Category Archives: Vacation Planning

Tai Chi Tuesday | Wellness Seminar in Boothbay Harbor

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Do ever feel like you need a vacation after your vacation? Every Tuesday, beginning Tuesday July 1 at 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m., for only $15.00 per person, Newagen Seaside Inn, in conjunction with John Jenkins, is offering an interactive experiential wellness seminar.  Tai-Chi Therapy™ is a vehicle to experience internal peace while embracing the external beauty of Newagen Inn. “Wellness and well-being are inclusive ideas that promote mutual benefit to nature and the nature of our being. We are but a single thread, woven into the tapestry of the social fabric we call . . . Community. Nature is more than a ‘thing’ to be observed, but it is the essence of who we are. Our nature, with nature, share the same breath. Of the planet, ours, are the: eyes, ears, mouth, heart, soul” -John Jenkins. Our guide, John Jenkins, has more than 35 years of experience providing tailored personal and professional development programs for learners and leaders of all ages & abilities. He has lectured and trained throughout the U.S., Japan, People’s Republic of China, and is an area resident. Tai Chi Tuesday is open to all ages and abilities. Be sure to register early, wear comfortable clothing and a smile. 

Sign up today by calling 1-800-654-5242 or by stopping by our front desk.

Things to do while in Boothbay Harbor | Maine State Aquarium

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Located on the water in West Boothbay Harbor, the aquarium is operated by the Maine Department of Marine Resources. This educational facility was built in 1993 along with the state’s new fisheries research station. The main gallery resembles the rocky coast of Maine. A collection of regional fish and invertebrates can be seen hidden within the granite-like cliffs. Interactive displays, including a shark touch tank and tide pool touch tank, encourage discovery learning. Other highlights include the 23 pound lobster and fascinating color morphs of lobsters in blue, calico, albino and half and half. You have to see them to believe them! Open 10am – 5pm

(207) 633-9542
www.maine.gov/dmr
194 McKown Point Road
Boothbay Harbor, Maine 04538

Directions: Exit the Newagen driveway and turn right onto Route 238. When that road ends, turn right across the Southport Bridge. At the four-way intersection, turn right onto McKown Point Road. Take this until it dead ends at the aquarium.

10 Off the Beaten Path Adventures in Boothbay Harbor

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1. Barrett Park, Lobster Cove Rd., Boothbay Harbor

2. Maine State Aquarium, McKown Point, Boothbay Harbor

3. Shipbuilders Park, School Street, East Boothbay

4. Town of Boothbay Walking Path, Grimes Cove, Ocean Point

5. Hendricks Head Beach Lighthouse, Beach Road, Southport

6. Seashell Museum at Dolphin Mini Golf, Hardwick Rd., Boothbay

7. Knickerbocker Lake Public Access, Barter’s Island Rd., Boothbay

8. Porter Preserve, Kimballtown Rd, Boothbay

9. Ovens Mouth Preserve, Dover Rd. Extension, Boothbay

10. The Pine Room, Newagen Seaside Inn (sorry, for guests of the Inn only) 

For more information on these great adventures or to book your Maine vacation contact us today at 1-800-654.5242. Relaxation… Now taking reservations.

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

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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.

Share Your Story Contest: Newagen Seaside Inn, Boothbay Harbor

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Over the years I have had the privilege of connecting with amazing people. As I remember summer experiences, it is not necessarily the fabulous decor at weddings, delicious cuisine flowing from the kitchen or spectacular sunsets that stand out. Although those are all outstanding, it is the stories we hear from you that are our favorites. What life was like at Newagen when you were four. How cold the saltwater pool was. War stories. Stories from college. Fish tales. How you met. How you beat cancer. Memories with loved ones, who have passed on. Why you love to sail. Why you love your job. Why you hate your job. Your trip to Kilimanjaro. How you survived a hurricane on your wedding day. You get the idea! 

With that said… We want to hear from you! Share your story or share this post with loved ones who have a story to tell. It doesn’t have to be about Newagen, but it can be. We just want to hear from you. We will select our three favorite submissions and share them with the world (or at least our 2000+ Facebook fans) for voting. The winner will receive a 5-night stay including breakfast each morning. Stories may be sent to mystory@newageninn.com and must be submitted by February 28.  We look forward to hearing from you.

