48ish Hours in Portland

In December, I had the opportunity to spend a few days in Portland, Maine. I confirmed my hunch that this may be my favorite small city in America. December was chilly, but fighting low temps is worth it to see the wonderful displays of holiday lights. A family had asked to rent my place in […]


A Visit to the Oxbow Brewery

Just a 30 minutes’ drive from Boothbay Harbor is Oxbow Brewery’s Newcastle tasting room. It’s a cozy room that serves beer and nibbles and offers board games and books for those who just want to (drink and) hang out for a while. They also sell beer and food products to go, as well as other souvenirs. I recommend […]


Pies on Parade

Last month was Rockland’s annual Pies on Parade fundraiser for the local food bank. It’s a great event that’s a win-win-win for everyone: it raises money for a good cause, it acquaints locals and visitors with shops, restaurants and inns they may not have known before, and it allows you to taste nearly 50 sweet […]


A Camden Christmas

The first weekend of December, just an hour up the road from Boothbay, Camden celebrates Christmas by the Sea. I made it up this year for Friday evening’s festivities, including carols at the library and a parade through the downtown. Shops were open late and many offered enticing discounts. Here is the full schedule of events, for […]


Experience The Lost Kitchen

Last month, I had the wonderful experience of dining at The Lost Kitchen in Freedom, Maine. Despite being in the middle of absolutely nowhere (as confirmed by the owner), The Lost Kitchen has become widely known as Maine’s top restaurant. Dining at The Lost Kitchen is not just a meal, it’s a full experience. The restaurant […]


Kennebec River Boat Trip with CAP’n FISH

In July, I finally went on CAP’n FISH’s Kennebec tour, a 44-mile loop from the Harbor, through Townsend Gut (separating Boothbay from Southport Island), across to Bath, down the Kennebec and open ocean back to Boothbay Harbor. Boothbay Harbor, East Side This trip covers a lot of ground, but there’s a lot to see. Unlike other boat […]


New Summer Trolley!

In case you missed it, the Boothbay Chamber of Commerce just announced the schedule for a new and very reasonably priced trolley service connecting downtown Boothbay Harbor with the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, downtown Newcastle-Damariscotta and the Pemaquid lighthouse. Details below! Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens Here is the announcement posted by the Chamber of Commerce: The […]


Portland Restaurants

Portland, Maine has earned a reputation over the last decade or so of being one of if not the foodie capital of New England. I’ve collected quite a list of restaurants to try in and around Portland and I’m very slowly making a dent in that list. Still a long way to go, but here […]


Andrew Wyeth and Christina’s World

Everyone knows Andrew Wyeth’s painting, Christina’s World, one of the most recognizable works of American art. But did you know the farmhouse where Christina lived, where Wyeth was inspired to create this painting and where Andrew Wyeth is buried is less than an hour from Boothbay Harbor? The Olson House, designated a National Historic Landmark in 2011, is […]


Hallowell and the Kennebec River Rail Trail

This summer, Hallowell was included in Downeast Magazine’s Readers’ Choice Picks for best places to live in Maine. Nicknamed the “Little Easy”, Hallowell is indeed little–Maine’s second smallest official city (population 2,381)–but it has a vibrant restaurant, bar and music scene. Hallowell is an hour’s drive straight north from Boothbay Harbor, sitting just shy of the capital […]