Great Diners In and Around the Maine Coast | Places to Eat While in Boothbay Harbor

Great places to eat while in Boothbay Harbor

Moody’s Diner, Waldoboro, Maine










Let’s face it, when summer hits and vacation comes, we look for those road side stands, diners, dives and ice cream scoops. Charles Kuralt said, “You can find your way across this country using burger joints the way a navigator uses stars.”  Ain’t that the truth! So we’ll just say we use these places as a road map for a good New England vacation. Mr. Kuralt spent much time in the Boothbay Harbor region and I’m sure frequented some of our favorite hang outs near the Maine Coast, in and around Boothbay Harbor and even across the Maine border. 

1) Moody’s Diner (our favorite) located on Route 1 has served over 1 million guests since 1927. They’ve made themselves famous serving the comfort foods you’d expect from a Route 1 diner such as blueberry pancakes, Thanksgiving dinner, great soups, chowders and homemade desserts. Be sure to try their four berry pie a la mode. 

2) Red’s Eatslocated in Wiscasset on Route 1, has been causing traffic jams since 1938. Global foodies make the pilgrimage to chow on their best sellers, a $22 Lobster Roll or fried clams. They also serve hamburgers, hot dogs, grilled cheese, chicken sandwiches, ice cream among other things. The building is about the size of a mini van and there is no inside seating. Long lines (of about an hour or more) have caused local citizens to propose a by pass to ease congestion. Others have suggested moving Red’s Eats. 

3) As we move outside of Boothbay Harbor, another classic diner that’s a Maine favorite is Becky’s Diner located on Commercial Street in Portland. This is a Maine experience at its best, cheap eats, diverse crowds and if you’re lucky Millie will be your waitress. Their motto, “Nuthin finah, than a Becky’s Dinah.” You can get breakfast all day or a Lobster Roll with an entire lobster for $13.95. That may seem steep, but compare it to Red’s Eats at $22. If you’re in Portland, skip the chains and hit this classic hang out.

4) Just south of the border in Portsmouth, New Hampshire is The Friendly Toast. A quirky, very casual, kid friendly, retro, off the wall diner. Not for those who are in a rush. Expect a 30 minute wait, on a good day, but well worth the wait. 

In addition to these 4, there are a plethora of fabulous local markets, general stores and dives throughout the state with salty staff and savory dishes. To begin planning your food centered vacation, contact the vacation planning experts at Newagen Seaside Inn at 1-800-654-5242.

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Things to do while in Boothbay Harbor | Farnsworth Museum

The Farnsworth Art Museum offers a nationally recognized collection of American art in its elegantly appointed galleries. Such great names in 18th and 19th-century American art history as Gilbert StuartThomas SullyThomas EakinsEastman JohnsonFitz Hugh LaneFrank BensonChilde Hassam, and Maurice Prendergast are represented in the museum’s permanent collection entitled Maine In America.

The museum also houses the nation’s second-largest collection of works by premier 20th-century sculptor Louise Nevelson and has opened four new galleries to showcase contemporary art. Its Wyeth Center exclusively features works of N.C.Andrew, and Jamie Wyeth – Americas first family of Art.


The Farnsworth also owns two other buildings open to the public. The Farnsworth Homestead, located behind the museum, offers a glimpse into the life of prosperous Victorians. A 25 minute drive away in th village of Cushing is the Olson  House, perhaps Maine’s most famous home, which was immortalized in Andrew Wyeth’s notes painting Christina’s World. Ask at the museum for directions or information. The museum is open daily 10am to 5pm. 16 Museum Street, Rockland, Maine (207) 596-6457

To begin planning your Maine vacation, contact the vacation planning specialists at Newagen Seaside Inn at 1-800-654-5242. 

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Things to do while in Boothbay Harbor | Pemaquid Point Lighthouse

Pemaquid point lighthouse 

Pemaquid Point, with its dramatic streaks of granite reaching to the sea, squeezed and shaped by massive movements thousands of years ago, would be a fascinating place to visit even without its pretty white lighthouse. The spot is one of the most visited attractions of the Maine coast, receiving more than 100,000 visitors each year. 

