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“Great home base for first time midcoast visit”
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Boothbay Resort
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Boothbay
Powell, Tennessee
Level 5 Contributor
69 reviews
44 hotel reviews
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“Great home base for first time midcoast visit”
Reviewed 21 August 2014 via mobile

My wife and I wanted to celebrate our 23rd anniversary by checking a trip to Maine off our bucket list. We discovered that finding the right accommodations 4 weeks before our departure was a real challenge. I Trip Advised my way to the Boothbay Resort and - as has generally been the case - it served us well.

We flew into Portland and explored Freeport on our way up to our first lobster at Round Pond. Our clean, quiet and very comfortable cottage (Balsams 8) was a welcome place to come home to - and continued to be as we explored midcoast Maine. Our destinations varied from minutes away (Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay Harbor) to 2.5 hours for Acadia - but most everything else was well less than an hour's drive (including the ferry to Monhegan Island from New Harbor).

Having the Boothbay Craft Brewery on site - along with its Watershed Tavern (offering up their fine ales with tavern fare) - was a definite plus. One morning we bought a growler (64 oz jug) - which along with delights from the Daramiscotta Farmer's market made for a fine picnic at the Tenants Harbor Lighthouse.

We were out enjoying ourselves too much to get to know our hosts Win and Lori - Win offered a friendly greeting on our arrival and we exchanged notes with Lori during our stay as she attended to our housekeeping requests.

I would definitely recommend the Boothbay Resort as a home base for exploring beautiful midcoast Maine and beyond.

Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Peru, Maine
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Reviewed 1 August 2014

We stayed here for our Anniversary.
We rented a lovely cabin (#3) that was just what we wanted. Private, clean and close to all of the tourist attractions.
Pet friendly (although we left ours at home)
The cabin was clean and very presentable. Extra towels were available cabin as well as an extra blanket. Air conditioner was in full working order.
Bed, king size, was comfortable. On demand hot water in cabin was great.
Old style TV (not flat screen) had plenty of channels for viewing. Internet was not easily accessible from cabin but was from other areas of the grounds.
There was a mini kitchenette that was wonderful. Although we transferred the items that we had brought in our cooler to the frig and some of the things froze due to the refrigerator being on to high of a setting (could of happened at home as well).
Cabin had a nice deck with 2 chairs on it. There was also a charcoal grill available. Each cabin has it's own.

There was a nice clean outdoor pool that had solar heating panels on the pool house roof which were not needed for our July stay. Lots of lounge chairs available with umbrellas. Towels available at pool area as well.

Also on the grounds there is an excellent Brewery! Very pleasant experience dinning. Food was excellent! LOVED the baked haddock. Hubby had the Rueben and said that it were delicious! Fries are out of this world! They are a little spicy but we like spicy stuff. Gotta make you aware though that there are a few hidden charges that the waitress did not let us know about but they were listed on the menu. Dippin sauce for fries is an extra $1 (except ketchup). Also for beer waitress ask if we wanted our selection "creamy" that was an additional $2. Other than that our waitress was great. Hostess, I believe to be owner, was nice as well.
Loved that the brewery was on the grounds so that we were able to walk back to our cabin versus getting a cab!
Our door seating is available at brewery. We dinned in.

We plan on going back to this establishment. Staff was friendly and helpful.
One more note, there is a trolley stops here. I am not sure of the route or cost but we did see it downtown while we were there.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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West Warwick, Rhode Island
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Reviewed 9 October 2013

We have lost count of how many times we have stayed at the Boothbay Resort, the latest being in September 2013. As always, our cabin was clean and the grounds were very well maintained. We love coming here with our dog because everyone with pets seems to be very respectful of everyone else. The property is blissfully quiet at most times of the day and night. The beds are comfortable and the space in the cabins is plenty big enough for everyone to stretch out and relax. Having a kitchenette available is a big plus if you want to save money on restaurant food--although I would highly recommend you try lunch or dinner at the tavern during your stay. We had dinner there this trip and thought the food there was great!

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 29 August 2013

We spent one night at the Boothbay Resort because we were traveling with our dog and wanted a pet friendly place to stay. We stayed in Cedars #5 which was small but clean. The owners were ok with us leaving our dog in his crate so we could enjoy the brewery tour and dinner at the tavern. My husband loved the beer and our food was absolutely delicious. You must eat here! We liked that the resort was quiet and peaceful but just a few minutes drive to the harbor. We would definitely stay here again but would probably get a larger cottage for a longer stay. Bring your own toiletries. All that were provided were a couple of small bars of soap.

