Five Gables Inn

107 Murray Hill Road, P. O. Box 335, East Boothbay, Maine 04544
Innkeeper(s): Steve and Susan Plausteiner
  • Introduction

    Five Gables Inn, Boothbay Harbor MaineFor more than a century the Five Gables Inn has perched on a garden-framed hillside overlooking Linekin Bay. This coastal Maine Inn was originally built in 1896 and underwent an exciting restoration in 1989 which brought back to life one of the only remaining summer hotels in East Boothbay, Maine. Guests relax and enjoy the tranquility of East Boothbay by lounging by the living room fireplace with a book or magazine or sitting back in a rocking chair on the porch, enjoying the gentle sea breezes coming off the bay. Yet a short five minute drive puts you in the middle of Boothbay Harbor with Windjammers, trips to Monhegan Island, kayaking, hiking, whale watching, lobster eating, galleries and shopping.

    Five Gables Inn Living RoomHere in Maine's famed Boothbays, there were once a dozen or more rambling 19th century summer hotels. Today there is just one. As the keepers of this very special landmark, one of the most peaceful and now unique bed and breakfasts in Boothbay Harbor, Maine, we are dedicated to perpetuating an atmosphere in which today's guests can recapture some of the peace and graciousness of the grand days gone by. While the best of yesteryear has been lovingly preserved, it has been complemented by all the modern amenities today's discriminating traveler expects to find in three-star lodging on the coast of Maine.

    With today's life in the fast lane, the simple pleasures that abound at Five Gables Inn are a very welcome change of pace!

  • Insider's Info

    Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Steve Plausteiner for sharing his own secrets with!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    Spectacular views overlooking Linekin Bay in a quiet, relaxing location, yet we are just minutes away from the center of Boothbay Harbor with windjammers, trips to Monhegan Island, kayaking, hiking, whale watching, lobster eating, galleries and shopping.

    What are you best known for?  

    Ocean views, great breakfasts, relaxing location.

    What makes your inn unique?

    This 1896 Inn underwent one of coastal Maine's most exciting restoration projects in the 1990’s, which brought back to life the only remaining summer hotel in East Boothbay.

    What do you love most about your inn?

    The ocean breezes coming off of Linekin Bay, the feeling of being in your own Maine summer cottage.

    If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?

    To enjoy and explore the Maine coast

    What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?

    “After 30 trips to Maine, this was the best Inn I have ever stayed at”, February 2013.

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    The Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay:
    The Boothbay Region Land Trust’s 30 miles of preserved and protected walking trails:

    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?

    Take a boat trip to Monhegan Island or one of the many other Harbor cruises;
    Join a guided kayaking tour of Boothbay Harbor or Linekin Bay;
    Explore nearby lighthouses like Pemaquid Point;
    Take in all the shops and galleries in Boothbay Harbor;
    Visit the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens;
    Hike or walk along the ocean on one of the 30 miles of the Boothbay Region Land Trust trails;
    Sit on the porch of the Inn and enjoy the view and gentle sea breezes of Linekin Bay.

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    East Boothbay General Store: “where good food and good friends meet”, Lobsterman’s Wharf: Dockside dining and entertainment,, Ocean Point Marina:

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    One of the advantages of visiting Boothbay Harbor is that it has great restaurants for every taste. It really just depends on what you are in the mood for, some of our favorites:

    Ports of Italy: Classic Northern Italian,

    The Lobster Dock: Great Food, Incredible Views,

    McSeagull’s: Casual Dockside,

    The World is Mine Oyster: Raw Bar,

    The Thistle: Cozy Tavern Fare,

    And who can come to Boothbay without stopping in at some of the best Lobster Pounds in Maine?

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    Boothbay Harbor Chamber of Commerce:

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    We have 16 Rooms, 15 with water views, Twin, Queen and King Size beds available.

    Do you accept pets?

    Sorry, we cannot accommodate pets. The Boothbay Chamber of Commerce website has a number of options for local pet friendly motels or kennels.


  • Amenities & Activities

    Five Gables Inn Harbor

    The Five Gables Inn is known for its warmth, comfort, and personal caring provided by its attentive innkeepers. Our guests come often, and stay awhile.  Join us, and recapture some of the graciousness of grand days gone by. While the best of yesteryear has been lovingly preserved, it has been complimented by all the modern amenities today's discriminating traveler expects to find.

    Completely and beautifully renovated and restored to its original Victorian charm and reopened in 1989, the inn offers sixteen rooms, all with private baths and period-reproduction furnishings including queen-size, king-size, or four-poster beds. All of the rooms afford spectacular views of Linekin Bay, its islands, and the sea beyond. Five of the rooms also have working fireplaces.

    15 of our 16 rooms offer spectacular views of Linekin Bay. Each has been tastefully decorated with antiques, period reproductions, and beautiful fabrics.  Five have working fireplaces. All rooms have private en suite baths.  Each room provides a light, airy atmosphere.

    Five Gables Inn DeckGuests of the inn choose from a variety of activities, including:

    • Whalewatching Excursions
    • Trips to Monhegan Island
    • Windjammer sailing and scenic boat cruises
    • Walks to Lighthouses Along Rocky Shores
    • Visiting local villages (bustling Boothbay Harbor is just 3 miles away, while Bath, Wicasset, and New Harbor are all nearby)
    • Eating plenty of lobster!
    • Sports enthusiasts enjoy swimming, jogging, hiking, biking, kayaking, and golf

    Lodging includes a sumptuous multi-course breakfast, served in front of the fireplace or on the veranda overlooking Linekin Bay, plus afternoon refreshments with homemade treats.

    Complimentary Wi Fi is available throughout the Inn.

  • Breakfast

    Five Gables Inn  Breakfast

    Breakfast along the Maine coast is meant to be savored, not rushed. What better way to start the day than with a hot cup of our local favorite, “Wicked Joes” coffee while watching the lobster boats head out for the day as the sun rises over the Linekin Bay? Next, try all the different offerings Susan makes daily for our buffet table including old favorites like Blueberry Slump or Susan’s new recipes like Smoked Salmon and Goat Cheese Quiche. The buffet is always rounded out with fresh fruit, Museli , our own home baked bread and an always  fresh from the oven baked treat. With all the selections on the buffet table the biggest challenge you may face all day is too leave the porch and start exploring everything Boothbay Harbor has to offer!

  • Accolades

    "Quite frankly, this place is perfect." An Explorers Guide, Boothbay Harbor, Maine

    "..... even your Martha's Vineyard breakfast fantasy pales by comparison." The Porsche Magazine

    "Highly Recommended." Frommers