Boothbay Harbor Named the Most Beautiful Town in Maine!

Expedia recently published an article with their nominations for the most beautiful town in each of the 50 states. Guess who won for Maine? Boothbay Harbor, of course! Check out the full article here! Here is Expedia’s take on Boothbay Harbor:  Maine Boothbay Harbor The rocky coastline and rippled blue waters are just a slice of what […]

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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 […]


The River Link Trail

While the Boothbay region has many miles of trails on its numerous conversation land parcels, there are no longer distance trails… until now! The River Link trail was completed recently and runs from a small parking lot on the north side of McKay Road (near the Boothbay/Edgcomb line) to the Dodge Point Preserve in Newcastle. The plan […]

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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 […]


Lobster Year Round!

There numerous restaurants in Boothbay that serve lobster, but there are also several places in town where you can buy lobster year-round to eat at home.  Pinkham’s is my usual go-to place. Last time I picked up lobster here it was $6.75/pound. Afraid of boiling the critters yourself? I admit, I can’t do it either. Pinkham’s […]


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 […]


New Favorite Boothbay Harbor Shops

I have a couple of new favorite shops in the harbor!  TidePools (10 Commercial St.) is fairly new in the harbor and the concept is new as well. It’s a shared retail space, with a little bit of everything. It’s a great place for souvenir and local crafts shopping and the back houses some antiques. Attached […]

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A Trader Joe’s French Wine Tasting

As many of you know, I keep a blog called Paris Weekender on Paris and European travel that also links to my Paris vacation rental.  I just added a post on my favorite French wines from Trader Joe’s that may be helpful for those of you traveling to and from Boothbay. The Trader Joe’s in Portland […]

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Opera at the Harbor Theater

In addition to its regular movie showings, the Harbor Theater in Boothbay Harbor now has opera on the screen, the second Wednesday of each month at 2pm: The theater recently has had difficulty making ends meet. It would be sad to see this small independent theater close its doors. Please support the theater when you’re […]


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 […]