The warmest of welcomes comes from Fogo Island Inn one of the world’s more remote destinations
The island on which the Fogo Island Inn is located is a 45 minute ferry ride from Newfoundland and although at times the weather can get cold outside, the warmest of welcomes awaits you inside. The island’s people are extremely friendly and resourceful and have a love for art that is evident in the inn’s architecture and internal décor, all of which were designed and built by the islanders.
The Fogo Island Inn was built for the community by the community and embraces all of the islands culture in a way that is unique and somewhat overwhelming. The white building, perched on stilts in places, pays homage to the traditional fishing huts that dot the coastline as a reminder of the days when fishing provided a livelihood for the entire island. With the disappearance of fishing as a resource to gainfully employ everyone on the island, locals decided on tourism as an alternative and so built the inn to promote it. All profits gained from the inn are given to the Shorefast Foundation which is a charity dedicated to protect the island’s culture and to secure its future.
The art loving islanders have decorated and furnished the Fogo Island Inn with arts and crafts produced locally, making it almost a lived in gallery displaying the finer qualities that these hardy islanders possess.
The staffs at the Fogo Island Inn are more than just polite and helpful, like the other islanders they are genuinely pleased to assist you. Don’t be surprized if, when walking one of the 14 walking or hiking trails that make up the 200kms of paths on the island, you get invited to lunch to enjoy freshly caught fish.
Apart from hiking one of the trails, there are several signature experiences that you can opt for, all of which a local accompanies you on to ensure that you get the full benefit. You can choose between marine encounters where you are accompanied by a fisherman who will educate on the Atlantic Ocean and how it shaped the island culture and economy. The natural treasures experience where you will learn of geology of the island and what an impact the ice has on it. There is also an art workshop experience where you will be assisted in trying to draw out your artistic instinct in a variety of fields.
If you are looking for somewhere that will truly get you away from the hassles that modern living can provide, Fogo Island Inn is perhaps the best choice you can make. Although remote, the service is excellent and the local chef, making full use of local ingredients, ensures that you will not miss any culinary delights that you may be used to. As a get-away retreat, there is probably nowhere better than this remote island location where art is probably the greatest and probably the only concern.