My second day as a Newfoundland tourist, my friends and I road tripped to Eastport, Salvage, and Happy Adventure. We Newfs have a lot of fun with naming our towns and roads. I have the most amazing video clip of Raelene belting out â€œWagon Wheelâ€ during our sing-along, but I donâ€™t think sheâ€™d be happy with me sharing it. She does have the voice of an angel, just the same.
Steph had told us about a gorgeous beach in Eastport. We were scepticalâ€”Newfoundland has incredible coastline, but every beach I had seen so far was rocky and less than pleasant. I had long been subjected to my roommateâ€™s sly remarks about how Nova Scotia just has the very best beaches ever, and I had to agree with him.
And then we pulled up at Sandy Cove Beach. A real, sandy beach. A beach with sand. A GORGEOUS beach with sand! My goodness, it was enough to make me cry. The weather wasnâ€™t exactly ideal for wading in the water, but we ran around anyway like a bunch of kids.
We then explored Salvage, a tiny town where a lot of rich American folks stay during the summer. It was pretty quiet, so we snapped some photos and went on our merry way. And donâ€™t mispronounce the name: it isnâ€™t Sal-VAG, itâ€™s Sal-vaaaage. All fancy, en Francais. Sal-vagggg.
But I think we were happiest when we pulled up at Rosieâ€™s Bakery & Restaurant, and found that the dayâ€™s special was Sunday Dinner, aka Jiggâ€™s Dinner, a Newfoundland delicacy. Salt beef, peas pudding, dressing, veggies, and mashed potatoes all smothered in a healthy coat of gravy.
I opted for a smaller meal of beans and homemade bread, hoping to offset the amount of booze I had consumed the night before, but then decided the Newfoundland sundae with partridgeberry, bakeapple and blueberry sauce was too good to pass up. The things we travel writers have to do in the name of research, right?
The owners invited us to stay at one of their cabins in the summer, one with a hot tub. Uh, hell yes?
Do you know of any other lovely, sandy beaches in the province? Let me know!