Five-Star 19th-Century Bed and Breakfast Overlooking the Harbor
In Dildo Harbour, local fishermen scour the sea for cod and herring; bald eagles descend upon the waters in search of a fresh catch; and whales and dolphins are occasionally spotted breaching offshore. Perched on a hilltop a stone's throw from the water's edge, George House Heritage Bed and Breakfast has panoramic views of this enchanting maritime scene. Since its construction in 1885, the Empire-style home has been a landmark in the community, and today it boasts the only five-star accommodations on the Baccalieu Trail. It makes for a relaxing romantic trip or just a getaway from the city.
For dinner, you'll find gourmet restaurants throughout the local area. In the morning, head back to the oceanfront dining room for a made-to-order gourmet breakfast that can include scrambled eggs, french toast, and country apple pancakes, the recipe for which can be found in the head chef's award-winning cookbook, George House Heritage Bed & Breakfast Kitchen Recipes.
Victorian antiques and silk wall coverings adorn George House’s five unique guest rooms. Each has full or partial ocean views, 800-thread-count bedding, and en suite bathrooms. In the Albert room—named after the gentleman who built the 19th-century mansion—a dark wood floor and sloped ceilings create a cozy nook. In The Thomas room you’ll find a walk-in shower and jacuzzi tub.
Dildo, Newfoundland: Quaint Sea Town on Avalon Peninsula
Located on Trinity Bay about 60 miles (100 km) from the capital city of St. John's, Dildo is a traditional Newfoundland outport steeped in fishing culture—for thousands of years, people have settled here because of its abundance of marine life. The secluded village, which is also home to a handful of charming antique and craft stores, was named one of the prettiest small towns in Canada by Harrowsmith magazine. To take in Dildo's natural coastal splendor, hop on a boat tour of Trinity Bay or stroll along the marina, where seabirds and seals frolic in the harbor. A drive along the peninsula’s shoreline reveals craggy bluffs and a fleet of fishing vessels.