Fogo Island Berry Wild Time, Canada
CURATED ECO EXPLORINGS
ECO EXPLORINGS - FOGO ISLAND BERRY WILD TIME
This ThirdHome tailored journey in conjunction with the world-renowned Fogo Island team and is ideal for 2-6 people. This extraordinary boutique-eco lodge offers various optional experiential stay packages that focus on what's best in each season, whether you opt to travel in Spring, Summer, Fall or Winter. These customized experiences allow members to set their own travel dates and will include individual personal interests along with specific eco and local excursions, dining and regional opportunities to experience a beyond memorable journey experience. NO keys are required for this journey. Please refer to fees section in this experience page.
Experience 3-4 nights (minimum stay recommended depending on season) within the phenomenal contemporary architecture and remote beauty of Fogo Island and its Inn. Designed on all stilts, angles, and vertical lines that contrast with the rough slabs of ancient granite that surround it upon a setting far away from far away, as the locals like to say - on an island off the coast of Newfoundland—the inn is integrally one of the primary reasons one goes to 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 and an art gallery featuring acclaimed artists: traditional furniture from the region, handcrafted quilts, and woven rugs—once-disappearing arts now given new life and purpose. Offering only 29 unique individually decorated suites, a glass-walled dining room offering four-story views of the wild North Atlantic; rooftop terrace with European saunas and outdoor hot tubs for soaking your cares away; common lounge areas with six wood-burning fireplaces; extensive library with historic collections on the region; 37-seat cinema featuring wonderful films; and Wi-Fi throughout. To experience a stay at Fogo Island Inn is a personal invitation to become part of a centuries-old culture, to fish for mackerel as the islander’s ancestors did, to forage for wild berries and mushrooms depending on the season, to watch boat builders or bakers at work in their homes, 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 and the natural eco-system the lodge was built to protect.
*** HIGHLIGHTS & EXPERIENCES ON FOGO ISLAND ***
* Culinary locally foraged farm-to-table meals included
* 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 chilled by iceberg fragments 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 village of Joe Batt’s Arm, and hike to stunning artist studios hidden along the coast.
* Watch icebergs go by in the spring and summer, wander the hills and pick wild berries in the fall, or snowshoe to inland cabins on the pristine snows of winter.
* Be in wonderment of it all as you immerse yourself within its natural beauty, the flora and fauna and wildlife
FOGO ISLAND BERRY WILD TIME Itinerary in brief:
Note: Wild Berry Season is from September 1 to October 31
With over 20 types of edible berries on Fogo Island, the picking season is a dreamy time to explore the fields. In addition one will encounter rare lichens, herds of caribou, and skittish partridges while foraging for berries on the barrens and hills of Fogo Island. With your expert guide you will source wild local partridgeberries, marshberries, crowberries, whorts, bakeapples, and blueberries.
A pre and/or post stay is required in getting to and from Fogo Island, either in St John's or in Halifax, Newfoundland-Canada
Arrive on Fogo Island and let the island start to reveal itself on the 30-minute drive through outport communities as you make your way home to your berry refuge, Fogo Island Inn. The welcoming staff will escort you to your suite where you will find views of one of the wildest and most powerful oceans in the world through your floor-to-ceiling windows. Breathe out, unwind and start dreaming of bakeapples, bearberries, Canadian blackberries, bog bilberries, crackerberries, juniper berries…all the berries. Join the staff on the gathering floor to get your bearings for berries before cocktail hour. A community host will give you a brief introduction to Fogo Island and its rich bounty of wild berries. Enjoy a cocktail hour - meet-up in the lounge for a demonstration on cocktails infused with locally foraged berries. Cocktail flavours in Fogo Island Inn’s lounge come from the island’s 16 varieties of edible berries, ingredients from the shoreline and traditional preserving techniques. Evening time -
Supper at the Inn in its award-wining dining room; named among the top 3 “Best New Restaurants of Canada”. Enjoy a locally sourced set menu prepared by the kitchen brigade of talented chefs, for the “Wild Taste” Three Course Menu, while the waves of the North Atlantic crash just beyond your table setting. Late Evening - after supper join around a roaring beach bonfire and share the history and culture of this place through stories over rock-tails just a few steps outside the Inn. Maybe have a s’more or two topped with some freshly foraged berries.
Greet the sun as she rises from the ocean and find a handmade wooden daybreak basket outside your suite door filled with coffee, tea and fresh pastries. Linger for a while (or) perhaps enjoy breakfast at your leisure in Fogo Island Inn’s dining room. Around 10:00AM, meet in 2nd floor Gathering Hall: Break off with a community host and leave for the hills. Berry picking buckets will be provided. (Please dress for foraging success: over-ankle hiking boots and no city boots, moisture-proof apparel, hats, sunblock-- and a wool sweater or fleece zip-up). Depart Fogo Island Inn by vehicle for a guided day of wild berry and maybe some wild mushroom picking. Walking & Picking time with your guide - walk out onto hills and pick whatever edibles you find intriguing under the watchful eye of your community host. Meander through bogs and marshes, picking wild berries that grow thickly and quietly from the ground- at least 20 different varieties grace our island. Return to the lodge for a tasty outport "boil-up" featuring salt fish, lassy bread, blackberry cake, jam tart, strong tea and a song or two around a wood fire - one of the most satisfying of feasts of the Fall Season is this berry tradition outing. After lunch, take a stroll for some homemade ice cream at Growlers. The local women make some of the most innovative ice creams anywhere using the islands rich supplies of berries. Following a successful day of berry picking, head to a shed to learn about bottling and canning, the traditional method for preserving your bounty. Return to the Inn for some rest and relaxation before the evening. Read a good local book in the library, visit the Fogo Island Art Gallery or opt for some downtime in your suite. If you don’t feel like resting, take a coastal walk to the Great Auk (one of five bronze sculptures created by Lost Bird Project visionary, Todd Mcgrain). The Great Auk’s symbolic perch at the end of Joe Batt’s point is an excellent place to close your eyes in wonder and respect for the savage sea and observe personal requiem for this lost bird. This evening enjoy an island Family-style supper in the Dining Room, featuring your daily bounty. After supper get out and explore the local scene on Fogo Island, maybe attend a shed party, enjoy some local music, perhaps unwind in the roof top sauna or hot tubs for an infinite view of the dizzying, night sky or do it all! Be reminded that nature is truly eternal.
Enjoy your daybreak breakfast tray in your room and linger within the beauty (OR) enjoy a breakfast in the Dining Room. For those departing today, guests depart for ferry back to the mainland. OR continue your stay with an enjoyable open-day to further explore and immerse yourself in the pristine wilderness of Fogo Island; various guided excursions are available to choose from in addition to relaxing.
Stay another day or longer (OR) opt to depart
TO INQUIRE FOR MORE DETAILS & BEGIN PLANNING YOUR PERSONAL JOURNEY - please contact:
Liz Bates - Director of Travel & Concierge Services
Single Family Home with 1 level
1 bedroom, 1 bath, 1 square feet
1 guest maximum
In lieu of the normal ThirdHome Keys & exchange fees, this personally tailored journey is a full-pay travel option and the monetary cost will be quoted to the member based on whatever accommodations are chosen, along with all other itinerary arrangements and inclusions the member requests to be a part of their customized itinerary. This journey does not require a specific number of keys.
Activities of Interest
Places of Interest
- Newfoundland, Canada
- Remote pristine island location
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