Boothbay Harbor, Maine Vacations
the tip of Boothbay peninsula, on Maine's Midcoast, a
charming little seaside village awaits you - Boothbay Harbor, Maine.
And charming it is...
...with its dozens of weathered boutiques,
restaurants, and galleries, and impeccably decorated inns,
B&B's, motels and hotels, surrounding a picture
Located on one of the many fingers of land that
jut out into the Atlantic Ocean, and a little over ten miles from US
Route 1, Boothbay Harbor is centrally located, making it an
for your Maine
Although its popularity draws many tourists in
the height of the summer season, there are a pleasant mix of things to
...in the Boothbay Harbor region of Boothbay
Southport, East Boothbay, and West Boothbay Harbor, so as not to feel
overwhelmed by the crowds.
Or, enjoy a Boothbay visit off season...
Be part of the excitement as merchants' gear up
for their summer arrivals and the harbors begin to fill in the spring,
or enjoy the
peacefulness and the slower pace in fall as the season starts to winds
Boothbay Harbor, Maine Attractions
Whether you travel to Boothbay Harbor, Maine, by
land or by sea, or are visiting for a day trip or on an overnight
...this small waterfront village along the harbor
you and your walking shoes. Its streets are filled with shops
selling unique clothing and accessories, pottery, jewelry, nautical
decorations, antiques, books, candy and ice cream, and of course,
Boothbay Harbor T-shirts.
You will also find many art galleries, with great
prints depicting past and present life in Boothbay Harbor, Maine,
distinctive gift stores and great places to eat!
When you have tired of the shopping and browsing...
Boothbay Harbor is not only home to many fishing
vessels and pleasure boats, but sightseeing
boats regularly sail in and out of its harbors, as well.
Days Cruise line on Pier 8, with its
fleet of boats - the Balmy Days II, the Novelty, the Miss Boothbay and
its Friendship Sloop, the Bay Lady - will introduce you to the best
these waters have to offer.
Climb aboard for mackerel fishing,
a visit to
Burnt Island Light Station, a harbor tour, a trip out to Monhegan
or for their hour and a half trip as they sail near...
...Southport Island, Capitol Island, Mouse Island,
Ram Island Light, and Burnt Island Light.
Fish and Capt.
Ron's cruises are also waiting for you,
with great Maine
and seal watching cruises, Atlantic puffin
If it sounds more exciting to venture into the
water on your own, just stop at one of several kayak rental shops
in Boothbay Harbor for great personalized service. Or, let them be your
guide on one of their kayak
For sightseeing back on land, Boothbay Harbor
scooter rentals are available at Mainely
Scooters, and Tidal
Transit offers bike rentals.
Are you a golfer?
Although the Boothbay
requires membership, they offer a Stay & Play package. Spend a
night with one of several of their Resort
Partners and you will be welcomed on their 18 hole course.
For more vacation relaxation...
Maine Botanical Gardens
- Maine's first botanical garden and New England's largest - offer
guided and self guided tours through a dazzling array of colors.
Or, with its main gallery resembling the rocky
coast of Maine, you may enjoy the Maine
State Aquarium in West Boothbay Harbor, where you can see
a collection of regional fish and invertebrates along with interactive
displays and numerous touch tanks.
At the Boothbay
Historical Society in the 1874 Elizabeth F. Reed House you
can roam through seven display rooms containing local artifacts,
memorabilia and documentary collections. Big kids and little
easily be entertained at the Boothbay
that operates a narrow gauge coal fired steam train in its recreated
historical village. And it's not just about locomotives and
train rides, a collection of antique vehicles are also on
If you can stay until evening...
...the 1894 Opera
house at Boothbay Harbor, listed on the National Registry
of Historic Places, has wonderful entertainment. Relax with
an evening of jazz, be lulled by a folk singer, enjoy a night of
comedy, or be entertained by a Broadway star.
And, with Boothbay Harbor, Maine as your
You can easily travel to other
historical towns and coastal villages along the Midcoast of Maine.
Great day trips,
under 60 miles, include...
...to the south, Portland
dozens of outlet
shops, and to the north, Rockland,
Rockport and Camden, along with a
multitude of charming spots in
Boothbay Harbor, Maine Hotels and Rentals
You're staying the night? Fantastic!
With the large
selection of Boothbay Harbor hotels, motels, inns, B&B's, and Boothbay
Harbor vacation rentals,
you are sure to find a great place.
