Marie La France

Fogo Island Inn

  • Where:
  • Why:Summer adventure & inspiration.
  • When:August 2015
  • Who:Me & my husband Ken.
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Fogo Island Inn View of the hotel from the water’s edge.  That’s the restaurant with the big windows in front.  It’s hard to understand just how dramatic the place is until you see it in the context of the small fishing villages that dot the rest of the island.

View of the hotel from the water’s edge. That’s the restaurant with the big windows in front. It’s hard to understand just how dramatic the place is until you see it in the context of the small fishing villages that dot the rest of the island.

Fogo Island Inn This “daybreak basket” was left silently outside our door each morning at sunrise.  Fresh berry juice, fresh pastries and blissfully strong coffee.

This “daybreak basket” was left silently outside our door each morning at sunrise. Fresh berry juice, fresh pastries and blissfully strong coffee.

Fogo Island Inn The bath is lovely with salts and bubble bath provided.  Trying to figure out how to file this mirror under “stealable stuff.”

The bath is lovely with salts and bubble bath provided. Trying to figure out how to file this mirror under “stealable stuff.”

Fogo Island Inn The cedar hot tubs on the roof are heated by a wood-burning fire.  We had the roof all to ourselves at night - magical.

The cedar hot tubs on the roof are heated by a wood-burning fire. We had the roof all to ourselves at night - magical.

Fogo Island Inn The bar gets lively in the evenings and there’s plenty of room for everyone.

The bar gets lively in the evenings and there’s plenty of room for everyone.

Fogo Island Inn The activity board in the lobby is updated throughout the day to reflect changes in the weather.  We were supposed to go cod fishing but the ocean didn’t allow it – as an alternative, the hotel arranged for a local guide to give us a tour of the island and it ended up being the best day of our trip.  Sometimes the most memorable experiences are the ones you don’t plan.

The activity board in the lobby is updated throughout the day to reflect changes in the weather. We were supposed to go cod fishing but the ocean didn’t allow it – as an alternative, the hotel arranged for a local guide to give us a tour of the island and it ended up being the best day of our trip. Sometimes the most memorable experiences are the ones you don’t plan.

Fogo Island Inn Sunset in the lobby.  Furnishings were designed by a roster of international designers and built locally on Fogo Island.

Sunset in the lobby. Furnishings were designed by a roster of international designers and built locally on Fogo Island.

Fogo Island Inn The weather changes dramatically throughout the day.  Fortunately every room has a wood burning stove – just dial “0” for wood!

The weather changes dramatically throughout the day. Fortunately every room has a wood burning stove – just dial “0” for wood!

Fogo Island Inn Frette linens + homemade quilt + ocean sounds = zzzzzzz.

Frette linens + homemade quilt + ocean sounds = zzzzzzz.

Fogo Island Inn Our room on the third floor, facing north. Rooms don’t have TVs – watch for whales instead.

Our room on the third floor, facing north. Rooms don’t have TVs – watch for whales instead.

Fogo Island Inn A very welcoming entrance for a very imposing building.

A very welcoming entrance for a very imposing building.

Fogo Island Inn The Fogo Island Inn...the building is impressive from any angle.

The Fogo Island Inn...the building is impressive from any angle.

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

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takeable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

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

  • Health & Wellness

    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.

  • Children

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

  • Price

    Once in a lifetime. Or twice. Worth it.

  • Website

    Visit website

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

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

Four Artist Studio, Fogo Island, Canada

Fogo Island Inn

Fogo Island Inn

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

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

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

Fogo Island Inn

Fogo Island Inn

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

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