With its rugged peninsular coastline, abundant seafood, historic charm and unhurried lifestyle, Boothbay is everything you want from a mid-coast Maine vacation. Since its founding in the 1760s, quaint Boothbay has served as a fishing and shipbuilding village. Today, it’s a historic oceanside spot perfect for anyone seeking a relaxed vacation with plenty of natural beauty and history.
Thanks to Boothbay’s proximity to the Atlantic, there is plenty to do amongst the wild slate-colored waves. Hop a cruise to nearby Monhegan Island for a taste of picturesque wilderness. Take a lobstering tour, or go sailing, fishing and, in the warmer months, swimming (locals recommend Grimes Cove Beach.) If you prefer to stay on land, don’t worry. Boothbay also offers access to a handful of beautiful wildlife reserves and parks. Boothbay Region Land Trust offers acres of pristine solitude and 30 miles of free hiking trails for all levels. For an easy and beautiful start, check out the wooded peninsula of Ovens Mouth East Preserve. Birders will appreciate the 140+ species of birds to be seen throughout the 46 acres of wetlands, fields and forests of Lobster Cove Meadow Preserve. The Coastal Main Botanical Gardens is the largest in New England, with nearly 250 acres of nature trails, native and exotic plants, and ornamental gardens that are not to be missed. If you can plan your trip for October, don’t miss the Fall Foliage Festival, celebrating arguably the most beautiful season in Maine with craft fairs, food vendors, live entertainment and, of course, the stunning trees themselves.
Visit the Boothbay Railway Village for a uniquely nostalgic experience, featuring rides on an old steam train, vintage automobiles, and a historic village. Take in a live show at the venerable Opera House at Boothbay Harbor, built in 1894. When it comes to filling your belly, the region offers plenty of fresh seafood, and more. Check out Ports of Italy in Boothbay Harbor for fresh Italian-inspired seafood and pasta dishes. Looking for lobster? Of course you are! Maine’s ubiquitous crustacean is famous for a reason. Start at Shannon’s Unshelled, where the lobster rolls are consistently adored.
The Boothbay Region has plenty of fascinating museums, delicious seafood, and serene nature just a quick trip away. Drive the 30 minutes to Bath to visit the impressive Maine Maritime Museum and the town’s picturesque historic Main Street. You can hit up the state’s capital, Augusta (with its many museums and historic landmarks,) in less than an hour. Or head to bustling Portland (just over an hour’s drive) and check out the storied Old Port, more museums, and foodie-friendly restaurants, like the highly-lauded Duckfat.
You can find peaceful and quiet vacation rentals just about anywhere in Boothbay. For a more lively scene (by Boothbay standards,) grab a vacation rental near downtown Boothbay Harbor, which also offers plenty of seaside views and activities. For a quieter stay in a nature-friendly setting, look further north near the Botanical Gardens or Knickerbocker Lakes. Ocean Point, located on an outer peninsula, offers stunning oceanfront views and easy beach access.
There is no public transit in Boothbay so most visitors prefer to have a car at their disposal. There are, however, plenty of quiet back roads and bike-friendly lanes that make Boothbay an ideal spot for biking. You can rent a bike at rental shops like Tidal Transit Kayak Company.
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