Wednesday, July 26, 2017

3 Wellness Escapes Along Newfoundland's Baccalieu Trail

Taking time out from the rigors of daily life are what wellness holidays are all about and here in NL you’ll experience that life-enriching one.

Whether it’s relaxing excursions or more active fit travel you seek, NL’s stunning, rugged terrain, endless coastlines and fresh sea salt air alone will invigorate your spirit and re-energize your body. 

Our province is truly inundated with historic towns and quaint fishing villages nestled along pristine, isolated coves, inlets, bays, guts, tickles, and fjords. Relaxation, enlightenment, and tranquility are at every stage of your stay here.

Fused with a more traditional, slower pace of life, NL is that ideal mix for you to embrace life balance, personal sense of well-being and physical health.

Here are three of our favorite wellness stays, all of which are a mere 1-hour drive from St. John's.


1. Ocean Delight Cottages, Whiteway

Perched along the ocean's edge, you will find the uber cozy and cute Ocean Delight Cottages. Each cabin is named after the delicious berries that grow here: cloudberry, partridgeberry, cranberry and blueberry.

We stayed at the blueberry since we brought our furry companions (one of two cottages here that are pet-friendly which is always great). 

The blueberry brought us all the comforts of home including a full kitchen, high quality beds and linen, wifi, cable television and a complimentary supply of firewood on hand which we made ample use of for our private fire-pit.

The ocean view from our patio was pure heaven. A lookout is also on site for even closer views. Come bedtime we slept like babies with the sound of ocean waves lapping in the background.

Yellow red and grey cabins with forest in the background at Ocean Delight Cottages in Whiteway, Newfoundland Canada, a relaxing holiday

White cabin with blue trim and blue Adirondack chairs and patio at Ocean Delight Cottages in Whiteway, Newfoundland Canada, a wellness destination

a rest and relaxation travel holiday experience in interior kitchen and table at Blueberry cabin at Ocean Delight Cottages in Whiteway, Newfoundland Canada

a trip destination stay on a wellness vacation in bedroom at Ocean Delight Cottages in Whiteway, Newfoundland Canada with NL art on the wall and wooden headboard

a breathtakingly beautiful destination at Ocean Delight Cottages in Whiteway, Newfoundland with coastline, forest and green rolling hills next to the Atlantic

the ultimate relaxing holiday with ocean view from bedroom window at ocean delight cottages in whiteway, NL Canada

jellybean row wooden houses lit by candlelight at ocean delight cottages in Newfoundland, a little piece of travel and tourism escape heaven

sitting on a picnic table at night with a pit fire at beautiful whiteway, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, a healthy holiday trip

fireside at Ocean Delight Cottages in Whiteway, Newfoundland Canada, a relaxing wellness vacation experience at

 2. Ocean Delight Cottages, Heart's Delight-Islington

Ocean Delight also has cabins in the nearby coastal community of Heart's Delight-Islington. Like its sister cottages in Whiteway, these are super cozy stays with modern amenities situated on the ocean's edge. They are also pet-friendly which is always a bonus.

Each cabin comes with a large covered patio and beautiful ocean views from just about every window. Coastal fire-pits are on site too as are hiking trails at your doorstep. 

We took a hike here and it was as serene as it was beautiful with lush green vegetation and a unique variety of coastal rock formations.

Full details on Ocean Delight Cottages can be found here.

Ocean Delight Cottages in Heart's Delight-Islington, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, a relaxation rural travel stay holiday

interior bedroom of Ocean Delight Cottages in Heart's Delight-Islington, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, a relaxing and healthy vacation spot

kitchen and dining room with hardwood floors and white wooden cupboards at Ocean Delight Cottages in Heart's Delight-Islington, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, a lovely travel escape

living room with electric fireplace,flat screen TV,  blue couch and chesterfield at Ocean Delight Cottages in Heart's Delight-Islington, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, a wellness holiday accommodations

a hiking travel adventure exploring the rocky, green ocean shore and coastline from Ocean Delight Cottages in Heart's Delight-Islington, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

Ocean Delight Cottages in Heart's Delight-Islington, an ultimate travel hike adventure along the rugged, green, rocky ocean coast

eco adventure and wellness holiday viewing wild green plants growing along the shoreline in Heart's Delight, Newfoundland and Labrador, Atlantic Canada

geology and geological eco adventure paradise along the rugged, rocky coastline of NL, Canada

#3 Doctor's House Inn & Spa, Green's Harbour

Situated on 140 acres of gorgeous coastal property (including 2,000 feet of ocean frontage overlooking the crystal clear waters of Trinity Bay), you will find The Doctor's House Inn & Spa, an architectural beauty.

