Fogo Island Inn
Fogo Island is a sleepy island off the northeast coast of Newfoundland. Its jagged coastlines and wild waters are known for their icebergs, whales, seabirds, and a unique seven seasons. These days, this forgotten place has been put on peoples’ radars for something different—the 29-room high-design Fogo Island Inn—built by the islanders, for the islanders. It’s eccentric, creative, thoughtful, and has a lot of heart. The Inn is the vision of Zita Cobb, who grew up here and who is hoping to save the island way of life.
Her organization is Shorefast, whose mission is to preserve the island’s future. The unique property was built on stilts by Canadian architect Todd Saunders. Think towering glass walls, pale wood, homemade textiles, clean lines, and furniture made from local spruce, birch, and fir. Each of the 29 suites was designed and decorated by the local people and have sweeping floor-to-ceiling views of the ocean and cozy wood-burning fireplaces. Stargazing is made a lot more fun with the roof’s Finnish saunas and hot tubs. The high-end restaurant uses locally sourced farm-to-table ingredients and has been dubbed “new Newfoundland” dining. When guests are not exploring or enjoying the quirky and beautiful contemporary design, there are other opitons like an art gallery, library, spa and movie theater. You will feel the island’s folklore and fisherman’s tales weaved into the experience at the property, but we recommend a tour with a local to really feel the spirit of this wild place.