Harborage (Har bor age) Noun: 1(Nautical) Shelter & anchorage for ships. A place of refuge (as for a ship).
Boothbay Harbor, Maine is one of the best-known boating centers in New England and was recently voted a top 50 yachting destination due to its unique geography – 5 peninsulas stretched over 2000 miles of coastline in a 30 mile radius. Known as “The Boating Capital of New England,” Boothbay Harbor boasts the largest boating harbor north of Boston & offers numerous boat trips during the boating season to nearby islands, along the shoreline, and in quiet river waters. The Harborage Inn is conveniently located directly on the ocean in downtown Boothbay Harbor with all boating tours & excursions a short 1-2 block stroll away. With so many options there is something for everyone & here is The Harborage Inn’s top recommendations:
Boothbay Harbor Kayak Tours & Rental & Paddleboarding
With direct inner harbor tidal access to the Atlantic Ocean, many guests kayak from The Harborage Inn’s private dock & float to explore Boothbay Harbor & the outer Harbor up close. If you don’t plan on bringing a kayak or paddleboard you can rent from Tidal Transit or take one of their guided Kayak tours.
Boothbay Harbor Boat Tours
Monhegan Island — Take a day trip & head 13 miles off the coastline to Monhegan Island.
A top Boothbay Harbor Boat tour, this 400 year old fishing community that predates the Pilgrims. Explore the famous lighthouse & village that artist’s love to paint. Grab a picnic lunch & then hike across to the cliff’s & gaze at the bold Atlantic Ocean from up high. Monhegan Island is a top 10 Maine attraction & well worth a day spent there from 9:30-4 with Balmy Day Cruises.
Scenic Sightseeing Cruise — Take a 1-3 hour tour on a very large & stable boat with Capt. Fish & see the coast of Maine the best way possible with close to shore sightseeing. With 6 different options weekly, choose amongst lighthouses, playful seals, snug coves, busy harbors, old fishing villages, bustling boat yard and summer colonies as the highlights to view. A guest favorite is the 44 mile Kennebec River boat cruise that will traverse between 3 peninsulas and see 8 lighthouses.
Whale Watching & Puffin Cruise — Head straight out of the Harbor to the Gulf of Maine to see majestic whales. Boats leave daily in the high season with guaranteed sighting offered & a very popular Boothbay Harbor Boat Tour choice. Puffin Nature Tours combine a scenic boat ride by Pemaquid Lighthouse before ending at the Puffin Colony at Easter Egg Rock. Only available July to Late August due to migration patterns. Both are offered from Capt. Fish’s Boothbay Harbor Boat Tour Co. and are very popular with nature lovers.
Boothbay Harbor Schooner Boat Tours
Lazy Jack & Schooner Eastwind both offer multiple daily 2 hour cruises on a double masted 60’ Windjammer schooner. See Boothbay Harbor and the outer islands & relive history when these boats were commonplace in our area shipping goods up and down the coast. Both offer sunset cruises which our guests love.
Bay Lady — For guests seeking a little more privacy, this 31’ Friendship Sloop from Balmy Day Cruises can be booked for small groups or just private sailing. 4 trips that last 1.5 hours leave daily.
Seasonal Boothbay Harbor Boat Tours
Schedule & customize a private sightseeing tour on a 30’ power boat
Reserve a seat on the boat to the very popular Clambake at Cabbage Island,
Experience modern lobster fishing up close on a Lobster Boat Tour or from an historical perspective aboard a fully restored wooden sailboat –Sarah Mead
Explore Burnt Island Lighthouse, a living history museum.
With so many different scenic Boat Tours available as well as the myriad of activities Boothbay Harbor offers we have many guests choose us for extended stays for their Boothbay Harbor vacation. Our guests love our brand new luxury sized Deluxe, Suite or Oceanfront rooms which were designed for our guests comfort with modern sized larger bathrooms & all the modern amenities today’s traveller’s expect. Lounge in our Oceanside Hot Tub and start your day with a Farm to Table Gourmet buffet Breakfast.
The Harborage Inn has maintained a long standing tradition and history of delivering guests a most pleasurable & relaxing vacation on the Maine Coast. We take great pride in maintaining these high standards in our family run business of over 47 years. Come stay at the Inn that is often imitated but can never be replicated for the ultimate Boothbay Harbor experience
We look forward to pampering you!