Newfoundland Accommodations: Where to stay this summer!
Someone recently asked me for some recommendations for Newfoundland accommodations for their trip to the province this summer and I was about to refer them to my “Where to Stay in Newfoundland” post when I realised it’s five years old!
Considering the first post is basically a kindergartner and I’ve stayed in many fantastic places since 2018 thanks to some awesome pandemic Staycations in 2020 and 2021, so I figured it was about time for an update! Now the list is bigger covering most of the island from St. John’s to Gros Morne and includes a variety of Newfoundland Bed & Breakfasts, Newfoundland Airbnbs and Newfoundland hotels to suit wherever you want to lay your head on your Newfoundland vacation.
Many of the initial Newfoundland accommodations are still included, plus I’ve included some restaurant recommendations nearby.
Here’s where to stay in Newfoundland this summer!
East Coast Newfoundland Accommodations
George House Heritage Bed and Breakfast, Dildo
A few years ago I was researching for an article, I discovered one of the nicest inns in Newfoundland. You can read about Todd’s awesome hospitality at George House Heritage Bed and Breakfast which offers up exemplary service, gorgeous views and the best breakfast around! As if the town of Dildo needed more features to attract tourists than its name (which isn’t what you think btw) and gorgeous scenery, a brewery opened there last summer. You can read all about Dildo Brewing Co. & Museum here.
Artisan Inn, Trinity
The elegant Artisan Inn offers beautiful rooms with turndown service and views of the ocean in Trinity, making for a dreamy stay in one of their three restored historic homes. Breakfast is served up at the Twine Loft which is also home to the three-course dinners devoured nightly paired with a thoughtfully Canadian wine list. Artisan Inn also has several vacation homes you can rent out: stay at the 4-bedroom Admiral’s Lookout jutting out over the harbour as I did with friends a few years ago while iceberg hunting.
Adam and I also spent a weekend enjoying Cove Cottage under the Artisan Inn banner during the Roots, Rants and Roars festivities in Elliston. The master overlooks the ocean and sitting in bed I could almost feel the morning waves swell.
Where to eat: The Twine Loft is located in the same building where you check into the Artisan Inn and it offers up a fantastic three-course meal each night — think fresh salads, cod en papillote and blueberry bread pudding.
Russelltown Inn Glamping Pod, Bonavista
The Bonavista peninsula is a must-visit region to visit when coming to Newfoundland, with whale-watching, hiking, and breweries galore. Charming B&Bs and vacation homes abound when it comes to Bonavista accommodations, and the Russelltown Inn runs their inn and a few vacation homes but there is nothing like their eco-glamping pods. We stayed in Pod 3 where relaxing is an understatement: there’s nothing between you and the ocean, so at night, the waves crashed against the rocks and soothed us both to sleep.
Where to eat: Boreal Diner on Church Street for delicious pasta, seafood and burgers.
Alt Hotel, St. John’s
The Alt Hotel St. John’s is right downtown with fantastic views of the narrows. Fresh guestrooms have high-tech amenities, great coffee and no check-out time — yea you heard right, you get to sleep in as late as you want if you book direct with ALT (based on availability)! Check out my staycation at the Alt Hotel St. John’s.
Where to eat: Terre Restaurant & Cafe is located inside the hotel and is nationally acclaimed. It’s one of the best in the province with a fantastic menu of innovative dishes using NL ingredients and global techniques — hot tip: let the kitchen cook for you.
Salt Box, Fermeuse
Our besties Chelsea and Mike came home for a quick summer visit so I knew we had to give them a good Baycation! This Fermeuse Salt Box was the perfect weekend getaway, complete with all the kitchen gadgets required for our ornate dinners as well as a BBQ and fire pit looking out at the charming little harbour.
Oceanfront Gem, Elliston
I stayed in this gorgeous little saltbox in Elliston a few years ago doing some articles for Roots, Rants and Roars and this oceanfront Airbnb offers tons of charm and fantastic views of the ocean — in the root cellar capital of the world! Plus this place has the best views I’ve ever seen from a toilet!
Where to eat: Nanny’s Root Cellar Cafe for traditional NL faves like Jiggs Dinner and fish and chips.
Central Newfoundland Accommodations
How about some glamping? Sean Majunder’s ‘Ome offers up nine glamping tents nestled on the coastline and are ideal for a family camping trip with all the comforts of home or for a different kind of honeymoon as we did a few years ago. You can read about our stay at Ome here.
