The Thistle Inn

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

About

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

Reviews

Overall
4.2

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

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


Little Gem in Boothbay

5 on November 27, 2016

Great comfy inn with nice rooms, friendly service. The bar and restaurant are great!


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.


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Rooms & Rates

Heritage

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Timberwind

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Appledore

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Sherman Zwicker

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

American Eagle

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Victory Chimes

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

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Location

Location Type

Downtown, Small town, Village

Airport

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

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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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Policies

  • 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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Innkeepers

Name(s)

Max & Jen Ross

Languages spoken

English

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Meals

Breakfast

Full (no breakfast in off season)

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

Special meal options

Vegetarian


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