The single most frequent complaint heard from visitors to the Boothbay region is that they simply don't have enough time in a one-week (or two-week) vacation to do all the things they'd like to do while they're here! On the water, for example, the opportunities for fun and recreation are almost limitless. You might cruise around the harbor and to the outlying islands on an historic schooner. There are also dinner and party cruises aboard modern charter boats you might enjoy. Rentals of sailboats, runabouts, and sea kayaks are possible too, allowing you to explore the region at your own pace. Visitors are welcomed at the Burnt Island Lighthouse, but you need to take a boat to get there! If you like to fish, how about taking a chartered fishing expedition? Throughout the summer there are special events, such as the annual Fisherman's Festival and Windjammer Days. In addition to these on-the-water delights, there's always swimming in the cold, clear Atlantic at one of the three state park beaches nearby, or from the Harborfields' dock.
There are numerous Boothbay Region Land Trust nature preserves in the area that feature well-marked hiking trails through the cool, dark spruce forest and along the rocky shore, including the Charles Thorpe Park, a conservation easement on a portion of the Harbofields property (as well as property across the road fronting on the Townsend Gut waterway). In addition, the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens invites visitors to come watch them grow!
For those who prefer hitting those little white balls as they stroll, there are two country clubs in the area, open to non-members. Other sports activities can be enjoyed through the Boothbay Region YMCA or the McKown and Juniper Point Association (for Harborfields' guests only).
For those rare days when the sun refuses to shine, Boothbay Harbor boasts a multitude of fine retail shops, seafood markets, antique stores and art galleries. There is also a twin-screen cinema and a renowned Opera House for those times when you just want to sit down and be entertained. The Maine State Aquarium is located on McKown Point just across the way from the Harborfields waterfront, and is always entertaining for the kids. Also nearby is the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, which offers a very interesting Café Scientifique program of weekly seminars open to everyone.
And what would a visit to the Maine coast be without sampling the fare at some of the best seafood restaurants in the entire state? From lobster rolls to Lobster Newburgh, the range of delights to be had in the area spans the budgetary, and culinary, spectrum. All these attractions, and more, combine to make us confident when we say that, whether or not Maine is "The Way Life Should Be," Harborfields is certainly "The Way Life Can Be!"
|Harborfields Housekeeping Cottages
PO Box 524
West Boothbay Harbor, Maine 04575