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The Thistle Inn

55 Oak Street , Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538 USA (Show map)
177 Reviews
$99 - $159
per night

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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

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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  • Guest room4.0
  • Service4.2
  • Value4.2
  • Cleanliness4.3
  • Dining4.6

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Late summer getaway

3.8 on September 17, 2014

Warmly greeted upon arrival. Nicely appointed room. Good value. Excellent outdoor dinner and an amazing breakfast. Have already recommended it to friends and we plan to return ourselves again.

A Very Good Value

3.8 on August 27, 2014

The Thistle Inn completely lived up to our expectations. A nice but not fancy room, comfortable bed, very good food, and a convenient location. It was also a good value compared to other B&Bs in town. It was kind of strange that we never met the inn keepers during our three day stay and the bartender in the pub seemed overworked and less than friendly. However Stacey, one of the waitresses was just outstanding. She went out of her way to care for us, remembered our names, had our favorite beverages waiting for us at breakfast, and always had a great smile. She definitely made our visit to Boothbay an enjoyable one. I'd give the Thistle Inn a 4 on a scale of 5 and we'd stay there again if returning to the area.

Lovely Old Inn

3.2 on August 24, 2014

We come up to Boothbay Harbor for a few days every summer and have spent the past few years at the Thistle Inn. It is always a lovely stay and easy walk into town. Breakfasts are yummy and the restaurant fare, though a bit pricey, is always delicious. The only downside this year was a lack of hot water one night when we had been hiking all day and had to take showers. The problem was fixed that night but too late for us since we had to be somewhere early, so - cold showers! We think Max could have offered us a free drink in the pub for roughing it.

"Bed bugged me"

3.4 on August 18, 2014

Absolutely loved the restaurant, the bar, the room (appearance), the location, and the people!!!! HOWEVER - One "small" detail was overlooked by The Thistle Inn. The bed was absolutely terrible - hard as a rock, cheap. Felt like a $39/night motel bed. Don't be fooled by the fancy pictures on the website, the bed sucks. It really is a shame - If the mattress was good, I would be a return visitor, but there is no chance I'll return for another terrible night of sleep!

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for your feedback and I am sorry to hear you did not sleep well. Please let us know what room you stayed in and we will address the problem immediately.

Nice place to stay in Boothbay Harbor

3.4 on August 13, 2014

Rooms were nice and clean. Good service. Good food (a bit pricey though). Very nice stay overall.

First time in a B&B

4.8 on August 08, 2014

This was the first time staying in a bed and breakfast for my significant other and I, and it was a wonderful experience. We chose the Timberwinds room, which was beautiful and very comfortable. I loved the privacy of the room and the skylights! It was very easy to get downtown, even though not much was going on since we went early in May. Decided to try the attached restaurant and it was really delicious. Only complaint we had was the fan in the bathroom was loud, which made it difficult for the other person to continue sleeping while one of us was showering. Otherwise, it was a great experience and we will definitely be returning.

Gem in Boothbay Harbor

5 on August 07, 2014

This gem was just delightful - as was the staff, the rooms, everything. We got there late in the day and discovered their happy hour - which became a daily ritual. Large coffee cups - so grateful for these in the morning. Breakfast on the veranda - heaven. Walking distance to town. Next door to the opera house, which has delightful summer productions. All in all - can't wait to return!

Cute Inn with great breakfast

4.0 on August 05, 2014

The room comes with breakfast from the Inn's restaurant which was great and has a beautiful outdoor patio space where you can eat when the weather is nice.

Maine Harbor B&B

4.2 on August 03, 2014

Cozy pub, rustic restaurant, and outdoor breakfast on the deck; excellent food. Room rates seemed pricey, but include a delightful full-menu breakfast. Pleasant, spacious room. Cordial hosts. Maine seaport village w/in walking distance.

Like Staying at Your Grandparents' House

3.2 on July 31, 2014

Quiet, historic building with six guest rooms and a tasty breakfast included each day. The rooms are a bit spartan, and the window AC units struggle to keep things cool, but the experience actually is a little bit like staying at your grandparents' house. The 3PM check-in rule is real, since no one is on site to check you in until then, so if you get there early, grab a parking space and take a walk downtown. Parking is a challenge during the summer season, since there are only eight spaces and diners/drinkers at the Thistle Pub occupy them starting at around 5PM. If you park on the street for more than four hours or in any of the neighboring parking lots you will be towed or ticketed, so if you don't succeed in grabbing a space on site, you may need to stay up late and wait for a space to open up when the Pub closes. I think it would make more sense to reserve the on-site spaces for guests and have diners/drinkers park on the street. The Inn has a lovely, tree-shaded deck for breakfast and dinner (weather permitting). If you have any trouble climbing stairs, ask for a room on the first floor, as the stairs are long and steep. I spent five days at the Thistle Inn for a watercolor workshop and I would definitely return.

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Location Type

Downtown, Small town, Village


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

Directions to property:

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

Historic Inn, Bed and Breakfast

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
  • Suitable For Children: Yes The Timberwind room is available for families
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: In season weekend have a 2-night minimum
  • 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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55 Oak Street , Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538 USA (Show map)

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