Travel Deal for July 8, 2013
When Vacay.ca named the Bonavista Peninsula in central Newfoundland the No. 2 Place to Visit in Canada in 2013, it was in part due to the accommodations and hospitality available at the Artisan Inn in Trinity.
A collection of six historic properties in the immaculately preserved village, the Artisan Inn offers a choice of room sizes and even full houses to rent. The Artisan Inn’s properties overlook Trinity Bay, known in history for being the site where the first trans-Atlantic cable messages were received from Valentia, Ireland, in 1858. The town of Trinity is home to just three-dozen full-time residents, but in the summer visitors from around the world descend on the area for the gorgeous scenery and one-of-a-kind attractions in this part of Newfoundland & Labrador.
Nightly rates at the inn start at $125 for a room and climb to $278 for a stay at the stunning Gover House. The Artisan Inn also features a terrific restaurant, the Twine Loft, that offers three-course dinners and a solid wine list.
Vacay.ca Explores Trinity
Vacay.ca Managing Editor Adrian Brijbassi stayed at the Artisan Inn last year while taking in the Roots, Rants & Roars culinary festival in nearby Elliston. In Trinity, he discovered one of the most intriguing places in Canada, a tiny town that appeared pre-fabricated but was actually authentically preserved, with many houses retaining their character from the late 1800s.
Brijbassi writes: “Any construction or re-modelling of existing buildings has to resemble those already in place — not that there are any developers approaching the Trinity town council with mega-condominium proposals. While some tourists have discovered Trinity, the town is more than three hours by car from St. John’s. Since the federal government instituted a moratorium on cod fishing 20 years ago, the region’s main industry has struggled and there are few other sectors that can sustain growth. Tourism, though, has blossomed. Travellers have discovered Newfoundland and when they venture beyond St. John’s and Gros Morne National Park, they’ll eventually wind up here, in the stunningly beautiful Bonavista Peninsula, dotted with coves and jagged cliffs, whales and puffins, shellfish and moose burgers, and, yes, screech and seal flipper pie too if you really want.”