Ever since we purchased the Topside Inn, our number one goal has been to bring you the best in Boothbay Harbor lodging. Various magazines, blogs, and websites have taken notice over the years, and we couldn’t be happier! We compiled some of our favorite and most notable media mentions to share with you all.

Take a look and learn what people have to say about our accommodations, amenities, service, and location near the top local attractions. You’re welcome to book your stay and enjoy it all! We look forward to seeing you above it all in Boothbay Harbor, ME.

A few recent accolades include Mark & Buzz being named “Innkeepers of the Year” for 2020 by Hospitality Maine, Topside Inn was named the #1 Hotel in Maine (2019) and #5 Most Romantic Hotel in the US (2019 & 2020)according to TripAdvisor traveler reviews. Topside has also been recently recognized as one of the Top 10 Hotels in the U.S. for Service (2019) and received Yankee Magazine’s Editor’s Choice Award for the “Best Water View.”

Recognition & Media Mentions of Topside Inn


15 picturesque hotels in Maine that place you at the doorstep of incredible nature ›

Business Insider | July 2021

The Topside Inn delivers the best of Boothbay Harbor with a location in the hub but above the hubbub.

Start the day with a rave-worthy breakfast sourced from the inn’s gardens, chickens, local farmers’ markets, or local fishermen. Mosey down the hill and browse Boothbay Harbor’s shops or board an excursion boat from the waterfront and return for freshly made cookies. Before heading out to dinner, settle into an Adirondack-style chair on the lawn or a rocker on the main inn’s wrap-around porch and sip a cocktail from the bar.

Mark Osborn New Member of Board of Directors ›

Boothbay Register | March 2021

HM celebrates the sector every year through hospitality awards that recognize leading lights in the industry. In 2020, Osborn and his husband Buzz Makarewicz were named innkeepers of the year. “A member for many years, the Topside Inn continues to uphold the association’s mission of enhancing the industry by elevating the guest experience,” said Kathleen Pierce, director of member experience for HM. “They outdo themselves every season, keeping visitors coming back year after year.”

Tripadvisor 2020 Travelers’ Choice Winner!

Topside Inn owners named HospitalityMaine’s Innkeepers of the Year 

HospitalityMaine| 2020 Award Recipients

“There are many successful innkeepers operating beautiful, historic properties across the state of Maine. However, in 2020 Mark Osborn and Buzz Makarewicz stand above them all and represent the best of the best,” said HospitalityMaine’s CEO and President Steve Hewins.

Cook up a Topside Inn breakfast … at home!

Boothbay Register | December 2019

This cookbook includes 120 scrummy original recipes the two have been

sharing with guests for five years. “We both love cooking and making breakfast is one of our favorite things to do,” Osborn said. “We offer an all you can eat buffet and a cook to order entree.”

Cover of official Topside Inn CookbookWaffles

Boothbay Harbor Tourism and Hospitality Business of the Year

Boothbay Harbor Chamber of Commerce 57th Annual Community Awards | May, 2019

Mark and Buzz accepting the award for Tourism and Hospitality Business of the YearAt right, Mark Osborn & Buzz Makarewicz of Topside Inn accepting the Boothbay Harbor Tourism and Hospitality Business of the Year Award

Boothbay Harbor Inn to Join Forces with Historic Schooner ›

The Lincoln County News | April 9, 2019

The Topside Inn in Boothbay Harbor will offer a special package this summer, combining a stay at the award-winning inn with a cruise on the 118-year-old schooner Victory Chimes.

3 Days In Boothbay Harbor, Maine At The Topside Inn ›

3 Days In Travel Blog | February 27, 2019

Boothbay Harbor is one of those tranquil little towns in Maine that just makes you feel like you’ve stepped outside regular time into a world of history, simplicity, incredibly gorgeous sunsets, a world of lighthouses and a variety of arts and culture events.

Among the Most Romantic Inns in America

Boston.comJanuary 28, 2019

Maybe you have a special anniversary coming up, or perhaps you two just need a break from the everyday. Whatever the occasion, if you’re looking to book a romantic getaway this year, we’ve got news for you: Last week, TripAdvisor revealed its top 25 hotels for romance in the U.S. as part of the travel website’s 2019 Travelers’ Choice Awards, and three spots in the region made the list.

Boothbay Harbor Awaits

The Cottage Journal (Summer Issue) | July 5, 2017

Experience the best of mid-Maine with a stay in Boothbay Harbor’s Topside Inn.

Bed and Breakfast and Beers Are Here  ›

TravelPulse | May 22, 2017

When you think of a B&B, beer typically isn’t one of the first things that come to mind.

However, you can enjoy some brews at these fine bed and breakfast establishments…

Boothbay Harbor, ME

New England Boating | January 2016

Relaxation in Boothbay Harbor  ›

NECN News | June 17, 2015

The salty air and beautiful water views make it a prime spot for boating, outdoor recreation or just taking a stroll.

Where to Stay in Boothbay Harbor  ›

WGME 13 (Road Trippin’) | June 2015

Topside Inn is featured on Where to Stay in Boothbay Harbor!
Enjoy panoramic harbor views, stylish décor, gourmet breakfasts and concierge services.

2015 Editors’ Choice  ›

New England Traveler (Yankee Magazine) | April 2015

The aptly named Topside caps an in-town hill with sigh-producing views over the inner and outer harbors.

48 Hours in Boothbay Harbor ›

Maine Magazine | September 2011

48 hours of our favorite places to explore, browse, stay, listen, and eat.
Maine Mag Cover

Enjoy the Topside Inn Experience

You don’t have to take other people’s word for it. Plan your trip to Midcoast Maine and see what makes Topside Inn such a special place! We strive to offer the ultimate guest experience to each and every visitor, and your stay will be no exception.

View of bedroom in Room 3 at Topside Inn

Choose from our variety of coastal, contemporary accommodations to begin your journey to relaxation. When you arrive, you can expect a warm welcome as you settle into your room and get acquainted with the area. Then, enjoy homemade breakfasts, concierge services, and exceptional harbor views throughout your stay. When you’re not lounging in your room, walk into town to browse shops, explore art galleries, and indulge at exceptional local restaurants. From our comfortable accommodations and friendly service to our convenient location, nowhere else quite compares to the Topside Inn. Book your stay today to see for yourself!