Fogo Island Inn: About Fogo Island Inn

Located in Newfoundland, Canada

Fogo Island Inn's unique design was inspired by traditional Atlantic Canadian outport architecture.

Enjoy a delicious meal overlooking the water.

One of Fogo Island Inn's four artist studios: Long Studio

Fogo Island Inn is a great feat of contemporary architecture, all stilts, angles, and vertical lines that contrast with the rough slabs of ancient granite that surround it. But as much as it might stand out in its setting—far away from far away, as they like to say, on an island off the coast of Newfoundland—the Inn is integrally part of Fogo Island. Local architect Todd Saunders designed it as a modern take on traditional Atlantic Canadian outport architecture, and the moods of North Atlantic and ever-changing sky define every backdrop here. This is a lodge with a soul, filled with the handiwork of the local people: traditional outport furniture, handcrafted quilts, and woven rugs—once-disappearing arts now given new life and purpose.

A stay at Fogo Island Inn is a personal invitation to become part of a centuries-old culture, to fish for cod as the islander’s ancestors did, to forage for wild berries, to watch boat builders or bakers at work, to sit back and listen to the lilt of local music. You are a guest of the whole island here, and whether you spend your days hiking amid raw and beautiful coastal scenery or sketching it with a local artist, the experience is enhanced by the vibrant culture the lodge was built to protect.

Why We Love This Lodge

Fogo Island Inn came to be for all the right reasons. The brainchild of high-tech entrepreneur and native Newfoundlander Zita Cobb, the Inn was conceived as a way to save one of Canada’s oldest rural cultures. Available jobs on the island had plummeted with the crash of the cod industry, and the population had dwindled to half its size in just a few decades.

Enter a daring idea to build a lodge that belongs to the local people—a social business that funnels all surplus profits back into Fogo Island. The Inn would exist in symbiosis with the local community, employing its people, celebrating its traditions, and offering guests an honest, authentic experience with an outport culture that remains little changed over the centuries. The result has been a wonderful renaissance of traditional woodworking, weaving, quilting, and other crafts, and the once-threatened community now thrives—precisely by embracing the customs that define them.

Highlights

  • Experience Fogo Island through the eyes of islanders whose families have lived here for some 400 years with stories, songs, recipes, and much more.
  • Savor delectable dishes and fine wines at the award-winning restaurant, surrounded by four-story views of the wild North Atlantic Ocean.
  • Gaze at the Milky Way and enjoy a cocktail infused with local berries as you soak in the rooftop hot tubs.
  • Wake up to the dramatic interplay of sky and sea, and find a daybreak basket brimming with beverages and warm pastries at your door.
  • Hop on one of the lodge bicycles to explore the fishing community of Joe Batt’s Arm, and hike to stunning artist studios hidden along the coast.
  • Be prepared for great bird spotting opportunities. Fogo Island counts Murres, Ptarmigans, Puffins and Bald Eagles among some of their avian visitors.
  • Watch icebergs go by in the spring and summer, spot whales breaching off shore in the summer season, wander the hills and pick wild berries in the fall, or make a game out of spotting as many caribou as possible as you snowshoe to inland cabins on the pristine snows of winter.

National Geographic Exclusive

Guests who reserve their space through National Geographic Unique Lodges are offered an inclusive, in-depth look at the compelling story of Fogo Island. Spend time with a Community Host who endured life on the island during the depletion of the cod population, which led to resettlement for many Fogo Island families. After hearing a firsthand account of this pivotal period in the island’s history, head to the lodge cinema with your host to watch a National Film Board of Canada (NFB) documentary on the resettlement. Then join a community host on a hike to a root cellar, then return indoors with your host for another cultural immersion through a lesson in traditional preserve making.

Lodge Features

  • 29 unique individually decorated guest rooms and suites
  • Glass-walled dining room offering four-story views of the wild North Atlantic
  • Rooftop terrace with northern European saunas and outdoor hot tubs
  • 37-seat cinema, a partnership with the National Film Board of Canada
  • Library with historic collections on the region
  • Lodge bicycles
  • Common lounge areas with six wood-burning fireplaces
  • Contemporary art gallery featuring internationally acclaimed artists
  • Conference center with meeting amenities and ocean views
  • Wi-fi throughout the Inn and free local and long-distance calls
  • Make and Break, two gentle Newfoundland dogs who count among the most well-loved visitors of the lodge

Spotlight on Sustainability

The mission of Fogo Island Inn is to foster economic and social benefits for the communities of Fogo Island and neighboring Change Islands. The lodge itself is an expression of the traditional skills and crafts of the local people, showcased in a new and contemporary way.

The Inn's unique Community Host program engages an ever-expanding group of local people as experts to introduce guests to island life. Shorefast, the registered charity of Canada that established the lodge, has also developed a micro-lending program to support local entrepreneurs in developing new small businesses. Local favorites such as Growlers Ice Cream Shop and the Ketanja boat tours are all beneficiaries of the fund. All surpluses from the Inn are reinvested back into the community. Learn more here.

Awards and Recognitions

Travel + Leisure, Top Resort Hotel in Canada, 2017 & 2018
Travel + Leisure, 100 Top Hotels in the World, 2016-2018
Elite Traveler's Top 100 Hotels in the World, 2018
TripAdvisor Traveler's Choice Award, 2015 – 2018
Hideaway Report's Members' Choice Award, Most Culturally Connected Hotel, 2018
Andrew Harper's Top 20 Hideaways in the World, 2017
Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Award, Top Hotel in Canada, 2017 & 2018
Condé Nast Traveler: Gold List, 2015 & 2016
Telegraph Travel, 50 Greatest Hotels in the World, 2016

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