Book now for summer!

If you are planning a trip to Twillingate this summer, reserve your accommodation with us early to ensure you get the time you are looking for. Every summer Twillingate bustled with visitors looking for fresh air, unspoilt coastline and a safe vacation.

Amber Retreat Twillingate Newfoundland

Coastal tranquility in Iceberg Alley.

Amber Retreat and Above the Tickle are open from 1 April to 31 October.

Amber Retreat is set in a quiet cove close to the ocean.  There is a partial ocean view from the top story  - but the charm of this property is the quiet, private retreat it offers. This modified traditional saltbox house has the modern comforts for one or two couples, a small family or four friends.

Above the Tickle with Roses and Kayaks

Above the TIckle has a wonderful rose garden in summer. Enjoy and watch the ocean from here.

Above the Tickle, our recent addition to Twillingate’s vacation homes, has similar comforts.  Here you can enjoy an ocean view although you are not right on the ocean.

Theatre, galleries, restaurants and shops are within short walking distance.

If you are looking for accommodation for up to 6 people (3 bedrooms, 1 1/2 bathroom), then Above the Tickle is your choice.

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Time to Smell the Flowers

Does Twillingate have more abundant wild flowers than anywhere else in the world…. or do I just have more time there to take time and smell the flowers?

Here are some of the pictures we took last year on hikes to the Natural Arch in Little Harbour, to French Beach and at Back Harbour just across from the beach.

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Photographer’s Blues

Twillingate is a photographer’s paradise.  Our friend TA Loeffler visited us in Twillingate last summer.  She is known as an outdoor adventurer, mountaineer and professor in recreational technology.  Lesser known is the fact that she is a very good amateur photographer and videographer.  She took these photos in what she calls her “Study in Blue and White”:

Old Shed in Twillingate

Old Shed in Twillingate.

Boat on the Tickle in Twillingate

Boat on the Tickle in Twillingate

Boats on the Tickle in Twillingate

Boats on the Tickle in Twillingate

Masonic Lodge in Twilligate

Masonic Lodge in Twillingate

Red and white boat on the Tickle in Twillingate

Red and white boat on the Tickle in Twillingate

Sea-doo on the Tickle in Twillingate

Sea-doo on the Tickle in Twillingate

Thistles in Twillingate, growing near the ocean.

Thistles in Twillingate, growing near the ocean.

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Iceberg Delight

Much is written about icebergs and the icebergs of Twillingate but nothing can prepare you for the first time you encounter one of these enormous bergs up close and personal.  2009 had a bumper crop of icebergs while 2010 delivered only a few.  Here are a few photographs we took on a boat tour at dusk in 2009.

Iceberg at Dusk

Iceberg at Dusk in Twillingate

Iceberg Boat Tour in Twillingate

The candy stripes in this iceberg is from melted iceberg water that freezes in cracks in the iceberg.

Seal on Iceberg

A lone seal looks on from its iceberg perch as a tour boat floats by at dusk.

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Summer Excitement

Reservations are coming in from visitors planning their 2011 summer vacation. With Christmas almost a month behind us (how did that happen?) iceberg season will be upon us soon enough!

Fish Fun and Folk Festival

The annual Fish Fun and Folk Festival is traditionally in the third week of July every year.  It is a time when Twillingaters from everywhere come home to visit and where visitors from all over the world come to Twillingate to enjoy great summer weather and a week of festivities and events that ends traditionally in a spectacular fireworks display.  This year the festival dates are 25 to 31 July 2011.

Wine Tour

Auk Island Winery and gift shop is open year round. Wine tours provide a demonstration of how the Auk Island wines are made with a blend of local berries and iceberg water.  The gift shop is a lovely spot to find a local gift or simply browse around.

Live Performances

We are waiting to hear about performances of local group the Split Peas, gospel singers Irene Bridger and Karren Churchill,  the All Around the Circle dinner theatre in Crow Head and drama production in Cameron Hall this summer.  Check back for more information.

Guests visiting Above The Tickle.  They brought their kayaks along.

Kayaks outside Above The Tickle


Last summer guests of ours arrived with their kayaks and launched at the Tickle Bridge and kayaked around to Durrell.  They had the most awesome time.

A recent honeymoon couple drove all the way from Maryland to Amber Retreat for a week’s vacation with their kayak and judged by their photos, they had an exhilarating time exploring the coastline around Twillingate.  If you’d like to try kayaking and want to go out with a group or rent a kayak, you may want to contact Lindy Rideout of Seaknife Kayaks a call.  It is way safer than it looks!

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