Overlooking the harbor and nestled on Commercial
Street, near the many
downtown shops and
restaurants, is the Fisherman's
Wharf Inn. Just down the street...
Inn - a longtime fixture of the working harbor - offers
"64 rooms and suites facing (some over) the water", a
full service restaurant, the
Marina Lounge & Cafe, moorings, and a sheltered marina for both
seasonal and transient mariners.
A short stroll across the footbridge to Boothbay's
east side are...
Fish's Waterfront Inn and Marina, the Boothbay Harbor Inn,
and the Rocktide Inn,
all in great locations for watching the ever active harbor.
Further down Atlantic Avenue, you will know you
are at one of Charles Kuralt's favorites - Brown's Wharf Inn -
see the gigantic statue of The Old Lobster Fisherman that stands guard
to the motel, restaurant and marina.
From the highest vantage point in town...
Breakfast, a 19th century sea captains home, has
commanding views of the harbor and the
Amongst acres of wildflowers, gardens and shady
maples and set back on Route 27 is one of Boothbay's oldest homes...
transformed to a
bed & breakfast. Built in 1786 by a prominent
shipbuilder, the Kenniston
Hill Inn has ten tastefully decorated rooms, five with
working fireplaces. Be sure to ask your innkeeper about
A short stroll from the Boothbay Harbor footbridge
the Thistle Inn...
...built in 1861, and the former home of a
prominent Sea Captain. Along with six guest rooms - each
named after a sailing vessel - the Inn offers "fine cuisine" and
"casual fare" in its restaurant, pub, and seasonally on the front porch.
And the Harbour
Towne Inn on the Waterfront, an elegant Victorian bed and
breakfast inn, with gorgeous gardens, and "12 beautifully appointed
For a bit of pampering...
The luxurious oceanfront Spruce
offers a long list of amenities including an oceanfront saltwater pool
AND a heated freshwater pool, tennis courts, a putting green, and the
Spa of Spruce Point, with outdoor or in-room massage!
oceanfront at the tip of Southport Island is the Newagen Seaside Inn.
A quote from Frommer's Travel Guide on their website probably
says it best.
"It's hard to convey the magnificence of the ocean views; maybe the
best of any Inn's in Maine."
Are you traveling to Boothbay Harbor, Maine with
Harbor Village and Resort, on Davis Island in Edgecomb,
provides a large variety of year round
accommodations - the Inn, cottages, condominiums
and home rentals.
The 45 acre Ocean
Gate Resort is also great for spreading out, with standard
guestrooms, one and two bedroom suites, and one and two bedroom
The more rustic at heart can find room for an RV
...at the Shore
Hills Campground where the motto is, "No rig too big or
too small". Choose between one of their wooded, open, or
And the list of lodging in Boothbay Harbor, Maine
- with dozens of other great places, on and off the beaten track.
Boothbay Harbor, Maine Restaurants
Maybe it's my imagination, but I do believe that
as soon as you get to Boothbay Harbor, Maine there is a lingering smell
lobster in the air, EVERYWHERE!
you too smell the smell and can't resist
the temptation to indulge, you are most definitely in the right place.
From lobster-in-the-rough to gourmet samplings you
What if you have never acquired a taste for
Don't worry. You are likely to find a
selection of other
excellent choices no matter where you eat in Boothbay - from deli's and
take-out stands, to upscale dining, and everything else in between.
Sitting at the Lobster
Dock, featured in Coastal
Living for its succulent lobster
can take in the superb harbor views.
Or, you may want to join
family at Brown's Wharf
for outdoor dining on the water's edge, or in their nautically
Both formal (jackets required) and casual dining
are offered at the Rocktide
Inn where you can check out their delicately crafted model
the working collection of LGB model trains that pass through the
For a change of pace...
Boathouse Bistro, specializing in tapas Boothbay Harbor
style and gourmet meals, serves really unique offerings. Are you ready
for a cold Lobster and Blueberry Cocktail tapa?
Think REAL Italian if you consider the Ports
of Italy, where traditional Northern Italian fare is
prepared using select ingredients from local vendors.
And, for romantic dining in Boothbay Harbor, or
other special occasions, the dining rooms at the Thistle Inn Restaurant
offer unique charm. Summer guests love eating on the Inn's
front porch, and year-round, locals and visitors enjoy the ambiance of
the two dining rooms with fireplaces.
For sure, your travels will lead you to your own
Boothbay Harbor, Maine favorites. When they do - please tell me about them - I'd love
to include them here. Enjoy!