Topside Inn

60 McKown St. , Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538 USA (Show map)

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Overlooking beautiful Boothbay Harbor on Maine’s midcoast, Topside Inn affords guests amazing water views in every direction. Indulge in peaceful, comfortable rooms with modern amenities, and savor a delicious full breakfast to start each daily adventure. Take a quick walk down hill into the center of town to enjoy a boat tour, art galleries and shops, and a great seaside meal. Or head out by car to the nearby botanical gardens, hiking trails, lighthouses, golf course, and scenic country and ocean view drives. Let us help you plan a perfectly classic coastal vacation.

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Overall
4.8

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  • Guest room4.7
  • Service4.9
  • Value4.6
  • Cleanliness4.9
  • Onsite Dining4.8

A little slice of heaven

5 on July 31, 2016

We booked the Topside Inn for the weekend of our wedding, and we were thrilled by the service we received. All of our guests were so impressed by the beautiful location, the decor, the design details, and the hospitality. Mark and Buzz went out of their way to create the weekend experience we dreamed of. Before booking, we scouted all of the major inns in the area in person (it was quite a task...) and this was by far our favorite and the best value - far exceeds most of the accommodations that are available in the area, most of which are older and more dated. Topside has that crisp, light, airy fresh Maine vibe that we so love and we'll be visiting till we're in our 80's!


Beautiful gem on top of the hill!

5 on July 29, 2016

We stayed at the Topside Inn for four nights and absolutely loved our stay! Mark and Buzz are the innkeepers and they have done a great job with this place. The breakfasts are gourmet and delicious! Breakfast is from 8A-9:30A and the hosts are so gracious. They have hired students from abroad who are in a work/travel program and they do such a great job with serving breakfast, greeting you and cleaning the rooms. There are fresh cookies every afternoon - from toasted coconut toffee crunch to oatmeal raisin. They have a liquor license and you can order a cheese plate and a bottle of wine. There is always coffee, fresh flavored water and snacks at the Inn. We stayed at the Windward Guest House - my family had all four rooms on the first floor and we loved it! We each had a balcony that connected with a comfy chaise and couch. The beds were so comfortable - like sleeping on a cloud. The view of the harbor and adirondack chairs on the lawn were awesome, too. We loved walking down the hill to Boothbay Harbor. I can't wait to visit Topside again.


Top notch

5 on June 21, 2016

Just stayed here for two nights. Each breakfast was absolutely amazing. It was my second time staying here and I can't even explain how good the breakfasts are. The quality and variety of food is over the top. From the homemade granola to the main entree breakfast you will not be disappointed and probably won't need lunch! The grounds and rooms are spotless. Special attention to every little detail is obvious here.


Beautiful place!

5 on June 20, 2016

The Topside Inn is a wonderful bed and breakfast. Great in-town location, clean, comfortable rooms, nicely decorated and the view of the harbor is amazing, not to mention the wonderful breakfast. Mom and I had a wonderful stay. I will be returning!!


Best B&B Ever

5 on June 10, 2016

If I could rate this place with 10 stars, I would! Everything about our stay was awesome and I was even able to have Shrimp & Grits up North! Mark and Buzz create wonderful breakfast meals each morning and their hospitality is superb!! I will highly recommend Topside to anyone traveling to ME!!


Perfect getaway!

5 on May 31, 2016

Property was beautiful, walk down the hill to downtown, never need your car, hosts were great, breakfast was great, rooms were spotless, booked the room over the phone after speaking with the host, all questions and descriptions were 100% accurate. Definitely an inn to revisit.


Our Favorite Place!

5 on May 28, 2016

We just returned from four nights at the Topside Inn and had another wonderful experience. I've lost count of the number of times we've stayed there, and each time, it is amazing. The service is top notch, the rooms are immaculate and well appointed with beautiful views, comfortable beds and chairs and lots of great amenities (bar ware, hairdryer, lots of plugs for charging, soft towels and more). The main building has 24/7 snacks, coffee/tea, water and cookies every afternoon. It's so nice they now serve wine, so you can relax with a glass on the porch and watch the boats roll into harbor. The breakfast is amazing! They are always trying new recipes, and the portions are huge! Great suggestions on local dining and experiences too.


