Fogo island Inn is a mecca for those trying to escape ordinary or the hustle and bustle of life. It’s an adventure into isolation. It’s an opportunity to take a step back in time, and enjoy a simpler time. For me, it one of the most unique and exciting locations I’ve stumbled across.
When I say adventure, its seriously an adventure! Even getting there is a story to tell. To say it’s remote is somewhat of an understatement as Fogo Island is located off the northeast coast of Newfoundland, Canada. The island, which is 22 miles east to west and 15 miles north to south, is accessible by ferry. The trip will take you through Halifax, then flying into Gander, boarding a ferry to Fogo. The ferry is a passenger and vehicle ferry, operated by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, and serves Fogo Island several times each day so you can rent a car for this portion of the trip. Arriving at the inn, you’ll see the 43,000 square foot hotel, resting on a number of stilts above the rugged coastline.
The rooms at Fogo Island Inn vary in size from 350 to 1,100 square feet. All of the Inn’s rooms were created using only natural materials such as wood, wool, cotton, and linen. The only plastic in the guest rooms is the telephone. Guest suites sit atop the Inn’s stilts, a distinct nod to traditional outport fishing stages, and all suites traditional outport Newfoundland aesthetic.
Labrador Room: These intimate rooms, suitable for up to 2 people are located on floors 1 through 3, with all having stunning views of the powerful Atlantic. All rooms have walk-in showers (some provide wood stoves) and will rent for $1,522 US per night. Don’t forget, this is an all-inclusive rate!
Newfoundland Room: These rooms accommodate up to 2 people on the 3rd and 4th floors of the Inn, and can be rented for $1,753 US per night. The suites are close to the rooftop lounge and some of the 4th floor rooms have wood stoves.
Fogo Island Suite: These suites, which include two large corner suites, are best suited for two people. Take advantage of the in-room soaker tub while gazing out over the ocean. The suites each have a bath, walk-in shower and wood stove and rent for $2,216 US per night.
Fogo Island Family Suite: These suites are perfect for families of up to 4. So if you’re planning on an adventure with your kids, then this is your option for accommodation. The suites each have a bath, walk-in shower and wood stove and rent for $2,216 US per night.
Flat Earth Suite: The ultimate option is The Captain’s Quarters. The 1,100 sq ft room feature a lofted sleeping area and a living area with views in almost all directions. The 3 person suite includes a walk-in shower, soaker tub, wood stove, and extra washroom.
One of the most acclaimed features of the hotel, is the vaulted dining room that provides unobstructed views of the coast. You can sit back, enjoy a expertly prepared meal and enjoy what surprises might pop up (like an icebergs bobbing in the waves or whales breaching.) The rate includes all meals.
As far as activities go, the area has several, depending on the season (the island claims it has 7 seasons.) For all the wildlife enthusiasts, take time to spot some of the local inhabitants of the island. Take a hike around the island (or bike) and track down some caribou or foxes. An excellent summer time activity. In the spring, head over to the harbor to see seals slipping and sliding on the ice.
As I mentioned in the dining section, the island sees many icebergs float past its shores. If you’re looking for a break, sitting and watching icebergs pass you by has to be one of the most unique ways to relax I’ve ever heard of. You can also watch for migrating whales from the shore. If you’re interested there’s a local fisherman experience for $150 for 3 hours.
If you’re there in summer, you can also take a dip in the ocean. Swim right off sure, or at one of the sandy beaches. If the water is too cold, head back to the hotel and jump into one of the 2 rooftop hot tubs, or the sauna.
If you get restless, the hotel has a fully equipped and modern fitness room, visit the 37-seat cinema on property or you can go into town and tour the museums of Fogo Island. You could also head to the library on property and learn about the history and culture of Newfoundland and Canada.
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All photos courtesy of the Fogo Island Inn