September and October Guide

A hand full of blueberries, Sara Monika Photography

Why visit Newfoundland during the Fall?

We’ll be honest, it’s unlikely you’ll spot an iceberg on a fall visit and humpback whales may not be as numerous should you decide to visit Newfoundland during the months of September and October.  These iconic giants certainly make Newfoundland special, but they are not what makes Newfoundland unique.  That would be the Newfoundlanders themselves and the dramatic landscape we call home. We can guarantee that Newfoundland charm, hospitality and countless accents are always in full force no matter what time of the year you visit.  Fall offers an added bonus of berries, ripe for the picking, stunning sunsets and world-class trails shared with fewer people.

Use this guide to better plan your Fall trip to Trinity, Newfoundland and the Bonavista Peninsula.

Photo Credit: Sarah Monika Photography

ACTIVITIES IN SEPTEMBER

With the exception of the two activities in the below section, the majority of activities, shops and restaurants continue operating as they did in July and August.

We suggest you use our EXPLORE TRINITY and the other sections of BONAVISTA PENINSULA ACTIVITIES to plan your trip for this time.

Closures after Labour Day Weekend

Rising Tide Theatre finishes both Dinner Theatre and the Trinity Pageant performances on Labour Day Weekend, however, continues with evening performances through the first half of September.

FALL FESTIVALS AND EVENTS

BonRexton Granfondo (cycling event) – September 10th 2022

The BonRexton Granfondo is a celebration of Newfoundland and Labrador’s unique culture, cuisine and topography.

With roads hugging rugged coastlines throughout one hundred and thirty beautiful kilometres, BonRexton Granfondo riders will roll through small communities which boast hundreds of years steeped in seafaring history as well as modern cultural innovations. Riders pass towns revitalized by breweries, coffee shops, artist studios and world-class tourism amenities.

This ride is fully supported, with a roveing mechanic and multiple first aid patrolling the course throughout the day. Riders will finish off at the school for a reception, followed later on by drinks at the Brewery.

Visit the BonRexton GrandFondo website for details on the race and registration.

 

Trinity’s Fort to Forge 10km Run – September 24th 2022

If you travel to race, September is the perfect time to visit Trinity, which hosts a 10km & 5km coastal run (or walk for those who prefer) from the Fort Point Lighthouse to the Green Family Forge.  The money raised from registration is usually split between two organizations.  In  2022 YAC (Young Adults with Cancer) and the Trinity Fire Department will be the recipients of the funds raised.  Register for Fort to Forge.

Roots Rants and Roars Food Festival September 16th & 17 2022

This 2-day culinary festival takes place in Elliston and has been ranked amongst the top food festivals in Canada, so book your tickets and accommodations early. The festival is comprised of 3 events.

Cod Wars

This event, hosted on Friday evening, challenges Newfoundland Chefs to create an inspiring dish from the Newfoundland staple of Cod Fish.  Festival-goers vote on their favourite dish, which they sample while being entertained by some of Newfoundland’s best bands.

The Food Hike

Some of Canada’s Top Chefs fly to Newfoundland to participate in this daytime event.  Participants walk along sandy beaches, rocky cliffs and quaint root cellars, stopping every half kilometre to be served Newfoundland inspired dishes by one of these top chefs.   Each chef is usually accompanied by a Newfoundland musician to provide a soundtrack to the moment.

The Feast

Canadian and Newfoundland Chefs team up to create a multi-course meal (usually 7 courses or so) on the final night of the festival.  Harvest style tables and plating bring festival-goers, both friends and strangers, together to share in a special evening.

Visit their website to purchase passes

TRINITY FALL FESTIVAL

October 1st & 2nd 2022

The Trinity Fall Festival offer great deals at the local shops as they prepare to close for the season later in October.  Other planned events for the festival TBA.
Details will be posted on www.trinityanchor.ca

Aunt Sarah's Choloate, lit up for Trinity's Fall Festival
Kathy Stacey Photography

 

Ales For Trails: Skerwink Trail Run Event – October 22nd 2022

Ales for Trails Participants
Photo credit: Hike Discovery

This event is organized by Hike Discovery and proceeds go towards our area’s trails.  Participants can choose between running the Skerwink Trail or walking the Fox Island Trail. Beer at the Port Rexton Brewery, trail swag, lunch, dinner and an evening party are included with participant registration.  This event is often sold out with a waiting list of over 100 people.  For information regarding the event, follow the Hike Discovery Facebook Page or visit their website at www.hikediscovery.com

GENERAL OCTOBER ACTIVITIES & INFORMATION

Take advantage of shoulder season rates

Last week of October at the Artisan Inn
Marieke Gow Photography

Stay and Dine packages for rooms and vacation homes are available for the months of September and October. Visit our book now section and enter desired dates and number of guests for accurate pricing. Shoulder season rates take effect at the Artisan Inn beginning October 1st.

