We arrived in St. John’s 32 hours ago and have already seen 4 icebergs, many whale spouts and flukes, coves, fog and sun! Check, check, check off my list!
Fresh off the plane, we headed for Torbay. You could spend days just driving along the twists and curves of the Marine Drive photographing rock formations that are each more spectacular than the other.
For our first night, we stayed at the beautiful Sheraton in the heart of St. John’s where we got a room overlooking the Harbour. What a treat! But the fun didn’t stop there. The Bacalao Restaurant spoiled us rotten with a partridgeberry cocktail, followed by scallops and risotto for me and lamb chops for Robert …and a delicious crumble for dessert. Can one ask for more? Yes, we got to sample real Newfoundland berg ice!
The first stop on today’s itinerary was Pouch Cove. A delightful place! Then, we went up (or was it down?) to Brigus. Now, THAT was a nice stop! We went through the Bartlett tunnel linking to an adjacent cove and then drove up, down, left and right, very narrow…narrow picturesque lanes. Word to the wise: tuck in your car mirrors! I especially liked the beautiful white picket fences around every property…pure magic! Ate a late lunch at the Country Corner (it’s not on a corner). It has quite a reputation for its blueberry crisp topped with ice cream but, first, try their to-die-for hambone split pea soup (fabulous even for my Robert who doesn’t usually eat soup) and fresh roasted turkey sandwich.
But there was more…
The highlight of our day was at the Cupids Legacy Centre, where we fell in love with General Manager Peter Laracy!! Truly! The passion this man has for his community and showing how history is reflected in our modern day life had us in stitches and tears in the same breath. The centre is well thought of with names of the settlers (early to recent), photographs, milestone events, videos, artifacts from the Cupids Cove Plantation site, portraits of Cupids’ busy times with the fishing trade, its many shops and the export of forest products.
The Legacy Centre also has everything you want to know about its first settler John Guy and the brave souls who came after him and who shaped the people that are there now. A must see! The who, what, where, when and why of the area are revealed. The also hold many events, including fairy nights( Don’t forget to bring hard bread).
We could have stayed listening to more stories and songs played on his accordion.
Cupids for the night at Cupid Haven’s B&B, a repurposed church with a large room with a large tub and cathedral ceiling (pardon the pun) Yep! All that in 32 hours!