Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Day Trip - Boothbay and Boothbay Harbor

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens Tulips
Spring tulips at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
On a gorgeous Spring day I took  ride to Boothbay to drop off brochures and check out some of my favorite places to go for a drive. Of course, I had to have a lobster roll. Apparently I am now being challenged to try lobster rolls all over the area! (I've been to the Lobster Dock. Very good! Now, I've been to the Trevett Country Store. Also very good! Next up is the East Boothbay General Store. I'm guessing also very good! Oh, and Red's, along the way!)

So, driving around I thought, this is a great day trip from the inn. Now there's a package put together for a 'Day in Boothbay'. You can book the package with the admission tickets or just follow along doing the things you like on your own.

Some of what you can see and do (highlighted items are in the package):

Driving from White Cedar Inn (your home away from home, wink) stay on Rt 1 north to Rt 27 east. (About 29 miles to the turn off on Rt 27.) The first stop is On Board Fabrics. Absolutely gorgeous nautical fabrics here. (You can find the fabrics for the lobster pillow and the sailboat pillow here.)

Next up is Edgecomb Potters Factory Store. Stop in here for a look around at some wonderful salt glaze pottery. There is a $25 gift card for shopping in the package.

The Boothbay Playhouse is on the right and Dolphin Mini Golf is on the left. Check out the Playhouse on the way back to the inn. Summer theater is excellent in Maine!

Boothbay Railway Village

Boothbay Railway Village is on the left. There are 2 admission tickets in the package. Take a ride on the train around the village, stop into the general store for a look around, head over to the car barn for old timey cars and don't miss the model train set up, it is amazing! Here's our day at the Village last year. The train station you see when you pull in was originally here in Freeport. It was moved to Boothbay 50 years ago! (Wish we had it back now that we have a train again.)

Lobster roll

After visiting the Village, you'll be in need of some lunch. Head over to the Trevett Country Store on Barter's Island Rd for a lobster roll on the deck. Enjoy the cool breezes off the Back River looking back to Hodgdon Island. You can stop to see the lobster pound on your way back to the Gardens. Don't forget your whoopie pie! (To get the Gardens and the general store from the Railway Village, continue east on Rt 27, turn right at the green, turn right again on Barter's Island Rd.)

Knickercane Trail
Knickercane Trail

After your al fresco lunch, turn back toward the Gardens and you will see a small park on the right hand side of the road. This is the Knickercane Trail. The odd-looking 'pond' you see to the right is a lobster pound where lobsters are brought in off the boats and held fresh while awaiting delivery to stores and restaurants around the country.

Wendy Klemperer rebar sculpture CMBG

Now on to the Gardens! The Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens are worth the drive no matter the season. In winter you can snowshoe or x-c ski the trails. Once the Gardens are officially open for the season, there is something new around every corner. The tulip photo (above) was taken in May. The photos in this blog post were taken in April. In the fall you have the glorious autumn colors. You can see the lobster pound along the river near the fairy gardens. You'll have two admission tickets for the Gardens as well.

Cuckolds Light
Cuckolds Light

We're still not done in Boothbay but you might be a little tired of walking so the rest of the trip is mostly scenic driving. Head back out to Rt 27 and drive toward Boothbay Harbor. Once there, stay on Rt 27 to Southport Island. As part of the package we'll give you a lighthouse guide that will come in handy right about now! Rt 27 goes all the way around Southport Island and back out again. Lighthouses you can see along the way (follow the guide book): Hendricks Head, Cuckolds Light and Burnt Island Light. (Off the coast where you can see Cuckolds Light, there is a house on the island in front of you. That's where Margaret Hamilton, aka the Wicked Witch/Elvira Gulch, spent her summers. Also on the island was where Rachel Carson was living when she helped found the Nature Conservancy.)

Sea snail
Huge sea snail

If you have any energy left, the Maine State Aquarium is in Boothbay Harbor. Get an up close look at what lies beneath the waves!

Ocean Point Maine
Ocean Point Sunset

Another stunning coastal drive is along Ocean Point. Heading out of Boothbay Harbor on Rt 27, turn right at the light at Hannaford's on Rt 96. Take this all the way out to Ocean Point where you can drive right on the coast. Perfect spot to see a sunset over the ocean. Along the way, if you didn't have your lobster roll yet, stop at the East Boothbay General Store.

Fort Edgecomb
Fort Edgecomb

Need more to do in Boothbay/Boothbay Harbor? How about a whale watch with Cap'n Fish? Or a stroll through the downtown area with a stop at Gleason Fine Art for an eclectic selection of Maine art? Walk across the bridge and up the road to the Lobster Dock for great views and food. Stop at Fort Edgecomb for a picnic on the rocks.

Boothbay/Boothbay Harbor make for an excellent day trip from here. Smell the salty air, stretch your legs in the Gardens and pick up some Maine transportation history, too!

For the 'Day in Boothbay' package check here on our website.

White Cedar Inn Bed and Breakfast 178 Main St Freeport, Maine 04032

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