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A trip to spectacular Newfoundland is unforgettable on its own, but by staying at one or more of these amazing places, you can make it even more so.
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The view pictured here is what you’ll see just before making your way into the small, postcard-perfect town of Trinity. Look closely, to the right and front of the image, and you’ll spot The Artisan Inn, and the Twine Loft Restaurant with its outdoor deck dotted with lounge chairs for sipping cocktails while gazing out at the water. The inn itself offers a wide range of accommodation options, with rooms and vacation homes spread throughout various buildings in the heart of historic Trinity. Look forward to a delicious, expansive breakfast at the highly-acclaimed Twine Loft as well as fine dining on gourmet cuisine in the evening. In between, stroll this picturesque town with its beautiful saltbox houses, museums, art galleries and historic buildings preserved from the 18th century.
JAG is a stylish new boutique hotel in the province’s capital and North America’s oldest city, St. John’s. Located in the heart of downtown between lively George Street and scenic, historic Water Street, guests have easy access to many of the city’s popular attractions, the best of local shopping, fine dining and nightlife. One of Canada’s best restaurants, Raymonds, as well as the famous, vibrantly-hued homes on Jelly Bean Row, can be reached within a 15-minute walk. Highlights of the hotel itself include the Iceberg Spa products and spacious raindrop showers in the bathrooms, as well as its rock star theme which features an extensive collection of rock-inspired art and memorabilia.
Bottom Brook Cottages is located in Rocky Harbour, a small village set right within Gros Morne National Park on the west coast. It makes an ideal base for hiking the dramatic Long Range Mountains, visiting lighthouses, boating through freshwater fjords and dining at one of the best eateries in the province, Java Jack’s, located in a heritage house overlooking Bonne Bay, serving fresh fish and seafood, wild game and vegetarian cuisine, with its own organic garden supplying greens and veggies. The property itself is located right in the middle of town and offers arguably the best value around, with individual cottages that include full kitchens for cooking up your own meals. There is also a propane BBQ, picnic tables and a fire pit that sits next to the peaceful brook for enjoying the warmth of a fire.
While Newfoundland is rather remote, you can discover a whole new world, even farther from the chaos of day-to-day life, on Fogo Island. Here you’ll step into a place that feels as if it was lost in time, though it’s easily accessible by ferry from Farewell. The island is home to 11 communities, including a traditional Irish village called Tilting, where you’ll hear the sounds of thick Irish lilts and have the chance to wander across old wooden docks and red-painted fishing rooms. One of the best places to base yourself is Quintal House in Joe Batt’s Arm, renowned for its unique cultural heritage and gorgeous scenery. Host Nadine provides an especially warm welcome at this B&B-style accommodation, and even offers her very well-stocked kitchen for putting together some of your own meals. Right next door you’ll find Nicole’s Cafe, a must for residents and visitors alike serving mouth-watering dishes that highlight fishing, foraging and farming.
Fogo Island Inn, sometimes referred to as the “hotel at the end of the Earth,” sits along the rocky shores of Joe Batt’s Arm. The 29-room, all-inclusive resort is an escapist’s fantasy come true, with every room boasting expansive ocean views, handmade Scandinavian-inspired furniture, a wood stove or fireplace and giant soaking tub. Watch for blue-hued icebergs and passing whales with the in-room binoculars, and take advantage of one of the three rooftop hot tubs for soaking up the jaw-dropping scenery from outside.
When you want to get out and explore you’ll find a network of 14 marked hiking trails that span over 120-miles of ancient, empty footpaths across the island, along high rocky cliffs, inland and down to the water’s edge. Cycling, fishing, kayaking and rowing punts (local traditional watercraft) are just a few of the activities available during the warmer months, while Nordic skiing and snowshoeing are winter options. Guests can also take a hands-on boat building class and embark on a guided harbor tour. In late fall on clear nights, the inn also happens to be a great spot for viewing the colorful lights of the aurora borealis.
Wavey’s House is one of the multiple accommodations offered by Valhalla Lodge, located near the tip of the Great Northern Peninsula, just a few miles from the World Heritage Site, L’Anse-aux-Meadows, the continent’s only authenticated Viking settlement site. The traditional Newfoundland box style home was restored by the famous novelist, E. Annie Proulx, who wrote the Pulitzer prize-winning “The Shipping News,” inspired from her time in this region. It sits in a cove where guests can enjoy a roaring fire on the beach while watching the icebergs that float in and the occasional whale that passes by, and includes two bedrooms, a bathroom, a full kitchen, wood stove and a patio that faces the sea.
The Spaniards Room Heritage Home is a bed and breakfast that is located just an hour from St. John’s International Airport, providing an ideal place to relax before a long drive to the north, or to spend a day or two unwinding before your trip back home. One of Newfoundland’s loveliest B&Bs, it was built in 1901 and is considered both historically and architecturally significant. Owners Greg and Lorraine Miller offer especially welcoming, comfortable accommodations in rooms filled with beautiful antique furnishings, along with extraordinary meals, for both breakfast and dinner. Guests can also take advantage of the onsite fitness and massage studio to take relaxation up a notch.