Your Travel Guide To The “Napa Valley” of Oysters in Midcoast Maine


The Midcoast of Maine has been called the “Napa Valley” of Oysters by Boston Globe and voted by New York Times as offering the best oysters in the country.  Our cold waters produce the most delicious oysters but do not take our word for it, you just need to try them for yourself!

Book Your Vacation at the Harborage Inn on the Oceanfront 

Let us pamper you at The Harborage Inn on the Oceanfront  as we will be your vacation tour guide to truly help in making your vacation special.  Book your Boothbay Harbor Maine Lodging with us today

You will want to book our infamous well known Oceanside Harbor Escape Room 8 .  Our premiere suite located at the end of the inn overlooking the ocean! This New Luxurious King Bed Suite offers over 120 square feet of glass picture windows with outstanding panoramic inner & outer harbor views of Boothbay Harbor. Beautifully decorated in elegant blue & gold plush Laura Ashley bedding, this room offers a spacious private bathroom with shower & tub, Gourmet Keurig coffee & tea, refrigerator, ceiling fan & flat screen satellite tv w/HBO & dvd player. The views are so unique, you can even relax in the tub as you admire breathtaking views of the ocean! The ultimate sublime getaway.  This room is rarely vacant so secure your reservation today!


Our 11 room inn with private entrances and downtown Boothbay Harbor location offers the perfect spot to getaway.  A gourmet breakfast will await you every morning (in season Memorial Day through Columbus Day) so you can power up to enjoy all the splendor that the beautiful Midcoast of Maine offers.  Boat excursions, whale watching, kayaking, shopping, restuarants and of course lobster and oysters are just a short stroll away.  When your finished with your day, come back to our beautiful spacious outdoor deck seating overlooking the tidal inner harbor and enjoy a cocktail or escape down to our waterfront lawn to our 7 person oscillating multiple jet hot tub located right on the tidal inner harbor.  Once your fully relaxed, it is time to get to the oysters!


Oysters in Boothbay Harbor, Maine

We have several incredible Boothbay Harbor restaurants within walking distance from the Harborage Inn that offer a wide selection of delicious oysters.  Mine Oysters is located in downtown beautiful Boothbay Harbor and offers a variety of both raw and cooked oysters.  Come take in breath taking views of the ocean as you gulp down these local delicacies. Boathouse Bistro and Ports of Italy also offer selections.  It is also worth grabbing a delcious lobster roll amidst all this oyster hunting at Shannons Unshelled.  Trust me you will not regret it!


If you really enjoyed your oysters,  you’ll want to stop in next door to AE Ceramics to take home one of their gorgeous oyster plates!  Each plate holds a total of six oysters so you will want to grab more than one along with a few of their other beautiful sea inspired pieces.  AE Ceramics can also be found at


Damariscotta, Maine Oysters and the Infamous Annual Oyster Festivel 

Once you’ve explored Boothbay Harbor, you’ll want to continue your oyster hunt towards gorgeous Damariscotta, Maine.  You will not want to miss the annual Damariscotta Oyster Festival in June & the Pemaquid Oyster Festival in September was both offer a myriad of festivities, eating and fun all centered around oysters!  You can sit right on the ocean during this event at Schooner’s Landing while you gulp oysters and enjoy live music. . Then, continue on  to pick up or ship home some of your own oysters at the wonderful .  These oysters are not to be missed and below are just a few of the incredible quotes about Glidden Point Oysters.

Reliable, succulent—they are a Maine gold standard.”
– Saveur Magazine

“(The) Maine river gives this bigger bivalve its butteriness and soft brininess—all told, it’s a perfect oyster”
– Boston Magazine

“…a rare and spectacular jewel from the sea.”
-The Connoisseur’s Guide to Oyster Eating

You will also want to stop in King Eider’s Pub located in downtown Damariscotta, Maine where they offer a beautiful variety of cooked and raw local oysters . The atmosphere has this wonderful English pub feel and is a great pit stop for families too.


Once you have picked up your oysters or had your tasting, you’ll want to continue on to take a hike at one of our incredible natural hiking preserves called Whaleback Shell Midden Historic Site which contains historic massive oyster shell heaps .  Located on 11 acres right on the beautiful Damariscotta River.  The site once contained a massive oyster shell heap or midden formed over a period of more than 1,000 years by Native Americans. The shells were processed for chicken feed in the late 1800’s, leaving behind just a fraction of the original mounds. A swinging bench by the shore affords an ideal view of one of the largest intact middens on the east coast, the Glidden Midden, just across the river. A small loop trail through an historic orchard.  On your way back, you will want to get an ice cream at the local Round Top Ice Cream Shop which is another historic landmark as well.


Oysters in Rockland and Portland, Maine

Not done yet?!  Keep traveling up the coast to Rockland, Maine and act like a local on Sundays at Primo Restaurant! .  Every sunday is dollar oyster night where they offer a wide variety of local Maine oysters.  Get there early right at 5pm and watch the locals line up for the non reserve seating in her infamous bar.


Once your headed back south.  You’ll want to make a pit stop in Portland, Maine too!  Eventide Restaurant specializes in their wide variety of local Maine oysters. .  Right next door is also the renowned Hugo’s Restaurant which also offers a wide variety of Maine Oysters .  You will also want to print or take this Oyster Guide with you as it will explain and list all of the incredible local varieties of Oysters in our Midcoast Region 

More information about these wonderful oysters can also be found here


We Welcome You at The Harborage Inn on the Oceanfront 

We welcome you to enjoy the splendor of the beautiful Midcoast Maine coastline and all the delicious local offerings from the sea.  Mussels, clams, of course Maine Lobster and Oysters our are speciality!  Book your vacation today at the Harborage Inn on the Oceanfront in beautiful downtown Boothbay Harbor, Maine . Our mission is to help be your ultimate vacation guide when visiting Midcoast, Maine!  We hope to have the pleasure of meeting you soon!


From all of us at the Harborage Inn!

75 Townsend Ave.

Boothbay Harbor, Maine