It appears that summer has finally arrived in Newfoundland and Labrador, which means that it is a great time to take in the natural wonders and unique businesses that this province has to offer. Whether you are looking to be a tourist at home or have friends or family looking to the province as a vacation destination, NLOWE members have you covered.
Start your trip in beautiful and historic St. John’s. Conveniently located just steps away from St. John’s International Airport, Comfort Inn St. John’s is a great place to begin your provincial road trip. Spend the night relaxing and the day shopping, with downtown only minutes away. Before you head downtown, don’t forget to stop in to some of the great stores in the east end of St. John’s, like bra fitting, lingerie & swimwear boutique, Le Boudoir; women’s clothing boutique, Opal + Onyx; organic and specialty fabrics store, FiberLilly; and all natural skincare store, Indigena, now in its new location in the Holiday Inn on Portugal Cove Road. You can also check out Nature’s Threads NL located at the Quidi Vidi Plantation for some unique clothes and accessories crafted from natural materials. Next, stop for a bite at Quintanas & Arribas on Rowan Street near Churchill Square and refuel for your downtown shopping spree.
Make your way downtown and start your shopping trip off on Duckworth Street. Stop into Ultramarine Fine Art Studio to check out original one-of-a-kind artworks by June Walker-Wilson, then head on over to Newfoundland Chocolate Company and indulge in some delectable treats. Next, take a stroll down Water Street, which is full of great shops like Johnny Ruth & Living Planet, where you are bound to find something that expresses your personality on their massive t-shirt wall. If you are regretting not purchasing that great item you spied at Le Boudoir earlier, don’t despair, they have another location on Water Street for you to explore. Feeling peckish? Take a break at Rocket Bakery and Fresh Foods for some delicious wholesome foods in a hip atmosphere.
Start your shopping adventure up again at The Healthy Vibe, where knowledgeable staff can guide you through their vast selection of natural health products. Then head next door to one of Newfoundland’s premier clothing boutiques, August & Lotta. If you are looking for some quality gifts or fun and unique accessories, Whink should be your next stop.
Are you exhausted yet? Put down your shopping bags and kick your feet up for a pedicure at Soothe Spa at their new location on Bates Hill. Once you are thoroughly relaxed, head back to Water Street for a great meal in a cozy pub setting at Yellowbelly Brewery. Finally, head down to Topsail Road, off Water Street and take a well-deserved rest for the night in one of Leaside Manor’s luxurious suites.
Rise and shine to breakfast in bed before checking out of your room; you’ll need a hearty meal before taking on your next busy day! Start off by visiting the O’Leva Oils & Vins Tasting Room where you can sample gourmet and flavor-infused oils and vinegars that are sure to make your next meal a culinary delight. Has thinking about cooking made you hungry? Stop in for a quick bite at McDonald’s on Topsail Road, operated by Cathy Bennett. Once you’ve satisfied your hunger, head west to Stamp’s Lane and visit Breakwater Books, whose shelves are filled with great written works by local authors; you will be sure to find a great read. Then, stop for a little shopping at Sharington’s on Elizabeth Avenue, where they carry great brands in women’s clothing and accessories and offer Dress Smart Services to help you create a wardrobe for success. Next, head over to Goldstone Street to check out Too Good to be True, a maternity and children’s consignment shop, with great brands at even better prices. If you have a little bundle of joy that you plan on bringing with you on your road trip, then be sure to check out Go Baby Rentals as well, where you can rent all the baby equipment you will need while in the city.
Had enough shopping for one day? Then head over to Frontline Action, where you can get your blood pumping with an action-packed game of Paintball, Airsoft, Laser Tag, or Splatmaster. Next, dust yourself off and head over to Clay Café in Mount Pearl and relax, as you choose from a wide variety of ready-to-paint pottery pieces just waiting for you to add a little inspiration and create a one-of-a-kind souvenir to remember your trip!
After such a fun-filled day, take a leisurely drive up the shore and set your sights on The Bread & Cheese Inn in Bay Bulls, where an amazing ocean view is sure to put you at ease as you slip into slumber in one of their beautifully furnished rooms.
Awaken to the crisp ocean air and head to Conception Bay South to Ocean Quest Adventure Resort. Whether you are interested in a few hours of whale watching and iceberg spotting or are looking for a multi-day deep sea scuba diving adventure, Ocean Quest has you covered. After your day of exploration, relax and enjoy a spa treatment at Ocean Quest Spa. Next, head out on the highway towards Green’s Harbour, but be sure to take a detour to visit some of the great shops along the way, including custom made leather and seal skin manufacturer and retailer, The Hands of Olsen in Bay Roberts; family-owned footwear retailer, Heart & Sole in Carbonear; and art gallery and collectibles store, Treasures by the Sea in Whiteway.
After a day of adventure and sight-seeing, indulge in a delicious meal and rest your head at The Doctor’s Inn & Spa, a hidden gem seated on a hundred acre estate.