Just Perfect!

5 on January 09, 2016

This was our first B&B stay in our 10 day trip up the coast of Maine with me, my husband and 86 yr old mother. Everything about our stay here was ideal. Room comfortably accommodated the 3 of us with common areas adding to our pleasure. We enjoyed coffee in the fireplace area both mornings before breakfast, and enjoyed the porches, and lawn areas as well. Breakfasts were awesome - my mom even got their recipes. Cookies available 24/7 a nice touch. Hosts were very friendly and helpful. Started our trip on a real high note. Would definitely stay there again and highly recommend it.


First time in Boothbay Harbor

3.8 on December 10, 2015

Great Location, Beautiful view. This was a different type of Bed and Breakfast for us since we didn't stay in the main house. The room was in a building close by more like a motel looking unit with 2 floors. We were in the middle on the lower floor. It was nice but a little noisy - the walls are thin. I would have preferred an end unit but having never been there before I wasn't sure what to expect. The owners were great and the food was amazing.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for taking the time to post a review. We are happy you enjoyed your stay overall and thought the food was amazing - we love to go over the top with breakfast and afternoon treats and showcase all of the local flavors of the area. Topside Inn was built in 1840 with two guesthouses added in the 1960's. The main house has 6 large guests room and the guesthouses add an additional 15 rooms to the property. What is nice about the guesthouse rooms is that they each have private covered porch space with nice harbor views. Some of the rooms now have vaulted ceilings, and insulation has been added to reduce any sounds from neighboring rooms. Yes, the end rooms are more private. All rooms have private bathrooms. Thank you again and we do hope to see you soon.


This cozy B&B is absolutely amazing!

5 on October 14, 2015

I had the pleasure of staying at the Topside Inn last week, and I have to say that this is the best B&B/Inn that I've ever stayed at. I wish I could have stayed much longer. The views from everywhere on the property is just stunning. The owners Mark and Buzz and their friend Tim were the most gracious hosts and very inviting to their guests, The breakfasts were so delicious, I felt like I was eating in a gourmet restaurant. I strongly recommend that you stay at the Topside Inn...you will be in heaven on earth!

Innkeeper Response
What a great endorsement, thank you. We always appreciate being named personally in reviews as that tells us we are doing our job of being accessible to our guests. We do love to wow our guests with unexpected and delicious breakfasts. I'm the savory chef and serve things like pan seared gnocchi with locally foraged mushrooms, crispy prosciutto, shaved parmesan cheese topped with a sunny side and parsley oil. We tell guests it is our version of a mushroom omelet with home fries and bacon. Buzz is the sweet chef and serves what many of our guests claim to be "the best pancakes they have ever had".


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Rooms & Rates

Room #1

Located in the Main House, Room 1 is on the first floor, just off the center stair hall with direct access to common areas. Two window bays onto the front porch offer views across the lawn to the ocean, and includes a sitting area with leather chairs and ottomans. KING bed with dark sea grass headboard; private in-suite bathroom with tub/shower combination; bath amenities, hair dryer, iron and board. Cable TV, wireless internet, room/window fans to amplify the cool ocean breeze, plus full breakfast and 24-hour coffee, tea and snacks.

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

Nightly Rate: $219 - $249

Room #2

Located in the Main House on the second floor, Room 2 has eastern views of the village and famous footbridge across the inner harbor. A comfortable queen bed anchors the main area with a separate dressing room perfect for storing things out of the way. Private in-suite bathroom with shower in a small tub; bath amenities, hair dryer, iron and board. Cable TV, wireless internet, room/window fans to amplify the cool ocean breeze, plus full breakfast and 24-hour coffee, tea and snacks.

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

Nightly Rate: $189 - $219

Room #3

Located in the Main house on the second floor, room 3 has incredible water views of the harbor and ocean form windows on 2 sides of the room. A queen bed with black iron frame is set in the window bay that brings great morning light. Previously an additional guest room, the huge private in-suite bathroom has a tile and glass block shower and lots of extra space to spread out; bath amenities, hair dryer, iron and board. Cable TV, wireless internet, room/window fans to amplify the cool ocean breeze, plus full breakfast and 24-hour coffee, tea and snacks.

