Fogo Island: Bringing A New Life

Fogo Island floats in the northeast corner of the northeast province of Newfoundland and Labrador

It wasn't immune to the fate befalling so many small and isolated communities in North America: its one and only industry went into steep decline, and so, in turn, did its population.

about a decade ago, a local returned home, fresh off making a fortune in the tech sector.Her desire was to lift up the place and bring people back. So she unleashed a sort of economic experiment.

the adage comes to life on Fogo Island, a 90-square-mile patchwork of 10 miniscule fishing villages where clapboard houses the color of jelly beans cling to rock 400 million years old.

Newfoundland has its own time zone, half an hour ahead of the mainland. But wander through Fogo Island's villages and you might as well set your watch back to the 18th century.

Seemingly every structure on the island was built in service of catching and preserving fish. With one gleaming exception. A $40 million, luxury inn.

Part edge-of-the-earth destination, part economic-engine-on-stilts, the inn is the brainchild of eighth generation Fogo Islander Zita Cobb.