A number of activities and businesses begin to shut down for the season between the first weekend of October and Canadian Thanksgiving(The 2nd Sunday of October).  Despite this, there is still plenty to do during a visit to the area.  Guests booked at the Artisan Inn during this time will receive a multi-day itinerary with detailed driving directions, featuring places open for dining, activities still ongoing, locations of hiking trails and scenic spots to visit.

There are also businesses in Trinity that only run during the early part of October.  Learn about these businesses and activities at the bottom of this page.

Check out what travel Blogger Candice Walsh has to say about staying at the Artisan Inn in late October
WHY YOU SHOULD VISIT TRINITY IN THE FALL

HIKE DISCOVERY SELF-GUIDED HIKES – OPEN THROUGHOUT OCTOBER

Two hikers walk the Skerwink Trail
Sara Monika Photography

The shoulder season means you will be sharing the trails with fewer fellow travellers.  For more details on the below trails visit our Hiking section.

Skerwink Trail – Moderate to Difficult
5.3km Loop
Approximately 2 hours

Gun Hill Trail – Easy to Moderate
2km Lower Trail loop, 1km Upper Trail
Approximately 1-2 hours for both

Fox Island Trail – Moderate
5.5km
Approximately 2 hours

Murphy’s Cove Trail – Moderate
7.7km Loop
Approximately 3 hours

Cape Shore Trail – Easy
3.5km one-way
Approximately 1.5 hours one-way

Lighthouse Trail – Easy
3.5km outside loop
1.7km inside loop
Approximately 1.5 hours Outside Loop, 45 minutes Inside Loop

Klondike Trail – Easy
3.0 km 1 way
Approximately 1 hour – 1 way

Visit HIKING AND WALKING ON THE BONAVISTA PENINSULA

 

GUIDED TOURS

Wildlife during September and October Sea of Whales Adventures

Orcas in Trinity Bay, Paul Dolk Photography
To purchase this print visit Paul Dolk’s Website

By late August the puffins will have departed from their colonies to resume living on the ocean.  Humpback whales typically finish feeding on capelin by late August, but a scattered few still hang on. Icebergs are more typical during the Spring months and have rarely been spotted during the fall. If seeing one of these 3 things is essential to your trip to Newfoundland this may not be the time for you to visit.  Boat Tour operators do continue throughout the Fall, with each operation ending on a different date.  Visit our page on Whale Watching for contact information. If you are interested in various types of wildlife, the Bonavista Peninsula still has lots to offer. In addition to wildlife, the stunning geology of the Bonavista Peninsula is worth a trip out. While we can never guarantee day-to-day sightings, these logs from Sea of Whales Adventures’ Fall trips should provide an idea of what nature has to offer. 

 

Sperm Whale, Newfoundland, Paul Dolk Photography
To Purchase this print visit Paul Dolk’s Website

 

 

 

A Super Superpod
Posted on September 25, 2017

A super pod of 1000+ white sided dolphins today with blue fin tuna, bald eagles, arctic terns, gannets, and northern fulmars.

A Lovely Day
Posted on October 9, 2017

A lovely day on the water with 2 minke whales, double crested cormorants, red necked phalaropes, and bald eagles.

Dolphins Great and Small
Posted on October 10, 2017

What a day out there with 12 Orcas (the largest dolphins), 40-50 white beaked dolphins (some of the smallest dolphins), 1 sei whale, gannets, and murres.

Wonderful Warm
Posted on October 11, 2017

A wonderful warm day out there with a minke whale, gannets, murres, and bald eagles.

 

Bonavista Adventure Tours

Bonavista Adventure Tours will be offering most of their tours until the end of October. Their boat tour and beach boil come to an end in late September, but they are offering a forage and boil up until the end of October.

