Boothbay Harbor is one of those tranquil little towns in Maine that just makes you feel like you’ve stepped outside regular time into a world of history, simplicity, incredibly gorgeous sunsets, a world of lighthouses and a variety of arts and culture events. And with the support of the Boothbay Region Land Trust, the natural habitat, scenic beauty and working land of the Boothbay region is guaranteed to be protected and preserved.
Stay at the Topside Inn, located in the center of Boothbay Harbor, overlooking the town, harbor, islands and lighthouses. The location makes this the perfect home away from home, allowing guests easy access to all the wonderful experiences the mid coast region of Maine has to offer. The place offers a variety of accommodations and fine amenities with rooms lined with original, local artwork, while the outside presents beautiful views of this New England scenery. Since part of the beauty of this place is driving along the coastline, we recommend renting a car for this adventure.
Enjoy a delicious breakfast at Topside Inn, while enjoying the beautiful view. Spend the morning at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, 270 acres of gardens, shore lands and scenic woodland trails. The gardens open at 9AM daily so take a few hours to see the many colorful gardens, sculptures and woodland trails.
Continue on with scenic drive with a stop at the East Boothbay General Store to grab a picnic lunch as you begin your tour of the incredibly beautiful coastline.
Head to the Ocean Point & King Phillips Trail to see the rocky Maine coast with an easy drive from the inn. There is free parking available at Ocean Point if you decide to take a walk in this summer community on the edge of the Atlantic.
Take in the views before returning to the inn to get ready for a sunset schooner sail. You can get out on the water on one of the local schooners and experience the harbor from the best vantage point. Watching the sunset across the bay is the best way to relax, unwind and puts you in vacation mode. The inn can prepare a picnic including wine, cheese and more if you would like to enjoy the sunset with a bite and a sip.
After another fantastic breakfast at the inn, take a kayak tour with Tidal Transit. You can choose between a self-guided harbor paddle, passing by Burnt Island Lighthouse, or a guided nature tour, exploring the back rivers, inlets and islands. You will be sure to pass seals sunning themselves on the rocks and birds flying overhead. Or if kayaking is not your thing, take a nature walk or hike of one of the Boothbay Region Land Trust Properties: Porter Preserve (about 1 mile from the Inn) or Ovens Mouth Preserve (about 4 miles from the Inn) are both close to the botanical gardens and favorites of the locals..
Continue the day with self-guided Foodie Tour and explore mid coast Maine through our regions local food and craft beverages. This country drive will take you to breweries, distilleries, an unexpectedly sophisticated vineyards, farmers markets, oyster farms, specialty food shops and eateries. Here are some of the stops on the list: Boothbay Craft Brewery, Oxbow Brewing Company, Split Rock Distillery, Shuck Station Oyster Bar, Beth’s Farm Market, Morse’s Sauerkraut Farm and European Deli, Sweetgrass Winery & Distillery, and Cellardoor Vineyard.
Upon returning, follow the Sculpture Tour as you make your way through our main street with it’s Shops & Galleries. You can admire impressive stone sculptures that have been placed throughout the entire downtown, commingling art with the local businesses.
Be sure to visit AE Home, beautiful, marine-inspired ceramics created onsite.
Come back to the Inn to enjoy a glass of wine on the front porch, before walking to one of the many great local restaurants.
Take a step back in time with a Monhegan Island. The Balmy Days Cruise Company ferry departs from the pier below the inn at 9:30 AM (so make sure you get your breakfast in early), arriving at 10:45, giving you four hours to enjoy this spectacular Maine treasure, offering something for everyone. Hike or walk the woodland trails to bluffs with dramatic 200 foot cliffs and crashing surf, check out the local brewery, small but delicious, eat a picnic lunch and visit galleries, where you are likely to see many artists painting the idyllic scenery.
Head back to grab a Lobster Roll at Shannon’s Unshelled, near the historic Boothbay Footbridge before catching a performance at the Opera House of Boothbay Harbor or live music at Mine Oyster. Have dinner at the Ports Of Italy or Boothbay Lobstermen’s Wharf before coming back to the Inn for the night.