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Boothbay on a Budget

3 Jun 2006  I'm addicted to Maine, but usually can't afford to see it in style.
4.5 of 5 bubbles based on 10 votes

Learn how to enjoy quiet and breathtakingly beautiful Boothbay Harbor, Maine and the surrounding areas with not much change in your pocket (all while helping out a worthwhile cause).

  • Category: Recent trip
  • Traveler type: Sightseeing, Shopping
  • Appeals to: Couples/romantics, Singles, Seniors, Budget travellers
  • Seasons: Spring
  • 1. Bayside Inn

    Budget Travlers, lend me your ears. Or actually your eyes. About a month ago, my husband and I stayed at a beautiful, historic B&B right on the bay in Boothbay Harbor. The Sullivans, who own Bayside, were friendly and incredibly helpful. The rooms were well-decorated and impeccably clean, offering great views of the bay. The sun porch, also overlooking the bay, was an excellent spot for curling up with a book on the chaise lounge, as was the outdoor deck. And we enjoyed this experience for - get this - $50 a night. "How did we do this?" you ask. During the month of May, The Maine Innkeepers Association joins forces with Habitat for Humanity for their Hospitality for Habitat program. Simply write a check for $25 to Habitat for Humanity and you'll get a half-priced hotel room. Help a charity, save on your hotel. Does it get any better than this?

  • 2. Pemaquid Point Lighthouse

    When you're on a budget, the best activities are free ones. And one of the best free activities in the area is taking a drive to see one of Maine's many lighthouses. Boothbay is centrally located to several of them. Our favorite was the one at Pemaquid Point - I believe it is aptly named Pemaquid Lighthouse. But I could be wrong. Lots of rocks to climb on, lots of crashing waves, and a little picnic area with a small restaurant. For details on how to get there and to other area lighthouses, take a look at cozyharbor's posting on the Boothbay forum. Her directions are spot-on.

  • 3. Mama D's

    The food is served on paper plates, the coffee is do-it-yourself, and the owner's dog might ask you for a treat (kept in a special jar by the back door). But if you like a gourmet breakfast while you're on vacation and don't want to spend more than 10 bucks a person, this is your place. This fantastic little breakfast & lunch cafe has a charming country decor, a set of rocking chairs on the front porch for coffee-sippin' and amazing food that keeps the locals coming back every day. We had breakfast there twice (and if they were open on Sunday morning, it would have been three times). I had the special - scrambled eggs with spinach and feta, served with delicious whole grain toast and raspberry jam. Everything was perfect. My husband had blueberry pancakes, also delicious. Great coffee. Friendly service. Good prices. Fun pets. Check it out.

  • 4. Red's Eats

    You can't go to Maine without having lobster. We had it twice. The first time, we spent $20 at a semi-fancy restaurant, where we worked hard to extract decent-tasting lobster meat out of every nook and cranny. From one budget traveler to another, I beg you to skip that whole song and dance. Just go straight to Red's Eats on the side of the main road in Wiscasset. You will wait in line, and you will pay $14, but take my word for it - you have never tasted a lobster roll like this. There is a whole lobster in it - maybe more. It is sweet and succulent, it's $6 less (and that's comparing it to a SEMI-fancy restaurant) and you don't have to look like a complete idiot playing around with lobster paraphernalia.

  • 5. Ed's Stuff

    Who can afford New England antiques? You can. Ed's Stuff, on Rte. 1 just before the bridge to Bath (coming from Boothbay) is by far one of the messiest stores I've ever walked through. But deep within that mess, you will find your treasure. And it will be cheaper than what you find in any neatly groomed, hoity-toity antique shop in the area. I collect old bottles and left with two new additions to my collection for a mere $2.

  • 6. Reny's

    There are several Reny's stores in the area. And there are people who will want to kill me for letting you in on this secret, but the one you want to go to is in Downtown Bath. I've never seen prices like this on brand names. Not even in a certain Low-Priced Department Store That Shall Not Be Named. Downstairs you'll find everything from table cloths to soap to mixed nuts - all at prices to make your jaw drop. There, I let the cat out of the bag. So if I turn up in next week's obituaries, you'll know why.