Fogo Island Inn gets Oprah’s attention

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The reputation of the Fogo Island Inn is impressive enough that it has found its way to Oprah Winfrey. Or in the very least to her magazine.

It’s all a part of THE “WOW” LIST which is described on Oprah’s website as “some of the world's most awe-inspiring people, innovations and phenomena.”

And on that list is the Fogo Island Inn, the Zita Cobb creation supposedly meant to help turn the economy of Fogo Island around.

The description written for the magazine and website by Zoe Donaldson says the inn “sits high on a rocky promontory jutting off the far eastern coast of North America, in Newfoundland, Canada, 1.5 hours ahead of Eastern Time and a world away from civilization as we know it.”

Other things that made the list include the world’s smallest robot and a hot sauce created by Jon Bon Jovi’s former manager.

Organizations: Fogo Island Inn

Geographic location: Fogo Island, North America, Newfoundland Canada

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  • Sandra McBurney Thomas
    May 26, 2015 - 14:40

    Beautiful, breathtaking place. My sister and I had lunch there one day in Sept. 2014. It would be a great place to spend a week just relaxing! Also the town is so unique - quilt shop, an ice cream shop that serves the best ice cream, lots of photo ops and very friendly people.

  • Kyo song
    August 23, 2013 - 10:13

    My wife and I were recently at Fogo Island and did indeed visit the Inn and the new studios. While they were incredible sights to see, the most incredible memories we have are: 1. Visiting each community on Fogo Island and pausing to listen, observe and take in the unique attributes of each place and the people living there. Our favorites were Tilting, Island Harbor and Joe Batts Arm. 2. The stillness of the island. There is a quiet calm that is relatively undisturbed, even by the occasional passing car or tourist taking a quick photo. 3. Local artists out painting the beautiful landscapes 4. Walking through the trails with hardly a person in sight and feeling so close to nature 5. Watching gulls hover above the road, drop shellfish to crack them then picking them up again. 6. Staying in an old salt box house, each room with it's own history and full of stories The list goes on... Fogo Island, your true value is something you already have and not something that needs to be built. We hope that you stay like this forever and we'll be back again soon!

  • Kala
    August 18, 2013 - 15:46

    I had the privilege of visiting Joe Batt's Arm earlier this week. Anyone can visit the Inn using the shuttle that they provide. We didn't give any notice and had no trouble getting a ride up & back. The distance is most definitely not a km. You have to book ahead for a tour which was booked up the few days we were there however a sweet young lady who was doing the tours told us to come back when she finished work and she would take us on a mini tour. We did go back the second time and enjoyed it to the fullest. Anyone can go in and look around the main floor and have a drink or cup of tea, We had 3 different shuttle drivers and all were very nice. A thank you to the staff member who went out of her way to show us around,

  • adrian yetman
    August 16, 2013 - 18:16

    My wife and I visited Fogo Island for the first time this summer and we were impressed with how the Island was alive. The properties were well maintained, the people were are salt of the earth Newfoundlanders. We toured and lunched at the Inn, Had the pleasure of meating Ms Cobb and we amazed with the whole concept. The staff were so proud of their jobs and they couldn't do enough to please. I take exception to the people who say "another waste of Goverment money" . Should The Inn rent one room for $3000.00 the goverment collects $390.00 in tax. I don't think it will take long to get back there investment. Ms Cobb You have done a wonderful job for wonderful people. Long May Your Big Jib Draw.

  • Alonzo Pollard
    August 13, 2013 - 07:26

    We tried to drive to the Hotel, got stopped by security within1 km on its access road, security said you need a reservation to get shuttled to the hotel. Breakfast is rumoured at $55 each and rooms are $800-$3000 per night. The target audience is the rich and no locals will get close to it, even though Cobb has offered each citizen of fogo Island one night on her, its a suck in job and rumor has it it got funding from the Government under Danny Williams and rumor also has it that there was no permit to build issued from any town council on Fogo Island and the majority of the Island dont like the project.

  • Gerard
    August 01, 2013 - 18:26

    I worked there - the press releases are not telling the whole truth. Much money wasted, many Fogo Islanders left out of the potential. Don't believe the hype. The Cobb's are not 1/2 what the Globe would have you believe. "You may not post insulting, discriminatory or inappropriate content" - what if it's about wasted public funds, or improper treatment of Newfoundlanders?

  • Bess
    August 01, 2013 - 17:25

    Endorsed by Oprah....but has she been there YET? Lovely People on Fogo Island for sure...and they are not away from civilization!! but I am sure residents feel that way often with the current disappointing ferry service....there are so many great places in Newfoundland and Labrador that our Government could put funds into to promote tourism overall....Will see in five years....what the outcome will be....Another well established Local Hotel can't even find people to work In their restaurant to keep it up and running on schedule..???!!!! If you talk to the locals you will find out that most of the young people are other places for employment...If Zeta Cobb can bring them back then great...time will always...

  • Mark
    August 01, 2013 - 02:09

    Yeah...what kind of secret reservations are the celebs going to make I wonder?

  • Stephanie
    July 31, 2013 - 20:34

    It's not an insult. They're simply saying it's different from what they are used to. A small quiet place with friendly people as opposed to a busy city centre with some not so nice people.

  • david
    July 31, 2013 - 18:25

    I think the Fogo Inn could use such a great celebrity endorsement in February or March more than at the end of July...will Oprah be showing up in the "slightly off" season for seal hugging therapy at minus 25?

  • Mifflin
    July 31, 2013 - 15:34

    What ???A world away from civilization!! That's an insult.

    • williams
      August 13, 2013 - 09:49

      Another waste of Government CASH like Sprung Greenhouse. Will they ever learn. Who is going to a remote, very remote area of the World, just to see this place. No one. Nice idea to help the people, but rural Newfoundland is destioned to be a Ghost Town.