We took this trip in 2014, before really catching on with AirBnb. We stayed in a variety of different kinds of accommodations during this trip, primarily motels and Bed & Breakfasts. There was also a wide range of quality between the different accommodation options we stayed at.
We stayed at a standard Hampton Inn during both stays in Saint-Johns (New Brunswick).
In Port-aux-Basques we stayed at the Hotel Port Aux Basques and in Hopewell Cape we stayed at Hopewell Rocks Motel. Neither were something to write home about, both being somewhat run down and in need of a facelift. However, they served their purpose by being optimally located geographically.
The clear gem of our stay was at Colby House B&B, in Sydney, Nova Scotia. This lovely bed and breakfast was exceptionally clean, served delicious breakfasts, and was managed by welcoming hosts. Colby House served as our base to and from the ferry to Newfoundland, and was located in a lovely old century home with a wonderful veranda located within walking distance of downtown Sydney. Second was the Rum Runner Inn in Lunenburg, which boasts incredible panoramic views of the historic waterfront and has an on-site restaurant. Third was the Crows Nest Inn B&B, a charming guesthouse overlooking St-Anthony harbour. The main drawback being that breakfast was of the continental type, as opposed to the freshly served breakfast at Colby House.
For our two four-night stays in Gros Morne National Park (NP), we booked self-catering options. Our first stay was in the Crocker Cabins in Trout River, located in the southern portion of the NP. Although it was nothing fancy, we loved our cabin for its quiet location and proximity to several Gros Morne hiking trails. We then left to St-Anthony for a 2-night stay, and then returned to the Gros Morne Suites in Rocky Harbour, in the northern portion of the NP. The suites are brand new and stylish accommodations (in 2014) with great views of the ocean and were in close proximity to several other hiking trails.
We might have been unlucky, but our experience wouldn’t allow us to call Newfoundland a great foodie destination. We had much better luck in Nova Scotia, where we ate in several great restaurants.
Though Rocky Harbour and Trout River are the most populated areas in Gros Morne, they are still very much small towns, and as such, don’t have an extensive list of options for eating out (both have a population of under 1000). The Treasure Box served us a tasty moose burger for lunch. Earl’s was recommended by several local folks in town as being the best restaurant in town, but in reality felt more like your standard small-town diner.
Our favorite restaurant in Newfoundland was The Lightkeeper’s Seafood Restaurant up in St-Anthony. It’s a small restaurant right on the cliff with 270 degree view of the Atlantic ocean and serves up good seafood dishes (we particularly enjoyed the scallop appetizer).
Finally, for a unique experience, we can recommend trying out The Norseman where we stopped for lunch prior to visiting the viking archeological site at l’Anse-aux-Meadows. The seafood chowder was excellent and the restaurant is combined with an art gallery.
Our two favorite restaurants were in Nova Scotia. The first was the Grand Banker Bar & Grill in Lunenburg. This charming, old-timey venue on the harbor is known for local seafood dishes & craft beers. The second was Flavor in Sydney. This is a place you might pass by, just looking in, but that would be a mistake. Although quite small it is very cozy, and serves delicious crab cakes ever. The menu is not extensive, but the choices are excellent.
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