Boothbay Harbor, just 6.5 miles from Ocean Point Inn, is a bustling village of shops, restaurants, specialty boutiques and art galleries.  There is definitely something for everyone. Finding a place to Accessory shoppark during July and August is sometimes a challenge, but there are several public parking lots available.  Follow the blue P signs or check a map ahead of time to spot the lots. It is not possible to cover all the shops so I will pick some of my favorites.

calypsoCalypso is a delightful boutique of stylish women’s clothing.  Lyndy Bragg, the owner, has a real flair as a buyer and she brings the latest in fashion to Boothbay Harbor.

Tide Pools is a shared market of local artisans working in a variety of mediums from  lovely sea glass designs to rugs from fish line.  One of my favorite artists is Suzanne Norton and her sea glass mermaids, fish and jewelry.  She also does beautiful furniture painting.

m_maine_bracelet_overThe Silver Lining is full of creative Maine designs in silver using lobsters, puffin, mussels, blueberries, etc.  Take home something to remind you of Maine every time you wear it!

Boothbay Harbor Artisans carry a wide variety of creative work by local artists.  A great place to find a “gift from Maine.”

Sweet%20bay%20signSweet Bay specializes in the unique with many items by local Maine artists.  Look for the Sea Bags -Maine made tote bags constructed from sail cloth, outside the shop!

smiling cowThe Smiling Cow has been a favorite for generations and still brings smiles as people enter the store.  They have something for all ages in the souvenir department.  If you are here at the end of the season, do not miss the 50% off sale.  It is a great source of goodies for Christmas Stockings and Advent Calendars. Have fun to get your holiday shopping done in Boothbay in summer.


hol_storeThe House of Logan  carries an excellent selection of higher end clothing from casual to formal.  The Village Store next door and part of the same ownership has spectacular home décor, kitchen items, and children’s clothing. Sweet Bay specializes in the unique and has many items by local artists.  Look for the Sea Bags outside the door!  A source of great hostess gifts.

While you are shopping you will be passing many shops that sell delicious treats.  Pick something up and find a seat in the Whale Park to enjoy.

flowers-ocean-point-innThe Red Cup Coffee House offers sandwiches and sweet treats along with a variety of specialty coffee drinks. Downeast Ice Cream serves amazing homemade ice cream that is made on site.  Bailey Island and Jamocha Almond are two of my favorite flavors and their hot fudge sauce is out of this world!  They have a make your own sundae bar that is a special treat.

Daffy Taffy and the Fudge Factory make their own salt water taffy and fudge in a variety of flavors.  It is fun to watch them make it, to say nothing of how much fun it is to eat!!  The peanut butter salt water taffy and the penuche fudge are two of my favorites.  Ornes Candy is like stepping into an old fashioned 19th century candy shop.  Fun for all ages.  Remember shoelace licorice and beer barrels?  Coastal Maine Popcorn carries a wide range of popcorn flavor from lobster to dill pickle to buffalo wing.  What will be your new favorite popcorn flavor??

Teci_summer_SMEnjoy your days in the Boothbay Harbor Region while staying at Ocean Point Inn. See our other day trips to Damariscotta, Bath, Camden and Rockland, and Monhegan Island.

Maine- the way life should be!

stp_oldchurch_history[1]A forty minute scenic drive from Ocean Point Inn will bring you to the charming coastal village of Damariscotta Maine.  The town of Newcastle is just before you cross the bridge into Damariscotta and is home to the oldest Catholic Church in New England.  This beautiful worship site is open to the public for viewing.

Further up the Damariscotta River is the Damariscotta Mills Fishladder Restoration.  This is a must see!!  The ladder helps the alewife run go from the river up the hill to the Damariscotta Lake to spawn. If you are a quilter or love fabric, be sure to visit the Alewives Fabric Store in Damariscotta Mills.  I love the fact that the interior of the store is like a giant rainbow with all the bolts of fabric arranged by color.  They are open seven days a week year round.

When you cross over the bridge into Damariscotta take a right into the town parking lot.  You can always get a place to park there!  The Maine Coast Book Shop and Café is a first class book store with an attached café for a delicious treat.  They carry an excellent selection of adult and child books, magazines and newspapers.

If you want a trip down memory lane, across the street from thee on Main Street  the book store is Waltz’s Soda Fountain, an authentic old soda fountain. Just liAccessory shopke 50 – 60 years ago.

The Weatherbird  at 132 Main Street has wonderful clothes and accessories for women.  The Weatherbird at 72 Court Street carries specialty foods and kitchenware.  The Accessories Shop on Main Street has unique gifts for your home and cottage.  The shop carries lots of sea related items.  Behind and under the Weatherbird shop on Court Street is the Damariscotta Pottery which makes spectacular pieces of pottery in all sizes and shapes.

Teci_summer_SMDamariscotta River Cruises will take you on a 50 foot River Tripper to see osprey, seals, bald eagles and seven oyster farms as you cruise down the river and back.

 King Eider’s Pub and the Damariscotta Bar and Grill both serve a nice variety of meals using local ingredients and presented with flair.  The staff in both restaurants are very friendly.  Reservations are recommended in both places. These are only highlights of shops, restaurants and places to visit.  Explore and find your own favorites as well.

Enjoy your days in the Boothbay Harbor Region while staying at Ocean Point Inn. See our other day trips to Boothbay, Bath, Camden and Rockland, and Monhegan Island.

Maine- the way life should be!