After waiting weeks for an opening, we got lucky and were able to secure a reservation with Lighthouse Picnics at Ferryland Lighthouse. We’d been looking forward to this for a while after reading about the amazing view and delicious food (especially the lemonade!)
It’s about an hour to an hour and a half drive from St. John’s to Ferryland along the lovely Irish Loop. The drive alone is worth it on a beautiful day, with wonderful views of the coastline and the charming towns you pass through along the way. The weather the day of our picnic was supposed to be terrible – overcast and rainy – but we figured we’d at least drive down and take our chances. Someone sure was looking out for us on Sunday because despite driving through some grey clouds along the way, when we arrived in Ferryland it was just gorgeous! Bright sunny day with a smattering of clouds in the sky and warm with a cool breeze off the water.
The lighthouse itself was easy to find – visible from the road as soon as you rounded the bend into Ferryland – and there were signs for Lighthouse Picnics along the road just to make sure you didn’t miss your turn out to the parking lot on the peninsula. Once you make it down the little one lane gravel road and park in the grass at the end, it’s about a 15 minute hike up a wide gravel path to get to the lighthouse itself (longer if you stop to admire the scenery). You go into the little house next to the lighthouse, place your order, and they hand you a nice blanket and a semaphore flag. Then you go outside, pick your spot, lay out your blanket and stick your flag in the ground and when your picnic is ready they look for your flag and bring your basket to you. All the food is made fresh, on-site every day and it was so good! We had sandwiches made with thick cut ham, brie, and slices of green apple along with an orzo salad and tasty desserts: I picked an assortment of mini local berry tarts and Tyler had a local blueberry upside down cake. And yes, the lemonade (served in a mason jar with a few mint leaves in it) was as yummy as all the reviews had said.
After enjoying our picnic and laying in the sun for a bit, we wandered around and enjoyed the beautiful views and how peaceful it was. It tends to be a little more crowded closer to the lighthouse itself, but once you walk down to the coast itself all you hear are the wind and the waves. But our luck couldn’t hold out forever and after about an hour and a half enjoying the sunshine the clouds started to roll in. We made our way back to the car and managed to make it back home AND take the girls to the dog park before the rain came.
This was a great, little day-trip that I would certainly do again. The food was yummy, but it’s also nice to note that there were no signs indicating that you couldn’t just bring your own picnic lunch with you if you’d prefer. Also a plus was that there were at least two restrooms available onsite. But again, this is definitely something we said we look forward to doing again.