Colourful yellow bakeapples are browned in a frying pan on a rocky beach in Newfoundland

GEOLOGICAL HIGHLIGHTS AND POINTS OF INTEREST

Dungeon Sea Cave
Marieke Gow Photography

Detailed driving directions to these sites are provided in our multi-day itinerary

Dungeon Provincial Park

Spillar’s Cove Sea Stack

Tickle Cove Sea Arch

Fort Point Lighthouse and Beach

Horsechops – English Harbour

Elliston Root Cellars

Sealer’s Memorial Statue in Elliston

John Cabot Statue in Bonavista

Bonavista Lighthouse

Port Union Fossils

Bonavita Biennale Exhibit in King’s Cove: Upside Down Trees

DINE AT THE TWINE LOFT RESTAURANT

Dine by candlelight in a restored shed, once used to repair fishermen’s nets. Wrap up in a blanket on the waterside deck for a pre-dinner drink or watch the sunset from the upstairs loft.  The Twine Loft is recommended by Where to Eat in Canada and Lonely Planet.

The restaurant is licensed to serve the public so one does not need to be a guest of the inn to make a reservation, however, we will only operate on nights when we have guests of the Artisan Inn booked for dining or there are a minimum of 6 people booked from outside the inn.   If you would like to dine with us around this time, whether you are a guest of the inn or not, please contact us as soon as possible to make your reservations to help us know which days we should encourage others to book.  Stay and Dine Packages are available for the month of October.

Throughout the Peninsula, a handful of dining establishments stay open for the entire month of October, including: Two Whales Coffee Shop (5 days a week) Fisher’s Loft, Seaport Inn’s Fireside Dining Room, The Galley Restaurant and Harbour Quarters.  Please check with each individual establishment for fall hours.

PORT REXTON BREWERY

Port Rexton Brewery was Newfoundland’s first rural microbrewery, located only a 10-minute drive from the Artisan Inn.  Please check with the brewery for their schedule.

Port Rexton Brewery
Marieke Gow Photography

ADMIRE THE ARCHITECTURE & CHARM OF TRINITY

Walk the white-picket-fence lined streets of Trinity during a time of year with fantastic light and take in the stunning architecture of clapboard saltbox houses.  If you are interested in seeing some of the historic sites after they have been closed for the season, let us know and we can do our best to arrange for a private tour of the municipal sites.  Even late into October, you will find the doors of the Green Family Forge open on weekdays when the two trained blacksmiths are preparing orders for the Christmas season.

THe town of Trinity taken the last week of October
Marieke Gow Photography

 

Take a PHOTO TOUR OF TRINITY for more pictures.

VISIT TRINITY’S FORGE

Operating Monday – Friday this is the only historic site that remains operating for the entire month of October.  At this time the certified blacksmiths are creating products for Christmas craft fairs and to fill online orders from around the world.  There is no official charge to visit the forge, however, we encourage visitors to leave a donation that contributes to the Trinity Historical Societies daily operations.

Blacksmith working in Trinity's Forge

 

TAKE TIME TO RELAX AT THE ARTISAN INN

The Bonavista Peninsula is a stunning destination.  One of the most common complaints we hear upon check out is that guests forgot to schedule the time to do nothing.   Even on days of cooler, or even wild weather, curling up with a book in one of our properties can do wonders for the soul. Some rooms and houses even come with their own private libraries.  We provide copies of the films The Grand Seduction, Maudie, Random Passage and The Shipping News to guests to watch in their rooms or vacation homes.  We also offer directions to many locations where these films were shot. If you love history and are disappointed to be missing the historic sites and museums, consider renting one of our properties built in the 1800s.

Admiral's Lookout Deck
Sara Monika Photography

EARLY OCTOBER OPERATIONS

Dock Marina and Gift Shop – Open until Thanksgiving
The Dock Marina Restaurant and Gift Shop will likely stay open until the end of Thanksgiving Weekend

Mirabella – Open until October 2nd
Mirabella Shop will remain open until the end of Thanksgiving Weekend.

Boat Tours
Boat tour operators in Trinity continue offering trips until mid-October. They will pull their boats from the water once they feel they can no longer meet the minimum number of passengers necessary to continue operating.

Trinity Historic Sites – Open until Thanksgiving
All Trinity Municipal and Historic Sites remain open until the Friday of Thanksgiving weekend.

