An August 2005 trip
to Boothbay Harbor by simple2
Quote: Early fall getaway to wander quiet beaches and mingle with lobsters.
I love Maine and so does my girlfriend, so we decided to take a break and visit this great state.We left from New York and on the voyage north spent a couple of days in Boston. The first stop was Chauncy Creek Lobster Pound, right on Kittery Point, Maine.
We stopped at Enchanted Nights Bed and Breakfast in Kittery for a well-needed rest. Freeport, Maine, was the next stop, and I know you are thinking L.L. Bean (which we did visit), but we were there for Naked BBQ, just outside of town. We drove north to Wells, Maine ,and spent the night there. From here we toured Bath, Maine, and had some great lobster from someone's home/lobster pound. The sign out front said, oddly enough, "LOBSTER." The photo of the lobster claw I'm eating came from this place.
After a bit of driving around, we found our way back to Route 1 and cruised north to Boothbay Harbor, Maine. This is a very nice little town and classic Maine without being the tourist trap. There are several nice B&B's to stay at as well as a few inns. Many overlook the water, which for me is great since I grew up on the water. The first night we stayed at The Harbor House. This is a really nice old New England Victorian house, and the rooms are quite nice. The following day we moved to the Welch House. This is another classic building, and the hosts are dedicated to their patrons' happiness. The host recommended several activities, including a sail on the schooner East Wind. This is a beautiful little ship that was built by its captain and now crewed by his wife.
On the drive north, be prepared for traffic as you near the Massachusetts-New Hampshire border. Take a rest stop before you get there, because once you get into the toll area, there is no way out that I noticed.
While you are in Boothbay, be sure to have some ice cream at Down East Ice Cream right on the wharf. I like to try and spend at least a few days in any town I find to my liking.
When travelling Maine, it's easy to miss so much of the beauty by speeding along on the interstate. I feel it's best to simply meander and enjoy the sights rather than stay on a schedule. Who cares where you end up?
Hotel | "The Welch House Inn"
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 28, 2006
Welch House Inn
56 McKown Street
Boothbay Harbor, Maine 04538
Ocean Beach, New York