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CapeRace Culinary St.John's- Canada Staycation - 4 Days

Trip detail

"Ingredients evoke landscapes, recipes recall history and certain dishes can unlock the very essence of a place and its people".

Get under the skin of St. John's.This is a weekend gastro-cultural adventure that your senses will never forget. Your digs for the weekend are Hares Ears Cottage, nestled in the cliffs of the quirky Outer Battery Neighbourhood. Your culinary adventure will be steeped in local characters, spectacular wildlife and wide-ranging memorable dining experiences, from the exquisite to the edgy. We have based our CapeRace Culinary Adventures on our award-winning original Eco-Culture Experience™ trip. While traveling around St. John’s, our unique CapeRace Culinary MapGuide will lead you to many gastro-cultural experiences powered by colourful characters, local fun, indigenous music and cultural surprises that you'll only ever experience in Newfoundland. Enjoy great flight access from New York and Toronto with three hour direct flights.

Meet renowned Newfoundland chefs such as Todd Perrin, (Canada’s Top Chef contestant) of Mallard Restaurant and Jeremy Charles of award-winning Raymond's fine dining. Find out why the top chefs use wild rabbit and moose and foraged berries or be the judge of the best fish & chips in town, a battle raging between two St. John's restaurants that have sat side by side since 1951. Drop in on a 75-year old family business that still serves up take-out baked turkey legs over an ancient counter. Tour the QV Craft Brewery at Quidi Vidi Village and attend a tasting of their best-selling beers, including Iceberg Beer, made from 30,000 year old glacial ice. Walk in on their weekly ocean-side kitchen party held every Friday afternoon. 

Backstage Kitchen Pass

While touring the the city your CapeRace Culinary MapGuide will lead you to exquisite restaurants, simple-kitchen gems, and back-alley pubs. It will provide you with a packed insider's peek into little known sights, hiking trails and secret places only locals would know. Depending on when you travel, take in a day of coastal hiking, walking or coastal mountain biking, visit the local art galleries, take a boat to get close to the whales or sample local beer at a famous Newfoundland pub. Enjoy a coastal outdoor lunch overlooking towering icebergs, breaching whales and gigantic seabirds, then settle in for the night at the charming and cozy coastal Hares Ears Cottage.

What's Included:

Extensive consultation to custom design and book your end-to-end itinerary

Exclusive use of one private CapeRace property; Hare's Ear's Cottage at St. John's for three nights.

House stocked with local specialty items to get you started.

3 dining experiences at leading restaurants, food festivals, breweries & pubs

Arrangement of unique boutique foodie activities such as food forages, hand-line cod fishing, lobster fishing (in season) and custom dining

One copy of personalized  "CapeRace Culinary MapGuide", written by CapeRace with fresh contributions from previous CapeRace travellers

Transportation: 8 taxi chits to get you to and from your dining and evening experiences

What's not Included:


Air transportation. We can provide you with important advice on how to secure the best air fares. Great direct flights from New York (3 hours, from $250)  Toronto (3 hours from $250) and most Canadian cities.

Alcohol and gratuity over 15%

Travel insurance. Travel insurance can be purchased at your local bank.

Boat tours and activities. We can make suggestions and take care of bookings for great side trips and tours. Most of our recommendations are for activities that carry no charge. Outdoor activity opportunities  change with the seasons. It does not snow in the pubs.

Rental vehicle fuel, GPS, insurance. (Insurance coverage provided by most credit cards)