Weekending in Boothbay Harbor

Hi! Last weekend was one for the books, so I just HAD to share 😉 My friend Meredith was getting married in Boothbay Harbor, Maine, so we figured we might as well make a little weekend out of it. I hadn’t taken time off of work since Italy, so it felt nice to have a 4 day weekend planned. After a long walk and breakfast, RM and I hit the road.


Since it was such a gorgeous day, we planned to leave early enough to accommodate a stop at Wells Beach for a few hours. The sand was soft, the sun  was shining and the wine was flowing… not a bad start to the weekend!


(side note- have you seen these CANS of wine? they are the perfect thing to take on the road with you and I have to say, the rose was delicious!)

We packed up and hit the road to make the remainder of the trip around 4pm and unfortunately hit lots of traffic. We finally made it to the Inn around 6 and were ready for a shower and dinner. The Inn we stayed at was Topside Inn and we cannot say enough good things about our stay there. The owners, Mark and “Buzz”, were awesome and have done a really great job with the business that they bought just a year ago. The rooms were gorgeous and very “beach-y” feeling, everything was immaculately clean and detail was paid to just about everything you could think of- including leaving a wine opener with the wine glasses in each room 😉

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(snacks and vino- a man after my own heart!)

When we were chatting with Buzz about where to get dinner, he suggested we try out The Boathouse Bistro because it had 3 levels, including a roofdeck level, and fantastic food. We luckily scored seats right at the bar and were not disappointed with his suggestion at all! The drinks, atmosphere and food was delicious (oysters, fried avocado salad and the most delicious “Bistro Maine Lobster Griller” sandwich because, #wheninmaine!)

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By the time we finished dinner, we were pretty beat and decided to skip the first night gathering and get to bed early. We were so happy we did because we woke up on Saturday feeling great! One of the things I love most about staying at inn’s is the fact that they usually have a decent breakfast. Topside Inn wasn’t just decent, though, it was incredible! They do a “standard” continental breakfast (I say “standard” because it was well above standard) consisting of coffee, juice, homemade bread and jam selection, yogurt with homemade granola, fruit salad and another special item. For the main meal, they alternate by doing sweet one day and savory the next. Saturday was sweet and it was Chocolate Ricotta Pancakes… and, you’re right, they were as good as they sound. We opted to split the order, however after one bite we wished we hadn’t! I wish we got the recipe as these were really, really good.




breakfast with a view,  right?!

After breakfast, we laced up and went for a nice, long walk around the town. The weather was perfect and it felt nice to not be on a time schedule.


For lunch, we headed over to McSeagulls Restaurant where not only did we have a great view of the water, but some of the most amazing fish tacos I’ve ever had… and that’s saying a lot since I order them anytime they are on the menu.

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Before we knew it, it was time to get ready for the wedding! Luckily they provided transportation since the wedding was held about 10 minutes away at Spruce Point Inn. Just when you thought the views couldn’t get better, they do! The ceremony was held outdoors just across the street from the water. Although the sun decided to shine the strongest during the ceremony, it didn’t take away from how wonderful it was. The girls looked beautiful, the guys were handsome, Meredith was stunning and she and Brandon were just beaming ear to ear. The whole thing was really heartfelt and you could feel their love radiating throughout the ceremony.

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Soon enough, it was time for the cocktail hour. It was fun to hangout with all of Meredith’s friends that I used to go out with in Boston all the time when we first all moved to Boston.



I mean, but seriously- could she get anymore beautiful?!

The reception was held indoors, a short walk away. We ate, we drank, we danced- it was so fun being reunited with the girls I spent hours and hours a week with when we worked at Shaw’s Ridge Farm together.

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We left a little after 10 with some others and made a stop for a drink on the way home… and pizza 😉

Sunday morning we took our time getting up and were greeted a phenomenal “savory” breakfast of Creole grits with lobster and a poached egg. This was unlike any other breakfast I’ve ever had and we both literally “mmm’d” our way through it. To say we didn’t want to leave was an understatement.


If you’re looking for a great getaway spot, I highly suggest Boothbay Harbor and staying at Topside Inn. It’s just under 3 hours from Boston, but once you’re there you feel so relaxed and at home. From the food to the service to the amenities at Topside Inn, you’re in for a real treat. But, I mean, with these views, how could you be anything but happy?

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I already want to plan another trip up there! Mark and Buzz- you two have an incredible knack for what you’re doing and it shows in every detail throughout the Inn. Thanks for everything!


And, if you made it this far- thank you! Once we left the Inn on Sunday, we made another quick stop at the beach before heading to my parents for the night. We picked LOTS of veggies from my dad’s gardens including cucumbers, peas, green beans, potatoes, carrots and onions and made a fantastic healthy meal. Grilled pork tenderloin, potatoes, onions & kale on the grill, RM’s spicy peas and green beans, steamed broccoli and cauliflower and corn on the cob. Ahh, I love Maine and home!


Questions for you: Have you ever been to Boothbay Harbor? Do you prefer Inns or Hotels? Sweet or Savory for breakfast? Wine in a can- yay or nay? Do you have a garden?


7 thoughts on “Weekending in Boothbay Harbor

  1. Cathleen Mulvey says:

    Monique, you and RM look amazing in the wedding photos as usual! My goodness, I don’t think I’ve ever known anyone who’s gone to so many weddings! How do you even store your amazing outfits! Love Boothbay, we’ve gone a couple of times, almost went this year again but time got away. Stayed in hotels before but might check out B&b next time!

    • Burpees to Bubbly says:

      Aw, thank you, Cathy! It’s funny you say that because compared to my friends, I haven’t been to that many at all! Just one or two a year… my friend jessi is going to EIGHT this year! helps that RM’s friends are already married! You’d love the B&B we stayed at- so wonderful!

  2. sdorsay (itrainthereforeieat) says:

    This looks like such a fantastic weekend!!! I haven’t been to Boothbay, but was in Bar Harbor last summer after my wedding, and couldn’t get enough of it. The Inn you stayed at looks amazing too – – I might just have to put that on our list for weekend getaways!

    • Burpees to Bubbly says:

      Bar Harbor is amazing! I haven’t been since I was a kid, but all of those coastal towns in Maine are fantastic. You should absolutely put it on your list for weekend getaways. It’s much closer than Bar Harbor so it’s easier to do!

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