Story by Candice Walsh
TWILLINGATE, NEWFOUNDLAND — Newfoundland Bed and Breakfasts are on the rise, offering visitors a little piece of home away from home and sometimes proving to be more economically feasible than the hotels around the province. If you want to get to know some friendly folks while perhaps getting a little insider’s perspective to a community, a B&B might be the way to go.
No matter your age, B&B owners welcome new guests with open arms into their home-turned-inns. Why not treat yourself to a bit of luxury? Here is a small sampling of what the province has to offer.
George House Heritage B&B: Built in 1885, Lloyd George House is a striking landmark in the tiny community of Dildo, dominating its surroundings and catching the eye of passersby with its rainbow-coloured lawn chairs and picnic tables dotting the front lawn. With five bedrooms featuring Jacuzzis (with rubber duckies!) and beds so high you need a stepping stool to climb up, you’ll feel transported into the past with your old-fashioned, antiquated surroundings.
Do not skip dinner. Traditional Newfoundland cuisine meets gourmet here and, if it’s on the menu, opt for cod baked over sauerkraut. Naturally, a hearty breakfast is provided in the mornings — and they’ll even send you off carrying a paper bag with a treat inside.
Room rates: $129-$179 per night
Location: 80 Front Road, Dildo, Newfoundland
Telephone: 709- 582-3170
Hill Road Manor B&B: In the Exploits Valley of Grand Falls-Windsor, Hill Road Manor is a massive home with leaded glass windows, old French doors, high ceilings and beautifully detailed decor. It’s also ideally located next to big attractions like the Salmonid Interpretation Center, the Mary March Museum and the Corduroy Hiking Trail.
The owners, Elizabeth and Brett, aim to provide visitors with a quiet, relaxed setting. It works quite well, probably partially due to the size of the manor. They’re generous as well, and their movie and book collection is free range for all visitors. For breakfast you’ll find freshly brewed coffee and speciality teas, as well as hot and cold breakfast choices.
Room rates: $109-$125 per night
Location: 1 Hill Road, Grand Falls-Windsor, Newfoundland
Hillside B&B: Winse and Wavey welcome you into their home in Twillingate, the iceberg capital of the world. Need an ocean view? You’ll find it here.
Hillside has a remarkably comfortable and welcoming vibe, and its guests tend to be laid back and mellow. The breakfast here is simple and continental, but you’ll definitely make a few new friends and earn an introduction to Newfoundland outport life.
One of the best aspects of staying at Hillside B&B is its proximity to boat tours and iceberg vantage points, as well as the nearby hilltop look-out for the best panoramic view of the whole area.
Room rates: $80-$90, depending on season
Location: 5A Young’s Lane, Twillingate, Newfoundland
Telephone: Tele : 709-884-1666
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