A statue in the gardens at Topside InnThe scenery here isn’t limited to our views of the harbor. Topside Inn is also home to a wide variety of seaside perennial gardens and an orchard with apple, peach, plum, pear and cherry trees, greeting guests as they walk throughout the property. We say ‘experience’ because, not only can you enjoy walking through the gardens, but we also use much of what we grow in our breakfast offerings and to decorate the inn’s common spaces throughout the season. What’s the best time to see them? What flowers and fruits can you find during your visit? Learn everything you need to know below, and as always, feel free to contact us to find out more. Then, book your stay and enjoy it all in person!

Take a Tour of the Topside Inn Landscape

The Gardens

Blueberries, tomatoes, and herbs from the Topside Inn gardens

The flowers, herbs, and vegetables in our gardens all play an important role in the Topside Inn experience. You’re likely to enjoy them throughout your stay with us, perhaps in more ways than you think! When you arrive at the inn, you might be greeted by a freshly cut flower arrangement at the front desk from our garden. Our flowers also accent the breakfast tables and common areas as well as provide edible garnishes to dishes. Visit us in July, August, and September to see the gardens in full bloom.

The eggs benedict breakfast at Topside Inn

The gardens are more than beautiful to look at. They also offer fresh, delicious ingredients for our breakfasts, like the tomatoes for our fried green tomato eggs Benedict. Our extensive herb garden provides our savory breakfasts with the fresh taste of parsley, chives, sage, cilantro, thyme, and dill; lettuce, baby spinach, or Shishito peppers are a delicious and healthy complement to our main dishes. If you have a taste for spice, you’ll love our hot sauce made with our fresh habanero peppers!

The Beginnings of Our Ocean View Orchard Chicken Coop with views of the harbor

You can find a total of 32 new fruit trees on our property, about half of which are on the western-facing hillside. Most of the trees were planted in 2018 and each spring the branches offer a colorful show of apple, peach, pear, cherry, and plum blossoms. Now a few years old, we expect to get even more fruit from the trees during the summer and into fall.  Beginning in late August we add our fresh grown fruit to our homemade breakfasts and often have enough fruit to leave a bowl of apples on the desk for guests to enjoy.

In addition to views of the harbor, if you’d like a room with the best view of the orchard and new chicken coop, you can’t go wrong with the Leeward Guest House. Rooms 19, 20, and 21 on the lower level with the expanded deck area and Rooms 23, 24, and 25 on the upper level are all great places to relax and catch a glimpse of nature’s bounty. You can also see the fruit trees from the porches at the Windward Guest House

Come and See Them for Yourself

Mark and Buzz sitting on the stairs at Topside Inn

Are you ready to enjoy the fresh flavors and beautiful sights from our gardens and fruit trees? Join us at Topside Inn and unwind above it all in Boothbay Harbor. We have several excellent accommodations to choose from, your stay includes a delicious breakfast. When you’re not lounging in your room or gazing out into the harbor, you can enjoy our famous Maine scenery with boat cruises, lighthouse tours, fishing trips, and more.

Book your stay today and see what makes Boothbay Harbor such an extraordinary destination. We look forward to welcoming you to the Topside Inn!