Idlers played a concert in Bonavista over the long weekend. It was the perfect excuse to re-visit this beautiful region of our province. Last time we were on the Bonavista Peninsula we stayed in Port Rexton, right at the entrance off the Sherwink Trail. While we still visited Port Rexton for the delicious paninis at the 2 Whales Coffee Shop – blue cheese and caramelized pear, yum! – we stayed at Mifflin’s Heritage Inn in Bonavista. The Inn is decorated with interesting antique pieces such has a wooden wall telephone, an oil stove, and Samuel’s favourite, a pump organ. Plus, it had the advantage that breakfast at the Mifflin’s Tea Room was complimentary. Each morning we could feast on delicious baked beans, blueberry pancakes, toutons, and many, many eggs. Certainly, the ideal breakfast for a family that planned spending most of the day hiking and berry picking.
And a lot of berry picking we did! Samuel seemed fascinated to find out where blueberries come from and once we found a berry patch he was happily eating them away while we filled our buckets. Afterwards we stopped by Neil’s Yard, a spot in town known for its tasty crepes, great coffee, and extremely welcoming owners. The surprise of our outing was the Bonavista Social Club in Upper Amherst Cove. I was not surprised by their beautiful location facing the ocean, or by the deliciousness of their wood-fire pizza, bread, homemade pasta, and desserts. What I did not know was how much of their own food they grow! Amongst chickens, lambs, and goats one could find luscious basil, mint, leeks, garlic, and many other veggie goodness. Inside the greenhouse, the tomatoes were bigger than my hand, and there were more containers full of basil! There was no way your spirits could not be lifted during a visit to this place. I felt pure joy to be able to share that meal with my family and friends.
The Bonavista Peninsula is truly a magical place. Full of charming nooks and crannies I am happy to get lost in.