Initially built over 50 years ago by an Irish doctor as a private retreat for his wife, this elegant Tudor mansion is a 4.5/5 Star Canada Select stay.

Only in its 4th year of operation, The Doctor's House is one of the finest wellness destinations in all of Canada. A magical tranquil expanse and a rich green oasis that has earned countless accolades to date, here are but a few:

  • Voted #2 by Air Canada enRoute Magazine 'Must-See Places'
  • Top 10 Seaside Resort by MSN Travel
  • #1 Wedding Destination by Consumer Choice

Proprietor Jerry Byrne took us on an extensive tour of this magnificent property. He is as modest as he is gracious which permeates all aspects of the Doctor's House.


aerial view of The Doctor's House Inn & Spa, Green's Harbour, Newfoundland and Labrador, surrounded by green forest and rolling hills landscape, a magical holiday accommodations
© The Doctors House Inn & Spa

road entrance to The Doctor's House Inn & Spa, Green's Harbour, NL under a canopy of trees, a beautiful rest and relaxation wellness holiday stay

gravel road leading to ocean coastal sunset at dusk in green's harbour, Newfoundland Canada, a breathtaking magical wellness holiday destination
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a relaxing travel vacation starts here at back white facade under a canopy of trees at The Doctor's House Inn & Spa, Green's Harbour

welcoming us on our travel visit is the Owner of The Doctor's House Inn & Spa, Green's Harbour, NL

a beautiful vacation travel oasis with two men walking sheep and goats at The Doctor's House Inn & Spa, Green's Harbour, NL with forest, hills and Atlantic ocean with landscapes behind them
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The Rooms

A night's stay in one of the Doctor's House bedrooms is pure heaven. Each of the 14 luxurious rooms are spacious and brightly lit with beautiful ground views. A beautiful guesthouse is also available for rental.

Beautiful artwork adorns the walls by an endless list of well-esteemed NL artists the likes of Leona Ottenheimer, Gary Kennedy, Sarah Fletcher and Scott Goudie.

Everything about this place is warm and welcoming from the complimentary chocolates right down to the guest robes and slippers.

More than just a wellness retreat, the Doctor's House is that ideal spot for corporate retreats, working holidays, you name it!


holiday heaven at four pillar bed post at The Doctor's House Inn & Spa, Green's Harbour, NL

interior bedroom of The Doctor's House Inn & Spa, Green's Harbour, NL, a breathtaking wellness holiday

exterior balcony at The Doctor's House Inn & Spa, Green's Harbour, NL, a travel destination to unwind
living quarters with hardwood floors and Newfoundland artwork and paintings on the walls at The Doctor's House Inn & Spa, Green's Harbour, NL, a healthy holiday travel planning experience

the ideal retreat for business travelers is The Doctor's House Inn & Spa, Green's Harbour, NL

The Grounds

A breathtaking variety of flower gardens, plants, vegetation and trees cover the landscape here, many of which not even native to Newfoundland. 

Countless gorgeous maple trees can be found here too and Doctor's House is all about sustainability with the harvesting of maple syrup.

From secret gardens to watering holes and eagles nests, this place seems more like Alice In Wonderland than a sub-arctic island situated in the northwest Atlantic Ocean.

Doctor's House takes full advantage of its exceptional beauty, hosting the annual Alice's Tea Party, a take on the Alice in Wonderland theme with full costumes and artist exhibition.

For the adventure enthusiast, three groomed hiking trails are situated on the property, plus the oldest known trail in Newfoundland called Crout's Way dating to the 1612. Crout's Way trail is a 1-day wilderness hike from Drogheda to Hopeall, that retraces the path cut by John Guy's colonists as part of an attempt to make contact with the Beothuk Indians to establish trade.

Doctor's House also intends on becoming a year-round operation. Plans are in the works for cross country skiing, snow shoeing and the construction of a natural skating rink. We can't think of a more beautiful locale for a Newfoundland winter wonderland.

