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8 Romantic Escapes in Newfoundland

Lusting for a truly irresistible couple’s vacation? Dare to explore eight of Newfoundland’s most romantic hotspots, and find out why it’s not the size of the province, but what you do in it, that matters.

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1. Lighthouse Picnics

Drive to Ferryland, and make your way out to the Lighthouse for a very civilized and gourmet picnic experience. Lighthouse Picnics is located inside the historic lighthouse, which is a 20 minute walk from the parking lot. You get to choose from a delicious menu of sandwiches, which come with a salad, Mason jar full of lemonade and deluxe dessert, which is then delivered out to you at your chosen spot on the headland. Everything is made on premises, including the bread, and is absolutely delicious. There’s a good chance you’ll see whales passing by as you eat, and naps after lunch are encouraged (they provide plenty of picnic blankets for this reason).


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2. Cupid’s Haven

Located in the little town of Cupids, which was the first English Colony in Canada (settled back in 1610), the Cupid’s Haven B&B is located in an old church, and the conversion was done beautifully. There are four rooms, and the honeymoon suite has cathedral ceilings, a Jacuzzi tub in the bedroom, a big soft bed and an antique chaise lounge. You take breakfast in what used to be the chancel, beneath a pretty stained glass window that the owners had made when the original glass was moved to the new church building.


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3. Skipper Ben’s

Cupid’s only other B&B has a lovely and intimate dining room, complete with fireplace, overlooking the harbour. Chef (and owner) Viola Wells uses lots of local ingredients, such as screech (the local run) to marinate sirloin steaks, local seafood and lots of blueberries. The food is decadent and well priced – you’ll feel spoiled and well looked after when you dine there. Wells’ famous coleslaw, which has tiny bits of bacon and is extra creamy, is a must try (and she is happy to share the recipe).


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4. Rose Manor B&B

Located in the historic town of Harbour Grace (first settled 400 years ago, and where Emilia Earhart set out from on her historic solo flight across the Atlantic in 1932), the Rose Manor B&B has been perfectly restored in elegant Victorian style. The rooms are lavishly filled with antiques and the whole place is warm and cozy. The owners, Lucy and Kevin Haire, cook dinner for guests upon requests (highly recommended), and do high tea in the parlour every afternoon. The Amelia Earhart suite is gorgeous, with a four poster king-sized bed positioned so you can look out over the ocean from the bay window (it also has a claw-foot tub in the massive bathroom). Rose Manor’s crowning glory is the Rose Suite, which is so luxurious and huge that you’d expect it to be topping a hotel in New York instead of attached to a B&B on the Newfoundland coast. The suite has a fireplace, living room area and massive bathroom complete with Jacuzzi and, of course, ocean views.


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5. Brigus

Founded in 1612, Brigus was a bustling merchant town, which is why there are so many gorgeous old homes crammed into narrow winding streets with little space between them. Here you’ll find the tiny Ye Old Stone Barn Museum, historic Hawthorne Cottage (once home to famed Arctic explorer Captain Bob Bartlett) and the best blueberry crisp in Newfoundland, at the Country Corner Cafe (the chowder there is also good, so be sure to stop for lunch).


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6. Heart’s Content, Heart’s Desire and Heart’s Lament

These three tiny coastal villages are located one after the other, and it is a pretty drive between them. Heart’s Content has a fairly major historical attraction – The Heart’s Content Cable Station National Historic Site, which is the home of the first transatlantic cable connecting North America to Europe (in 1866). The cable station is fascinating and full of antiquated machinery (it looks like the set of a 1960s spy flick).


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7. Dildo

This quaint fishing town gets a lot of attention for its name, but actually has a few good reasons to stop and visit. There are a couple of luxury inns, The Inn by the Bay, and George House B&B, which are owned by the same couple and are very luxurious. The dining room at The Inn by the Bay is high-end (open to the public, reservations strongly recommended) and prides itself on using local ingredients (there is a lot of cod on the menu). The village is very pretty, and worth a stroll around, and there is also a coffee shop/tanning shop (really) and the Dildo Dory Grill, should you prefer your fish deep-fried in batter than served with silver tableware and linen napkins.


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8. The Fields of Athen-ry

The property, which is located in Green’s Harbour (a blink and you’ll miss it community just outside of Dildo), used to be a sprawling mansion owned by a wealthy doctor, but was recently renovated as a luxury hotel and spa, and renamed as The Fields of Athen-ry, after a 19th Century Irish love ballad. The rooms are gorgeously appointed (many of which overlook the ocean), there are many walking trails on the property, and a cleared area with outdoor fire-pit overlooking the bay (perfect for iceberg and whale watching). The Aveda spa has a couples treatment room with lots of relaxing treatments available. The location is secluded and feels very rural – there are chickens, geese and Newfoundland ponies on the property.


(Photo: Courtesy of Lola Augustine Brown)