Blue Heron Seaside Inn - 'A Boutique Bed and Breakfast'
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Experience the charm of the romantic 19th century waterfront bed and breakfast: Blue Heron Seaside Inn-A Boutique Bed and Breakfast, in Boothbay Harbor Maine, offering six luxury size rooms and suites, all with waterviews and seaside decks.
Enjoy Boothbay Harbor lodging, centrally located in town, and in an intimate setting. A beautiful boutique B & B that's been magnificently restored to the essence of yesteryear, with all modern conveniences. Escape to the secluded cove overlooking the harbor, with a dock, and kayaks for exploring the magical shoreline, where cool breezes greet you, and seabirds abound, yet you're just steps away from the historic village center. Total relaxation and lasting memories await you. We invite you to be our guest!
Located on the waterfront in the picturesque village of Boothbay Harbor, the Blue Heron Seaside Inn was built in the 1880's, originally as a waterfront home, convenient to the town center and with access to the harbor for boating activities. The decor is influenced by the innkeepers' travels overseas. The unique collection of period antiques and fine china they collected while living in Europe and Asia is an important part of the ambiance of the inn, reflecting that of a refined European flavor.
The ideal in-town location allows you to leave your vehicle and stroll to the village center for boat trips, shopping, and fine dining, all just steps away. Take a kayak for a tour of the harbor. Or you may simply enjoy lounging by the waterfront, on the quiet secluded cove, watching the seabirds on the shore, while enjoying the view of Boothbay Harbor's historic footbridge in the background. A favorite spot for artists and kayak enthusiasts!
Upon arrival you'll be greeted with overflowing flowerboxes adorning the porches, stuffed with old fashioned geraniums, vibrant petunias, and a variety of dainty flowers peeking through. The front garden is trimmed with colorful flower borders reminiscent of a English country garden, and the Inn has two comfortable old fashioned covered front porches, where you can surround yourself with flowers, visit with other guests, or sit back and watch the village activities.
Behind the Inn you'll find ample private parking and a waterfront lawn gradually sloping to meet the water's edge, leading to a dock with kayaks and a paddle boat for our guests to enjoy. It's a quiet spot, in a peaceful setting, to escape and soak up the expansive harbor views, read a favorite book, or simply relax and let the world go by.
It's fascinating to watch the changing scenery of the inner harbor, where the ebbing tide revolves from high, to low, and back to high again every twelve hours. Low tide reveals the seaweed covered rocks, a place where the numerous seabirds gather, and often a Blue Heron, for which the inn was named, can be spotted searching for his next meal. Birdwatchers are delighted by the activities of the graceful seabirds displaying their grandeur.
Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Laura Chapman for sharing her secrets with BBOnline.com! Why do most travelers stay at your inn?
View of the harbor, plus a Great location in town, park free here, and walk to all shops and restaurants, boats. Guests love the use of our free kayaks.
What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?
We are a boutique style, personalized B&B with attention to detail, all air conditioned and modern amenities. Unique with very large rooms with king or queen beds. We love sharing our renovated home and information about the area with travelers since we are both native to Boothbay Harbor.
If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?
Mid Coast Maine is an ideal area to explore much of Maine. One day is hardly enough, try to take three or four days at least for your visit. Besides all the scenic boat tours, and fishing trips, there are many short scenic drives, nature walks, great lobster dock restaurants, and of course the noted Coastal Maine botanical Gardens to name a few.
What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?
We are happy to get many compliments on our gardens and the maintenance of the inn.
What’s the best kept secret about the area?
Since we both are from Boothbay Harbor we have some insider info, and we are happy to share the hidden secrets of the area and all the local places that are our favorites you might not know about.
If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?
For a four night stay - first take a day and explore our fishing village town and unique shops, and great restaurants all within walking distance for the Inn.
Second day- Take a short 5 mile drive to the scenic area just outside of town where you can walk along the open ocean with views of light houses and waves crashing on the rocks.
Third day - Explore the next peninsula, a forty minute drive filled with history and beautiful rolling Maine saltwater farmhouses, and stop a a famous lobster wharf (where movies were made) for lunch and watch the local lobster men count their catch.
Fourth day - Too soon to leave, but don't miss the multimillion dollars Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens just two miles from us. .
Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?
Park your car and walk to all the town activities and restaurants from here!
What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?
We have several great lobster docks in town, and many good restaurants with nightly entertainment. A new favorite is the unique "Ports of Italy" restaurant; chef is from Italy, makes his own pasta and also has great fresh seafood choices.
Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?
www.boothbayharbor.com for more local information.
How many rooms does your inn have?
We have six large rooms/suites all with waterfront decks.
Do you accept pets?
Sorry, we do not accept pets.
Awake to with the aroma of fresh brewed coffee and Laura's homemade bread. For early risers, coffee and a selection of gourmet tea is always available at 7:00 AM, followed by a hot entrée such as blueberry or apple baked 'Vickery French Toast' with Black Forest ham, a savery quiche, or Jarlesberg cheese puffed strata.
Our breakfast is served with Wedgewood china, buffet style from 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM for our guests to enjoy at their leisure. Dining is set with tables of two or four, and takeaway trays are available for those who prefer to enjoy it on their own waterfront porch while the sun greets the day.
Morning is often a favorite time for guests to mingle, and share their travel experiences, and of course Phil is always available to offer helpful suggestions for some of the best places to dine and interesting things to do and see.
Meet Laura and Phil
Your hosts, Laura and Phil Chapman, are natives of Boothbay whose families have lived here for five generations. They purchased the property in 1994, while working overseas, and in 2001, after moving back home, decided to restore the building into a Bed and Breakfast, and share the wonderful location, views and their stories with travelers.
They completely gutted the building down to the studs, leaving the original footprint. The renovation included modern updated technology, new wiring and plumbing, insulation between all the floors and walls for sound reduction, and new Anderson windows and doors throughout.
Skilled local craftsmen completed the project with detailed woodworking, and ceiling crown moldings, capturing the timless elegance of 'Old New England', while offering all the modern necessities for a comfortable stay. After two years, in 2003, Blue Heron Seaside Inn opened it's doors to welcome it's first guests.