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.
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.
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.
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