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

Nightly Rate: $219 - $249

Room #4

Main House, 2nd floor - one of our most popular rooms Room 4 has incredible water and sunset views from our largest room in the front southwest corner; a light and airy space with four windows to capture the ocean breeze. The bathroom was a small guestroom, very large with 2 vanity areas. A king bed with a modern sea grass frame - luxury and comfort. Previously and additional room, the private in-suite bathroom is extra-large with two sink areas and tub/shower combination; bath amenities, hair dryer, iron and board. Cable TV, wireless internet, room/window fans to amplify the cool ocean breeze, plus full breakfast and 24-hour coffee, tea and snacks.

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

Nightly Rate: $239 - $289

Room #6

Located on the third floor of the Mian house, Room 6 has spectacular water views of the entire harbor, islands and lighthouses from this wonderful top corner room with window seat in the front dormer for comfortable lounging. KING bed with light sea grass headboard, luxurious and comfortable. Private in-suite bathroom with tub/shower combination; bath amenities, hair dryer, iron and board. Cable TV, wireless internet, room/window fans to amplify the cool ocean breeze, plus full breakfast and 24-hour coffee, tea and snacks.

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

Nightly Rate: $239 - $289

Room #7

Located on the third floor of the Main house, Room 7 has spectacular water views of the entire harbor, islands and lighthouses from this wonderful top corner room with window seat in the front dormer for comfortable lounging. A queen bed with bookshelf headboard, large private in-suite bathroom with tub/shower combination; bath amenities, hair dryer, iron and board. Cable TV, wireless internet, room/window fans to amplify the cool ocean breeze, plus full breakfast and 24-hour coffee, tea and snacks.

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

Nightly Rate: $219 - $249

Room #8

This secluded spot enjoys the entire lower level of the Windward Guest House, a spacious open-air deck with a limited but interesting view of the harbor over the Boothbay Boatyard and the Topside gardens. Inside includes sitting room with wicker lounge chairs, refrigerator and microwave. A KING bed with bookshelf headboard - luxurious and comfortable. Private in-suite bathroom with tub/shower combination, double vanities and lots of extra space; bath amenities, hair dryer, iron and board. Air Conditioned, cable TV, wireless internet, room/window fans to amplify the cool ocean breeze, plus full breakfast and 24-hour coffee, tea and snack

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

Nightly Rate: $189 - $229

Room #9

KING BED : Windward Guesthouse : 1st floor w/ easy access Exceptional "laying in bed" water views of the harbor, islands and out to sea, plus more from the comfortably furnished covered porch with new cable railings of this coveted end room - very light, bright and airy. Porch photo is from center room, Room 9 has an unobstructed view of the harbor. KING bed with light sea grass headboard - luxurious and comfortable. Private in-suite bathroom with tub/shower combination; bath amenities, hair dryer, iron and board; refrigerator. Air conditioned, cable TV, wireless internet, room/window fans to amplify the cool ocean breeze, plus full breakfast and 24-hour coffee, tea and snacks.

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

Nightly Rate: $219 - $249

Room #10

KING BED : Windward Guesthouse : 1st floor w/ easy access Nice views of the western harbor, gardens and wooded hillside from the nicely furnished covered porch that now has cable railings. KING bed - luxurious and comfortable. Private in-suite bathroom with tub/shower combination, modest in size, efficient; bath amenities, hair dryer, iron and board; refrigerator. Air conditioned, cable TV, wireless internet, room/window fans to amplify the cool ocean breeze, plus full breakfast and 24-hour coffee, tea and snacks.

