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October 28, 2021

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The inn on the island

Newfoundland’s Fogo Island Inn will floor you. It’s absolutely beautiful, yes, but there’s a lot more to this bold, x-shaped building perched on stilts than meets the eye. Conceived of after a woman at a 2004 community meeting asked if there was anything the Shorefast charity could do to create jobs to keep young people from moving away, the massive, 29-room inn broke ground in 2010.

All profits made will be reinvested back into the island of 3000 people, one of Canada’s oldest rural communities. The recently-opened inn was designed by Todd Saunders, a Newfoundland native who became an architecture star after moving to Norway 10 years ago. The inn’s guestrooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows that look out towards the North Atlantic, and every textile and piece of furniture was handcrafted by locals — from the quilts to the chairs to the wallpaper patterns. The inn also has a restaurant, art gallery, library, cinema wood-fired sauna and rooftop hot tubs. Double occupancy, bed-and-board pricing starts at $550 per night. tel: (709) 658-3444;

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