The picket fence, which is a work of art, is worth the trip alone. The light keeper’s house is now a museum, and there is an art gallery at the park, but the best part of this trip is climbing around on the point itself, enjoying the spectacular scenery and taking the inevitable photo of the light reflected tidal pool. The Lighthouse is open in season from 9am to 5pm. 

To begin planning your Maine vacation, contact one of the vacation planning specialists at Newagen Seaside Inn at 1-800-654-5242.

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Southport Island | A Top Secret Island Getaway


Thanks to our good friend and fabulous photographer, Michele Stapleton, we discovered this great story on Southport entitled 15 Secret Island Getaways from Here’s what they had to say about our Island: 

“Experience the charm and simple beauty of New England’s coastline without the hustle and bustle of the busier tourist towns.  Southport Island offers all the best of Maine – including the unbeatable seafood and cozy accommodations – without the flocks of tourists typically found among the region’s more popular vacation destinations.” 

For more information on planning a Southport Island vacation, contact Newagen Seaside Inn at 1-800-654-5242. 

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Construction Update | Springing Ahead at Newagen



After months of planning, construction commenced late Fall 2013 and the feverish pace to complete projects has continued. With opening on May 16 the finishing touches are underway and the punch list is, well… being punched. A visit to the Inn would reveal a hardworking group of carpenters and contractors under the supervision of Paul Golden, Facility Manager at Newagen, however behind the scenes owners Scott and Corinne Larson along with Atlanta-based interior designer Jessie LaFalce provide inspiration and guidance for the projects. Over the last 2 years nearly every square foot of Newagen Seaside Inn has been touched to include guestrooms, common area, Pine Room and event space. Sub-contractors have been engaged in upgrading electrical, plumbing and adding air conditioning to common areas and guestrooms. In addition to inside upgrades, the grounds will be receiving a facelift with the addition of beds, stonework and patios from Heritage Landscaping

Scott and Corinne Larson purchased the Inn in 2000 after falling in love with its historic charms. “We know we are stewards not just of a tremendous view or a grand old resort, but of a tradition,” Scott explains. “A tradition of authentic Maine hospitality. When we build a new cottage or add a new event or put a new dish on the menu, we always make sure it is true to that tradition.”

“Our guests trust us with their precious free time and their precious memories,” adds Corinne. “Like the generations of owners before us, our family is committed to keeping that trust.”

If you haven’t visited the Inn recently, come see us. Mention this post and receive 10% plus a complimentary upgrade. 


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Inn at Cuckolds Lighthouse | Maine’s Most Exclusive Island Inn


SOUTHPORT, MAINE (April 11, 2014)—The Inn at Cuckolds Lighthouse announced that it has launched its website as it moves one step closer to its grand opening this summer.

For the first time in history, the Cuckolds—a pair of granite islands off the coast of Boothbay Harbor, will be open to guests for overnight stays, island tours, and other education and recreation activities. The Inn is located inside the 19th century lighthouse, which a group of committed local citizens, the Cuckolds Council, rescued from demolition and restored over the last decade.

“The website launch marks an important milestone that brings us one step closer to making this magnificent property accessible to the public,” said Janet Reingold, Founder and Vice President of the non-profit, Cuckolds Council, which owns and manages the island. “Visitors to the website will get a glimpse of the luxurious accommodations and breathtaking views the Inn offers, and learn about the important role the light station played in the history of our community.”

The website,, features images of the Inn’s stunning 360-degree ocean views, virtual tours of the two guest suites and common areas, and online reservation inquiries. The site also shares the story of the Cuckolds, which is integral to the rich maritime history of the Boothbay region, as well as information about the lighthouse restoration, the Resident Light Keepers, area attractions, and more.

The Inn will be open for overnight guests beginning June 27, 2014. Reservation inquiries are now being accepted via the website or by calling (855) 212-5252.

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Rob Morrow and Carlos Calvo in Concert


Rob Morrow in concert

 Actor musician Rob Morrow and singer songwriter Carlos Calvo will kick off Summer at Newagen Seaside Inn on July 2 at 7:00 PM. As an Emmy and Golden Globe nominee, Rob Morrow is a critically acclaimed actor, writer, and director with an established career in television spanning over three decades. 

