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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Cruise for Giants in Newfoundland

Take advantage of the brief summer weeks when iceberg-watching season overlaps with prime whale-watching time.

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1. Where to Stay


The Ballard Suite at Ryan Mansion, left, and a jacuzzi tub at the Monastery.  

Sleep in first class at the Ryan Mansion (from $170 USD), built by the craftsman of the ill-fated Titanic, and featuring the same luxuries like mahogany mantles and an ornate white English oak staircase. Ask for the spacious Ballard Suite, named for the explorer who discovered the ships' remains in 1985, where a 4-poster bed and heated marble floors await.

Feel secure at the Rendell-Shea Manor (from $105), one of the very few architectural survivors of the “Great Fire of 1892.” The wallet-friendly rooms have soaking tubs and harbor views.

Recharge at the Spa at the Monastery and Suites (rooms from $110) with Aveda bath amenities, elevated fireplaces, and two-person Jacuzzi-tubs. Jump into the pure iceberg-water plunge pool, noted for its high oxygen and mineral content.


Published on Jul 16, 2009 as a web exclusive.

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