Thursday's Child: Destination St. John's

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Destination: St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada

When we visited: August 2007

Why to go:

St. John’s is the capital city of what is arguably the most unique area in North America.  Newfoundlanders are justifiably proud of their gorgeous province and their unique customs.

What to see:

Jelly Bean row, a series of unique and colourful homes, is one of the most photographed images in the city.
"The Rooms" is home to both a museum and art gallery, with a beautiful collection and lovely view of the harbour.  (If your visit works up an appetite, treat yourself to one of their cherry white chocolate cookies.)
Signal Hill was the site of the first transatlantic wireless broadcast, received by Guglielmo Marconi.  But more than that, it’s a gorgeous walk.  We took the circular trail for stunning views of the ocean and surrounding area.
And if you’re traveling with kids, don’t miss the Fluvarium.  It’s a museum connected with Memorial University, and the lowest level looks straight into the river.

Where to stay:

Leaside Manor Heritage Inn was a lovely bed and breakfast just a five minute drive from most of the sights.  Breakfasts were delicious (I should mention that breakfast service was quite slow, although after checking out tripadvisor.com, where this inn receives a #1 ranking in St. John’s, I’m guessing they’ve got those issues ironed out.)

Where to eat

We had two favourite restaurants in St. John’s.  Ches’s Fish and Chips is a St. John’s institution; this year they’re celebrating their 60th anniversary.  Unsurprisingly, we opted for the fish and chips for lunch, although you could also order shrimp, scallops or chicken.  Ches’s serves good, basic food in a fun atmosphere.  

Blue on Water was also great, but a totally different experience.  We ate at this lovely restaurant twice, because our first brunch there was so outstanding.  The banana pancakes were to die for, and Andrew said his omelet was one of the best he’s had.  We got a side order of traditional Newfoundland toutons (essentially fried bread dough).

22 comments:

Joanne said...

I'm a walker, and wow does this look like a gorgeous place to see on foot. You mentioned trails there, that's where you'd find me if I ever make this trip :)

Belinda said...

I'm with Joanne - would love to walk here (and get some fish and chips!)

Angela Felsted said...

I understand why Jelly Bean row is constantly photographed. I agree, it's gorgeous.

Valerie said...

What a beautiful city! If I were to visit, I would not want to leave. :)

Claudia said...

I've always wanted a trip to Newfoundland - now more than ever. The photos engage and the Province beckons.

Jess said...

How gorgeous~ it looks and sounds quaint for a capital city. I've heard that Newfoundlanders are unique in their speech as well. Did you pick up or hear any new phrases?

Sue said...

What a beautiful spot! I'd love to live on JELLY BEAN row! :)

Carol said...

What beautiful views, stunning city. I think I would like any place that has houses called Jelly Bean row :)
Fish and Chips for lunch sounds so good!

Jayne said...

Hello - I found you via Sharon Mayhew's blog - pleased to meet you. :)

I was in Canada recently (Lake Louise) and saw lots of adverts on TV for Newfoundland - it looks amazing and very beautiful. Now I know some places to visit should I ever get to go there!

Rebecca from Chow and Chatter said...

wow what a pretty and scenic place

Medeia Sharif said...

I hope to visit someday.

Rita said...

Wonderful memories! thank you for sharing this beautiful place with us. Would love to go there some day.
Rita

jillbert said...

Lovely! Newfoundland was already on my list of places to visit. I think I need to move it closer to the top!

allieksmith said...

St. John's sounds so gorgeous and CALM + peaceful :) At least it looks that way to me :) I always want to visit Canada (besides always going to Niagara Falls lol!)

Emma said...

I so so want to travel to Canada. These photos look absolutely beautiful.

Amie Kaufman said...

Oh, gorgeous! I'd love to visit Canada, and this sort of scenery is why--I'd love to go hiking (and then eat a brunch as described afterwards!)

comfortablydomestic.com said...

Newfoundland and Nova Scotia are numbers 2 & 3 on my list of places to go in Canada. (Churchill, Manitoba for the polar bear migrations is 1st.)
What amazing views!

Barbara said...

Really, Beth, you should make a travel app. I love coming here to read about all your experiences.
St. John looks gorgeous!

Katerina said...

This is a beautiful scenery Beth! I love the pictures!

Mary said...

I love St John's! I haven't been in a few years, but I remember Ches's! Did you have gravy and dressing on your fries there?

Jeanne said...

What a fun place to explore! My grandma is from Newfoundland, so I've been dying to go visit. Thanks for sharing your adventures!

FOODESSA said...

Beth...any chance you'd be able to re-create those wonderful to-die-for banana pancakes?

Thanks for sharing your wonderful travels.

Ciao for now,
Claudia

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