CapeRace CULINARY & Fogo Island Inn - 8 Days
Day 1-4 St. John's
On the first stop on your culinary adventure, you’ll have reservations at the city’s most exciting dining destinations: One is helmed by a Top Chef Canada fan favourite; the other was named Canada’s best new restaurant—and best restaurant, period—by the country’s leading food critics. We’ll guide you towards many other local gems too, so you can sample everything from fresh seafood to traditional baked goods to vegetarian dishes for the rest of your time in town. St. John's is Newfoundland’s capital city—a place with a "San Francisco meets Dublin" vibe. You’ll spend three nights there, based at Hare's Ears Cottage, a light-filled restored heritage cottage overlooking the sea, in the Battery, one of the oldest—and most colourful—neighbourhoods in St. John's. Hare's Ears is a short hike from Signal Hill National Historic Park, via the North Head Trail, which starts quite literally at your doorstep. For three to four days you spend here in North America’s oldest city, you can listen to live Celtic music, hike the extensive coastal trail system or simply head to the independent boutiques and crafters’ studios to find one-of-a-kind souvenirs.
Day 4-6 Bonavista
After St. John's you’ll be based in Bonavista and booked in for eclectic local dining experiences, including: homemade tea-shop treats, spectacular desserts in a restored seafront heritage site and rustic cuisine, in a restaurant with its own wood-burning pizza oven, on-site farm and the most glorious views across the bay. The Bonavista Peninsula has exploded overnight, boasting new craft breweries, coffee shops and unique dining venues, all set in an untouched and sparsley populated coastal wonder. On your way, along the Discovery Trail, you’ll be treated to breathtaking ocean views, rugged scenery, lighthouses and with any luck, icebergs and whales. Bonavista is a bustling fishing village of 3,500 people, and it will be your home base for two nights. You’ll sleep at Thomas Mouland House, right on the ocean—it’s a charming restored 19th-century fisher's house. For two to three days, you can explore nearby outport communities, such as postcard-pretty Trinity, Kings Cove and Maberly. There’s a vibrant local theatre scene—with outdoor productions in the warmer months—and ancient coastal fisherman's trails to hike, as well as abandoned communities to discover by boat.
Day 6-8 Fogo Island Inn, Fogo Island
Finally, on Fogo Island, you’ll feast on award-winning dishes—created with wild plants and berries, game and fresh-off-the-boat seafood—prepared by Chef Murray and his team at the Inn. You’ll also check out some other interesting places on the island, offering mouth-watering traditional fare. Arriving her—at the most north-eastern point of Canada’s most north-eastern province—feels like reaching the edge of the world. In fact, the Flat Earth Society believes Fogo Island is one of the corners of the flat Earth. For two nights, you’ll revel in the quiet luxuries of Fogo Island Inn, a property at the heart of a new Newfoundland cultural movement, bringing together: artists, designers, architects, geologists, academics, fishers, artisans, growers and chefs. You’ll have two to three days to discover this fishing outport, with a population of 2,400, that’s reinventing itself as an international geotourism destination. You can visit the Irish community of Tilting, with its green-trimmed white clapboard houses, grass-roofed root cellars and salt-blistered fishing stages.
Day 8 - Depart
Depart Fogo for either Gander or St. John's International airports.