What activities would you include in your ideal Maine itinerary? There’s a good chance you can experience most of them, if not all of them, in downtown Boothbay Harbor, Maine. It may not be the largest downtown area, but it’s home to a whole lot of attractions to fill your days with fun activities and beautiful scenery.
Downtown Boothbay Harbor has unique shops, top-rated restaurants, and must-see celebrations. You can even depart from the downtown piers to embark on a variety of Boothbay Harbor boat tours and fishing adventures! Get a taste of the downtown experience in our blog, and look through our free Vacation Guide to see even more of our local tips and recommendations.
3 of the Best Things to Do in Downtown Boothbay Harbor
Of course, most downtown areas are home to stores, and ours has plenty of excellent options. Feel free to take a short stroll from Topside Inn to see all of the shops in downtown Boothbay Harbor. There’s everything from eclectic gift shops to remarkable art galleries featuring local artists. Pick up a souvenir to remember your trip or grab a gift for a friend! Here are just a few of the options:
- Eventide Specialties
- Abacus Gallery
- Gleason Fine Art
- Studio 53 Fine Art Gallery
- Ae Ceramics
- Sweet Bay
All of that shopping might work up an appetite but rest assured — there are several exceptional restaurants nearby. You can typically find a variety of seafood specials and fresh catches of the day on each menu. (We are in coastal Maine, after all!) Don’t worry if you’re not a fan of seafood, though. You won’t have much trouble finding a meal to suit your palate. Check out some of our favorite restaurants in downtown Boothbay Harbor for inspiration:
- Shannon’s Unshelled
- Boathouse Bistro
- Mine Oyster
- Ports of Italy
- Kaler’s Restaurant
- Harborside Tavern
- Taka Mediterranean Bar & Grill
It doesn’t matter if you visit in the peak of summer or the wintertime — you can likely catch some excitement at one of our year-round, Boothbay Harbor events. Our calendar has a little something for everybody, including culinary competitions, sailing celebrations, concerts, and even several festivities for the holiday season. Of course, they all feature a bit of Midcoast Maine flair. Take a look at a few of the annual events in our downtown community:
Stay Steps Away at the Topside Inn
Imagine waking up to a colorful sunrise, indulging in a homemade breakfast, and simply walking to downtown Boothbay Harbor. It’s not a daydream — it’s a reality at the award-winning Topside Inn. Our property offers a convenient location near the downtown area, and the benefits of a stay with us go well beyond that. Topside Inn is home to gorgeous gardens, excellent accommodations, luxurious amenities, and even original artwork to add an extra touch of coastal charm to your experience.
Room 15 is a fantastic example of the relaxing retreats you can expect here. It’s nestled on the second floor of our Windward Guest House with a king-size bed, a covered sitting porch with stunning harbor views, and so much more.
Check our availability and enjoy a Midcoast Maine getaway like no other!