We were called "crazy" by our friends and family for going to Newfoundland in December. After a 5 night stay in the dazzlingly beautiful Fogo Island Inn, we think you are crazy if you don't go in the winter! Every turn, inside and outside of the Inn, had a refined wonderment to it. Each moment, from beginning to end, was spectacular. From the first glimpse of the surreal visual of the Inn that overlooks the North Atlantic, to the super warm reception of the staff upon arrival, to the interior of the elevator and then, to settle into a warm, immaculate, cozy room, confirmed that our decision to come all this way was correct. My wife and I amused ourselves by pointing out the obvious and sometimes not so obvious sensitivity to the detail that imbued the inn, the staff, the decor. We loved the mouth watering menu by Murray McDonald, the chef, who takes great pride in describing to you, in wonderful detail, what part of the island the food is from and how it is prepared. There is a gem of an art gallery inside the Inn that had on display a challenging exhibition for even this NYC gallery goer. The waves crashing on the rocks just outside the Inn, the scurrying red fox, the bald eagle hovering outside our window and the caribou crossing in front of us seemed typical for this place. Our Christmas week stay included a few feasts, a few live musicians, mixing with the locals, drinking some strong eggnog, Christmas morning breakfast in bed, individualized hand made stockings over the fireplace filled with gifts from the island and voluntary participation in a fun, traditional and social event called Mummering. The Fogo Island Inn is an experiment in civility and celebration. A unique concoction of old and new. It has set an unknown course for itself into the future. It would be wise for travelers looking for an Earth experience to jump aboard.
See you in another season Fogo!
PS I highly recommend taking a tour (free of course) to see the extreme architectural artist studios around the island.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Fogo Island Inn sits on an Island, off an Island, off one of the four corners of the Earth. Every one of our 29 one-of-a-kind guest suites has dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows that open onto the wildest and most powerful ocean on the planet, located less than 100 feet from your organic natural-fibre dream bed. Most suites have a wood burning fireplace stove; all are furnished with quiet luxuries and handmade furniture and quilts - a stimulating relief from the numbing uniformity of modern times. Built on the principles of sustainability and respect for nature and culture, the award-winning Inn belongs to the community. And all surpluses from the operation are reinvested in the community to help secure a long-lasting resilience for Fogo Island, Newfoundland.Accolades: Travel + Leisure Global Vision Award, Culture, 2013.EnRoute Magazine Canada's Best New Restaurants, 2013.TIAC National Cultural Tourism Award, 2013. Tatler Travel Style with Soul Award, 2013.Architectural Digest Ten Daring New Buildings Around the World, 2013.Travel + Leisure It List, 2014. ... more less