Craft Shops – Open until Thanksgiving
The Stores associated with the historic sites, Trinity Crafts and Lester Garland Gift Shop will operate until the Friday of Thanksgiving weekend as will the store at the Eriksen Premises.

Businesses in Trinity that only operate for the first few days of October

Aunt Sarah’s Chocolate – Open until Thanksgiving
Aunt Sarah’s Chocolate typically stays open for the first few days of October.  Be advised that the owners of Aunt Sarah’s do respond to chocolate emergencies!  If you know you will want to purchase their chocolate, please let us know in advance and we will do our best to arrange for that to happen.

 

Eat and Drink in Trinity

DINING

TWINE LOFT FINE DINING

Traditional Fishers storage shed converted into Twine Loft restaurant
Photo Credit Sara Monika

2020: The Twine Loft will be open Wednesdays-Sundays this fall. Serving at 6pm Wed & Thursday-Sunday and 7pm on Friday.  Should enough people request a particular Monday or Tuesday we may open.   Dinners may come early for drinks on the waterside deck or at their table prior to dinner commencing.

Potential hours in 2021: Clients enjoy a table d’hôte menu prepared before their eyes by local cooks in the open concept kitchen. The menu changes on a daily basis, so it is best to call ahead.  Diners will often be offered a choice between two main courses.  A pre-theatre seating begins at 5:30pm every night and the evening sitting at 7:45pm.  Reservations are recommended. During May and October one sitting is offered at 7pm.

The Twine Loft is recommended by “Where to Eat in Canada 2016-2017”  and is #1 of 5 Restaurants in Trinity on Tripadvisor.  Most guests of the Artisan Inn book their tables when reserving their accommodations, sometimes a year in advance of their arrival.  If you would like the Twine Loft to be part of your Trinity experience, we recommend you make your reservation as soon as possible.  A reservation request form is available in our booking section.   

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE RESTAURANT AND MENUS

In the Press

Simple Bites Blog: Family Travel in Newfoundland Canada

Sara Monika: Top 5 Things to Do in Newfoundland

Katie Goldie: The Wild Newfoundland and Labrador

Alex in Wonderland: A Newfoundland Baycation in Trinity

TRINITY MERCANTILE COFFEE SHOP

A great place to stop for a well-made soup and sandwich.  The Mercantile roasts its own coffee in-house and even smokes its own salmon in-house.  The Mercantile is mostly open 8am-4pm, however, during the height of the summer months, they sometimes extend their hours.

SWEET ROCK ICECREAM

Head up to Hog’s Nose for great artisan ice cream and a fantastic view of Trinity.  Sorbet is available for those who cannot have lactose.

Waffle Cones and ice cream from Sweet Rock

THE DOCK MARINA

The Dock Marina serves up typical family-friendly fare including fish and chips, burgers, pasta and so on. Take out is also an option you may wish to avail of if you are staying in one of our vacation homes.

SKIPPER BOB’S

Skipper Bobs offers a small dining room open for breakfast and lunch with some typical home cooking comfort food like moose bolognese or fish cakes.

SOPHIA’S

Located in the Eriksen Premises, Sophia’s is open for lunch and evening meal service with a similar menu selection to the Dock Marina.

WHERE TO DRINK IN TRINITY

White deck chairs overlook an icy cove in Trinity

THE TWINE LOFT

The Twine Loft is the main building and dining room for the Artisan Inn, built directly over the water.  While the Twine Loft is not a bar, a Happy Hour service is available to the public from 3-5pm daily.  Guest can choose between drinking on the waterside deck during nicer days (blankets are available for chillier one’s) or in the upstairs loft above the dining room.  During Happy Hour special pricing is offered on many of our drinks including wines by the glass, locally made beers and mixed drinks.  

READ MORE ABOUT HAPPY HOUR

Art Exhibits

Artwork is displayed on wooden walls adjacent to a window in a dining room

The Artisan Inn exhibits the original artwork of various artists and the public are welcome to view and purchase these pieces.

FEATURED ARTISTS 2018

Kathleen Knowling

Kathleen was born in St. John’s, where she still resides. The Newfoundland land and seascapes never fail to inspire her.

“I love to paint. I love to look at paintings. I love to talk about painting. To me it is a delight to sit on a rock and try to translate the scene before me and my emotions about it into two dimensions.

