Old-school charm and hospitality is in Boothbay Harbor’s heritage: this small, friendly town has been welcoming travelers since the late 1800s, when steamships started to bring over groups of eager East Coast tourists to spend their summer vacation. 

What may be unexpected in this historical town are the modern amenities and updated coastal décor guest find when they visit this award winning Boothbay Harbor Bed and Breakfast.

Topside Inn is perfectly situated on the highest point in town, overlooking Boothbay Harbor, yet steps away from all of the fun that happens on the town’s main street and waterfront. Guests enjoy views over the rooftops towards the historical footbridge to the east, the sparkling harbor, islands and lighthouses to the south and the beautiful sunsets to the west.

The Topside Inn consists of three buildings: the Main House, the Windward Guesthouse, and the Leeward Guesthouse. The two guesthouses, with a total of 14 rooms and two suites have been completely remodeled over the past three years. These guest rooms have a bright and airy feel with king beds, private bathrooms, air conditioning and private covered porches to take in the view. The upper floor rooms have vaulted ceilings, ceiling fans and a few even have fireplaces.  The Main house retains the 1860’s charm but also with a modern and updated feel. Additional amenities at Topside Inn Nespresso coffee machines and bar areas with refrigerators in most rooms, a guest kitchen in the main house open 24 hours with complimentary snacks and beverages and a beautiful new private bar will be opening later summer. The inn offers full concierge services to help you make the most of your stay, including discounted tickets and special packages for local attractions.

In the morning, you’ll feel like you’re in a Michelin-starred restaurant from the moment you lay your eyes on the creative breakfast that has been prepared for you. From the gorgeous presentation to the fresh locally sourced ingredients, you’ll want to extend your stay well beyond your original reservation.

And with daily special dishes like lemon-ricotta pancakes with blueberry compote, Maine lobster creole with creamy, organic grits, and house-smoked salmon served over pear and lentil hash, we don’t blame you!

After an energizing breakfast, it’s time to head into town and get a taste of local Boothbay life. Shops, restaurants, galleries and even a local brewery are within an easy walking distance from the inn. If you’re visiting Boothbay Harbor from May to December be sure to visit the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. This nearly 300 acre sanctuary has some of the most stunning annual and perennial gardens in the country, and the largest display of trees , plants and flowers that are native to Maine .

Get a glimpse of the harbor from the other side on one of the boat tours that sail around Boothbay Harbor. Or, if you’re into wildlife, there are also special tours that take you to see whales, puffins, and even Harbor Seals ‘suntanning’ on nearby rocks. 

After a jam-packed day of exploring Boothbay Harbor, it’s time to enjoy a local Maine favorite: a lobster roll! Sweet pieces of lobster claw and tail meat that are drizzled with hot butter and packed into the classic buttered and grilled hotdog bun can be found in virtually any of the booths along the wharf. 

Topside Inn owners Mark and Brian, who were recently voted Innkeepers of the Year for 2020 by Hospitality Maine, look forward to welcoming you to Boothbay Harbor and sharing their inn with you.  From the moment you check into Topside Inn until the moment you check out, you’ll see why Topside Inn is “Above it all”. 

More Info: The Topside Inn | Boothbay Harbor Bed and Breakfast | Book Direct


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