Where to eat: Corner Cafe in Middle Arm for traditional Newfoundland home cooking.
The Beach House, Sandy Cove
When we were kids we spent a few weeks in Sandy Cove every summer. Our family would rent a big house and spend days running down the bluffs into the ocean, having swim races at the pond in Crooked Tree Park or playing board games at the kitchen table. Now that my sister and I are both married, the tradition lives on with an annual Peyton family weekend at the prettiest beach in the province. This is still one of the hardest Newfoundland accommodations to score, so book early for Sandy Cove! We have stayed at The Beach House for several summers and have been very comfortable — it overlooks the famous bluff and has three good-sized bedrooms with room for the whole family.
Where to eat: Chucky’s in Happy Adventure for a seafood bonanza.
Raspberry House, Burnside
As I mentioned earlier since I was a kid my family has taken a vacation to the Eastport peninsula for some fun in the sand but a few years back we missed the boat of Newfoundland accommodations. But as luck would have it, our stay at Raspberry House, a Burnside Airbnb just a few extra minutes from the beach ended up a great spot with lots of charm and of course, raspberry bushes! Linda was the most awesome host and even gave us some fresh cod to take home!
The Old Salt Box Co., Multiple locations
We stayed at Gertie’s Place in Twillingate a few years ago when the harbour was still socked in with ice, but we could still appreciate the views. The Old Salt Box Co. has a dozen souped-up saltbox homes across Newfoundland emanating luxury from every beam of their modernized historic salt boxes. Claw-foot bathtubs, crystal chandeliers and all the necessary kitchen gadgets are just waiting to be enjoyed while trying not to constantly gasp at the views.
Fogo Island Inn, Joe Batt’s Arm
The Fogo Island Inn is literally world-famous — everyone from Trudeau to Gwyneth has stayed there and there’s a reason (actually, many): the daybreak service basket outside your room filled with coffee and pastries, the breathtaking architecture, the personalized island tours with a community host and local music in the bar at night. I was born here in Newfoundland and I felt more connected to the island after my stay last year. I’ve been lucky enough to stay at the inn in the winter AND in the summer the food is as different as the seasons: read about the food at the Fogo Island Inn in the winter or the menu in the summer here.
Where to eat: Bangbelly is by far the best restaurant on the island outside the Inn, and after a few years as a coffee shop, this summer they are going full bistro and I can’t wait.
Toulinguet Inn & Suites, Twillingate
The Toulinguet Inn & Suites are a collection of rooms inside the inn and four lovely suites that are perfect for two. Adam and I spent a lot of our weekend in Twillingate last summer sitting out on the private patio of our second-level suite enjoying the ocean breezes and the sunsets.
Where to eat: Georgie’s Restaurant is located a short drive away in the Anchor Inn Hotel. We dined on big plates of seafood and seafood on their oceanfront patio.
Bliss by da Bay, King’s Point
I stayed in these brand-new Bliss by da Bay Airbnb accommodations last summer visiting friends in King’s Point and they have everything you need from tons of extra towels to a picnic table on your private balcony.
Where to eat: There are always large groups eating at the By the Sea Inn & Cafe and for good reason — it’s a great spot for local seafood.
West Coast Newfoundland Accommodations
The Hew & Draw Hotel, Corner Brook
During the first year of the pandemic, Adam and I did a huge Staycation road trip across the island and stayed at The Hew & Draw Hotel in Corner Brook for a few days and it was simply fantastic. The Hew & Draw opened in 2020 and is beautifully designed with big hotel rooms with all kinds of luxurious touches like East Coast Glow bath products. We only stayed for 3 nights, but I could have stayed for a week.
Where to eat: The Best Coast Restaurant is located inside the hotel and it is your best bet — Boomstick Brewery is in there too!
The Fish Sheds, Rocky Harbour
The Fish Sheds are one of my favourite Newfoundland accommodations. We booked through Airbnb and stayed four nights here while we hiked Gros Morne and it was just fantastic — hosts Chris and Analisa think of everything and even had a little gift basket with our names on it when we arrived! The kitchen was well-equipped and we lucked out with fantastic sunsets every night.
Where to eat: The Old Store Cafe in Norris Point for soup, sandwiches, and homemade treats – plus one of the best pot pies I’ve ever had