Paints themselves, fat tubes of delicious colour that promise a masterpiece, brushes and pencils, paper and canvas, call me and invite me to buy. A visit to an art supply store is hazardous to my credit card. I always come away with something.

The very act of painting itself inspires me. The application of thick, juicy paint to canvas or the splash of brilliant watercolour onto white paper exhilarates me. Their excitement never fails.

Sylvia Bendza
Photo sourced from St. Michael’s Print Shop

Sylvia Bendzsa

Sylvia Bendzsa is a St. John’s painter and printmaker. Active in the arts since early in life she has contributed strongly to the arts organizations and St. Michael’s Printshop. She likes to divide her art practice between etching, printmaking, printing on canvas and watercolours. She has had many solo and group exhibitions and her work is collected widely.

Also Represented by

Red Ochre Gallery, St. John’s

Devon House Craft Shop, St. John’s

Hollander York Gallery, Toronto

Paul Dolk

Paul Dolk

“Paul Dolk’s work is his stretch. He reaches out with a mindful heart and captures the breadth and width of a single moment. And with each extension of his lens, the air is stilled, illuminating the graceful power of a whale or the relentless intent of an eagle. That these moments depict the relationship between himself, wildlife and the sea is clear and inseparable. As when the sea drapes over the nose of a surfacing orca, each one describes the other.“Some photographers take reality… and impose the domination of their own thought and spirit. Others come before reality more tenderly and a photograph to them is an instrument of love and revelation” -Ansel Adams-

Paul Dolk’s photographs embody his spirit of devotion towards the natural world of Newfoundland, the thrill of the photographer’s process and a heart that is oceans wide and deep. Framing the fluid nature of a whale’s descension or extension into the sky, the images are stretched beyond the normal and proper limits of our expectations”

Paul’s studio is located in Open Hall on Route 235. Once in Open Hall, pass the Church and take the second gravel road on your left. The studio features a mural with a large Sperm Whale painting.  See the COMMUNITIES AND DIRECTIONS page for directions to Open Hall.

Breakfast

Who we cater to

The Twine Loft primarily caters to guests of the Artisan Inn, both rooms and vacation homes, for breakfast service, however, we are licensed to serve the public and will do so on days we are operating for our guests.  We request that you notify us in advance if you wish to join us for breakfast so that we can staff appropriately and ensure a table and staff will be available when you arrive.  

Operating hours: The Twine Loft can seat guests for arrival times between 8am and 9:30am. While we do accept walk ins, once the last reservation has finished the Twine Loft shuts down for breakfast even if it is prior to 9:30am.

The Twine Loft will shut down for the season on October 24th 2021 and re-open in May

Note Regarding Reservations: The Twine Loft will not confirm reservations made by off site guests on days when we do not have our own guests in-house (from a room or vacation home) coming for breakfast.  You may be put on a list to be contacted should we pick up more reservations and decide to proceed with breakfast on your desired date.

BREAKFAST MENU

Bacon, Eggs & Toast $10
Gluten Free Bread Available

Partridgeberry Pancakes $9

French Toast $9

Berry Breakfast Smoothie Bowl – $9.5

Blended frozen banana, mixed berries, ground flax seed & almond milk topped with gluten free house-made granola and chocolate nibs.

Hot Oatmeal $4.5

Add Almonds, Apples, or 

Dried Cranberries for $1 per selection

Add Raisins for 50 cents

The Continental   $8
Choice of muffin or tea bun
with butter and house made jam, yogurt & granola
If you are leaving early you can order this the day prior as a packed breakfast

EXTRAS

Side of Toast $2.25 per slice complimentary house made jam

Bacon $1 per slice

Eggs $2 per egg

Muffin or Tea Bun $2.75 / with House Made Jam $3.75

Yogurt & Granola (Gluten Free) $5

 

DRINKS

Coffee $2

Tea $2
(orange pekoe, mint, lemon thriller, chamomile, blueberry, earl grey, green)
Orange Juice $2.5

 

Call 1-709-464-3377 Email info@trinityvacations.com

Performing and Fine Arts

TRINITY

The Bonavista Peninsula is a place where music, theatre and art are sewn into the fabric of our being.  Here are just a few options for where to take in quality art or experience musical or theatrical performances on the Bonavista Peninsula.  Many businesses and not-for-profits announce artistic events throughout the summer season.  If you are interested in what is going on be sure to ask us when you register. 

