The Land and Sea Tour: Grates Cove via Dildo

Lazy days are Sundays with marathon Coronation Street.
Extra lazy days are when we follow that by an episode of CBC’s Land and Sea.
We discovered Grates Cove on a July 15th a number of years ago. Icebergs aren’t usually around that late but that particular season there was a massive berg off Grates Cove and humpback whales in every cove from Bay de Verde to Carbonear on July 15.
We’ve returned a number of times but rediscovered it when Terrance was featured on Land and Sea by CBC. This Twentieth Century Bayman as he was identified in the show is an artist working and creating in various media. Photographer, painter and wood worker, Howell’s work is inspired by his surroundings.


John Cabot apparently discovered this harbour even before Terrance, Leo and I. In addition to that history, the historic rock walls trace out years of settlement and enterprise. Terrance offers tours of the rock walls as part of an art walk he’s initiated this summer.
Terrance makes beautiful utensils out of exotic woods. Just makes you want to cook!image He also does a lovely spin (pardon the pun) on traditional top toy and had a lovely xylophone when we were there.
An excursion to Grates Cove was a great excuse to spend a couple of nights at the George House Bed and Breakfast, the place we seem to look forward to the most. image

Todd Warren and Dale Cameron have created a beautiful retreat in a heritage home. Rather than having more bedrooms, they renovated to feature huge ensuites, some with double whirlpool tubs on rooms.
They’ve made good use of technology and social marketing and I got this night on a Groupon deal and booked it right away on their online system. You can view rooms, dates and even set your dinner reservation on line and get an immediate automated confirmation.

The Lloyd and Thomas suites are luxurious, with robes and slippers and turn down service while you dine in their award winning Sea Level Dining room.image

I try to book dinner at the sitting that co-ordinates with sunset.image

The menu usually features local fish and in season produce and homemade soups with Todd’s amazing Louisdale biscuits, featured in their cookbook.



Breakfast is also a dining experience with great juice and coffee, hot and cold cereals and then a cooked entree. image


The only thing that gets me to leave are the parting cookies for the road! Homemade and delicious like it all.


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