Secluded Hillside Inn Overlooking Rugged Bay
A porch overlooking the rugged bluffs of Ship Cove serves as an ideal spot for surveying the Newfoundland coast's austere beauty. The porch, which provides panoramic views of stark crags and distant fishing boats gliding across the water, belongs to the hillside Fishers' Loft Inn, a grouping of two-story lodgings perched picturesquely above the bay. The side-by-side Hilltop Houses occupy the high ground, with the pointed dormer windows of the Forest Ridge House rising above a cluster of evergreens. The Mansard House sports a red mansard roof, and the Garden Loft stands beside a scenic pond.
A cool ocean breeze floats through the open windows of the inn's rooms and suites, which come equipped with queen- or twin-size beds sporting plush down duvets and cushy pillows. The Hilltop and Forest Ridge suites also include sofa beds and spacious living rooms. Handcrafted rocking chairs, desks, and nightstands lend a cozy, rustic air to the spacious, quiet accommodations.
More than 160 paintings and photographs from local artists and visitors decorate the various buildings, which are connected via a walkway that winds along the hill. Down in the Loft, chefs cull local ingredients from the ocean, freshwater ponds, and the inn's on-site garden to prepare full breakfasts and four-course dinners served in a candlelit dining room overlooking the tranquil cove.
Trinity Bight, Newfoundland: Historical Villages Surrounded By Pristine Nature
Port Rexton is one of 12 communities comprising Trinity Bight—a scattering of rural hamlets and fishing villages steeped in the history and nature of the Newfoundland shore. Located only 10 minutes from the inn, the 3.3-mile Skerwink Trail—named one of the world's top tucked-away hiking trails by Travel + Leisure—winds along the ocean cliffs through forest scenery featured in the film The Shipping News. Nearby the also hikeable Fox Island, humpback whales breach among icebergs, and many boat tours around the area take visitors out to hear the oversize mammals fabled sea shanties.