RISING TIDE THEATRE

Photo courtesy of Rising Tide Theatre

There is so much to be said about Rising Tide Theatre located in Trinity that we have created its own page under our Explore Trinity.  2018 marks the 40th year anniversary of the Theatre Company. Its director, Donna Butt, has received the order of Canada for her contribution to the arts in Canada.

Visit our Rising Tide Page to learn about 

RISING TIDE SEASONS IN THE BIGHT THEATRE FESTIVAL: EVERY NIGHT JUNE – LATE SEPT

RISING TIDE NEWFOUNDLAND TRINITY PAGEANT: WED & SAT JULY-LABOUR DAY

RISING TIDE DINNER THEATRE: WED & SAT JULY-LABOUR DAY

 

ST. PAUL’S SUMMER CONERT SERIES

Come experience the exceptional beauty and incredible acoustics of St. Paul’s.

Admission: By donation, to be used for maintenance of the church

Upcoming Concert Dates: Wednesday July 7 – 7:00pm – The Scallywags (bluegrass, country / NFLD)

Wednesday July 31st – 7:00pm – Maureen and Friends: A Celebration of Newfoundland Music

Sunday August 4th – 7:30pm – The Ennis Sisters

 

TWINE LOFT ART EXHIBITS

Art Exhibit at the Twine Loft

The Twine Loft uses its walls to exhibit original Newfoundland art and a majority of the pieces are for sale.  If you are not a guest of the inn or dining with us, you are welcome to come look at the art between 10am and 5:30pm when meal services are not taking place.

View our Art Exhibits page under our Restaurant section to learn more about featured artists.

PORT REXTON

10 Minutes from Trinity

TWO WHALES COFFEE SHOP

The Two Whales Coffee Shop doubles as a vegetarian restaurant and gallery space, featuring multiple exhibits, often of Newfoundland artists, throughout their operating season. They also host musical performances multiple times a month.  To find out which artists are being featured or concert schedules, visit their website.

Two Whales Website

FISHER’S LOFT CONFERENCE CENTRE

The Fisher’s Loft Conference centre often hosts art exhibits in the main conference room. On occasional evenings throughout the summer authors host book readings.

Fisher’s Loft Website

 

ENGLISH HARBOUR

19 minutes from Trinity

English Harbour Arts Centre

ENGLISH HARBOUR ARTS CENTRE

The English Harbour Arts Centre is a not-for-profit charitable organization dedicated to the promotion of artistic and cultural education and the preservation of historic and cultural spaces. They are committed to operating an economically self-sustaining institution for the arts that provides learning opportunities for people of all ages and levels of artistic experience. Their multidisciplinary program includes art holidays, workshops, residencies, community outreach, special projects and public events. The English Harbour Arts Centre hosts various performances by some of Newfoundland’s most celebrated musicians including The Once, The Fortunate Ones, Matthew Byrne, The Ennis Sisters and many more.  

Additional Links

English Harbour Arts Centre Website

 

PORT UNION

30 Minutes from Trinity

UNION HOUSE ARTS

Art Gallery, Workshops, Screening Room, Artist Residencies, Community Events

Union House Arts (UHA) is a new community artspace operated through the Sir William F. Coaker Heritage Foundation. UHA is committed to supporting work being produced by artists and craftspeople in Newfoundland and Labrador through place-specific dialogues and collaborative programming in Port Union.

Summer hours are 11-5 Thursday – Monday, until the Biennale starts August 17th. Then the schedule changes to 10am-5pm daily.

Union House Arts Website

BONAVISTA

45 minutes from Trinity

looking out from the stage of the Garrick Theatre. A mic in the centre of the stage, red chairs and the lights are up.

THE GARRICK THEATRE

The  Garrick  is  a  multi-use,  200-seat  theatre  and  meeting  space  in  the  Town  of Bonavista.  Owned and  operated  by  the  Bonavista  Historic  Townscape  Foundation, this  year-round  cultural  facility offers comfortable  theatre  seating,  state-of-the-art sound   and   lighting   equipment   including   full   digital cinema,   and   exceptional acoustics.  At The Garrick you can find the best in performing arts and film.

