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Friday, 08 June 2007

Lighthouse Picnics, Ferryland, Newfoundland - Page 2

Written by Christina Kay Bolton
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Lighthouse Picnics was one of the best and utterly unique meal experiences I’ve had. An old lighthouse that sits on a crest of rock overlooking the tattered coast of Newfoundland was restored recently and made into this great restaurant by two women – one of whom went to organic cooking school in Ireland, and the others’ family had been the lighthouse keeper’s years before. The food is fantastic, though there is not a huge selection – each day there are three specials and three cakes.

Another lovely thing about Lighthouse Picnics is the walk in and out of the peninsula. It’s a calming 25-minute walk to the spot through beautiful scenery, so you really get the whole outdoor experience in a meal. Guided walks to the lighthouse can be arranged, which explain the rich history of the area. Ferryland was one of the oldest settlements of North America, so you could also combine a visit to the archeological site ‘Colony of Avalon’ further up the road with a fabulous lunch along the rocky shore. lighthouse picnics

 

Lighthouse Picnics is close to the East Coast Trail – and if you’re hiking up or down it you must stop here for a good meal. We were hiking the trail for a few hours beforehand and happened to end in Ferryland, where we were told about this place. It was quite a find. Just be sure to come early, for lunch or afternoon pastries, as they close at 6pm. Special events such as the Ferryland Lighthouse Reading Series, pirate picnics, and ghost stories nights are held in the evenings. If you’re staying in St. John’s it’s about 1-1 ½ hours drive to Ferryland, then you drive down a dirt road to the parking lot.

 

Details: Lighthouse Picnics, 11:30-6, closed mon., www.lighthousepicnics.ca, phone 709-363-7456, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

©Christina Kay Bolton

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