Recommended by Judy Elkus
If you’re looking for somewhere to stay up north, I highly recommend the Pastoral, Kfar Blum. We (with 4 kids aged 6-19) just spent shabat there – it was glorious! The grounds are spacious and well kept so there’s plenty of space for kids to run around. The boutique rooms we took were a great size, the bathroom had a huge double shower and a luxuriously deep bathtub, and we stepped out through the French windows onto greenery with our own little table and chairs. On shabat afternoon, we took a little tiyul out of the gate to the Jordan River – a beautiful stroll down the tayelet alongside the green river bank, to a small but powerful waterfall. Little plaques along the way quote verses from the tnach referring to the Yarden. So peaceful, so meaningful!
The pièce de résistance of the weekend was without a doubt Friday night dinner. If you are there for a weekend – it’s totally worth booking yourself in for it (extra charge applies)! The buffet was varied, creative, beautifully presented and every bite delicious! The staff were so helpful and attentive – available throughout the evening, wishing us beteyavon as they passed. Breakfast and lunch were great too, but if you only eat one meal in the hotel, you can’t beat Friday night! (We saw people who brought their own food for lunch and just set up on the lawns – totally doable!)
For a relaxing, indulgent and delightful weekend, I can’t recommend the Pastoral highly enough!
A cultural getaway In the heart of the Hula Valley in the Upper Galilee, surrounded by green spaces and the chirping of birds, lies the Pastoral Hotel – a meeting place for people who love getting away, culture, nature, music and the written word. The hotel offers a comfortable, peaceful getaway experience for couples and families, together with close proximity to all the main attractions of the Upper Galilee region, including Lake Hula, Manara Cliff, Mt. Hermon, wineries, museums and motor sports.