The Fogo Island Inn, like Canada itself, really shouldn’t have happened.
But both have not only survived; they’ve thrived in a way we can all celebrate in this, the longest of years.
Located in a tiny village “on an island off an island off the radar” in a corner of Newfoundland, the Inn has quickly grown to be a place the world is flocking to. Indeed, it’s now one of the top three hotels on earth. Not just because it’s gob-smackingly gorgeous, but because its creator, Zita Cobb, has built a new model for what tourism and sustainability can be.
This October 27 to 31 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… a summer camp for grownups.
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 outside our spectacular rooms and the delicious Newfoundland Cuisine, we’ll be ‘out there’ as well, hiking, foraging, exploring the 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. We’ve packaged Air Canada flights and private bus to Fogo so that our travel time is as short as can be, and our time at the Inn as long as can be. So here’s our itinerary:
Wednesday, October 27
Late afternoon/early evening: Fly from Toronto to Halifax to Gander, Newfoundland, the closest commercial airport to Fogo. Check in to the Comfort Inn there.
Thursday, October 28
Early morning, all aboard our private bus for the 90-minute drive to the north coast 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 29 and Saturday, October 30
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 31
After a late breakfast at the Inn, we check out and head back by private bus to Gander. That afternoon, we take the Air Canada flight back to Toronto with a brief stopover in Halifax.
Yes, the Inn 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. As for flights, welcome to the world of post-pandemic pricing.
You want to contact the Inn to book your room, and our travel agent, Kris Knowles, to book your flights and insurance.
For travel, you can reach Kris at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call her at 647-205-1228.
Here’s where you need to focus intently.
We’ve packaged up your air travel, bus and ferry costs into a single package. Right now, we don’t have the costs for that, but will get them to you as soon as possible after the Canada Day holiday. If you’re not flying from Toronto or back to it, please call Kris Knowles and you can discuss alternate realities.
The accommodation quoted below (different suites of different sizes mean different rates) include all of your costs at the Inn.
The following suites are available at the prices below. These costs are for one person based on double occupancy for three nights. In all cases, meals are included. The costs vary because the rooms vary in size and location. The Inn has graciously honoured last year’s prices which are higher across the board this year.
*Nightly rates are pre-tax, and do NOT include the 15% HST (Higher in Newfoundland!).
Two final words of experience:
Travel insurance is highly recommended. Kris Knowles has rates available. Please enquire when you book your flights. If you have to cancel your trip or the Inn has to cancel our trip because of COVID or any other cause, you will receive a credit for a future stay up to the end of 2022. That said, the flights and ground transfers are Non-Refundable.
If you’re planning to come on your own, we suggest you find a good friend to join you. Single supplements are eye-watering!
Finally, let me just say our last two group trips to Fogo sold out. The Inn has just 29 rooms.
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.
Bob and Jean
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