Morrow played the lead role of Joel Fleischman in the award-winning television show Northern Exposure from 1990-1995. He starred in the critically acclaimed film, Quiz Show, as Dick Goodwin, a congressional investigator intent on uncovering the corruption behind the 1950s game show scandal. In 2007, he played Jack Nicholson‘s doctor, Dr. Hollins, in The Bucket List. From 2005 to 2010, he starred with David Krumholtz and Judd Hirsch in Numb3rs on CBS

The concert will take place in the newly renovated Cape Harbor Room which overlooks Cape Newagen Harbor. Rob and Carlos are available after the show for a meet and greet. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15, day of the show and can be reserved online through Brown Paper Tickets only at 


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Whale Watching in Boothbay Harbor | Things to do in Maine


If you have been to Boothbay Harbor, you have no doubt seen or heard of Cap’n Fishes Whale Watch and Nature CruisesCap’n Fish and Whale Watching in Boothbay Harbor go together like… well, like Fish and Chips. The Fish Family are the originator of Whale Watching in Boothbay Harbor and have over 80 years of experience operating passenger vessels in the Boothbay Harbor Region. Combine that experience with some of the latest technology and that translates into high probability that you will see whales. If no whales are spotted on a Cap’n Fish Whale Watch they offer a rain check good on any of their other cruises. Based on previous years records, it is unlikely that one would not see whales.

For more information on Whale Watching and their other cruises visit them on the web by clicking here. To begin planning your next Maine vacation, check out the newly renovated, yet always historic Newagen Seaside Inn, a member of Historic Hotels of America, located just minutes from Boothbay Harbor on scenic Southport Island.

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New Ferry Arrives in Maine | Portland to Nova Scotia


Courtesy Bangor Daily News











The Nova Star Ferry arrived in Portland Thursday and will begin roundtrips on May 15 to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. The cost of tickets will range between $79 and $139 for adults and $39 to $64 for children. The ferry has a capacity of 1,200 passengers and offers lodging, fine dining, a casino and spa. If you’re planning a vacation to the Northeast, start today by contacting the vacation planning specialists at Newagen Seaside Inn located just minutes from Boothbay Harbor in Maine’s famed Mid coast region. 


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A Less Than Perfect Vacation: Trip Advisor Horror & Success Stories

Trip Advisor, Newagen Seaside Inn, Oceanfront Inn, Boothbay Harbor, Maine

Now that I have your attention, I should tell you that we don’t specialize in Tripadvisor horror stories, although we have had negative feedback like all hotels. While some properties ignore harsh reviews, we take comments to heart and continue to make strides to ensure that every Maine vacation at Newagen Seaside Inn is outstanding. Over the last 2-years, a new ocean view restaurant has been built, every guest room has been renovated, a deluxe oceanfront cottage was built, we now offer rooms with air conditioning and we are opening a new fitness center and executive board room this Spring.

Tripadvisor is the world’s largest travel site with 125 million travel reviews, 69 million app downloads and over 108 million unique visitors per month. Their reach is far and their travel data runs deep. One search may leave you inspired by the service and amazed at the location while another leaves you disgusted and horrified this hotel even exists. One of the worst hotels in the world, the Days Inn Atlanta Northwest, had this advice from past guests, “They have a renovated wing, but cockroaches can walk across the parking lot”, “Never again. The room smelled bad, spiders, ants and stink bugs were everywhere including the bed.” and room tips such as “Burn this hotel” and “Run away from this place.” The hotel had 88 terrible and only 2 excellent, which were probably written by staff. When researching hotels on Tripadvisor consider the number of negative reviews. Consider The Grand del Mar in San Diego, rated the #1 hotel in the United States, which has 715 Excellent reviews and 7 terrible. Just like you wouldn’t take Day’s Inn at their excellent reviews you shouldn’t take The Grand del Mar at their terrible reviews. When using Trip Advisor be sure to consider the negative reviews in light of the number of positive and vice versa. And by all means, if you’ve stayed somewhere please take a few minutes and share your experience with the world. It’s a benefit to travelers and hotels like us at Newagen Seaside Inn who value feedback. If you want to avoid the Days Inn experience and are looking for a Grand del Mar experience in Maine, look no further. Start planning your perfect Maine vacation by calling us at 207-633-5242.

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