Marie La France

Fogo Island Inn

with Marie La France www.kingbeenyc.com
  • Where:Newfoundland, Canada

  • Why:Summer adventure & inspiration.

  • When:August 2015

  • Who:Me & my husband Ken.

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Highs & Lows

  • All profits from the hotel go directly to the Shorefast foundation, which is committed to supporting the people, environment and history of Fogo Island. The price of your stay genuinely benefits this storied community.

  • Thought and care was put into every detail of the hotel, from design to furnishings to food – and it shows.

  • There’s a lot to do outside the hotel, including hiking foraging, fishing, stargazing…recommend asking the concierge for advice. Most of the staff are born and bred Fogo Islanders – they have a lot of pride and knowledge (and are generally super fun and nice) so it’s worth striking up as many conversations as your vacation-brain will allow.

  • From the “Daybreak basket” quietly left outside your door at sunrise to a nightcap at the convivial bar, every bit of food and drink is memorable.

  • Remember this is an island – be prepared for limited options and a slow pace.

  • It takes a bit of effort and planning to get there, even more so if you plan to go in the winter – the hotel staff can help guide you and sort out logistics before you arrive.

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Life Changing

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Overall Value

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Stealable Stuff

  • Refer a Friend

Total: 47/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Luxury design hotel perched on an island in the North Atlantic.

  • Vibe

    Cozy comfort in a dramatic setting.

  • Location

    On the edge of a small island off the northern coast of Newfoundland.

  • Rooms

    29

  • Music

    Pleasant live local folk music in the evenings at the bar. Peaceful silence elsewhere.

  • Year Opened

    2013

  • Designed By

    Todd Saunders

  • Pool/Gym

    Hot tubs & saunas on the roof; small gym + walking trails around the property.

  • Restaurant

    The restaurant alone is worth the trip. The dining room is strikingly beautiful but people dress comfortably. The menu emphasizes local ingredients, including the freshest seafood ever and local herbs and berries. If you want to try everything on the dinner menu (you should), the kitchen will create a tasting of all the dishes. And even though you’ll get an early morning snack in your room, don’t skip the epic breakfast in the dining room.

  • Bar

    Yes. Go for the cocktails made with ice from the icebergs (!) or any of the excellent beers from Newfoundland’s Quidi Vidi brewery.

  • Minibar

    No but all meals and snacks are included with the room. Alcoholic beverages cost extra.

  • Wifi

    Yes, free and fast everywhere.

  • Children

    Plenty of activities for kids including a little cinema with unlimited homemade candies.

  • Price

    Once in a lifetime. Or twice. Worth it.

Explore on your own, or better yet have the hotel arrange a tour with a local.

Visit the four artist studios around the island, also designed by Todd

Four Artist Studio, Fogo Island, Canada

Explore on your own, or better yet have the hotel arrange a tour with a local.

Fogo Island Inn

Hotel Cinema, 210 Main Rd, Joe Batt's Arm, NL A0G 2X0, Canada

Tip: prices for quilts are significantly cheaper at the workshop than inside the hotel lobby.

Visit the design studio across the street to see the hotel’s textiles and furniture being made.

Hwy 334, Joe Batt's Arm, NL A0G 2X0, Canada

Tip: prices for quilts are significantly cheaper at the workshop than inside the hotel lobby.

Fogo Island Inn

Fogo Island Inn, 210 Main Rd, Joe Batt's Arm, NL A0G 2X0, Canada

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