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Topside Inn: Redefining the Bed and Breakfast

Bed and breakfasts have long served as relaxing, luxurious getaways for adults. However, the traditional bed and breakfast has come to mean an outdated edifice with Victorian decor and limited amenities. Wouldn’t it be nice if someone would combine the unique charm of a bed and breakfast and the modern conveniences of a hotel?

Topside Inn has done just that, infusing the bed and breakfast elegance with the chic touches of a boutique hotel. Perched atop McKown Hill, the highest point in Maine’s Boothbay Harbor, this scenic stay offers breathtaking coastal views and modern amenities. Stay here and realize the redefinition of the bed and breakfast.

“Topside Inn operates in that sweet spot between a bed and breakfast and a boutique hotel,” owner Mark Osborn said. “The decor, location, services, and amenities go well beyond the traditional bed and breakfast. We offer stylish modern accommodations that compliment the historic inn, extensive locally sourced breakfasts, and in-room offerings and concierge services to help our guests plan the perfect stay.”

The Inn’s most enticing feature is its vantage point, which showcases panoramic views of Boothbay Harbor from high above. Choose from 20 guest rooms spread among three buildings, overlooking two lush acres. No matter where you stay, the scenery is awe-inspiring. Soak in the sunrise and the famous footbridge across inner harbor to the east, the lighthouses and islands to the south, and the colorful sunset to the west. Take a seat on the front lawn and observe the harbor activity throughout the day. 

The rooms themselves exude a contemporary flair while maintaining their historic charm. This 19th century sea captain’s home and two guest houses feature modern furnishings and a bright color palette to create an airy, beach atmosphere. The comforts of home like cable television and complimentary wireless internet keep you connected while sitting porches display the wandering waves of the Atlantic Ocean. Begin each day with a delicious breakfast of fresh fruit, homemade granola, baked good, and coffee or tea. 

After a delectable meal, explore the rich area. The Inn is located in-town, so you’re always just a stone’s throw from restaurants, shops, and art galleries in the waterfront coastal village. Ocean excursions depart at the base of the hill. Set off on bird and whale watching expeditions, lighthouse tours, schooner sails, fishing trips, kayaking adventures, and more. Stay dry and marvel at the spectacular scenery on the Land Trust hiking trails or at the Coastal Maine Botanical Garden. This Inn aims to make your vacation one you’ll never forget. 

“Exceptional service is the most personal aspect of staying at Topside Inn and we are always grateful when guests take the time to pay us a compliment for our outstanding service,” Osborn said.  “We offer more than a friendly voice on the phone to take a reservation; we offer true concierge services to all of our guests. Helping guests with travel advice, restaurant recommendations and reservations, and getting priority seating for shows and events at the Boothbay Opera house are just a few examples of what we do to help guests have the perfect stay.”

This exceptional service, paired with modern accommodations and an outstanding location, creates an experience unlike any other bed and breakfast at Topside Inn.

The Topside Inn
Boothbay Harbor, Maine
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