  • Stayed August 2013
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Old Orchard Beach, Maine
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Reviewed 9 August 2013

Just recently spent a night in one of the Balsam cabins here and had a great time. The rooms were more than adequate, very clean with nice comfy beds. They had a nice frig and kitchenette though we didn't actually use it as we couldn't resist the brewery/tavern on site. We did swim in the pool which also was nicely setup with towels and heated. Hard to get out. The owners and staff were exceptionally nice, friendly and anxious to please. We found the rooms a bit high priced at first but considering the pool, brewery, and excellent food and service changed our mind. We will return for sure later this year.

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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Boothbay
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Reviewed 7 August 2013

The Boothbay Resort is a great stay on so many levels. We have been bringing our family here every summer for many years and have never been disappointed. We've stayed in most all the cottages; Boxwood, Balsams, and Cedars, none of which you can go wrong with. They are always meticulously cleaned and are very comfortable to stay in. We used to stay in Balsams, which are a bit larger and newer than Cedars, but as the family grew found it more advantageous to rent 2 of the Cedar cabins. This way we can put our 3 children in one while we stay next door just a few feet away. A baby monitor works great for peace of mind, but in reality there is nothing to worry about when it comes to safety in this tucked-away location.

The owners of the resort, Winn and Lori Mitchell, have become personal friends of ours; and have always been the most hospitable and courteous keepers one could ask for. It's been a joy to watch them transform their inn formerly known as the 1828 Vintage House, to what has now become a resort accompanied by a first class brewpub/restaurant known throughout the community as the "Watershed Tavern". If one enjoys craft beer and good food you need to travel no further!

We could go on about all the great benefits of staying here; i.e. pet-friendly, close access to downtown Boothbay Harbor w/out being in the middle of all the traffic, great pool, onsite games and amenities, but I think you get the picture. Do yourself a favor, whether looking for a getaway as a couple or the entire family, take advantage of what Boothbay Resort has to offer!!!

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Littleton, Massachusetts, United States
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Reviewed 5 August 2013

We spent three nights at Boothbay Resort with our toddler and my parents, and the Balsams cottage was comfortable, clean and met our need for some open space for our 18-month old to run around in. (Something a traditional hotel with single rooms would not have provided.) Unfortunately, I would not choose to stay here again because of the lack of phone and internet. First, the phone: We realized within about 5 minutes of our arrival that our cell phones had no service, but we needed to touch base with my parents, who were joining us later in the day. The cottage had no phone, so we walked up to the tavern where we checked in. I explained that we had just arrived and discovered the non-working cell phones, and asked if I could use a phone. To my utter amazement, I was directed down the street to the information center. I spent 20 minutes at said information center while the one attendant helped someone with hotel reservations, which gave me plenty of time to chase my poor kid around the place and reflect on the ridiculousness of the situation. I think for $200 a night (peak rate), someone could let me use the phone. I would have been happy to pay any charges associated with a call to a NH exchange. My thanks to the woman at the information booth for being kind enough to let me use her personal phone for a 30-second phone call. I don't want to vilify the entire place because of one customer service snafu, but the poor internet signal really sealed the deal for me. Of the devices in our cottage (a laptop, Kindle Fire, iPad and assorted phones), only the laptop could get a few minutes worth of internet service before cutting out, if you sat outside. For the rest of us, the connection dropped every 10-60 seconds. This made checking weather and researching attractions and restaurants difficult and frustrating. There was another building between our cottage and the tavern, so perhaps that was the reason for the poor signal, but if that's the case they need to move the wireless to a more accessible location.

For the money, I think phone and internet are not a lot to ask for, so we'll be checking out some of the other area accommodations next time we're in the area. If you don't need to be connected, then I think this is a quiet and comfortable spot with campground-like amenities, and with the exception of the person who thought a phone call was beyond the resort's means, everyone we encountered was very nice.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Boothbay Resort

Property: Boothbay Resort
Address: 301 Adams Pond Rd, Boothbay, ME 04537-4334 (Formerly 1828 Vintage House and Cottages)
Region: United States > Maine > Mid Coast Maine > Boothbay
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Boothbay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
“Where else can you stay and have Boothbay’s only Micro Brewery and Vintage House Wine & Cheese Shop at your cottage door!” A cottage resort located just 1 mile from Boothbay Harbor and many coastal attractions. All the comforts of home including outdoor heated pool, hot tub, Bocce court, Golf putting greens, outdoor grills. Pets are welcome in certain cabins or cottages. ... more   less 
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