With a good night’s rest, you will wake rejuvenated. Take a walk around the beautiful grounds, admire the scenery, and watch the grazing Newfoundland ponies that call this place home. If you are feeling the need for an extra dose of relaxation, enjoy a spa treatment at the Inn’s Aveda Spa. Next, hit the road and take a drive down to Placentia and drop in to The Three Sisters Pub & Restaurant, where you will enjoy a tasty bite in an old world atmosphere. After a hearty meal, you can head up the highway towards Clarenville. Stop in to Something Special Flower & Gift Shop and buy yourself a bouquet of fresh flowers, just because! Then head to Comfort & Class Boutique for a great selection of stylish women’s-wear. Refuel at a Mary Browns in the area, operated by Brenda Sulley-Squires, or if burgers are more your thing, take a detour to Marystown for a snack at McDonald’s, operated by Genny McCarthy.
Once you’ve had your fill, head to Trinity and enjoy a night in a beautiful room or suite at The Artisan Inn.
Wake to the smell of fresh baked muffins and enjoy a delicious breakfast at The Twine Loft, the renowned dining room at The Artisan Inn. Take the day to enjoy historic Trinity, which boasts rocky beaches, hiking trails, and a local theatre company. Be sure to visit Mirabella, a unique local shop by Elizabeth Burry Studios located at the Dock Marina.
Once you’ve taken a tour of the community, get in your car and head to Bonavista. Once you arrive, browse through The Alexandrs Gallery of Fine Art and discover some great finds at The Elephant Shop, with a selection of products from all over the world. Finally, book a night at Elizabeth J Cottages, luxurious vacation homes with scenic views of the ocean.
Greet the day in the privacy of your very own vacation cottage and enjoy breakfast on your ocean-side veranda. Then pack up and head back down the Bonavista Peninsula to the village of Open Hall. Nestled in woodland above the village are Eagle Cliffe Cottages, which offers breathtaking views of Bonavista Bay. Spend the day picnicking in nature, swimming in the ponds, or hiking the coast and then retreat to your beautiful cottage for the evening with all the amenities you will need to feel at home.
After a relaxing night in Open Hall, make your way to Charlottetown. Drop in to Chatman’s Bakery and pick up some delectable squares, tarts, or cakes for the road. Head back out on the highway and head to Iceberg Alley. Boasting itself as the Iceberg capital of the world, Twillingate offers tourist a scenic coastline full of natural wonders. Book a room or suite at Anchor Inn Hotel & Suites and pull up a chair at The Captain’s Pub for a drink, a bite, and a show. Anchor Inn hosts a variety of local shows during the summer, so you are sure to have a ranting and roaring good time.
Rise early and hit the highway, as you drive towards the west coast. Before you leave central Newfoundland, check out the sights and if you are in the area in August, be sure to book your spot on a two-day river rafting adventure down the Exploits River, courtesy of Newfound Quests. During your drive, take a detour off the highway and visit King’s Point Pottery to view the selection of original pottery and art pieces handcrafted by local artists, including owner Linda Yates. Back on the road, head to Steady Brook, but make sure you stop to smell the roses in Deer Lake at Young Floral Designs before reaching your destination.
After a long drive, you will be happy to kick up your feet at one of Visit Humber Valley’s luxury chalets at Humber Valley Resorts. These chalets are wonderful for extended vacations, but if you are only looking for a short stay, check out Inn at Humber Valley for a spacious en-suite guest room.
Enjoy a continental breakfast in the morning, and then take the time to explore nearby Corner Brook. Drop in to The Healthy Vibe’s west coast store to re-explore their selection of natural health products; visit Corner Brook’s only independently-owned ladies clothing store, Susan’s Fine Clothing Boutique; and check out locally made artwork and fine crafts at JL Gallery. Take a break from shopping at New Reflections and enjoy a spa treatment or freshen up your look at their salon. Next, take an excursion to Port aux Basques, but be sure to stock up on road trip snacks at Shoppers Drug Mart on West Street in Corner Brook, operated by Christina Tulk. Once you reach Port aux Basques, visit Land & Sea Outfitting for all your outdoor adventure equipment needs. After stocking up on fishing and hunting gear, take the highway back to Humber Valley Resort for a second night in their lovely accommodations.
When you awake, set your sights on the Northern Peninsula. Once you arrive in Main Brook, check-in to Tuckamore Lodge & Outfitters, nestled in the wilderness on the banks of Tuckamore Pond. Take a canoe out on the pond, relax on the deck, or enjoy the award winning moose, bear and caribou hunting as well as trout and salmon fishing that Tuckamore Lodge offers.
Awake to the sound of birds as you prepare for your trip off The Rock and on to The Big Land. Catch the ferry from St. Barbe to Blanc Sablon and then take a scenic trip up the Trans-Labrador Highway to Cartwright. Drop in to Mealy Mountain Gallery and view the handmade jewelry and artwork by local artists, including owner Pete Barrett. Finally, make Experience Labrador your destination for adventure, as they offer packages that range from a ½ hour boat tour to a nine day excursion along the South Labrador Coast. Their tour guides will show you the breathtaking natural beauty of coastal Labrador, for an experience you will never forget. From St. John’s to Cartwright, NLOWE members can ensure that your stay-cation is a great one. For more information about any of these businesses, check them out in NLOWE’s online membership directory at www.nlowe.org.
Julieanne Reddy is the Marketing & Communications Coordinator with NLOWE. You can reach her at 709-754-5555 ext. 232 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.