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

A+ Maine Bed&Breakfast

4.6 on October 17, 2016

Blew away my expectation.. the town was beautiful, the B&B is an amazing historic building, the rooms were clean, updated, spacious. very comfortable bed, nice sitting area, room has its own bathroom. I would def stay here again when visiting Maine. A+++!!!! (restaurant given 3 because was closed for season, I couldnt rate it.)

Labor day in Booth Bay

4.8 on September 09, 2016

Lovely rooms, in quiet but convenient location. Will stay again!

Great B & B

5 on August 18, 2016

Outside dining was fantastic and the breakfast was great.

A Stay in Boothbay Harbor

3.0 on August 17, 2016

The Thistle Inn met our needs -- 2 separate rooms for Mom, Dad and college-age son, needing different sleeping locations because of snoring issues. We had the King bedroom. It is king-sized and linens were nice, but it was a plain mattress only on a platform -- no pillow top, cushion, padding , nothing. Hardly luxurious. In fact, it was super hard. The towels were nice also, but this bathroom is teeny - 1 person at a time. Remember it is an old house, and they have done what they could with the space. Our son had a queen bedroom, and it looked like he at least had a mattress and box springs for more comfort. He had a much larger bathroom area, just because of the room configuration. The steps up to the 2nd floor are very steep -- we were fine, but folks with any issues would find it tough. Carry up only what you need. The rooms did have A/C, which was nice due to a little warmer weather during our stay. They were busy, as we arrived around the beginning of dinner hour ( it is also a nice local restaurant, so we have heard.). There was no opportunity to meet the proprietors, as is sometimes the case in B & Bs/ Inns. We were on vacation and had plans for the evening, so no matter. Our keys were efficiently laid out on an entrance buffet and our rooms noted. We headed out , a nice walking distance , in to town for dinner. Once you park here, it's much more pleasant to walk than fight traffic further in. Breakfast the next morning presented by the enthusiastic Brenda (? I think), waitress, housekeeper, and jill of all trades. She seems to keep the place running on that end. We enjoyed breakfast on the outdoor porch/patio area. It was fine, nothing remarkable. Again it met our needs and fit our budget. If you are looking for a more pampering B & B /Inn experience , I would check out some other options.

Beautiful inn, quiet location yet close to everything

4.0 on August 13, 2016

We stayed at the Thistle Inn for one night in August 2016, in the Sherman Zwicker room. The room was beautifully appointed with a very large bathroom. It's an easy walk to the Harbor, yet nice and quiet in the room - felt very private. The waitress at breakfast was new and very flustered, but trying hard. We would absolutely stay here again.

Short Getaway

3.6 on August 13, 2016

My wife and I had the opportunity to take a last minute mini vacation. While searching on the internet for places to stay in Boothbay Harbor, Maine I came across The Thistle Inn. Although we have visited the Boothbay area for over 25 years, we had never stayed at this inn. Fortunately, there was one room available for the night we intended to stay in Boothbay Harbor. The service provided by the staff member was outstanding. We also had an early dinner in the "Pub" area and again found the service excellent, the food great and the prices during "Happy Hour" could not be beat. I would highly recommend this establishment for anyone planning a trip to the Boothbay regain.

Quaint, convenient and characterful -enjoyed my stay!

4.2 on August 09, 2016

The inn is charming -if you want a cookie cutter hotel room, look elsewhere. Location was great -5 mins walk to Boothbay Harbor center. The inn has a fantastic outdoor deck where you can have a drink at the end of the day and enjoy the outdoors. Downsides? It would have been nice to have seen more of a presence and a welcome when we checked in and during our stay. Additionally, while breakfast was included, the choice was the same 3 days running. Some extra and different choices would have made a difference. Overall loved my stay.

A Wonderful Stay at the Thistle Inn

4.6 on July 31, 2016

We really enjoyed our one night stay at the Thistle Inn. Our room was large and comfortable. Dinner in the restaurant was excellent. We would definitely come back again.

“A real B & B. Laid back and just the way we like it!”

5 on July 30, 2016

Stayed here two nights and wish it was longer. The best words to describe the Thistle Inn are "charm" and "character". Just 6 guest rooms. We were in the Sherman Zwicker room on the second floor - roomy, with a very comfortable 4 poster bed, broad plank hardwood floor, large bathroom with a dressing area. Old fashion comfort! (Beware, a steep narrow stairway up to the second floor. However the innkeeper and housekeeper helped with our heavy luggage.) The tree-shaded porch is also a great place for reading or relaxing. The full-course breakfast served either inside or on the porch included choice of eggs any style, pancakes or waffle with stawberries or blueberries, bacon, juice, coffee & tea. . We also recommend the restaurant on the premises for dinner - I had haddock and my wife baked scallops (huge scallops!) - all nicely prepared. The Inn's location is good - a short walk into town. The Thistle Inn is a find. We'll be back!

Thistle review

3.4 on July 27, 2016

This is a decent value, close to town and harbor.

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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.



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Full (no breakfast in off season)

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

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