 14 and older. Now that we’re entering summer, it’s the perfect time to enjoy the hotel’s swimming pool or go for a nearby outing.

The Edmond hotel offers 66 beautiful spacious rooms, some with balconies. You can relax in the quaint bar, where musical evenings are organized, or relax in the heated swimming pool and hot tub, open all year round. Plus, you can book spa treatments, work out in the gym, and spend time in the dry and wet saunas.

All stays include hearty breakfasts and dinners at the hotel’s Victoria Restaurant, so you won’t have to worry about finding places to eat in the area, or end up spending more money than you planned. The restaurant, which overlooks the pool, offers an eclectic menu using local Galilee produce. Breakfast includes a classic Israeli menu of salads, quality cheeses from Bat Harim Dairy in Malkiya, fresh breads prepared by Chef Gal Levy from Bread Men Bakery in Kibbutz Moran, freshly squeezed juices, a hot tub omelettes and sweet pastries.

Hotel Edmond (credit: URI ACKERMAN)

Next to the restaurant you will find the hotel’s wine room, where wine workshops take place every evening. If you can’t attend a workshop, you can also enjoy a glass of wine at the hotel’s Laurence Bar.

Location: 35 Derech Hagalil, Rosh Pina. Price: On weekdays, from 1,500 NIS. Weekends from NIS 1,750. Spa treatments, from NIS 290.Details: (04) 906-4555, www.edmond-hotel.co.il.

2. Khirbet Yarda

Located right next to the Moshav Mishmar Hayarden, is Khirbet Yarda, where you will find archaeological remains dating from Roman times to the Ottoman period. On the site, you will see a monument in memory of the 48 soldiers of the Carmeli battalion who fell there during the battles against the Syrian army during the war of independence.

The Council for the Conservation of Heritage Sites in Israel restored Khirbet Yarda in the 1990s, and visitors can now see the remains of the estate, including a covered cistern in the large courtyard. Archaeologists who participated in the excavations claim that pottery shards and coins found near the main structure date back to Roman times.

Once you have finished visiting the ancient remains and enjoying the spectacular view of the Golan Heights, I recommend that you leave your car at the parking lot and walk to Ein Yarda. Walk towards the intersection then go down the dirt road that leads to the source. As you descend the short, winding path, you will pass under the shade of eucalyptus trees that have been planted along the Nahal Mahanayim river bed. As soon as you begin the descent you will hear the water flowing over the rocks and immediately feel the change in temperature as the cool air escapes from the water.

There are plenty of places to stop along the way for a rest or a picnic, including “Omri’s Corner”, a bench built in memory of Omri Lahad, a young backpacker who died of a bite from snake during a trip to Colombia.

directions: At the Mahanayim intersection, turn onto Route 91 (towards the Daughters of Jacob Bridge). Then, before arriving at Moshav Mishmar Hayarden, turn left on a path through the fields. Drive 800 meters to an intersection. Right in front of you is the Khirbet Yarda parking lot. To the left is a road that leads to Ein Yarda, which is only accessible by 4×4 vehicle, so it’s best to park and walk down.

3. Bazelet HaGolan Vineyard

No trip to northern Israel would be complete without a visit to one of the region’s wineries. The rich soil of the Golan Heights is ideal for growing vines, which is why so many winemakers have opened vineyards in this region. Bazelet HaGolan, the first boutique winery in the Golan Heights, was founded in Moshav Kidmat Zvi by Yoav Levy, who moved to the area in the 1980s. In the winery’s vineyard, which is 900 meters in altitude and spanning 10 hectares (25 acres), Levy grows grapes for its Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay wines. Bazelet HaGolan produces 80,000 bottles per year.

Guests are welcome to visit the winery’s visitor center, which includes a tour of the wine cellar and garden, where you’ll get stunning views of the region. Wine tastings include explanations and a short video about the winemaking process, after which guests are invited to taste wine and delicious snacks. The price for the wine tasting is 50 NIS. Customers can also skip the tour and purchase a glass or bottle of wine instead, as well as cheese and vegetable platters and smoked trout.

Location: Moshav Kidmat Zvi. Hours: Open every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Details: (04) 696-5010, www.bazelet-hagolan.com.

4. Hammam Bnot Yaakov

Few people know Hammam Bnot Yaakov, made up of a few pools of very cold water in an old well near the Daughters of Jacob bridge. It’s also not far from places on the Jordan River where you can hire rafts. As this “hammam” is little known, you will probably be able to rest and stroll in the shade of the huge fig tree without having to share the place with many other hikers. It is not known why the bridge was called Daughters of Jacob, but there are several stories. One version is that the daughters of our patriarch Jacob bathed in the water there.

directions: From the Mahanayim intersection, turn onto Route 91 (towards Katzrin). Turn left onto Route 918, then right where you see signs for Jordan River Rafting. Keep right on the road and past the kiosk to the parking lot.

Translated by Hannah Hochner.

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