Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Boothbay Harbor Maine

We decided to take a break from the RV life. We could either go on a cruise or go to Maine during the week of the 4th of July. We went with Maine. Using strictly the internet, we narrowed our choice down to Mid-Coast Maine because of the driving time from Fredericksburg, VA. To also break up the long drive, we stopped overnight in Milford, CT. Was a very wise choice, since the Saturday traffic through NJ, NYC added hours to our trip. Toll booths added cost and major delays, turning a 6 hr drive into 11 hrs. At least we got to the motel in CT before dark.

We had an easier trip to Boothbay Harbor from Milford. Toll booths were still slowing us down, but not quite as bad. We were pleasantly surprised to see our destination. We had decided on a B&B: The Topside Inn that exceeded our needs. We pulled all of our information from the internet. None of us had ever been in Maine, so the internet and pictures from websites were all we had to pick out a good spot.

Ed & Brian are great InnKeepers. We didn't stay in the main house, but in one of the two outbuildings. We also had daily maid service They served us breakfast of fresh fruit, homemade granola and hot freshly baked muffins most mornings. Then we were given new breakfast dishes everyday rather than the standard eggs, pancakes and bacon. Prices were reasonable, too. Would definitely recommend it to anyone.

We experienced wonderful weather during our stay. We felt a breeze most of the time which helped to keep the temperatures comfortable. Sitting outside on the deck or on the lawn looking over the Harbor was the most relaxing time. The Bounty, the ship used in the filming of "Mutiny on the Bounty" and in "Pirates of the Caribbean" is being restored just below the Inn. The masts of the Bounty was part of the view we had of the Harbor.

The Inn is within walking distance to the town and Harbor activities. We expected to lose weight since all we did was walk. Walked to lunch and dinner. Walked through dozens of shops. Walked over the footbridge to get to the other side of the Harbor.

We experienced the local menu. Lobster rolls, haddock sandwiches (with a slice of cheese) and homemade ice cream from Wannawaf: Hot Belgian waffle pieces in an ice creme sundae. Hmmm, maybe that's why we all gained a few pounds. No one really complained about the food while we were there.

Our son and his wife who made the trip with us, went on a 3 1/2 hr Whale Cruise, while we opted for the Kennebuc River cruise. It was 3 hrs long, but had a relaxing, beautiful trip. We chose this one to see as many lighthouses as possible. Was surprised that the lighthouses were small. Maybe bacause they were mostly in the rivers. Quite the trip and would like to make a return trip some day, but maybe with the RV.