Green Gardens At The Doctor's House Inn & Spa, Green's Harbour, NL, a beautiful travel locale to visit




rock garden with purple violet flowers at The Doctor's House Inn & Spa, Green's Harbour, NL, a rest and relaxation holiday destination

a healthy travel wellness escape at the yellow banana tree with roman pillars in green garden at the rock garden with purple violet flowers at The Doctor's House Inn & Spa, Green's Harbour, NL

exterior of The Doctor's House Inn & Spa, Green's Harbour, NL with two white terraces, a tranquil trip getaway

a rest and relaxation holiday accommodations at The Doctor's House Inn & Spa, Green's Harbour, NL green oasis gardens

old wooden little white shed in the forest at The Doctor's House Inn & Spa, Green's Harbour, NL, a lovely relaxing travel planning place to visit on holidays

wooden log board walking trail into the forest at Green's Harbour, NL Canada, a holistic and natural healthy holiday experience to explore in Newfoundland and Labrador

fire-pit with piles of wood next to the Atlantic Ocean coastline, the ultimate spot to unwind at The Doctor's House Inn & Spa, Green's Harbour, NL
© The Doctors House Inn & Spa

wellness holiday vacation stray at the green gardens at The Doctor's House Inn & Spa, Green's Harbour, NL

artist painting in Alice in Wonderland costume at Doctor's House, Green's Harbour, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, a fun family holiday and healthy travel spot
© The Doctors House Inn & Spa

Man dressed in blue and white Alice in Wonderland dress at Doctor's House, Green's Harbour, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, a rest and rejuvenating stay for travel planners
© The Doctors House Inn & Spa

women sitting next to women outdoors playing a harp at the health and wellness travel retreat Doctor's House Inn and Spa in Green's Harbour, Newfoundland
© The Doctors House Inn & Spa

The Farm

Family fun is also in abundance at Doctor's House with their animal farm that includes chickens, ducks, goats and...Newfoundland Ponies. This was our first time meeting these magnificent, gentle giants, a real treat.

We even got to meet a real special Newfoundland Pony named Monty (grey pony pictured below) who is a chameleon of sorts, changing four colors throughout the year (black, brown, white and grey), how cool is that?

To be up close and personal with the Newfoundland pony, feeding and petting them, is a real honor. They are an endangered species brought to the brink of extinction in the 1970's. Thankfully efforts are ongoing to boost their numbers.

We also visited the farm house to see the baby ducks and chickens. We got to pick them up, they are too cute.


an eco adventure and wellness relaxing holiday in Canada feeding a Newfoundland pony at the Doctor's House Inn & Spa, Green's Harbour, Newfoundland and Labrador
  
Newfoundland pony farm in Green's Harbour, NL Canada, A FUN FAMILY TRAVEL DESTINATION

baby chickens and ducks at Doctor's House Inn & Spa, family fun holiday experience in Green's Harbour, Newfoundland and Labrador Canada

goat at farm at Doctor's House Inn & Spa in Green's Harbour, Newfoundland, Canada, a fun family holiday travel planner experience
© The Doctors House Inn & Spa


Spa Time


From pedicures and manicures to massage, facials and even hair and makeup services, guests at the Doctor's House spa receive the royal treatment. Featuring pure botanical products, this is a true spa designed with your well-being in mind.

After your session, you receive an organic drink to enjoy on their private spa deck which connects to the lounge deck and hot tub.

a healthy and holistic vacation destination at the Doctor's House Inn & Spa, Green's Harbour, NL

massage tables at Doctor's House Inn & Spa, Green's Harbour, NL, health vacation travel agency destination locale

botanical ingredients at Doctor's House & Inn Wellness spa in Green's Harbour, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, the ultimate healthy travel destination
© The Doctors House Inn & Spa

women lying down receiving a natural facial with botanical ingredients at Doctor's House & Inn Wellness spa in Green's Harbour, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, a healthy and holistic natural travel holiday experience
© The Doctors House Inn & Spa

wellness holiday excursion at Doctor's House Inn & Spa, Green's Harbour, NL, Canada

outdoor hot tub at The Doctor's House Inn & Spa, Green's Harbour, NL, a rest and relaxation holistic wellness retreat for healthy travel escape
© The Doctors House Inn & Spa

Weddings & Receptions

If there's one thing that has put Doctor's House on the wellness travel map it's their weddings which include horse drawn carriage, the wedding garden and for the bride and groom, complimentary Newfoundland art.

Receptions and banquets take place at The Doctor's Barn Loft which was once a fully operational two-story barn now a gorgeous venue that defines rustic elegance. The Barn Loft provides banquet seating for up to 180 guests and cocktail reception for up to 360 guests.

