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Boothbay or Belfast and Lubec/Eastport

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Boothbay or Belfast and Lubec/Eastport

We are planning a trip to Maine in mid-late September this year. Our last trip included Ogunquit, Bar Harbor and Moosehead Lake and we are looking for something new this time. We are thinking of staying in either Boothbay/East Boothbay or Belfast harbors and would like some advice on which you would recommend, and any lodging recommendations you may have. We are also planning to venture up to Lubec or Easttport to see W. Quoddy l.h. and Campobello Island. Any suggestions on this part of the journey?

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1. Re: Boothbay or Belfast and Lubec/Eastport

Stay in Boothbay Harbor and Camden. Camden is the gem of the Maine Coast. In Camden lookup Glenmoor By The Sea. We stayed there last August and loved it. I believe it's rated #1 on TripAdvisor for the Camden area.

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We always vacation in Bar Harbor but often tack on a couple of days elsewhere. And we always vacation in Maine in September. Last year it was Boothbay Harbor. It was a nice place to spend a couple of days but things seemed to have really quieted down in September. Many places close early, etc. We stayed at a B&B called Lion d'Or. It is not as centrally located as some other Boothbay Harbor B&Bs but it was still a very easy walk to everything in town and the prices were very reasonable. The innkeepers were great.

To be honest with you, if I had to stay in Boothbay Harbor for several days, I'm not sure what I would do. Fortunately there are some options. You can take the Balmy Days out of Boothbay Harbor and visit Monhegan Island. Definitely worth the trip. You can spend the day there or stay overnight at one of the inns. Also it is only an hour drive from Boothbay to Freeport and L.L. Bean and all the outlet shops.

A couple of years back, we stayed at the Lupine Lodge on Campobello Island. It is a rustic looking lodge but very comfortable (we had a huge room) and centrally located to West Quoddy in Lubec as well as Mullholland Light on Campobello and East Quoddy just off Campobello. If you are up to it, you have a window around low tide in the Bay of Fundy to scramble down a ladder, walk across the ocean floor and climb a ladder onto the island where East Quoddy is located. Just be very, very careful. These are the biggest tide changes from high to low of anywhere. If you dawdle, you can get stuck on the island. But if you seek adventure...

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By the way since you mentioned West Quoddy, I assume you are interested in lighthouses. If you stay in Boothbay Harbor, the Balmy Days cruise to Monhegan will take you past Burnt Island and Ram Island lights. We got close enough to take some decent photos. And then, of course, there is the lighthouse on Monhegan that you can walk up to. Also a short drive from "downtown" Boothbay Harbor will bring you to Hendricks Head Light (now a private residence) and The Cuckholds (on a small island no more than 100 yards offshore). Both of these also present good photo opportunities.

Also, I forgot to mention the spark plug - Lubec Channel Light which you'll pass on your way to West Quoddy.

Just in case you're a lighthouse fanatic.

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4. Re: Boothbay or Belfast and Lubec/Eastport

Hi Kermit,

If you have the time, check out the Boothbay Harbor forum and read the threads there. They will provide you with recommendations on accomodations, things to do, info on boat tours, etc. Then post again if you have further questions :).

Regarding Lubec/Eastport. Lubec has more to offer than Eastport as it's the gateway to Campobello. It's also a less depressed area.

In any case, good luck with planning your trip and let us know where you decide to go and stay :).

cozyharbor

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5. Re: Boothbay or Belfast and Lubec/Eastport

We will be in the Lubec area for several days after the Fourth of July and we have reservations at The Quoddy Head Station, which is a converted Coast Guard Station. Being from Michigan, we've obviously never been there before but we found this on the visitmaine.com web site (it's a wonderful informative site).

You can research The Quoddy Head Station at http://www.quoddyvacation.com. Personally, we are really looking forward to this trip. While we are in the area, we also plan on going to Campobello Island, including the East Quoddy Head Lighthouse (which you can walk to during low tide... but you have a short window to visit before the tide starts coming in again!)

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MichUConn--you might also be interested in a similar B&B in the Bath area. See http://www.pophambeachbandb.com/

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7. Re: Boothbay or Belfast and Lubec/Eastport

Hi Again Kermit,

Just wanted to provide you with a wonderful website to check out all Boothbay Harbor has to offer. It is www.boothbayharbor.com. This is the Chamber of Commerce's site and is excellent. Click on 'Visiting the Region' and you'll be good to go :). Have fun planning and again, good luck.

cozyharbor

P.S. As for checking out TA's Boothbay Harbor forum as I suggested previously; just fill in the blank next to where it says "Jump to a more specific forum".

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Just another suggestion of what to do in Boothbay Harbor. On Pier 6, the Harbor Princess goes out every Thursday night with live music. A classic rock n roll band, Cahoots, draws a crowd on this boat. A great deal at $10-12 a ticket, live music, food and drinks available and a three hour boat trip.

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Great suggestions here. Also, if you like to hike and get bit by skeeters look at the land trusts in the region -- BBH land trust and the Damariscotta land trust. Choice of where to stay can determine activities obviously -- larger resorts can have more to do on site.

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