With a lovely shoreline and history as a boat-building mecca, East Boothbay has been beguiling tourists and locals since the mid-1800s. With all the comforts of home and a wonderful location to explore the surrounding region, our Maine vacation rentals in East Boothbay make a fantastic home base for your next getaway.
Originally settled as a fishing camp in the 1600s, East Boothbay remains a popular summer destination thanks to guided schooner excursions, along with restaurants and art galleries galore. So, book one of our East Boothbay vacation rentals and enjoy the myriad pleasures of this charming village!
One of five villages in the Boothbay Harbor region, East Boothbay impresses due to its small-town feel and friendly populace. The village's rich maritime history is one of the many reasons visitors head here annually. Local boat captains allow guests to accompany them on lobster-hauling expeditions and families are welcome to take a trip on a windjammer around the harbor. You can even rent a boat to explore the numerous coves and area lighthouses on your own, or take your turn trolling for tuna and striper on a sport fisherman.
Not everything in East Boothbay is about the sea - there's plenty to do on land as well. The Linekin Preserve & Burley Loop offers nearly 150 acres of woodland and approximately three miles of varied terrain near the Damariscotta River. The Boothbay Sea and Science Center boasts exhibits on boating and science throughout the year. Clambakes are the norm in this region, and diners can watch local fishermen prep lobsters and other shellfish at the water's edge...and then head back to their East Boothbay vacation rental to prepare a home-cooked meal with their fresh catch!
Art galleries are in abundance in East Boothbay, and most feature prominent local and up-and-coming talents. Down East Gallery showcases the prowess of Brad Betts, an artist specializing in maritime and floral scenes. Ocean Point Studio focuses on oil and watercolor paintings, and the artists behind Paradise Studio refinish furniture as well as sell oil seascapes.
The entire Boothbay region is home to well-maintained nature preserves, bucolic towns, and coastal islands. Take a trip to nearby Boothbay Harbor and check out the Coastal Maine Botanic Gardens, Maine State Aquarium or Burnt Island Lighthouse. Edgecomb, Newcastle, and Southport are small enough to get lost in - if that's your intent - but offer a variety of delights, from cozy waterside restaurants to historic lighthouses to hiking trails. For a true escape from the everyday, head to nearby Monhegan Island, a rocky outcrop with no paved roads or streetlights and 17 miles of walking trails.
Whether it's a trip to a nature preserve or a jaunt to one of the area galleries, our East Boothbay Harbor vacation rentals are a great base from which to explore the idyllic pleasures of this peaceful seaside village.
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