Our Staff

Ida Antle - AvalonIda Antle

Ida grew up in New Perlican, Trinity Bay and lives in the nearby community of Victoria, Conception Bay. Ida and her husband have two daughters and one grandson, whom she adores. She has worked in the tourism industry for over 30 years, the last 7 of which she has worked with Sophia’s Heritage Inn and Merchant’s Manor. Ida wears many hats in her position as Housekeeping Manager, from serving up a delicious breakfast every morning, informing guests of the best area attractions and ensuring the guest rooms are both clean and comfortable. In the off-season, she enjoys sewing, reading, walking and spending time with her grandson. Ida looks forward to another busy tourism season.

Tara WhitehorneTara Whitehorne

Tara has worked at Sophia’s Heritage Inn and Merchant’s Manor as Chef since 2005. She helped to develop the delicious menu offerings in our restaurants & enjoys perfecting new recipe ideas for our guests to enjoy. In her spare time, Tara enjoys gardening, boil ups, berry picking and hiking.

Christine WhelanChristine Whelan

Born and raised in Trinity, Christine first envisioned restoring many of the village’s dilapidated properties over 20 years ago. She made that dream a reality when she opened the Eriksen Premises in 1993. Since that time, she has restored 4 other heritage properties which, today, are part of the Newfoundland Experience collection of Heritage Inns & Dining: My Trinity Experience and a vital part of the tourism industry in the Trinity area. After welcoming tens of thousands of travelers through her doors for over 20 years, Christine still enjoys greeting her many returning and first time guests!