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
  • Value4.2
  • Cleanliness4.3
  • Onsite Dining4.5


4.6 on January 04, 2018

Very charming rooms inn a quaint part of town, and the food was fantastic.

Excellent value and great find!

4.8 on December 21, 2017

What a lovely inn! Excellent service, cozy and welcoming, wonderful value for our last minute getaway to see the lights at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. The food was amazing as well. Highly recommend!

Booth Bay Treasure

4.2 on October 02, 2017

Great young staff and couple that squired this fine BB recently. We were told by a local reporter that the food was outstanding and we had dinner there on our stay. The reporter was spot on, the food and service was outstanding and the restaurant and pub downstairs had a great cozy feel. Close to town and easy walk. Great place to stay in Booth bay

Great Maine Getaway

4.8 on September 19, 2017

For a relaxing getaway I highly recommend the Thistle Inn in Boothbay Harbor. The staff is very friendly and go out of their way to make your stay enjoyable.

Great place to stay right in town

4.8 on September 09, 2017

Our room was large and very clean. The daily breakfast offered was creative and filling. All the guests were so friendly at breakfast. The onsite restaurant and bar are GREAT! Food is priced appropriate and delicious! The linens and the towels provided are high quality which is always a plus! I would recommend this Inn to friends and family

The Thistle Inn.

5 on August 21, 2017

Need designated parking for guests. Some problems with water shutting off during showers, mostly in the afternoon.

Great views, great owners, great place to stay

4.4 on June 24, 2017

The room was the best it could be; we would have liked a little larger. The bath was excellent and they give you terry robes to wear. The food and service was excellent and very accommodating for our wishes. People are friendly, helpful in any way. Many of the rooms face the bay/ocean. It is downtown so you can walk to everything. Would not hesitate to recommend. The price was in line with the package received.

Thank you for a wonderful New Year's Eve

4.8 on January 04, 2017

We had a wonderful time in Boothbay Harbor. The Lights-A-Glow at the Botanical Gardens was WONDERFUL. Thank you again for a lovely room and welcoming hosts. We did not dine there so I could not rate that.

Quaint getaway

4.8 on January 02, 2017

Great restaurant on site. Close proximity to all shopping and other bars and restaurants. Gracious host.Highly recommended.

Great B&B in convenient location

5 on December 08, 2016

Great restaurant, nice sized rooms

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Rooms & Rates



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



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



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

Sherman Zwicker


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

American Eagle


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

Victory Chimes


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

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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

Check Dates


  • 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.



Anya Reed

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Check Dates



Full (no breakfast in off season)

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

Special meal options