Fogo Island Inn: About

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 surrounding it. But as much as it stands out against 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. Designed as a modern take on Atlantic Canadian outport architecture, this soulful lodge is 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. You are a guest of the whole island here, and whether you spend your days hiking amid stunningly stark coastal scenery or sketching it with a local artist, the experience is enhanced by the vibrant culture the lodge was built to protect.

Highlights

  • Experience Fogo Island through the eyes of those whose families have lived here for some 400 years, enjoying their 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 chilled by iceberg fragments as you soak in a rooftop hot tub.
  • 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 village of Joe Batt’s Arm, and hike to stunning artist studios hidden along the coast.

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, it was conceived as a way to save one of Canada’s oldest rural cultures. Job opportunities 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.

Lodge Features

  • 29 individually decorated guest 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, offered in partnership with the National Film Board of Canada
  • Library with historic collections on the region
  • Fleet of bicycles for guest use
  • Common lounge areas with six wood-burning fireplaces
  • Contemporary art gallery featuring internationally acclaimed artists
  • Make and Break, two gentle Newfoundland dogs who count among the most well-loved visitors of the lodge
  • Conference center with meeting amenities and ocean views
  • Wi-fi throughout the inn and free local and long-distance calls

National Geographic Exclusive

Each of our lodges has created a special complimentary experience offered exclusively to guests who visit through a National Geographic expedition. At Fogo Island Inn, National Geographic guests are invited to 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 families. Watch a National Film Board of Canada (NFB) documentary on the resettlement, and cap off the experience with a hike to a root cellar, followed by a lesson in traditional preserve making.

Awards and Recognitions

  • Travel + Leisure, Top Resort Hotel in Canada, 2017-2019
  • Travel + Leisure, 100 Top Hotels in the World, 2016-2019
  • Elite Traveler’s Top 100 Hotels in the World, 2018 & 2019
  • 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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