Thursday, July 4, 2024

Boothbay Harbor, Maine

Boothbay Sunset


 The coast of Maine is a crenulated border between land and sea. The inlets, bays and islands that line the coast create a seemingly endless collection of wonderful views. Boothbay Harbor is an excellent example of the places to can explore in the area.



Boothbay Harbor is a small town that sits at the northern end of Linekin Bay. It provides a protected area for its marina, and is a popular tourist spot during the summer season. Its waterfront is lined with hotels and restaurants that provide great views of the bay. I stayed at the Tugboat Inn, which occupies two piers built out over the water. The Inn also has an excellent restaurant on site.



The town of Boothbay Harbor is filled with tourist shops, offering a wide variety of stores from books, to tee-shirts, to fancy home accessories and clothes.



When I travel a shoreline, I love to find and explore lighthouses, but this was no easy task. There are two lighthouses listed on Southport Island, adjacent to the town. One is the Burnt Island Light. uB this lighthouse is on the water side of a smaller island, and is not visible from any accessible roadway. The second is Hendrick’s Head Lighthouse, which sits on private property. This house is viewable from Hendrick’s Head Beach, in the town of West Southport. If you are in the area, stop in at the Southport General store for a coffee or snack. In the summer their barn is home to local artisans.



A drive to the south end of Southport Island brings you to Newagen, a small residential  area. The town landing has a pier that provides wonderful views of the small islands around Cape Harbor. From the pier you can see a small lighthouse out on one of the nearby Cuckhold Islands.



Boothbay Harbor is a great place to spend a couple of days enjoying the sights and food of the Maine Coast.

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