What Are the Best Places to Watch the Sunset in Maine?

Maine is well-known for its scenery, and the beauty goes beyond our local flora, fauna, and fall foliage. The Lighthouse State offers remarkable sunset views each evening, especially on clear, cloudless nights. If you’d like to discover some of the best places to watch the sunset in Maine, we’re happy to share our local knowledge with you. Whether you’re planning a romantic evening with your special someone or would like to unwind and capture incredible photographs, you’re in for a memorable experience. Read on to learn more about a few of the top spots.

Are you planning a visit to Midcoast Maine? We’d like to invite you to stay with us in Boothbay Harbor, ME, at Topside Inn. Our charming waterfront community is full of fun things to do, and you can learn all about them in our free Vacation Guide. Take a look!

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3 of the Best Places to Watch the Sunset in Maine

Aboard a Boat

It might not be surprising that you can get some of the best views aboard a boat off the coast of Maine. If you’d like to step aboard a local boat, set sail, feel the wind in your hair, and possibly spot fascinating wildlife, then you’re in luck. There are multiple fantastic options for sunset cruises and boat tours in the Boothbay Harbor area. The list includes Boothbay Harbor Reggae Cruises provided by Cap’n Fish’s Cruises. These 2.5-hour cruises feature great music and captivating views on Sundays from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the summer.

You can also take advantage of our Schooner Sail for Two package when you stay at Topside Inn! It includes two tickets aboard one of two local schooners, the Eastwind or the Bay Lady, as well as a wine and cheese picnic to enjoy on the boat or in your room.

Ocean Point

Have you ever taken a drive to Ocean Point in East Boothbay? It’s well worth the short trip from Topside Inn. Here, you can explore two hiking trails in the Boothbay Region Land Trust’s Ocean Point Preserve. Or, feel free to simply find a good place to park your car on the peninsula and watch the sunset over the water. 

Monhegan Island

Monhegan Island is another excellent place to spend an afternoon as well as watch the sunset. This charming island off the coast of Maine is home to scenic hiking trails, art galleries, restaurants, and the Monhegan Brewing Company. While Balmy Days Cruises typically offers boat trips to the island during the daytime, you can inquire about private charters to stay later and watch the sunset. 

Enjoy a Memorable Stay at Topside Inn

The bed inside Room 16 at the Topside Inn

Did you know that our very own Topside Inn is also a fantastic place to watch the sunset (in addition to being one of the best places to watch the sunrise in Maine)? Our coastal-themed inn offers superb accommodations, top-notch amenities, friendly service, and great views of the harbor. Many of our guests enjoy sitting on the Adirondack chairs on our lawn at the end of a fun-filled day and watching the sunset over the water. You can also watch the sunset from several of our rooms with private porches.

Feel free to browse the options and book your stay today. And, consider adding our Romance Package to make a romantic getaway to Maine even more special. We look forward to hosting you at Topside Inn.