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Harbour Towne Inn on the Waterfront

Harbour Towne Inn on the Waterfront

Harbour Towne Inn on the Waterfront is a bed and breakfast that is located in Boothbay Harbor, Maine, which is situated on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. The inn has its own small dock in the backyard connected to the bay, though it is unable to launch boats. There are a total of 13 units available for guests to choose from when making reservations. Due to the nature of the inn, they are unable to accommodate pets or children. There are a number of events that take place throughout the year, including Cabbage Island Lobster Bake and Windjammer Days. The building was initially built in 1870 and has been through three generations of the same family, and is expected to keep going.


Harbour Towne Inn on the Waterfront is a bed and breakfast in Boothbay Harbor, Maine, right off the coast of the Atlantic Ocean. A total of 13 different units can be found within the building, in addition to a small dock in the backyard that connects to the bay. It should be noted, however, that it is impossible to launch boats off of the dock.

Some of the rooms come equipped with a balcony, but not all of them. While there are some differences in the size of the room, size of the bed, and decorations, each living space comes with a television, private bathroom, a mini-fridge, and access to Wi-Fi. The rooms do not have any kitchen supplies besides the mini-fridges. Breakfast is available for everyone who is staying at Harbour Towne Inn on the Waterfront and can be eaten on the balconies outside or in the dining room, where it is typically served.
Breakfast is provided every morning and is a complete, homecooked meal. Some of the main courses that have been made in the past include French toast, quiches, frittatas, and more. Often, there are sides such as homemade granola, yogurt, and fresh fruit to accompany the larger dishes. Accommodations can be made for those who require gluten-free food, vegetarian meals, or other specific dietary needs, provided that she is given enough time in advance. Breakfast is served in the main dining room each morning, though the time that it is ready varies with each season. There are also treats and snacks during the middle of the day, around 3:00 p.m. These snacks are available for patrons throughout the day. Cookies, cakes, hand pies, and the like are some of the potential snacks that are put out.

Many people who reserve a unit at Harbour Towne Inn on the Waterfront do so with the intention of spending time at the beach or in the water. There are also a variety of places in the vicinity that may attract guests to explore the area. Among restaurants in the area, the owner will often recommend to her patrons that they check out Cabbage Island and the Cabbage Island Lobster Bake. From the middle of June to the middle of September, Cabbage Island has an old-fashioned lobster bake where they can take guests to their island and have a bake on the beach. Other eateries that are personally recommended by the owner are Port of Italy and Carriage House.

There are also a number of attractions in the area that visitors are able to participate in while they are staying at the bed and breakfast. For guests that want to go shopping, L L Bean is a signature clothing store where many people go to buy new clothes. There are also a number of ferries that can take people out on the water and grant them opportunities to go whale watching. The Maine Botanical Gardens are another place that guests can visit. The Botanical Gardens have begun doing an event where they hang Christmas lights throughout the gardens during the holiday season. One of the oldest lighthouses can be found close to the property. Kayaking is available for guests, if they would like, and for those that would rather spend more time on land. Monhegan Island has a number of restaurants and hiking locations that guests can explore.


The owner, whose name is Stephanie, explains that one of the most important policies to the property is, "Guests come first." To help with the goal of providing guests with a good experience at the property, she tries to always have someone available on staff that can help if visitors need it. Any issues that someone may have regarding their unit or stay, the owner and staff try to work to resolve the problem. The staff can also help guests plan their day and give advice on where to go, things to do, and places to eat. In the past, they have helped people get tickets for the Cabbage Island Lobster Bake and other events that occur in the area. Another unique event that takes place is called Windjammer Days. For several days, large ships come to the harbor and offer people a place to celebrate Maine's Bicentennial. This event is annual, typically held in June, though it is not always held at the same port.

Other policies that the edifice asks patrons to abide by include their no-smoking policy. Harbour Towne Inn on the Waterfront is also unable to accommodate pets, and they do not allow children due to the fact that the building is very historical. Quiet time is enforced and starts at 10:00 in the evening. The business is able to host events at the property, but due to the size, they are more limited on how many people they can have at a time. The owner explains that small business events and small weddings are able to be held if guests would like.

One thing that some people have said about the bed and breakfast is that it "feels like home." The owner mentions that not only is the property most known for the breakfast, but also the quality of care that the staff provides. One review of someone who recently stayed at Harbour Towne Inn on the Waterfront reads, "The staff was so helpful with dinner suggestions, and the breakfast was outstanding. Our room was cozy and had a stunning view of the harbor, with a short walk to shops and restaurants." Many of the businesses in the area are only open seasonally, but Harbour Towne Inn on the Waterfront is open year-round. Summers tend to be the best season of operation for the property, more specifically, during the months of June through October. The typical demographic of people that visit the property tends to be couples.


Harbour Towne Inn on the Waterfront first opened its doors almost 60 years ago, in the 1960s. The establishment has been owned by the same family ever since. While the inn has been around for roughly 60 years, the building that makes up the bed and breakfast was initially built in 1870. According to the owner, Stephanie, it was constructed by a sea captain who gave it to his daughter as a wedding gift. It wasn't until some time later that it was sold to the current owner's family. It has remained in the family for a total of three generations and is expected to continue on through the family.

Stephanie, the current owner of Harbour Towne Inn on the Waterfront, runs the bed and breakfast with her children. She enjoys cooking, gardening, and decorating, so it doesn't feel like work to her. Another thing she enjoys about the job is that she gets to meet the guests, both new and returning, and learn more about them and where they come from.

There have been many renovations done on the house to help keep things functioning well and to more fully provide a place that guests to enjoy. Some of the upgrades that have been done since Stephanie took ownership of the property include the addition of heat pumps, fixing up the decks and putting in new ones, and updating air conditioning and heating units. There have been some new bathrooms put in, and many of the rooms have seen small renovations over time.

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71 Townsend Ave.
Boothbay Harbor, Maine 05438
United States


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