Boothbay Harbor – Overview

Boothbay Harbor is a small town on the coast of Maine with a year-round population of just over 2,000 people that was established as a fishing camp and whose economy and whose spirit are linked to the fishing industry to this day. Boothbay draws more and more visitors each year, in the summer season, for the fall foliage and to a steadily increasing extent, in the off season months. The town offers numerous boat excursions including trips to nearby islands and whale watching and deep sea fishing tours, historical sites, a world-class botanical garden, an aquarium, numerous shops and art galleries, a network of hiking trails, sea kayaking, sailing, while not losing sight of its small town New England traditions. And of course the seafood cannot be matched anywhere in the world (and believe me, I’ve tried!)

Guidebooks & recommended reading: The cottage has copies of numerous guides to Maine and specifically to the Boothbay region, books on the history of Maine and the region, books on drives, hikes and bike rides and books by local authors available for your use during your stay. Among these books, we would recommend in particular the Maine: An Explorer’s Guide (by Christina Tree & Nancy English) and the Moon Guide to Coastal Maine. You also may want to print out a copy of the Chamber of Commerce’s free online guidebook, which includes a calendar of events, information on numerous boat excursions and other activities, advertisements for local shops and restaurants and much more.

Click here for a map of Boothbay Harbor.