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 park 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.
Calypso 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.
The 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 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!
The 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.
The 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.
The 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??
Maine- the way life should be!