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 October 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 of the Inn to ourselves, which means it will be like a four-day Ted Talk, foodies’ paradise and…summer camp for grownups. As for our safety on Fogo in the Fall, here is what they’ve done to minimize any risk to our health.

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, especially when flights are fewer and farther between.

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, 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, 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, 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 all of your costs at the Inn.

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: Comfort Inn Gander, NL

And because everyone has different flight habits, deals and demands, we’re going to ask you to book your own flights to and from Gander. But if you’d like to connect with our travel agent Kris Knowles, she knows the arcane, post-COVID flights and rules better than anyone. You can reach her at travelwithkris@qstours.com, or call her at: 647- 205-1228.

Whatever route you fly to Gander, you need to be on our bus by 8:00 a.m. on 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.

# of rooms Max
Occupancy
Nightly Room Rate* Double Occupancy

 

3-Night Room Rate* Double Occupancy 3-Night Room Rate*

Double Occupancy PER PERSON

Nightly Room Rate* Single Occupancy 3-Night Room Rate* Single Occupancy
Labrador Rooms: 1st Floor 4 2 $1,780.00 $5,340.00 $2,670.00 $1,605.00 $4,815.00
Labrador Rooms: 2nd Floor 4 2 $1,955.00 $5,865.00 $2,932.50 $1,780.00 $5,340.00
Labrador Rooms: 3rd Floor 5 2 $2,042.50 $6,127.50 $3,063.75 $1,867.50 $5,602.50
Newfoundland Rooms 9 2 $2,217.50 $6,652.50 $3,326.25 $2,042.50 $6,127.50
Fogo Island Suites 3 2 $3,092.50 $9,277.50 $4,638.75 $2,917.50 $8,752.50
Fogo Island Family Suites 3 4 $3,092.50 $9,277.50 $4,638.75 $2,917.50 $8,752.50
Flat Earth Suites 1 2 $3,617.50 $10,852.50 $5,426.25 $3,442.50 $10,327.50

*Nightly rates are pre-tax, and do NOT include the 15% HST.(Higher in Newfoundland).

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

Ferry Cross Per Adult:  $8 + tax

Round trip Private Bus Charter to and from Gander: $50 + tax

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 want to book for October 2020.

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 World