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

Nightly Rate: $189 - $219

Room #11

1 QUEEN and 1 TWIN BED: Windward Guesthouse : 1st floor w/ easy access. Nice views of the western harbor, gardens and wooded hillside from the comfortably furnished covered porch, now with new cable railings. Light cottage style headboards, perfect to share when each needs their own bed or for three guests. Private in-suite bathroom with tub/shower combination, modest in size, efficient; bath amenities, hair dryer, iron and board; refrigerator. Air conditioned, cable TV, wireless internet, room/window fans to amplify the cool ocean breeze, plus full breakfast and 24-hour coffee, tea and snacks.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 1 Twin

Nightly Rate: $189 - $219

Room #12

KING BED : Windward Guesthouse : 1st floor w/ easy access Nice views of the western harbor, gardens and wooded hillside from the comfortably furnished covered porch of this end room - light, bright and airy. KING bed with light sea grass headboard - luxurious and comfortable. Private in-suite bathroom with tub/shower combination, modest in size, efficient; bath amenities, hair dryer, iron and board; refrigerator. Air conditioned, cable TV, wireless internet, room/window fans to amplify the cool ocean breeze, plus full breakfast and 24-hour coffee, tea and snacks.

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

Nightly Rate: $189 - $219

Room #14

KING BED : Windward Guesthouse : 2nd floor - one of our most popular rooms Exceptional "laying in bed" water views of the harbor, islands and out to sea, plus more from the comfortably furnished covered porch of this coveted end room, now with new cable railiings - very light, bright and airy. (photo is from middle room, #14 has direct harbor views). KING bed with white linen headboard; private in-suite bathroom with tub/shower combination; bath amenities, hair dryer, iron and board; refrigerator. Air conditioned, cable TV, wireless internet, room/window fans to amplify the cool ocean breeze, plus full breakfast and 24-hour coffee, tea and snacks.

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

Nightly Rate: $239 - $289

Room #15

KING BED : Windward Guesthouse : 2nd floor Nice views of the western harbor, gardens and wooded hillside from the comfortably furnished covered porch. KING bed; private in-suite bathroom with tub/shower combination, modest in size, efficient; bath amenities, hair dryer, iron and board; refrigerator. Air conditioned, cable TV, wireless internet, room/window fans to amplify the cool ocean breeze, plus full breakfast and 24-hour coffee, tea and snacks.

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

Nightly Rate: $189 - $229

Room #16

KING BED : Windward Guesthouse : 2nd floor Nice views of the western harbor and wooded hillside from the comfortably furnished covered porch. King bed with linen headboard; private in-suite bathroom with tub/shower combination; bath amenities, hair dryer, iron and board; refrigerator. Air conditioned, cable TV, wireless internet, room/window fans to amplify the cool ocean breeze, plus full breakfast and 24-hour coffee, tea and snacks.

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

Nightly Rate: $189 - $229

Room #17

KING BED : Windward Guesthouse : 2nd floor Nice views of the western harbor, gardens and wooded hillside from the comfortably furnished covered porch now with cable railings of this end room - light, bright and airy. KING bed private in-suite bathroom with tub/shower combination, modest in size, efficient; bath amenities, hair dryer, iron and board; refrigerator. Air conditioned, cable TV, wireless internet, room/window fans to amplify the cool ocean breeze, plus full breakfast and 24-hour coffee, tea and snacks.

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

Nightly Rate: $219 - $249

Room #19

Nice views of the harbor, gardens and lower lawn from this room and outside sitting porch; on the end with extra west-facing window and balcony with new cable railings that captures the colorful sunset. Easy access - a short downhill walk, and one step up to the entry deck. KING bed - luxurious and comfortable; private in-suite bathroom with tub/shower combination; bath amenities, hair dryer, iron and board; second sink outside the bathroom; refrigerator. Cable TV, wireless internet, room/window fans to amplify the cool ocean breeze, plus full breakfast and 24-hour co

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

Nightly Rate: $189 - $229

Room #20

QUEEN + TWIN BED: Leeward Guesthouse : middle level Nice views of the harbor, gardens and lower lawn from this room and outside sitting porch. Easy access - a short downhill walk, and one step up to the entry deck. QUEEN and TWIN bed; can accommodate a maximum of 3 people; private in-suite bathroom with tub/shower combination; bath amenities, hair dryer, iron and board; second sink outside the bathroom; refrigerator. Cable TV, wireless internet, room/window fans to amplify the cool ocean breeze, plus full breakfast and 24-hour coffee, tea and snacks.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 1 Twin

Nightly Rate: $189 - $219

Room #23

Great views of the harbor, gardens and lower lawn from this room and outside sitting porch with cable railings; on the end with extra west-facing window that captures the colorful sunset. Easy access. KING bed with linen headboard - luxurious and comfortable; private in-suite bathroom with tub/shower combination; bath amenities, hair dryer, iron and board; second sink outside the bathroom; refrigerator. Cable TV, wireless internet, room/window fans to amplify the cool ocean breeze, plus full breakfast and 24-hour coffee, tea and snacks. NEW in 2015: Vaulted ceilings in the sleeping area with ceiling fan.

