You know people who’ve been there; you’ve heard their rapturous recounting.

Now, we can take you there for less than you’d pay on your own and in the company of….well, think of this as group travel for people like you who don’t do group travel.

The Fogo Island Inn is as improbable as the idea of Canada was back in 1867. But both have not only survived; they’ve thrived in a way worthy of real celebration.

Located in a tiny, frail village in a far corner of Newfoundland, “on an island off an island off the radar”, the Inn has quickly grown to be a place the world is flocking to. Not just because it’s gob­-smackingly gorgeous, but because its creator, Zita Cobb, has built a new model for what tourism ­and community ­can be.

On two occasions in 2020 – May 21-24 and Oct. 1-4 — we’re leading a group of friends to the Inn for a long weekend that you’ll not soon forget. In fact, we hope to have most, if not all the Inn to ourselves, which means it will be like a four­ day Ted Talk, foodies’ paradise and…summer camp for grownups. But in the spring and fall, which are two very different seasons on Fogo. May generally has icebergs and October always has berries, zillions of them.

The Inn itself is everything you’d expect from one of the world’s most instantly and extravagantly lauded destinations.* In addition to enjoying the fabulous ambiance of the hotel itself, the waves bursting ashore outside our spectacular rooms, the delicious Newfoundland Cuisine, we’ll be ‘out there’ as well, ­hiking, foraging, exploring the fabulous landscape and generally rushing to experience one of the most hospitable and authentic communities on Earth.

We’ll spend three glorious days and nights at the Inn.

Getting there will be less glorious only because transport to Fogo is never easy. But we’ve been there and we know how to make the journey part of the adventure.

The itineraries are exactly the same; only the dates are different.

 Wednesday, May 20, 2020 or Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Late afternoon/evening: Fly to Gander, Newfoundland, the closest commercial airport to Fogo. Check in to the Comfort Inn there.

Thursday, May 21 or Thursday, October 1
Early morning, all aboard our private bus for the 90 minute drive to the seashore to catch the morning ferry to Fogo Island. The ferry ride is 45 minutes from the north shore to Fogo Island and the hotel is a 25-­minute drive to Joe Batt’s Arm, where we then check in to the Fogo Island Inn and enjoy lunch from the Inn’s dining room while the Atlantic ocean crashes on the shore just steps away.

The rest of the day will be spent in the company of a community host who will guide us around the Island.

Friday, May 22 and Saturday May 23 or Friday, October 2 and Saturday,October 3
In and around the Inn, we’ll enjoy the rooftop hot tubs, spectacular spa, roaring fires, live music, restful library, gorgeous dining room ­and every particle of it filled with Newfoundland hospitality.

We are finalizing the full itinerary and the highlights will for sure include: hiking, community excursions, cultural insights and one of the most beguiling after-parties you’ve ever been to.

Sunday May 24 or Sunday, October 4
After breakfast at the Inn, we make our way back to Gander Airport for our flights home. Or you may want to stay – either at the Inn or in Newfoundland, a little longer. It’s absolutely your choice.

Yes, the trip is pricey.

But the cost with us is lower than you’d pay on your own. Indeed, you’ll never stay in comparable rooms for less.

Here’s where you need to focus intently.

The prices quoted below (different suites of different sizes mean different rates) include your costs at the Inn as well as transfers to and from the Inn, which is by bus and ferry.

You’ll want to book the Comfort Inn in Gander on your own which we have at a rate of $130 per room plus taxes: https://bit.ly/2PmLwfv

And because everyone has different flight habits, deals and demands, we’re going to ask you book your own flights to and from Gander.

Given how fast flights in small planes can fill up to and from Gander, we strongly urge you to book your flights sooner than later. If you need help, we’re happy to recommend our own travel agent, Kris Knowles (TravelwithKris@qstours.com or 647-205-1228). No one knows the rocks and shoals of flying to Gander better than she does.

Whatever route you fly to Gander, you need to be on our bus by 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 21 or Thursday, October 1 at the Comfort Inn in Gander.

The following suites are available at the prices below. These costs are for one person for three nights based on double occupancy. The costs vary because the rooms vary in size and location.

Labrador Rooms: 1st Floor

Labrador Rooms: 2nd Floor

Labrador Rooms: 3rd Floor

Newfoundland Rooms

Fogo Island Suites

Fogo Island Family Suites

Flat Earth Suites

$2,670

$2,933

$3,064

$3,326

$4,639

$4,639

$5,426

In addition, you’ll have the choice of adding the following when you book with the Inn:

Ferry Cross Per Adult:  $8

Roundtrip Private Bus Charter to and from Gander: $50

Two final words of experience. Travel insurance is highly recommended, and if you’re planning to come on your own, we suggest you find a good friend to join you; single supplements are eye-watering!

Our last two group trips to Fogo sold out. So, to guarantee your first choice of room, contact reservations@fogoislandinn.ca or call 709-658-3444 and please tell them you’re with the “BobandJean Group” and indicate if you want to book for next May or October.

We very much hope you can join us – and escape from the numbing uniformity of modern times.

Here’s a preview of what that escape looks like.

Cheers.

Bob and Jean

* Travel + Leisure 100 Best Hotels in the Wo