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Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation and Inn

Coffee, Art and Great Views at Finca Rosa Blanca
After a couple days resting up at The Retreat Costa Rica, I was off on my next adventure. Finca Rosa Blanca, which doubles as a boutique hotel and coffee plantation, proved the perfect setting for exploration both near and far.

I stayed in the La Guaria junior suite—each has it's own name—this one named after a local flower. Having come from New York where apartments are cramped, I was pleasantly surprised by the spacious layout of the villa. The entrance leads into a circular area, with sky lights above that form a sort of dome. There's a separate kitchen and dining area, a bathroom complete with a whirlpool, and a separate bedroom featuring a kingsize bed.

My favorite part of La Guaria were the two balconies. There's a small one right off of the bedroom, where I'd usually listen to the rain falling hard against the roof in the afternoon. In the mornings and again in the evenings, I'd make myself a cup of coffee and catch up on my emails outside on the larger terrace. It overlooks a large grass farm, as well as the flowers that grow on the property.

Speaking of coffee, Finca Rosa Blanca, is also a coffee plantation. On my first full day at the hotel, I signed up for their guided coffee tour, where I learned the ins and outs of coffee-making in Costa Rica—things like how Arabic coffee is the only type of coffee grown here and how the blonder the roast, the more caffeine it has; I always assumed the opposite.

Our tour group was small but we had a guest appearance by the finca's two adopted dogs—aptly named Finca and Rosa. It's a mother and daughter, and I loved watching them run around the plantation and play in the little waterfall separating one bank from the other.

The second part of the tour was an actual coffee tasting, where we sampled a "good" cup of coffee and an "over roasted" cup. I was surprised how many flavors and aromas I could pick up despite always claiming that I have a poor sense of smell...and silently resolved to skip the milk and sugar next time.

As for the food and lounge areas, there are some really creative spots. The El Tigre Vestido restaurant has both outdoor and indoor seating; I mostly ate in their open-air sections but definitely took advantage of the fire crackling in the evenings. It can get a little chilly there at night.

On my last full day at Finca Rosa Blanca, I went all out. First up was a scenic (and very uncrowded) hike to Barva volcano. I learned that, while a national park, it's one of Costa Rica's hidden secrets. There were few tourists along our path, allowing us to feel like we had wandered into an enchanted forest out of a story book.

Back at the finca, I indulged at their spa, with their Pura Vida Coffee Detox Package: a Swedish full-body massage, a coffee and chocolate body scrub and a refreshing facial. After a challenging hike that morning, it was just what the doctor ordered.

Fun fact: There's some great art here and I'm not just talking about the murals on the walls (there are some super colorful ones at the pool); One of the owners, Glenn, is an artist by trade and he designed all the metal work seek throughout the property, right here on-site.

Tierra Blanca, Heredia, Santa Bárbara, 3009, Costa Rica
+506 2269 9392