A telephone call to check details was answered by Laura’s warm welcome. Laura not only provided answers to all our questions, but proved to be a valuable travel resource with ideas that turned out to be highlights of our trip. Another plus, the Inn is a 5-minute walk into the center of Boothbay Harbor.
Portland (PWM) is the closest airport to Boothbay Harbor (58 miles away). Map in hand, we headed north along Interstate 295 through Brunswick, Bath, and Wiscasset. A south turn at Route 27 led us straight into "downtown" Boothbay Harbor and to the door of the Blue Heron Seaside Inn.
It was love at first sight. Blue Heron Seaside Inn is a sparkling white, three-story home. Porches and walkways are framed by rows and baskets of blooming flowers and American flags. Laura and Phil greeted us like family and escorted us to our third-floor water-view room. What a view! Our oversized room with a private bath offered all the comforts of home and more. The cove-side private porch overlooked the entire length of Boothbay Harbor. It became our daily ritual to sip morning coffee or afternoon wine and watch the tide come in and go out.
Every 6 hours, the cove emptied and shore birds descended to search for tasty treats in the mud flats. A short time later, the water began to return and landlocked floating docks and dinghies floated in 6- to 8-foot-deep water.
Mornings, the enticing aroma of Phil’s fresh baked cinnamon bread or fresh blueberry French toast drifted up the stairs, calling us to breakfast and banter with our hosts and other guests. Laura and Phil are natives of the Boothbay Harbor region and offer a wealth of fascinating facts and tips for day trips around the area.
Each day after our explorations returning to Blue Heron was like "coming home." The Chapmans love what they do and it shows. Their pride in their home and community is heartwarming. Daily, we returned to a fresh, clean room, linens, and towels. No details missed.>
Too soon our 3 nights at Blue Heron Seaside Inn came to an end. Will we return? Absolutely! We are already planning a trip to view the full glory of the foliage in October 2006. Can we wait that long? Probably not. Laura says spring is a great time to visit Maine. Looks like a spring visit is not out of the question.
Visit Blue Heron Seaside Inn at www.blueheronseasideinn.com, or call 866/216-2300. Tell Phil and Laura that Lynne and Hank sent you!
Mary Esther, Florida
September 7, 2005
From journal Meandering in Maine