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The Thistle Inn

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

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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



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

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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.

weekend visit to thistle inn

3.4 on April 25, 2015

Very courteous staff & restaurant excellent food. We stayed in Apple ore rokm. Bathroom needs update shower loud force of water and noise in shower slippery tub, hubby almost fell. No hook on door for robe. Need area facing TV so don't have to watch TV in bed. We would come again but reserve heritage room better setup.

apppledore room

3.2 on April 20, 2015

We overall enjoyed our stay in Boothbay Harbor with the exception of a few things in our room. The room could use a sitting area facing the TV versus having to sit on the bed to always view the tv. The bathroom shower area is in need of bit updating, loud noises from the shower pressure when turned on, slippery shower tub floor which my husband almost fell and no hook to hang a bathrobe. The mini fridge seemed not to be working that well as it did not keep soda or water very cold. The restaurant was superb atmosphere and the food excellent. We did eat at Mama Ds and Bridge St. Cafe as this was offseason which did not include breakfast. We would visit again booking the Heritage room which looked more accommodating.

Beautiful surprise!

5 on March 18, 2015

Beautiful, welcoming little inn with a great pub and restaurant!

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5 on March 02, 2015

Very nice. We stayed an extra night due to a storm and loved it. The restaurent was fantastic!

winter weekend in Boothbay

3.8 on February 15, 2015

We had a great time,we ate at the inn the first nite and elsewhere the next.The food at the inn was excellent. Looking back we agreed we should have eaten there the second nite also. No breakfast is served in the winter but we found a great place nearby Mama D's Cafe great food and friendly. Although we been to the inn many times in the summer for happy hour this was our first time in winter. Still beautiful in winter,we'll be back

Great Find! Awesome Owner, Cozy Little Inn you don't need to leave

4.8 on January 30, 2015

The Thistle Inn is the perfect place to stay in Boothbay Harbor. The food is amazing; the restaurant is cozy and bustling. The proprietor is awesome. He's knowledgeable, friendly and welcoming. We had a delicious meal, great wine, and a good night's sleep. The rooms are clean and well cared for and the beds are really comfy. I wouldn't plan to stay in and watch TV all night though... I'm not even sure if all the rooms have TV which, was fine with us, but just something to be aware of. Our room was above the kitchen but we had no issues with noise. Check in and check out was very easy and casual. You really feel at home here.

Charming and comfortable!

4.8 on November 30, 2014

I have never slept so well in a new place! I stayed in November and expirienced rain, a bit of frost, and warm sunshine all in the same weekend. The room was so very cozy and the linens were luxurious. I stayed in the Heritage room which has a lovely king and a pullout sofa. The room has a spacious closet and dressing area with en suite bath. It would do well for a small family. The TV and mini fridge are nice amenities, too. And the whole establishment was so peaceful. The restaurant and bar downstairs was absolutely delicious with it's seasonal menu of gourmet dishes. The bar made from a Dory boat is ingeniously cute. I will definitely be returning to Boothbay Harbor and this is the place I will stay. The only thing I would say is the stairs to the third floor get quite precarious especially for children or those with mobility concerns - I had no problem, (even with my heavy luggage) but others may disagree. I would suggest one of the ground floor rooms because Thistle Inn is divine. The outdoor patio is where you will see me come summer.

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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.



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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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