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... round it and a mass of small fishing boats.
The town is spread round the natural harbour, a few streets deep, climbing up the steep hills which surround the town.
It is a mix of the new and old colonial style clapper board houses painted in strong hues, which are very pretty. A little like San Francisco, but on a smaller ...
... pm" - it was now 4:45. Perfect!
The "Screech-In" ceremony is performed on non-Newfoundlanders (known to Newfoundlanders as a CFA "Come from Away") and involves eating a piece of fried bologna (the poor kids ate lobster and the rich kids ate bologna back in the day), drinking a large shot of screech (rum), repeating a short recitation and kissing a cod. Those who survive the ceremony are forever known as Honourary ...
... water from whales and could just make out a huge iceberg just on the horizon.
From there, we drove to Petty Harbor which is a small fishing harbor on the Atlantic coast. The first thing Shirley sees is a boat named Shirley Ann I. To have both her first and middle name was a first!
We returned to Saint John’s and went inside the Basilica of Saint John the Baptist. The stained glass windows were beautiful and ...
... pick up a novel. I can't remember the last time I lazed around till 12pm reading! Relaxing indeed. The Courtney's departed for the Ridgways and Fliss and I were left to enjoy the peace and quiet. We read, ate veggies, ate donuts, hung washing for Julia, read some more and Fliss snoozed on the couch. I think we'll make the most of this while it lasts, apparently there's a hike planned for tommorow, we need to conserve energy!
One other thing I've noted ...
The Baymen came out in his Sou' Wester and clutching onto an oar. He kept banging his oar on the floor to get everyone to be quiet while he did his speech. A small gang of pricks kept talking over him and he eventually told the guy to "shut the **** up" right to his face, which I found highly amusing.
We each got given a piece of 'Newfoundland steak' which is part of the 'ceremony'. It's basically a piece of Spam on a stick ...