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Featuring breathtaking scenery, fascinating wildlife, and incredibly friendly people, Newfoundland is an easternmost Canadian that offers a bucket list adventure. 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. From cozy inns to trendy boutique hotels, these are the best places to stay in Newfoundland.
Artisan Inn offers incredible views of the small, postcard-perfect town of Trinity. The Artisan Inn is home to 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 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 grill, picnic tables, and a fire pit that sits next to the peaceful brook for enjoying the warmth of a fire.
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 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 a 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. In late fall on clear nights, the inn also happens to be a great spot for viewing the colorful lights of the aurora borealis.
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 on-site fitness and massage studio to take relaxation up a notch.
Wavey's House, L'anse Aux Meadows
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 by 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, a wood stove, and a patio that faces the sea.