If you have never had the pleasure of flying into Portland, Maine, add it to your list of must-have travel experiences. Not every place can say that the arrival into the airport is beautiful, but in Portland, that’s exactly what you’ll find. The sight of white-capped waves crashing against the rocky shoreline coupled with lush greenery and a warm September sky was truly a sight to behold.
And that was just the airport. Imagine the scenic beauty I discovered when I traveled an hour and a half up the coast to idyllic Boothbay Harbor.
My Q4Travels to Boothbay Harbor, Maine
As someone who has wiped her savings account clean on more than one occasion for the sake of an incredible trip, getting to work at a hospitality marketing company that introduces me to so many travel destinations is both a blessing and a curse. On one hand, I get to spend the better part of my day learning about unique places I’ve never been. On the other, I’m plagued by twinges of desire to see those destinations for myself every time I learn about somewhere new. Thankfully, Q4Launch offers an incredible employee benefit that allows each team member to go and see some of the places our customers live and work. This benefit is called Q4Travels and it is one of the reasons Q4Launch offers the best hospitality marketing jobs in Charleston, SC. This year, I chose to use my annual trip to visit my customer in Boothbay Harbor, Maine.
Let Midcoast Hospitality Group Be Your Guide
I had the rare opportunity to visit not one, but three, of the properties I work with as a customer experience manager during my Q4Travels this year. Midcoast Hospitality Group, comprised of Linekin Bay Resort, Newagen Seaside Inn, and The Russell House Bed & Breakfast, offers three totally different, incredibly unique properties in the Boothbay area. During my stay, I had the pleasure of meeting with a number of great people who all work together to make these properties exceptional.
One of my favorite parts of the trip was getting to put faces with the many different names I come across in my day-to-day work with the group. Erin Stodder, the VP of Marketing at Midcoast Hospitality Group, led the charge in welcoming me to the area. And, was an excellent tour guide at each of the following places I visited.
Newagen Seaside Inn
If you’re looking for a place to truly disconnect from the world and take a big, deep breath, you need to visit Newagen Seaside Inn. Located on the very edge of Southport Island, ME, this 20-acre oasis is the perfect place to unplug and relax. From every point on the property, you can hear the sounds of waves crashing against the rocks and feel the coastal breeze blowing off the open ocean. It’s the type of place you go to when you want to kick back in an Adirondack chair with a glass of wine and a good book. When visiting, I guarantee that you’ll be lulled by the calm, quiet grounds, and comfortable, casual atmosphere.
During my visit, I stayed in room 127, a Classic Ocean View Guest Room. This room is located in the historic inn’s main building, which dates to 1943. Newagen’s property, however, goes much further back to 1816, when it first began welcoming guests to the region. In addition to its charming, coastal accommodations, Newagen Seaside Inn also features The Pub, an exceptional restaurant serving traditional, locally-sourced Maine fare. While visiting Newagen, I enjoyed a superb dinner at The Pub. It ended up being one of the best meals during my visit.
Linekin Bay Resort
Like Newagen, Linekin Bay Resort is also a 20-acre waterfront property steeped in history. And, it’s also one with an excellent restaurant. But, that’s where the similarities end. Where Newagen is the place to go to sit back and relax, Linekin Bay is where you dive right into an action-packed adventure. The family resort was first a summer camp for girls in the early 1900s and as things have changed over the years, the property has maintained its classic Maine, traditional summer camp feel.
Today, you’ll still find summer camp favorites, like cozy cabin accommodations, family-style dining rooms, lawn games, bonfires, and s’mores. There’s also a host of activities to enjoy including sailing, kayaking, swimming, hiking, and so much more. And, during the summer all-inclusive season, guests have full access to all these great things to do, plus meals and lodging, too!
During my visit, I stayed in the Windjammer, a newly-renovated cabin with everything you could possibly need for a comfortable stay. While at Linekin Bay, I also attended Brews & BBQ, a special event at Linekin Bay’s restaurant, The Deck Bar & Grill. It goes without saying that this born-and-bred South Carolinian was skeptical of attending a barbeque in Maine. But, my hesitation was amiss and everything was fantastic. The Deck Bar and Grill, with its open-air bar and outdoor seating overlooking the water, proved to be the perfect place for an afternoon filled with lawn games, live music, and great food and drink.
The Russell House Bed & Breakfast
Although I didn’t get the chance to stay overnight at The Russell House Bed & Breakfast, I still experienced one of it’s best features: breakfast. The innkeeper, Nancy, was kind enough to introduce me to The Russell House over a delicious breakfast that included Maine blueberry scones, fresh eggs, and crisp bacon, and so much more. The newest property of the three, The Russell House opened its doors just last year in the fall of 2016. It is centrally located just minutes from downtown Boothbay Harbor and offers 8 guestrooms and suites that are impeccably decorated with marble countertops, bright white linens, fireplaces, and more. It’s also one of few Boothbay area accommodation options that remains open year-round.
Experience the Best of Midcoast Maine in Boothbay Harbor
Visiting Newagen Seaside Inn, Linekin Bay Resort, and The Russell House Bed & Breakfast also afforded me the opportunity to explore Boothbay Harbor. And let me tell you, it was well worth the trip. Between fresh seafood, beautiful landscapes, friendly people, and a leisurely way of life, it’s easy to see why the region is such a popular vacation destination. And, it’s exactly why you need to visit and experience it for yourself. Whether you’re looking for a peaceful historic inn, a family-friendly adventure, or a quaint getaway in the heart of Boothbay Harbor, Midcoast Hospitality Group has the perfect accommodation option for you. No matter which option you choose, I guarantee you won’t leave disappointed!
Lauren Balmer | Customer Experience Manager
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