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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 nearly 200 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.
This house has been in our family for nearly 60 years. We moved here from Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, in 2002 and continue to marvel at the wonderful life and array of activities that are available in this community.
When my parents bought this house, my mother created an antiques store in the dining room which she enjoyed for 30 seasons. While I didn't live here as a child, we have come home to gather in this house for holidays and events for many decades. Living in the house now brings back a flood of memories.
For a summer visitor to our home, the outstanding feature is the view of the harbor and all the goings on of a coastal fishing village. You will be able to see the harbor from every room, including the two second-floor bathrooms! Some views are full-on harbor views; others are just enough to show you the working harbor is right out there! The view from the kitchen sink may show you a two-masted schooner under sail or a lobster fisherman hauling traps off in the distance.
We agree with all the 5 star reviews written here. Our first trip to Maine was enhanced by this wonderful location. It is literally within walking distance to boat tours, shops, and wonderful restaurants. We spent many hours on the deck with morning sunshine reflecting off the water and the evening sunset reflecting back to us like a mirror. The owners are generous with the use of everything in the house! We can't say enough about the owners hospitality!! Jane and Roger are warm, welcoming, and interesting people. It has been a pleasure to meet them. A great place to stay!!
This is the perfect location to enjoy all that Boothbay Harbor has to offer. We spent a week there with our two daughters (both in their early 20s) and everyone had a fantastic time. Restaurants, shops, boat rides, etc., are steps away. The house is wonderful. Spacious, yet cozy. It is exceptionally well-equipped for guests. The kitchen is amazing. The deck offers a picture-postcard view of the harbor. We ate breakfast there every morning. We have rented many vacation properties over the years, but this was the first time that I felt at home immediately, which allowed us to settle in and begin enjoying the sites right away. Everything we needed was right at hand. The beds were very comfortable. The artwork was a special treat. A few highlights of the area: whale watch, trip to Monhegan Island, botanical gardens, sailboat cruise, Pemaquid beach. Many places to hike or enjoy a scenic view. Favorite place for lobster: Robinson's Wharf. There are many good places to get a sandwich or lobster roll. The East Boothbay General Store has great sandwiches.
The location of this house is wonderful - the harbor views, just FANTASTIC!!! The house is very cozy, clean and comfortable - and very well equipped. It was so nice to just step out of the front door and walk to nearby restaurants and shops. Early morning strolls to the footbridge over the harbor were especially enjoyable. We did not try all of the restaurants, but our favorites were Mine Oyster, Ports of Italy, and The Bistro. They were fantastic! Another hit was The Ice Cream Factory - our favorite flavor - Chocolate Lover's Delight!!!
Jane was very helpful in answering any questions we had. I do highly recommend this rental!
We had a truly lovely week at Harbor Watch and would return there in a heartbeat. The house is an oasis in the center of a lively, beautiful harbor, best viewed from the wrap-around porch where many mornings we spent absorbing our own private slice of Maine. There were plenty of activities, all within walking distance, and we wished we could stay another week just so we could continue our explorations. We walked everywhere, ate a lot (!) and ventured out on the water for kayaking, sailing, diving and boat cruises for whale watching and visiting Monhegan and Squirrel Islands. The house was comfortable, elegant and equipped with everything that we needed. It was difficult to come home after such a perfect vacation.
We had a truly lovely week at Harbor Watch and would return there in a heartbeat. The house is an oasis in the center of a lively, beautiful harbor, best viewed from the wrap-around porch where many mornings we spent absorbing our own private slice of Maine.
There were plenty of activities, all within walking distance, and we wished we could stay another week just so we could continue our explorations. We walked everywhere, ate a lot (!) and ventured out on the water for kayaking, sailing, SCUBA diving and a whale watching boat cruises. We especially enjoyed visiting Monhegan and Squirrel Islands.
The house was comfortable, elegant and equipped with everything that we needed.
It was difficult to come home after such a perfect vacation.
Boothbay is a charming little town and you are right in the center when you stay in this house. It is like stepping into the past but with a great eye on the present. You are free from parking worries being here, the parking is right outside your front door and thus you are able to walk around town leisurely, or sit out on the porch overlooking the Harbor where the tourist seem miles away. The house is cozy and pleasant and doesn't miss an amenity! I guess I loved the easy contact with the town and yet inside or out on the porch the noise of said town was gone and peaceful.
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My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. The rental period is from Saturday to Saturday. No pets. Not suitable for young children.
1/2 rental amount due to reserve property. This is non-refundable. The second payment of 1/2 the total is due June 1, 2016. 8% hospitality tax use due with the second payment. Payment is by personal check or cashier's check in US dollars.