Get under the skin of Newfoundland. Your stay begins on the breathtaking Avalon Peninsula and concludes at Central's Fogo Island. It's a winter adventure that your senses will never forget. Your trip will be steeped in local characters, spectacular wildlife and wide-ranging memorable dining experiences. We have based the Winter-Lovers adventure on our award-winning CapeRace Culinary trip. While traveling from St. John’s to Fogo Island, our custom written personal travel guidebook will lead you to many unique experiences powered by colourful characters, local fun, indigenous music and cultural surprises that you'll only ever experience in Newfoundland. This is a self-driven trip that requires little preparation. We provide you with a rental vehicle at the airport, four nights of unique coastal accommodation, hard-to-secure dinner reservations for arrival night, and a custom guidebook written specifically for the trip. And, most important, should you choose, opportunities to mingle with the locals.
In St. John's you will stay in the Outer Battery Village, one of the oldest neighbourhoods in the oldest city in North America. Your digs for the evening will be Hare's Ears Cottage, the most easterly guest house in North America. Take in a day of winter coastal hiking, visit local art galleries, shop, or sample local craft beer at a famous Newfoundland pub. Meet renowned Newfoundland chefs such as Todd Perrin, (Canada’s Top Chef contestant) of Mallard Restaurant or 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 taste many of their craft beers including QV Iceberg Beer, made from 30,000 year old glacial ice.
Your second night will be spent in Heart's Delight, Trinity Bay, at the W.B. Sooley House, an original fisherman's house overlooking Trinity Bay.You'll snuggle in to your quaint bungalow for the evening, with chances high that you'll get a taste of the local crowd. Heart's Delight, along with the communities of Heart's Desire and Heart's Content were named after fishing vessels, the Heart's Delight, the Heart's Desire and the Heart's Content, that fished out of the surrounding harbour during the fishery in the 17th century. .
Fogo Island Inn
Your third and fourth nights are spent at the world-renowned Fogo Island Inn, known as a place of wood-burning stoves, wry humor, dramatic seascapes and sensible luxury. Each guest suite is a contemporary expression of traditional outport design and decor: "handmade modern." You'll have a half day Fogo orientation with a dedicated Fogo community host and full use of the Inn's facilities: cinema, sauna, contemporary art gallery, gym and yoga space, heritage library, bicycles for independent exploration, use of storm weather gear and rubber boots, and binoculars in each suite. All of the Inn’s rooms were created using only natural materials such as wood, wool, cotton, and linen and all furniture and textiles were custom designed, locally crafted. The only plastic in the guest rooms is the telephone.
Your culinary experience here at the Inn reflects traditional cultural norms. Fogo Islanders have historically hunted, grown, foraged, and caught their food both out of necessity and for pleasure. The Inn carries on these traditions by foraging for berries, supporting local growers and fishers, and exploring the barrens surrounding the Inn in search of the perfect garnish for the spectacular culinary creations. Savoring Fogo Island Inn’s food is a cultural experience combining the best of Fogo Island’s customary foodways with the exciting forward-thinking of contemporary cuisine.
Fogo Island spans about 35 kilometres from east to west and 24 kilometres from north to south with 2,395 people living in 10 distinct communities. The Island boasts countless plant and animal species that thrive in its untamed wilderness. Although located just over halfway between the equator and the North Pole, the Labrador Current passing by Fogo Island's doorstep brings with it the makings for a subarctic landscape and a temperate maritime climate. The Island's boreal forest plays host to herds of caribou, beavers, foxes, mosses, grasses, and wildflowers.
Backstage Kitchen Pass- Traveler's Diary
Today, good old-fashioned paper-back touring information is hard to find. The cherished Lonely Planet-type guidebooks have morphed into paid-for biased on-line blogs and opinionated Trip Advisor accounts that rarely scratch the surface of a destination. We've written our own bookstore-quality guidebook that takes you into the depths of the culture only the locals would know.