Architecturally, the Barn Loft is a gem, with a traditional arched exposed beam ceiling modeled after the hull of a ship turned upside down. It is a large open concept with authentic barn board floors, big windows and breathtaking views of both Trinity Bay and surrounding green meadows.

marriage at wedding garden at Doctor's House Inn & Spa, a rich green oasis and wellness holiday travel destination to stay in Green's Harbour, Newfoundland
© The Doctors House Inn & Spa

outdoors at wedding reception hall at Doctor's House Inn & Spa, Green's Harbour, NL, Canada overlooking green rolling hills, forest and coastline, a romantic holiday destination getaway


interior of wedding reception hall at Green's Harbour, Newfoundland and Labrador, a romantic love travel holiday

bride and groom lifted up in the air by guests at the Barn Loft at Doctor's House, Green's Harbour, NL Canada, a top wedding travel holiday locale
© The Doctors House Inn & Spa

set table with plates and glasses, a foodie dining reception at Barn Loft in Green's Harbour, Newfoundland and Labrador Canada, a travel and tourism vacation wedding spot
© The Doctors House Inn & Spa

painting art of doctor's house spa at green's harbour, NL, a rejuvenation travel agency destination

The Foodie Experience

Eating at the Doctor's House is one of Newfoundland's best kept secrets, is it any wonder the dining experience is at the aptly named Secret Garden.

Keeping with their health and wellness tradition, Secret Gardens is a seed to spoon operation. Ingredients are sourced from their sea kelp, organic vegetable gardens and green houses. Everything on-site is fed by their glacial fed, artesian well water system.

The meals here are absolutely delicious, pure and super nutritious. At the helm is Executive Chef Dwayne Davis With over 20 years experience in five-star resorts and fine dining restaurants.

We ordered their smoked chicken and cranberry wrap consisting of cranberry mayo, peppers, greens, lettuce, tomato and bacon served with farm chips. It was absolutely scrumptious. We ate inside but equally enticing is their gorgeous outdoor rock patio. 

Secret Garden is elegant, but as is the case with the rest of Doctor's House, there is nothing pretentious here only warm and welcoming down-home Newfoundland hospitality and charm.

Full details on The Doctor's House Inn & Spa can be found here.

door entrance with sign of Secret Gardens Restaurant at Doctor's House Inn & Spa in Green's Harbour, a healthy and organic foodie travel destination

bottle of Secret Gardens preserve at Doctor's House Inn & Spa in Green's Harbour, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, a yummy delicious food holiday
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rock patio with walls and tables at Secret Garden Restaurant at Doctor's House Inn & Spa in Green's Harbour, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, a food dining travel must try

organic vegetable garden at Doctor's House Inn & Spa in Green's Harbour, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, a health dining and eating travel vacation option

green houses nestled in the forest at green's harbour, Newfoundland, Canada, a wellness, relaxing and rejuvenating vacation experience

organic and holistic vegetable garden at Doctor's Spa and Inn in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, a delicious yummy food travel experience

set table at Secret Garden with bay windows overlooking patio and the Atlantic ocean in green's harbour, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, a tasty dining locale
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Secret Garden Restaurant at Doctor's Inn & Spa in Green's Harbour, NL, Canada, a sumptuous and healthy foodie locale dining experience

delicious beet wraps with organic potato chips at Secret Garden Restaurant at Doctor's Inn & Spa in Green's Harbour, NL, Canada, a healthy eating option on your travels

healthy travels eating organic salad at Secret Garden Restaurant at Doctor's Inn & Spa in Green's Harbour, NL, Canada
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at Secret Garden Restaurant at Doctor's Inn & Spa in Green's Harbour, NL, Canada, a yummy delicious holiday place to dine
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eggs Benedict breakfast at Doctor's House Inn & Spa in Green's Harbour, NL, Canada,  the ultimate foodie travel vacation experience
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a yummy and delicious food holiday at fireside eating at the Secret Gardens Restaurant at Doctor's House Inn & Spa in Green's Harbour, NL, Canada
© The Doctors House Inn & Spa

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Sitting in a field at Spillars Cove, Trinity Bay, Newfoundland, Canada with ocean and cliffs in the background is Matthew, Experiential Travel Planner with Experience Newfoundland and Labrador Travel Agency
Matt Barrett, Experiential Travel Consultant

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