Virtuoso Traveler - June/July 2018 - 60
ARTS & CRAFTS
Paint (or write or quilt )
or many people, it takes some
decompression to remove the
stress and distractions of daily
life and access their creative
core. A pilgrimage can aid this
process, and for guests of the
29-room Fogo Island Inn, getting there - via flight and ferry -
is part of the therapy. Poised on
50-foot pillars above the Atlantic on a
tiny island off mainland Newfoundland,
the inn is about as far east in North
America as you can go.
"Fogo Island Inn takes effort to get to,
but once you're there, it's magical," says
Sheila Gallant-Halloran, a Newfoundland
native and Virtuoso advisor now based
The 43,000-square-foot, white-clapboard modernist inn, decorated with
furniture, quilts, and rugs all made by
area artisans, immerses travelers in the
island's traditional cod-fishing villages,
guided by community hosts. Inn proceeds support an art program that offers residencies to painters, filmmakers,
and authors in architecturally unique
studios scattered around the island.
Those artists regularly offer presentations to inn guests, and local creatives
hold writing, painting, and quilting
courses, along with boat-building
classes and jam-making weekends.
Artistic perspective: Fogo Island
Inn, designed by Newfoundlandborn architect Todd Saunders.
The seasons color Fogo Island stays
like few other destinations. In winter,
guests explore the land by snowshoe.
In summer, icebergs float past the
picture windows, and fisherfolk welcome guests onto their boats. Nature's
rhythms inspire events at the inn too,
from fall film festivals to summertime
storytelling sessions by the bonfire.
"For travelers who want 'stop-and-
sop' - that is, really sopping it up -
rather than fly-and-flop vacations," says
Gallant-Halloran, "Fogo is ideal."
DO IT: Doubles from $1,460, including
all meals, nonalcoholic beverages, a
half-day orientation with a community
host, and full use of the inn's facilities.
Virtuoso travelers receive a $100 resort
credit and complimentary Wi-Fi.
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