Fogo Island Inn announces Outport Christmas and Elemental New Year celebrations

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FOGO ISLAND, N.L. – For folks seeking an alternative to the commercialized Christmas 'crush', Fogo Island Inn's traditional 'Outport Christmas' and 'Elemental New Year' celebrations answer the call.  

These celebrations offer a refuge to those wishing to escape the pressure of shopping, decorating and cooking over the holidays; to break away from the ordinary and the expected; and to embark, instead, on an extraordinary holiday sojourn at one of the four corners of the earth. 

Garlanded with handcrafted wreaths of spruce and fir, and glowing with soft light, the timbre of violin and accordion will echo throughout the inn, inviting guests to relax, unwind, and revitalize. Between Dec. 24 and Jan. 6, guests can settle into a restorative holiday season.

The Fogo Island Inn is especially welcoming of solo travellers this time of year.

The inn, located in Iceberg Alley – at the very edge of the North American Continent – is a radical newcomer on the world’s travelscape.

The choices for a memorable, exceptional holiday on Fogo Island are endless. Guests may participate in traditional Christmas festivities in 11 island communities, or stay in pajamas in front of a wood fire; enjoy a sumptuous Christmas dinner at the Fogo Island Inn’s restaurant in the company of other guests, or gather for an outport Christmas dinner at the home of a community host; throughout the week engage in individual experiences and excursions, or join exciting group activities and events

On New Year’s Eve take a singular contemplation of one’s  resolutions for the new year, or gather with others around a wood-burning hearth of fellowship. At midnight bang pots and pans from the inn’s rooftop or revel in the sublime power of the Back Western Shore. On New Year’s Day, hike one of the earth’s four corners at Brimstone Head or participate in an old-fashioned kitchen party.  Filled with good tidings and cheer or tranquility and reflection, guests are ‘at home’ on Fogo Island.




At a gala in Toronto, Ont., recently, the Fogo Island Inn in Fogo Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, was awarded the 2013 National Cultural Award from the Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC).  

The Fogo Island Inn is recognized for creating a contemporary inn, which carries and promotes the traditions, culture and intellectual heritage of Fogo Island. Under leadership of the Shorefast Foundation, a registered Canadian charity, one of the main goals of the inn is to aid the island’s economy and promote sustainable growth. Knowledgeable and hospitable island ambassadors provide guests with memorable Fogo Island experiences through its Community Host Program. Local culture – from boatbuilding to traditional gardening and food ways, to woodworking and textile crafts – are practised and shared with visitors. An immersion in island life.

Zita Cobb, president of Shorefast Foundation, under which the Fogo Island Inn was created, said, “We are especially pleased to be recognized in the culture category. Traditional cultures around the world are under unprecedented pressure. A key goal of our projects and our inn is finding ways to hold on to the important knowledge and ways of knowing that have emerged from 400 years of lived experience making a living on the North Atlantic. And more than just hold on, but to also find ways to adapt and to be relevant to the contemporary globalized world … to “find new ways with old things.”


An Outport Christmas requires a three night minimum stay on Dec. 24, 25 and 26.

Full-board rates are inclusive of all meals and gratuities. There are also full-board family suites. 

An Elemental New Year’s Eve one or two-night stay includes: festivities, excursions, gratuities and all meals (daybreak, breakfast, dinner and supper).

Bookings may be secured at: 709-658-3444 or toll-free in North America at 855-268-9277, or email

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