The Thistle Inn

55 Oak Street , Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538 USA (Show map)


The Thistle Inn, built in 1861 as the home of a prominent Sea Captain, has been welcoming guests since 1960. The Thistle Inn stands at the entrance to Boothbay Harbor, a vibrant and picturesque port village on the coast of Maine. The Inn's period character, unique setting and long history, make it a perfect choice for vacations, honeymoons, anniversary gifts, and romantic getaways. The Thistle Inn is within easy walking distance of all the attractions Boothbay Harbor has to offer. Our 6 elegant guest rooms, casual pub and fine dining restaurant are sure to please. Come enjoy all that The Thistle Inn and Boothbay Harbor have to offer. Please check for additional availability our website .thethistleinn



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  • Guest room4.0
  • Service4.2
  • Value4.1
  • Cleanliness4.3
  • Onsite Dining4.5

Lovely room, delicious food

3.8 on February 01, 2016

Stayed two nights in the Sherman Zwicker room for my birthday. Lovely room! Very comfortable and was very large and spacey. Four poster bed and pleasant cottage furniture. The restaurant staff was super helpful and nice and the food was delicious!

Winter stay

3.4 on January 06, 2016

We spent New Years Eve, our first visit to the inn. The rooms were reasonably comfortable and clean. There is no living room or comfortable place to sit and relax here, so you are basically in your room. There is a nice patio area outside that would be nice in the summer. We did Happy Hour at the bar and that was great, good selection of wine by the glass and cocktails at half price. Friendly service. We also did the prix fixe New Year's Eve dinner which was $65/person and really a disappointment. There was apparently a staff shortage as our waiter was rushed and not attentive. There were limited options on the menu, but they all sounded good. No substitutions were allowed. The combinations just didn't seem to work well together and it seemed like they were over reaching a little in the kitchen. No breakfast is included in the winter. There was a Kureg for coffee available. We used paper cups and got cups of water from the bathroom to get water to fill it. All in all, the inn is okay for the price. We likely will not return. The restaurant gets good reviews, so maybe they were just having an off night for New Years Eve, but it was a real disappointment for the price.

Friendly place, amazing food!

4.8 on January 01, 2016

The room was very comfortable, but what really impressed me was the food. The bar and dining room are casual and friendly, and everything I ate was delicious. Prices are reasonable too. If you visit Boothbay Harbor, have dinner here.

Good value

3.0 on December 15, 2015

We had dined at the Thistle Inn many times and the meals have always been very good. Never had a bad meal and love the atmosphere there. The room we had on the second floor, known as American Eagle room was spacious and comfortable. Our only complaint would be that it abuts the kitchen office and can be a bit noisy if you're early to bed say 9-10pm. Otherwise it was a pleasant stay.

Great Food in the Pub; Breakfast limited in time and scope

4.0 on October 12, 2015

We has a recent stay at the Thistle Inn right at the end of the season. Reservation was easy to make, and check in simple. Location is great. Dinner in the restaurant was great. Food is fantastic. Breakfast was a little more limited than expected. It is only available from 8-9am (most other inns and b&bs where we stayed in NE offered it from 7-10am or even 7-11am). No one told us this; we enquired in the bar. The day the pastry chef cooked, no actual pastries were offered as an option. There's one sweet and one savory option, and the food was good, but not quite as sumptuous as advertised.

Remarkable chef

4.4 on July 21, 2015

The service was excellent. The chef was particularly outstanding providing excellent breakfasts and deserts.

Excellent Stay - This is a real gem

5 on July 17, 2015

This quaint inn is walking distance to downtown boothbay but just setback enough to remain quite. The rooms (and beds) are spacious and lovely. And the food is amazing - I'd recommend stopping by just to eat even if you aren't staying here. The breakfast is excellent and included with the inn. All in all really great value and lovely stay.


4.6 on June 08, 2015

Staff was very helpful. Dining was excellent - very good service.

Nice Old Inn

4.6 on May 10, 2015

I love the ambience. It was hard to find anyone on the property to answer questions before 4:00. or in the morning to check out. Overall I would definitely stay again.

Great Pre-season deal!