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

Nightly Rate: $219 - $249

Room #24

Great views of the harbor, gardens and lower lawn from this room and outside sitting porch with cable railings. Easy access. KING bed - luxurious and comfortable; private in-suite bathroom with tub/shower combination; bath amenities, hair dryer, iron and board; second sink outside the bathroom; refrigerator. Cable TV, wireless internet, room/window fans to amplify the cool ocean breeze, plus full breakfast and 24-hour coffee, tea and snacks. One of the most convenient rooms to our parking area. NEW in 2015: Vaulted ceilings in the sleeping area with ceiling fan.

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

Nightly Rate: $219 - $249

Room #25

Great views of the harbor, gardens and lower lawn from this room and outside sitting porch with cable railings. KING bed - luxurious and comfortable; private in-suite bathroom with tub/shower combination; bath amenities, hair dryer, iron and board; second sink outside the bathroom; refrigerator. Cable TV, wireless internet, room/window fans to amplify the cool ocean breeze, plus full breakfast and 24-hour coffee, tea and snacks. One of the most convenient rooms to our parking area. NEW in 2015: Vaulted ceilings in the sleeping area with ceiling fan.

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

Nightly Rate: $219 - $249

Room #21

Room 21, lower level, newly renovated. Designed to feel like the stateroom on a sailing ship, with wood panel walls and ceilings, porthole window, recessed lighting, new bath with glass enclosed shower and ceramic oyster sink created by local artist, this room is beautiful. Cable, flat screen TV, fridge and bar area and more.

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

Nightly Rate: $219 - $249

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Location

Location Type

Harbor and Ocean Views, Downtown, Oceanfront, Oceanview, Small town, Waterview

Area Attractions

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

Inn Details

Establishment type

Cottage, Historic Inn, Boutique Hotel

On-site amenities

Board games, Computer, Fax Machine, Fireplace, Library, Parking, Telephone, Wedding Facilities, Wet bar, Wi-Fi

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Ceiling fans, Fridge, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Kayaking, Lighthouses, Whale Watch, Botanical Gardens, Puffin Watch, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Tennis courts

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Policies

  • Check In:: 2:00 PM
  • Check Out:: 11:00 AM
  • Open All Year Round: No
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Limited Children age 12+ welcome
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2-night minimum on weekends, call for one night availability
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: One night plus 8% state tax.
  • Cancellations: Deposit is refundable with notice 14 or more days before arrival. With less notice, deposit is refunded if room is rented to another party for entire length of stay.

Innkeepers

Name(s)

Mark Osborn & Buzz Makarewicz

Languages spoken

English, Spanish

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About the innkeepers

After living in Boothbay Harbor for more than 12 years your innkeepers know (almost) everything there is to know about the area. Mark’s family has been vacationing in Boothbay for generations and he has summered here every year. Mark moved to the harbor in 2003 when he purchased the Thistle Inn, more recently he managed Linekin Bay Resort before he and Buzz purchased Topside Inn from their good friends Ed and Brian. Buzz also owns a vacation home in Boothbay and has a degree in hospitality.

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Meals

Breakfast

Full

  • Time Served: 8:00 - 9:30 AM
  • Serving Location: Trays prepared to take to rooms, Breakfast Room, Breakfast/dining area, Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian Vegan & Gluten-Free


Signature Dish

Lobster Gnocchi
Homemade gnocchi is pan seared to order and served with locally foraged mushrooms sauteed with thyme, crispy proscuitto, shaved parmesan and topped with champagne poached Maine lobster, a sunny side egg and parsley oil.


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