Additional Links

The Garrick Theatre

 

For more information on Artisan Craft visit our page

SHOP LOCALLY MADE

For directions to these locations visit

COMMUNITIES AND DIRECTIONS

 

 

Contact Us

The Artisan Inn welcomes guests between the months of May and November (end of season October 31st).  During these months, the Twine Loft serves as the main office.  During the closed season, reservations can still be made by calling, emailing or requesting a booking through our online system.  We encourage anyone with questions about a potential stay at the inn to contact us directly.

We look forward to your visit,

Tineke & Marieke Gow

COVID 19: Please go to our COVID-19 UPDATE PAGE for information regarding our adjusted cancellation policies for cancellations caused by COIVD 19.

Artisan Inn & Twine Loft Dining Reservations

57 High St.
Trinity, Trinity Bay, NL
A0C 2S0, Canada

Email us at info@trinityvacations.com

Phone/Fax: 1.709.464.3377

 

 

 

About Artisan Inn

Traditional houses of Trinity Newfoundland
Some of the multiple buildings that fall under the Artisan Inn umbrella

The Artisan Inn is not confined to a single designated building, but instead occupies a collection of buildings woven into the fabric of the historic Town of Trinity.  A New York Times article once credited Tineke as a pioneer in the concept of the Diffused Hotel. To the extent that they wish to do so, this allows guests to interact with other travelers and to integrate into the community. Solitude in a beautiful natural setting is also an option.

John and Tineke Gow

John and Tineke Gow

How did this come about? John and Tineke Gow first visited the town approximately 40 years ago. They purchased one of the oldest houses in Trinity, noted for its architectural style, featuring pierced-eve dormer windows. Because the town did not have street addresses by which homes could be identified, the Gow’s called it Gover House after the family of the previous owner. It had been unoccupied for several years, so time was of the essence to save the structure. Gover House received the first Scouthcott Award given for a restoration in Trinity.

Gover House after the first round of renovations in the late 1980s by John and Tineke Gow

The Gow’s later purchased an adjacent property. The building also required extensive renovation, but a friend informed them that they now owned 2 of the 5 oldest houses in the community and that it was also of historic value. With the help of talented local carpenters, renovations were completed and Campbell House, named for the navigational teacher who once lived there, was designated as a Registered Heritage Structure. Campbell House became one of the town’s first B&Bs when Tineke opened the doors to visitors in 1992.

In 1997 Tineke purchased a nearby waterfront property that had, at one time, been owned by Captain Stanley Barbour, a close relative of the Barbour family of Newtown, NL. The newly acquired property is designated the Barbour premises.

At the time, dining options were limited in the area and many of Tineke’s guests were seeking opportunities to enjoy casual fine-dining, featuring local flavours.  In 2000, Tineke restored Captain Barbour’s waterfront fishing room, once used to repair and store nets, and called it the Twine Loft restaurant. She wished to offer simple, yet well-prepared, setmenu, 3 course-meals served in a licensed establishment. This required changing from the B&B status to that of an Inn. The name Artisan Inn was chosen to represent all aspects of the business.

Photo Credit Sara Monika

From the moment Tineke began welcoming visitors to the area, various guests also became enamoured with the community and purchased homes for summer retreats.  Some only used their houses for a few weeks of the year and approached Tineke to manage them as vacation homes.  This began Tineke’s Vacation Home management program which today includes 6 additional homes. These homes are located within the historic center of Trinity and each has an excellent salt-water view. All are within a ten-minute walk of the Twine Loft restaurant where meals, drink service, itinerary planning and socializing happens.

Watch the video: Artisan Inn Trinity By Explore Canada 

Learn more about the HISTORY OF TRINITY HARBOUR in our Explore Trinity section.

If you are a member of the press looking to write or produce a story in our area, please visit our INFORMATION FOR MEDIA page.

 

 

Our Restaurant

Experience the Twine Loft

Operating in 2022 Friday May 5th- Saturday October 22nd.

Please note that October 16th, 17th, 18th & 19th the Twine Loft will not be open for dinner service

Join us for a multi-course evening meal by candlelight on the water’s edge in Trinity. The Twine Loft is recommended by Where to Eat in Canada and is one of the top restaurants on the Bonavista Peninsula.  The evening dining experience includes a 3-course meal. Beverages and gratuities are not included. Price for 2022 season is $60 plus tax.

See below for sitting times.