3.4 on May 03, 2015

We wanted to get away for a few days to celebrate our anniversary. The Thistle Inn offered a good deal for April but did not include breakfast(which was fine). There are many local places that have wonderful breakfast menus. We stayed in the Appledore which was on the top floor. The long, narrow steps leading upstairs on both levels were difficult to navigate esp. with luggage. There also was no "great room" or place to socialize with other guests that we look forward to in B&Bs. So basically you just get a room. The outside door was always locked which was inconvenient since we only had one key for both of us. There were also times no one was around to refill the Keurig machine or answer questions. The hotel is very old and has history but the decor was nothing special. At $99 a night, we expected more. Very clean and well maintained. The tavern and restaurant is outstanding! Would go for a meal again in a flash! Best pork chop ever and the strawberry shortcake with homemade basil ice cream was to die for. Nice location to walk into town but also to access out lying areas for hiking.

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Rooms & Rates

American Eagle

American Eagle has a king sized sleigh bed, armoire, beautiful striped drapes and a shower in the bath. Rate Includes Breakfast May 20th-Columbus Day Weekend.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $99 - $159

Sherman Zwicker

Up one flight of stairs, this room has been completely renovated and contains a beautiful four-poster queen bed and period armoire. An adjoining bedroom was converted into an oversized private bath with bead-board walls, a dressing stand and a bathtub with shower. Rate Includes Breakfast May 20th-Columbus Day Weekend..

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $99 - $159


Originally built as an artist studio this recent addition to the Inn is now a unique and spacious guest room. The room boasts vaulted ceilings with exposed beams, four large skylights with retractable shades, track lighting, ceiling fan, ample closet space and a new bath with a shower. Timberwind has a private entrance that is up one flight of stairs. Rate Includes Breakfast May 20th-Columbus Day Weekend. Breakfast is not served in the off-season.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 2 Twin

Nightly Rate: $99 - $159

Victory Chimes

Located on the ground floor, at the inn entrance, Victory Chimes has a beautiful king size bed, large bathroom with bathtub and shower. Decorated in calming greens and espresso finish furnishings, this room is both easy to access and comfortable. Rate Includes Breakfast May 20th-Columbus Day Weekend.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $99 - $159


Located on the third floor Heritage is a spacious room with distant views of the footbridge and inner harbor. There is a large dressing area and the bath has a bathtub with shower. Rate Includes Breakfast May 20th-Columbus Day Weekend.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $99 - $159


Located on the third floor of the main house, Appledore is the favorite room of several of our guests. With its original arched windows and queen size sleigh bed, this room is very cozy. The room has a sitting area and a private bath with bathtub and shower. Rate Includes Breakfast May 20th-Columbus Day Weekend.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $99 - $159

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Location Type

Downtown, Small town, Village


Portland, ME (PWM-Intl. Jet Port) 45 miles

Directions to property:

I-95 North to I-295 North. From I-295 use either Exit 28 through Brunswick to Route 1 North. Follow coastal Route 1 North past Bath and through the village of Wiscasset. Just after crossing the long bridge over the Sheepscot River, follow the signs to turn RIGHT on Route 27 South. Travel on Route 27 South about 12 miles through Edgecomb, then Boothbay, and finally Boothbay Harbor. Proceed straight ahead at the traffic light (Hannaford market on right). As you enter the harbor, there is a fork in the road (The First National Bank is in the center of the fork), stay to the right. You are now on Oak Street and The Thistle Inn will be on your left.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Beach, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Ocean, Maine Coastal Botanical Gardens, Railway Village, Boothbay Opera House, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River

Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast, Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Conference Rooms, Library, Wedding Facilities , The Dory Pub, The Thistle Inn Restaurant, Massage Services as of 6/15/2011

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Ceiling fans, Desk, Fridge, Hairdryer, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Private entrance, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Kayaking, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming

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  • Check In:: 3pm
  • Check Out:: 11am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Yes The Timberwind room is available for families
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: In season weekend have a 2-night minimum
  • Accepted payments Other
  • Deposit Amount Required: Reservations of one or two nights are guaranteed by a charge of 100% of your stay at the time of initial booking. Stays of three or more nights are secured with 50% of your total stay.
  • Cancellations: A cancellation surcharge of $20 will be charged for all cancellations. If the reservation is cancelled within 10 days of the arrival date, one night will be charged for stays up to four nights; two nights will be charged for stays of five nights or more. If the reservation is cancelled within 2 days of the arrival date we will charge for the full stay.



Max & Jen Ross

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Full (no breakfast in off season)

  • Time Served: 8:30-9:30
  • Serving Location: Outside on our porch, Breakfast Room

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