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4 Reasons To Plan A Trip To Boothbay Harbor, Maine

Published: May 30, 2024

Boothbay Harbor, Maine invites you to expand your idea of what an ideal beach vacation looks like.

Instead of fruity tropical drinks and palm trees, it offers lobster rolls and evergreens– a refreshing change of pace if you feel like you’ve been “stuck in a vacation rut” and want to shake things up.

Maine is known for a wide range of outdoor activities, but it’s not just for the hikers and kayakers among us– it’s a fantastic destination for a bunch of reasons, and we’re here to share some of our 100 Collection™-approved favorites with you.

1. It’s A Perfect Destination For Special Events

Captains Quarters Boothbay Maine Rental

Destination events can be a great way to free yourself from the constraints of your hometown and curate exactly the experience you want to create for your guests. And Boothbay Harbor is exactly the spot you’ve been looking for.

Rocky beaches and green forests set the stage for photos that you’ll love for years to come.

Plus, spacious vacation rentals in the area provide plenty of room for activities leading up to weddings (like bachelor/bachelorette parties) or for a honeymoon afterwards.

The area’s rustic-chic venues like The Boothbay Playhouse are ideal for weddings, but also vow renewals, anniversary parties, and other significant celebrations.

They combine understated New England elegance with approachable warmth and comfort– perfect for any occasion where connecting with friends and family takes priority.

Boothbay Harbor is also ideal for family reunions or private retreats because there are plenty of activities to keep the adventurous members of your party busy, yet the small town is still peaceful enough for quiet rest and reflection.

2. The Beautiful Scenery and Wildlife

Puffins on a Rock in Coastal Maine

Maine is known for its natural beauty, and contains three distinct “ecoregions” (areas where the climate, plants, and wildlife are similar). Plus, the state emphasizes conservation and land stewardship, so much of the local landscape is preserved. The natural diversity and purity of the scenery makes it an ideal destination for anyone who’s passionate about connecting with nature, and there are lots of opportunities to explore both the land and the water. Hiking, kayaking, fishing, long walks– you name it, you can do it in Maine.

Plus, there’s plenty of chances to spot wildlife. On land, look out for black bears, moose, and deer– and at sea, arrange a whale watching tour or puffin cruise.

Check out the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens for a detailed exploration of Maine’s plants and insect life. Or wander the sandy beaches of Reid State Park to see sand dunes and marine wildlife.

3. Rich History and Local Culture

Lighthouse in Boothbay Maine

Boothbay Harbor is home to multiple historic sites and also hosts a variety of local shows and events throughout each season.

Reachable only by boat or kayak, the Burnt Island Light Station is a must-visit landmark. Since its first lighting in 1821, it helped guide ships safely to shore for generations, and now serves to educate visitors on the history of coastal Maine.

Schedule a walking tour of downtown Boothbay Harbor to learn more about local history, or try a self-guided driving tour of the greater Boothbay area.

Plus, make sure to grab tickets to a play at Boothbay Summer Theatre, explore the art galleries downtown, or see a concert at the Opera House at Boothbay Harbor.


Maine Lobster Sign with Flowers

Maine lobster is famous for a reason– the cold water makes it sweeter and more tender than other varieties. Cold water temperatures also boost the quality of fish and shellfish from the area (including clams, mussels, swordfish, tuna, cod, and more). In addition to tons of local restaurants perfect for casual dining, Boothbay Harbor offers some unique dining experiences that are worth investigating if you want to get the most out of your trip.

For example, schedule a seasonal Cabbage Island Clambake to take your party on a distinctly Maine adventure.

A Boothbay Harbor tradition since 1947 hosted by a local, family-run business, you’ll hop on a boat for a narrated cruise that ends in a delicious clambake on Cabbage Island. Tickets include both the cruise and the clambake, with dining options for adults and children.

And if you’re hosting a large crew or planning a special event, consider recruiting the help of catering services such as Seacoast Catering and Lobster Bakes for delicious regional feasts including dishes like lobster, fresh clams and mussels, delicate hors d’oeuvres, elegant desserts, and more.

Of course, make sure not to leave without trying a “red snapper” hotdog (perfect for anyone in your party that’s not big on seafood).

Ready To Visit Coastal Maine Now?

Whether you’re new to cold-water beach vacations or you’re ready to book another one, Boothbay Harbor is a great place to explore. It’s cozy and intimate while also providing plenty to do, and you don’t have to be an outdoor sports enthusiast to enjoy the beautifully-conserved natural surroundings.

The 100 Collection™ is proud to partner with Cottage Connection, a curated selection of properties in the area that range from the magnificent 8-bedroom Captain’s Quarters to the adorable 1-bedroom Boathouse.

Cottage Connection’s homes are right on the water and anything but cookie-cutter. Each one has its own eclectic New England personality, with one-of-a-kind antique items, elegant textiles, and updated amenities.

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