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Magazine and Newspaper Articles
See what travel writers and journalists from around the world are saying about the Artisan Inn, The Twine Loft and the Town of Trinity.
July 27th 2012
Atlantic Business Magazine
September / October 2011
September 30th 2010
Article about a guest of the Artisan Inn who was staying in Trinity during Hurricaine Igor
Harrowsmith Country Life Magazine
Rock Steady (PDF Download)
Trinity: Artisan Inn: "What a lovely place!"
Oct 23, 2006 boup, Ottawa, Ontario
A TripAdvisor Member, Ottawa, ON
"Artisan Inn is comfort and style. And what a location! You are greeted by the warm welcome of Tineke and her staff and they introduce you to this lovely location. It was not a problem to be travelling with older folks as the amenities are well adapted to their needs. The rooms are very nicely appointed, beds very comfortable and furnishings attractive. Meals are next door as the Inn also has a restaurant in the Twine Loft serving imaginative breakfasts, hearty lunches and tasty dinners which would put to shame some pretentious restaurants in larger centres. The food is well prepared, tasty and varied. The wine list offers a selection well suited to the cuisine. The service is attentive and the room charming with fresh flowers on the tables, candles and the soft sound of the ocean. I wish I could have stayed longer than 3 days as there is much to do in Trinity, from sea kayaking to attending a play. But above all the kindness of the owner makes you want to go back."
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Edmonton Sun, August 18, 2005
"Another must-see location is the old town of Trinity on the Bonavista Peninsula about a three-hour drive northwest of St. John’s. “People have been living here for 500 years,” says Tineke Gow, one of the first entrepreneurs to help resuscitate the former ship-building village. Gow fell in love with the place more than 30 years ago and bought a ramshackle home in 1975 for a mere $4,000 with a view to opening a bed and breakfast. “The locals thought I got taken for that price,” says Gow, who restored it to its former glory with a lot of sweat. She wound up quickly having to buy a second house primarily for the fact the property contained an operating artesian well. Today she owns or operates a handful of bed and breakfasts as well as a trendy restaurant called the Twine Loft in the Artisan Inn that offers licensed dining with a menu as sumptuous as you’ll find in any major North American city. Today the community is a haven for artists. "
- Kerry Diotte
Enjoy!, Autumn 2004
"If you cannot go to Tuscany why not go to Trinity........The Inn offers pristine rooms... not to mention the delightful tantalizing smells that waft from the Twine Loft kitchen! .......From freshly baked muffins to the fishing nets and boats, the charm and quaint feel of the Twine Loft sets the mood for a pleasant evening meal or morning teas.....Nowadays it is not uncommon for a restaurant to be truly international..from the food and service to the guests, the Twine Loft fits this bill perfectly and sitting just above the water the ambiance is magical....."
- Lauren Burton
National Post, August 26, 2003 - Arts & Life
Infinite inspiration - Artists never lack for subjects to write about or paint when they visit Newfoundland's Trinity Bight area.
..Lately, though, more and more photographers, musicians, writers, actors and dancers are trekking to the region in search of solitude and inspiration. In fact, Tineke Gow was meeting so many creative types at her bed and breakfast, the Campbell House, in the tiny town of Trinity, that she expanded her business to better accommodate the muse-seekers. She developed another property into a retreat called the Artisan Inn, with workshop spaces particularly suited for artists who arrive alone or in groups. And this summer she opened the Twine Loft, just a stone's throw away, with a plan to house rotating artists-in-residence who will live, work and display their work in the space. Knowling, who studied at Columbia University and lived in Paris, claims there is no better place. "It was an experiment this summer, and I would say it has been a marvellous idea," says Knowling, as she shows one lovely watercolour after another. "A young artist from St. John's was visiting and she whispered to me, 'How do I get in here?' " Knowling paints things that catch her eye: the tidy saltbox houses, the lighthouse, a clothesline. She talks passionately about the challenge of depicting the rich colours, varied skies, cruel rocks and dark cliffs. "You could stay in one place forever and never lack for subjects," she says. "I love the settlements hidden in the inlets, their houses dominated by the spires of their white churches. Their summer beauty, overgrown by roses and dogberries, belies the past reality of hardship and suffering."
- Susanne Hiller
Coastal Living, May - June 2003
"The Bonavista Peninsula claims two of Newfoundland's best lodgings, so plan to spend half of your time here........ satisfy your sweet tooth at The Campbell House B&B Retreat. It's cozy dining room offers the second-best place to enjoy partridgeberry crepes. The best? On the deck overlooking the placid cove. "I live and work in the world's most peaceful, quiet spot." says owner Tineke Gow. "Each morning when I wake, I watch fingers of fog tap their way across the cove and lift. And then the water. Everywhere, water.""
- Page Porter
Travel and Leisure - Family, Spring/Summer 2003
"Artisan Inn - Recently bought and restored by the owner of the next door Campbell House, this restaurant was our favorite. You need to reserve for the five-course dinner by candlelight. The night we were there we ate salmon mousse, potato leek soup, fresh cod, salad, and blueberry tart."
- Hadas Dembo
Georgia Straight, March 3, 2003 - Travel
"On the drive south to the enchanting village of Trinity, you'll see cove after cove dotted with the tell tale blue floats of mussel farms. But don't start salivating just yet: you're unlikely to find a fresh mussel on offer anywhere nearby. It's a sad truth that Newfoundland's bounty is more likely enjoyed anywhere but Newfoundland. Even Tineke Gow, the Dutch-born inn keeper renowned as far away as Hollywood for her excellent meals, has a hard time getting her hands on what grows in the waters of Trinity Bay. Still, it's worth booking ahead to dine in Gow's lovingly restored Artisan Inn; her delicious dinners, ranging from $22 to $30, include smoked-salmon terrine, mesclun salad with vinaigrette dressing, poached cod with julienned vegetables, and frozen lemon mousse with wild-berry coulis"
- Julie Ovenell - Carter
Suddeutsche Zeitung, October 8, 2002 - Reise
"Vor 27 Jahren kam Tineke, geburtige Hollanderin, nach Neufundland und nie wieder los von seiner rauen, archaischen Faszination, seiner widerspenstigen Natur, die vom Meer gepragt ist, und seiner ehrlichen, offenherzigen menschen."
- Gerhard Waldherr
School of Ideas in Visual Art, Studio and Gallery - October, November 2002 Newsletter
"This was my most memorable painting expedition with students that I ever had......... Tineke Gow, the innkeeper uncluded a first class studio with our accommodations, facing the outport of Trinity. It was heavenly...... My heart is in Newfoundland and I plan to go back in the near future to do a series of portraits....."
- Linda Hankin, Director
The Sunday Times, March 10,2002 - Travel
"Where to stay: In Trinity, the best place to stay is the delightful Campbell House."
- Stanley Stewart
The Weekend Australian, February 2-3,2002 - Travel
“Up at Campbell House, Tineke is serving cloud berry and partridge berry jam with afternoon tea, overlooking Fisher cove and the Southwest Arm. "Julianne Moore stayed with us, with her child and the nanny," she tells me. "She was out early every morning, down in the boathouse talking to Clarence, listening to get the accent. He told her some stories".......Sunlight skuds across the bottle coloured bay. "Three of the crew fell in love and bought houses in the area," says Tineke. "It takes people that way." She too was a refugee from another world.....Years ago she bought a ruined saltbox house in Trinity and lovingly restored it. She now runs the best bed-and-breakfast in the village.”
- Stanley Stewart