By Jasmine McGee
St. John's
Canada
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Located just 3 hours from Toronto, St. John’s Newfoundland is one of the oldest easterly cities within North America. Filled with a delicate combination of city chic and old-town charm, St. John’s Newfoundland is the perfect destination for a weekend getaway.

Even though the city has a small-town charm, it is home to St. John’s International Airport (YYT). The airport is conveniently located 3.5 miles northwest of the city, and EscapeWizard.com can help you book your flight today. Click here (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php) to book your trip to St. John’s Newfoundland. You’ll also want to decide whether you’ll be staying in a beautiful rowhouse bed and breakfast in the heart of downtown or perhaps a suite in a country inn. The city has a variety of accommodations to choose from, but EscapeWizard.com can help you narrow down your choice. Click here (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) to use EscapeWizard.com’s easy hotel finder.

St. John’s Newfoundland has a lot of things to see, do, and explore. For outdoor enthusiasts, you’ll want to grab your hiking shoes and hit the trails. With 29,000km of coastline, the city has more than 200 trails that are waiting to be hiked, walked, and explored. Some of the paths have that quaint historic feel, while other paths are nestled along the coastline. If you’re looking for a region surrounded with rolling hills, ponds, and bogs, then you’ll want to visit Terra Nova National Park and/or Gros Morne National Park. Both parks have a variety of trails worth hiking, as well as more than enough nature to keep any outdoor enthusiast at peace.

After a day of hiking, why not grab your camera and head over to the coastline to enjoy some whale watching. St. John’s Newfoundland is home to over 22 species of whale, and it has been noted as one of the “most spectacular whale watching places in the world.” If you plan your visit during May and September you’ll have the experience of seeing the whales breaching the surface and frolicking along the shores; quite the whimsical sight to behold.  You can watch the whales by taking a boat, kayaking, or enjoy the views from the cliffs or the beaches. For the best whale watching, be sure to visit the following regions: Battle Harbour, Cape Race, L’Anse Amour, Cape Bonavista, White Bay, and Signal Hill & Cape Spear.

If you’re seeking to learn more of the history of the region, then you can visit The Rooms, St. John’s Newfoundland’s cultural space. This is a breathtaking open-concept museum that is home to Provincial Archives, Art Gallery & Museum. The Rooms is nestled in close proximity to other historic spaces, so you’ll want to take a stroll around the neighborhood. For even more history, you should be sure to visit Cape Spear Lighthouse, L’Anse aux Meadows, Castle Hill, and Red Bay.

Foodies will love St. John’s Newfoundland. The city is known for its award-winning cuisines, especially seafood. Throughout downtown you’ll find some of the best seafood restaurants around. The region is home to icebergs, but you can actually taste the icebergs. Quidi Vidi Brewing Company has been applauded for its unique ability to harvest icebergs and brew clean lager (beer). So don’t miss out on trying some unique beer. You may even want to stop by some of the local pubs and converse with the locals. There is a lot to do, see, and experience in St. John’s Newfoundland. The city is filled with rich charm, so plan your trip today!
Hotels in St. John's
By Jaclyn Bealer
Sheraton Hotel Newfoundland
115 Cavendish Square, St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
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EscapeWizard.com invites you stay at the beautiful Sheraton Hotel Newfoundland. With breaktaking views of the historic St. John’s harbour, this Canadian getaway provides guests with easy access to the downtown area filled with local charm. In addition to its prime location, the hotel’s many amenities make it perfect for anyone traveling on business or for pleasure. Transportation to the hotel is convenient with St. John’s Airport less than 5 miles away. Check-in is at 3 p.m.

The hotel boasts 301 beautifully decorated guest rooms and suites, all illustrating the charm specific to the Atlantic Provinces. Each space features all of the comforts of home, including the signature Sheraton Sweet Sleeper™ bed, guaranteed to provide a perfect night’s sleep. All of the rooms are 100% smoke-free and come with complimentary wireless high speed Internet access and a picturesque view of either the harbor or the city. Honeymoon suites, connecting rooms, and accessible rooms are also available upon request.

When you’re not in your comfortable guest room, visit the hotel’s luxurious lobby that overlooks the Court Garden and take in the serenity of the waterfall that flows to the atrium below--and that’s just the lobby. Explore the rest of the hotel and experience the Sheraton difference. Keep up with your workout routine in the health club, take a few laps in the indoor pool, lay back in the sauna or whirlpool, or relax at the on-site spa. When it’s time to eat, the Sheraton Hotel Newfoundland offers delicious dining options. OPPIDAN offers all-day dining and regional tastes accompanied by a view of St. John’s Harbor. Looking for a more intimate setting? Bivver provides a lounge setting and encourages guests to mingle and sample the local delights.

If you’re hoping for the perfect combination of comfort and sophistication, the Sheraton Hotel Newfoundland is exactly what you need. Let EscapeWizard.com help you plan your next Canadian getaway. Click the link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) to get started today.