LOST AND FOUND

DestinAsian - - FEATURES - Pho­tographs by Alexan­der Beer

Stylish seclu­sion awaits on Canada’s re­mote Fogo Is­land, where fishing shacks, rugged shore­lines, and the strik­ing ar­chi­tec­ture of Fogo Is­land Inn pro­vide the back­drop to this sea­son’s warm winter looks.

STYLISH SECLU­SION AWAITS ON A RE­MOTE CANA­DIAN ISLE OFF THE COAST OF NEW­FOUND­LAND, WHERE FISHING SHACKS, RUGGED SHORE­LINES, AND THE STRIK­ING AR­CHI­TEC­TURE OF FOGO IS­LAND INN PRO­VIDE THE BACK­DROP TO THIS SEA­SON’S WARM WINTER LOOKS.

irst set­tled by cod fish­er­men in the late 17th cen­tury, Canada’s craggy, windswept Fogo Is­land to­day har­bors just a hand­ful of sea­side vil­lages that over­look the North At­lantic’s Ice­berg Al­ley, so-called for the mas­sive chunks of glacial ice that drift down from Green­land each spring. Get­ting here is half the ad­ven­ture: you fly into the New­found­land town of Gan­der from Hal­i­fax or St. John’s then drive for an hour to catch a ferry at Farewell—an aptly named launch­ing point for this edge-of-the-world ex­pe­ri­ence. Yet Fogo is also an emerg­ing cul­tural des­ti­na­tion thanks to lo­cally born tech mil­lion­aire Zita Cobb, who’s made it her mis­sion to re­vi­tal­ize the is­land’s econ­omy fol­low­ing the col­lapse of the cod fishing in­dus­try in the early 1990s. Among her projects are an artist-in-res­i­dence pro­gram, a newly minted ge­ol­ogy cen­ter, eco­log­i­cal ini­tia­tives, and the 29-room Fogo Is­land Inn ( fo­go­is­landinn.ca), which opened in 2013 on the gran­ite shore­line at Joe Batt’s Arm, where Cobb grew up. Clad in white­washed spruce and raised on stilts like the is­land’s tra­di­tional fishing shacks, the ho­tel is evoca­tive of its sur­rounds both in­side and out, with fur­nish­ings by lo­cal wood­work­ers and quil­ters and a vaulted-ceilinged res­tau­rant that show­cases lo­cally fished and for­aged in­gre­di­ents. Also on hand is a com­mu­nity host pro­gram in which life­long is­lan­ders of­fer guests in­sights into Fogo’s nat­u­ral and cul­tural her­itage. In­volv­ing a range of in­door and out­door ac­tiv­i­ties, the ex­pe­ri­ence be­stows not only a strong sense of place, but also an in­ti­mate in­tro­duc­tion to the peo­ple who call this far­away is­land home.

Above: The Long Stu­dio at Joe Batt’s Arm is one of four ar­chi­tec­turally strik­ing stu­dios avail­able to artists through the Fogo Is­land Arts res­i­dency pro­gram. Op­po­site: Un­der the stilted, can­tilevered guest wing at Fogo Is­land Inn; wool coat by Ber­luti,...

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