I will never forget this day, never thought I would see these beautiful birds in my lifetime. This planet, Wonderful! As my small trip comes to a end. Best Wishes to new friends we met along our travels, and I finally had the opportunity to see this bird. Looking forward to new destinations in the future. Happy Travels! I have a passion to see the birds of our world. I apologize for this obsession! Planning trips to interesting places, will be posting new destinations in the future. Best Wishes. I will return to this beautiful area of the country. While I have posted a few pictures of these wonderful birds. It was my dream to see them in my lifetime. I want to see much more of the beautiful wildlife this world has to offer. Traveling is a great joy, we all have destinations we want to see. Mine are small, but magnificent to me. Wake up you sleepy heads, drove all the way from Ohio to see you. The reason for traveling to Maine. I simply had to see one of these creatures in the wild. Took a boat out of the harbor to Eastern Egg Rock. The good folks from Audubon, Project Puffin were also there to explain their attempts to establish a colony this far south in Maine. If you would like to learn more please visit the Project Puffin website. Life is wonderful! I want to post this picture of a lighthouse in Maine. I cannot give you more information on the lighthouse. I will travel back to this area of the country shortly. Will learn more! However I can tell you there is a bird at the top of it. Oh well, we all have our obsessions. Taking a little break, will thank all of your beautiful photos shortly. Thank You for all of your support over the past years. William. Wonderful time in Maine, trying not to post too many pictures. But I will lose that battle today. TripAdvisor's pick for the #1 Botanical Gardens in the USA Monarch butterfly. at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
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#BestOf5 A truly wonderful place to walk and explore among the plants and flowers and the beautiful gardens. Plan on making a day out of it... You won't be disapointed ! Sleepy seaside town. With everything you expect Maine to look like Frog soaking up some September sun. Ocean point is a beautiful area on the Midcoast. Great area to watch the windjammer a arrive Number 1 botanical gardens in the U.S. The #1 botanical gardens in the USA Lavender tulips A nice sunset on a crisp Fall afternoon near the foot bridge crossing Boothbay Harbor. I was visiting the town to take in a concert at the local Opera House, and found a picturesque waterfront along the way. Excellent photo taken by my wife at a must see location in Maine. spring tulips at the Coastal Maine Botanical garden - the number 1 rated botanical garden in America. #roadtrip Maine Botanical Gardens A great place to walk and enjoy the surroundings Tripadviser rated CMBG as the #1 botanical gardens in the United States. Beautiful quaint Boothbay Harbor is worth the detour! Boothbay Harbor experiences 2 high and low tides per day. The dramatic tide changes are best experienced from the pedestrian walking bridge near Pier 1 on the south coast and the Rocktide Inn on the north coast. Tulips in Bloom Such a beautiful landscape Walking across the foot bridge to Boothbay Harbor Pink tulips over 200 acres of beautiful gardens and walking paths. April showers bring May flowers A rainy day at the gardens Boothbay Harbor is a peaceful little harbor a short distance from Route 1 or I95. Southport Island, ME One of many marinas Our sunset view from our room at Ocean Gate Resort
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Get an overview of this hotel3-star bed & breakfast with restaurant and bar/lounge

Popular property highlights

Free parking
Free WiFi
Smoke Free


Located in the heart of Boothbay Harbor, this bed & breakfast is steps from Boothbay Region Historical Society Museum and Opera House at Boothbay Harbor. Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library and Boothbay Harbor Marina are also within 10 minutes.

Property Features

This smoke-free bed & breakfast features a restaurant, a bar/lounge, and a meeting room. WiFi in public areas is free. Other amenities include wedding services.

Room Amenities

All 6 rooms provide free WiFi, refrigerators, and cable TV. Phones and desks are also available to guests.

Languages Spoken

Bed & Breakfast Amenities

Bed & Breakfast Amenities

The bed & breakfast offers a restaurant. A bar/lounge is on site where guests can unwind with a drink. Wireless Internet access is complimentary.

The Thistle Inn is a smoke-free property.

  • Front desk (limited hours) 
  • Terrace 
  • Bar/lounge 
  • Restaurant 
  • Year Built 1861 
  • Total number of rooms - 6 
  • One meeting room 
  • Free WiFi 
  • Free parking nearby 
  • Wedding services 
  • Smoke-free property 


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Languages Spoken

  • English


Free parking nearby

Room Amenities

  • Air conditioning 
  • Phone 
  • Refrigerator 
  • Desk 
  • Cable TV service 
  • Free WiFi 

Where to Eat

The Thistle Inn has a restaurant on site.

Bed & Breakfast Policies


Check-in time ends at 6 PM

Check-in time starts at 3 PM

Special check-in instructions:

If you are planning to arrive after 6 PM please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation.
Guests who are unable to check-in during this time must contact the hotel prior to arrival to make special arrangements.Contact information for the hotel is on the reservation confirmation for bookings made via this Web site. Breakfast is not available from November 1 - May 31. Breakfast is included June 1 - October 31.


Check-out time is 11 AM

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
  • Cribs (infant beds) are not available.


  • Pets not allowed

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.
Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property. The policies listed are provided by the property.
No rollaway/extra beds available
No cribs (infant beds) available

Bed & Breakfast Name

  • Thistle Boothbay Harbor
  • Thistle Inn
  • Thistle Inn Boothbay Harbor
  • The Thistle Inn Boothbay Harbor, Maine

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