Drift Away Suite at Twillingate & Beyond

Last summer I headed to Twillingate for a little staycation. I was invited by the owner of Twillingate & Beyond to stay in their gorgeous, wheelchair-friendly Drift Away Suite. I had such a wonderful, comfortable two night stay and was able to provide the owners with some accessibility feedback so they could make some small changes to enhance the experience for other wheelchair users. I call this suite wheelchair-friendly because it met most of my access needs as a wheelchair user, but I did recognize some barriers that might exist for other wheelchair users.

A photo of 2 buildings side by side in downtown Twillingate. There is a blue house which is another vacation rental from Twillingate and Beyond, and next to it is a yellow building which houses their artisan market on the front and the Drift Away Suite in the back.
Image Description: A photo of 2 buildings side by side in downtown Twillingate. There is a blue house which is another vacation rental from Twillingate and Beyond, and next to it is a yellow building which houses their artisan market on the front and the Drift Away Suite in the back.

The suite was nestled in the back of this beautiful yellow building in the hub of downtown Twillingate. The front of the building also houses an Artisan Market owned by Twillingate & Beyond, which sells some delicious food and beverages along with a bunch of other items like decor and jewelry. You can grab a snack or coffee there and sit out front at their wheelchair accessible picnic table to enjoy it. We had an accessible parking spot at the front of the market, right next to a wheelchair ramp that led to a wrap around deck for our suite. The door to the suite is quite heavy so I had to get my husband or friend to open it for me when we were going in and out.

A photo of the self-catering kitchen in the suite, next to the living room area. The shelves are all bright red and the appliances are stainless steel.
Image Description: A photo of the self-catering kitchen in the suite, next to the living room area. The shelves are all bright red and the appliances are stainless steel.

Once inside, you’re in an open concept room with an eating area, a living room, and a self-catering kitchen. The kitchen is so beautiful but it isn’t really built for a wheelchair user. I could reach things like the stove and the freezer, but the microwave was up too high and the sink didn’t have a space to roll under which made doing dishes a little tricky. On the other side of the kitchen there is a ladder that leads to a cute loft bedroom area and next to that ladder is the bathroom. The bathroom is quite large with lots of space to move around in a wheelchair, a roll-under sink with a mirror that can be tilted depending on your height, a toilet with grab bars around it, and a shower with a built-in bench and a height adjustable shower head. At the front of the suite there is also a gorgeous main floor bedroom with a queen sized bed and jacuzzi. In the bedroom there is a clothing rack at a great height for wheelchair users, but I think it would be a tight squeeze to get around the bed in a wheelchair bigger than my standard sized one. The jacuzzi is not wheelchair accessible and could be difficult for someone with limited mobility to get in and out from.

A photo of the main bedroom of the suite. There's a queen sized bed with a red headboard and a colourful quilt on it, and in the corner you can see a jacuzzi.
Image Description: A photo of the main bedroom of the suite. There’s a queen sized bed with a red headboard and a colourful quilt on it, and in the corner you can see a jacuzzi.

I personally found it incredibly easy and relaxing to stay in the Drift Away Suite. I didn’t really need help with anything other than the front door and getting into the jacuzzi. But my access needs aren’t universal access needs, so I did obviously recognize some improvements that could be made. And that’s one of the reasons I was staying there, after all. The owner of Twillingate & Beyond seems really excited about providing an accessible destination for tourists and wants to ensure that her spaces are as accessible as possible. So she was very receptive to my feedback and seems eager to work on improving the accessibility of the space.

I really love seeing hospitality and tourism operators embracing accessibility and being passionate about improving accessible tourism in our province.

Thanks for having me, Twillingate & Beyond. It was such a relaxing, beautiful place to spend a staycation. I hope to return in the future!

Scroll down for more photos!

A photo of the wooden ramp running alongside the Artisan Market, which leads to the deck of Drift Away Suite.
Image Description: A photo of the wooden ramp running alongside the Artisan Market, which leads to the deck of Drift Away Suite.
A photo of one part of the deck of the suite, showing some large windows, a wide door, 2 patio chairs and a covered fire pit.
Image Description: A photo of one part of the deck of the suite, showing some large windows, a wide door, 2 patio chairs and a covered fire pit.
Another angle from the main bedroom of the suite. In this one you can see more of the jacuzzi which is nestled in the corner of the room with shelves of towels nearby.
Image Description: Another angle from the main bedroom of the suite. In this one you can see more of the jacuzzi which is nestled in the corner of the room with shelves of towels nearby.
A photo of the living room area of the suite. There is a large window on the right with a white chair near it, as well as a grey leather couch against the back wall with a coffee table in front of it.
Image Description: A photo of the living room area of the suite. There is a large window on the right with a white chair near it, as well as a grey leather couch against the back wall with a coffee table in front of it.
A photo of the bathroom. In the right corner there is a toilet with one of the 2 grabs bars visible. Next to it is a towel rack and beside that is a roll in shower with a bench that is folded up into the wall.
Image Description: A photo of the bathroom. In the right corner there is a toilet with one of the 2 grabs bars visible. Next to it is a towel rack and beside that is a roll in shower with a bench that is folded up into the wall.
Another view of the shower, this time with the seat folded down.
Image Description: Another view of the shower, this time with the seat folded down.
A photo of the bathroom sink and counter. There is a red counter with space to roll under it. Beneath that space is a box of toiletries that can be moved if you need access. Above the sink is a mirror which tilts up and down.
Image Description: A photo of the bathroom sink and counter. There is a red counter with space to roll under it. Beneath that space is a box of toiletries that can be moved if you need access. Above the sink is a mirror which tilts up and down.
A photo of the wooden ladder in the kitchen area that leads to the loft room.
Image Description: A photo of the wooden ladder in the kitchen area that leads to the loft room.
A photo of the double bed on the floor of the loft with a rug in front of it.
Image Description: A photo of the double bed on the floor of the loft with a rug in front of it.
A photo of the corner of the loft room with some colourful cushions placed on the floor.
Image Description: A photo of the corner of the loft room with some colourful cushions placed on the floor.
A photo of the view of the harbour from the large window next to the queen sized bed in the main bedroom.
Image Description: A photo of the view of the harbour from the large window next to the queen sized bed in the main bedroom.
A photo of a fresh loaf of bread and some homemade jam on a cutting board.
Image Description: A photo of a fresh loaf of bread and some homemade jam on a cutting board, which was waiting for us when we arrived.

 

 

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