Courtyard by Marriott Overlooking St. John’s Historic Harbor
Icebergs the size of double-decker buses float silently through the chilly Atlantic waters just off of St. John’s Harbour. The densely packed ice dates back 15,000 years and is close enough to touch and, during some of the area’s whale-watching tours, taste. Much of the native wildlife that surrounds the icebergs is also visible on these tours, including humpback whales, orcas, and puffins. Even if you don’t make it into the sea, you can still enjoy the views from the lounge of the Courtyard by Marriott St. John’s—the historic harbor lies just outside of the hotel.
The hotel is in the heart of St. John’s, only a short walk from the city’s business district and from George Street, known for its pubs and restaurants. Make a day trip to nearby destinations, such as Quidi Vidi village, using the onsite Hertz rental-car service, or stay onsite and dine at Smitty's restaurant, where chefs prepare breakfast and dinner fare such as belgian waffles, french toast, and greek chicken wraps.
St. John’s, Newfoundland: Port City Steeped in Maritime History
St. John’s sits on the eastern tip of Newfoundland’s Avalon Peninsula, bordering the Atlantic Ocean. There’s plenty going on in the capital city, but it manages to retain the charm of a small town. Brightly colored row houses, referred to as “Jellybean Row” by the locals, line the seashore, and the Irish and English immigrants who founded the town have more than left their mark on it. On George Street, you still hear the music of the Emerald Isle in many of the bars and pubs, most of which stay open into the wee hours of the morning.
To learn more about the area’s history, head to The Rooms, a provincial museum with exhibits that explore everything from the animals of the tundra to the cultures of the indigenous people. The Provincial Seamen’s Museum, a division of The Rooms, pays homage to the region’s maritime history with an expansive collection of artifacts from 19th-century sailing vessels, including an enormous wooden steering wheel and a waterproof cell-phone charger.
Nearby is Quidi Vidi village (pronounced “kiddy viddy”), a picturesque hamlet where schooners chug through the channel and houses nestle into the hillside. The village is known for its fishing history and for its stint as a military battery during the War of 1812. Today, it’s home to Newfoundland’s largest microbrewery.
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