Welcome to our home--a unique 1870's white frame, neo-classical gem in the middle of Boothbay Harbor. Our house is perched about 15 feet above and 50 feet from the harbor's edge--only steps away from an array of excellent restaurants, ice cream parlors, exquisite jewelry and clothing boutiques, a goldsmith, gift shops, antique stores and several art galleries that feature local and regional artists with national, and, even international, reputations.
Walk further down the waterfront two or three minutes away and choose from many opportunities for sailing, kayaking, whale- and puffin-watching; or perhaps, take a day-trip or overnight to the famed year round artists' haven of weather-beaten Monhegan Island. Go on a clambake; take a boat tour of lighthouses, sometimes accompanied by seals and porpoises. Hop the local ferry for a tour of the inner and outer harbors, or go deep sea fishing and even try your hand at lobstering with an authentic lobster fisherman.
Then, you may be ready to retreat to our 30' long porch. Stretch out under our umbrellas or in the sun. Enjoy a few minutes--or hours--watching the harbor go by.
Ours is a year-round, fully appointed house. Step from the porch through French doors into our sunny, warm living room with mid-19th c. wide pumpkin pine floors and Oriental rugs. You will find a gas fireplace if you need it, a couch made for lounging and plenty of comfortable chairs for relaxing, reading, listening to music or watching cable TV or videos. A toilet in a closet on the main floor is our version of a half-bath.
Our efficient, fully-equipped kitchen has granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances, a 5-burner gas stove with two ovens, fridge/ freezer, microwave and dishwasher. There are three ways to make coffee: drip, french press and keurig. You will find ample eating, drinking, cooking and baking utensils. We will make sure some basic provisions are in the kitchen for you.
A formal dining room with a bay window and chandelier is one of our two eating areas. The other is at the end of the living room just off the porch through the French doors where a round table offers the same expansive view of the harbor. More likely, you will light there because there is so much in the harbor to capture your attention.
Upstairs you will find two bedrooms with queen-size beds. Bed linens and towels are provided. One bedroom has a harbor view, and an adjoining bathroom with a shower. The other offers views of the magnificent gardens of three stately B&B's across the road. The second bathroom at the head of the stairs has a claw-foot tub. Both bathrooms offer fabulous harbor views from most unique perspectives. (No need to be concerned: both have window shades to keep the seagulls from peering in.)
A flight of steep stairs will take you up to the attic where 6 skylights reveal a view of the outer harbor and even a lighthouse. On the opposite side a seventh skylight gives you a bird's eye view of town. The same view as the porch one floor up is will give you a different angle from which to enjoy the harbor view. The router for wi-fi access is in the attic.
Farther afield, interesting day trips are within easy driving distance. The Farnsworth Museum in Rockland, 50 minutes to the northeast, features a large collection of Andrew Wyeth paintings as well as those of his father and son and many other fine, nationally heralded artists. Keep going, and drive to Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island. Visit Bar Harbor while you are there. Wander off the main roads for views of spectacular Penobscot Bay.
For a jaunt closer to home travel north through Damariscotta, 18 miles away and drive out to the end of the next peninsula to visit Pemaquid Light, the lighthouse imprinted on the Maine quarter.
LL Bean and other shops in Freeport are 45 minutes to the south. On the way, stop at Bowdoin College in Brunswick where both Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Nathaniel Hawthorne studied and taught. Restaurants and other cultural icons abound there.
Keep going to Portland, 58 miles from our doorway, and take in exhibits at the Portland Museum of Art--arguably the region's finest museum--or climb the 210 year old Portland Observatory. Food and visiting opportunities abound throughout the Portland area.
If you are thirsty for more art, travel inland to Waterville and the new, expanded, just opened new wing of the museum and art gallery at Colby College.
Please phone with any questions. We would be happy to speak with you.