How to Plan a Family Reunion in Maine: Start with the Venue

While everyone loves attending a family reunion, few people enjoy planning a family reunion. If you are the lucky member of your family given that big responsibility, it’s hard to know where to start. The right venue for your Maine family reunion needs to be able to accommodate all your guests and appeal to a wide range of ages and interests. It needs to be affordable, accessible.

1. Start with a destination everyone already wants to visit.
Boothbay Harbor, Maine has been one of the most popular Maine vacation destinations for hundreds of years, and is an ideal location for family reunions. At the historic Newagen Seaside Inn, you’ll see why—because you’ll see the breathtaking Maine coast from almost every guest room, suite and seaside cottage. In the traditional Maine coast hotel style, the Inn’s rambling embrace of the ocean makes the most of its panoramic ocean views of Southport Island. And with traditional Maine coast hotel hospitality, our family helps your family make the most of your Maine family reunion.

2. Make sure your Maine family reunion venue offers family-friendly activities and events.
Your Maine family reunion should be filled with all your favorite things to do in Maine. The signature events of a stay at our historic oceanfront inn are rooted in who we are, where we live and what we enjoy. They are authentic, timeless celebrations of life on the Maine coast and make wonderful, intergenerational family reunion activities. A Maine lobster bake, a Polar Dip or Fireside Tales are some of our favorite traditions, and we can’t wait to share them with you.

Your family will also enjoy rowing and sailing along the Maine coast, cycling and hiking our beautiful nature trails, candlepin bowling, table tennis and billiards in our rustic, wood-paneled Game Room. Our heated saltwater pool and two hardcourt tennis courts overlook the ocean, and signature white Adirondack chairs are scattered across our expansive lawns and gardens to remind you to take time to appreciate the panoramic ocean views. Minutes away in Boothbay Harbor, family members can play golf at the Boothbay Country Club, go whale watching in Maine, tour lighthouses and islands, fish, kayak, visit world-class museums and restaurants, enjoy concerts overlooking the ocean and much, much more.

3. Pick a Maine family reunion venue offering complimentary event planning services.
This is the smartest tip on the list, because it can help you cross off almost every other task. If you were elected to plan your family’s Maine family reunion, our professional event planner is here to help, free of charge!  Let us help you coordinate Maine transportation, event bookings, excursions, photographers, menus and more. You can take credit for planning the best Maine family reunion ever … while truly enjoying the best Maine family reunion ever.

Our emphasis on warm welcomes, simple pleasures and traditional activities and events make Newagen Seaside Inn an ideal Maine family reunion venue. Learn more about Maine Family Reunions at Newagen Seaside Inn.

Coastal Inspired Design: Maine Oceanview Hotel Rooms in Boothbay Harbor

To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Main Inn construction in 1943, nearly all guest rooms are being upgraded this winter. After purchasing Newagen in 2001, Scott and Corinne Larson, completely renovated the Inn and implemented four coastal-inspired color palettes. In that same tradition, Corinne and designer Jessie LaFalce have created four new designs. The cozy quilts, woven rugs in sea glass colors and local Maine art were all inspired – just as you will be – by the expansive ocean views.

So if you’re wondering where to stay in Maine, you’ll find your answer among our collection of newly designed ocean view rooms. Decorated in the casually elegant Maine cottage style, Newagen Seaside Inn’s ocean view rooms mix antique furnishings with modern luxuries and offer easy access to the inviting common areas through our historic coastal inn.

At the Newagen Seaside Inn, the Maine coast is always right outside your window and our Maine family is always at your service. Call today at 1-800-654-5242 to reserve your room, or just to chat. We look forward to hearing from you.

Seahorse, a New Oceanfront Maine Cottage: Newagen Seaside Inn, Boothbay Harbor

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An open, airy great room with cathedral ceilings, double sided gas fireplace and finely appointed furnishings lead through to a screen porch with sunset ocean views. A custom barn sliding door leads to your bedroom and bathroom.

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Seahorse’s beautifully appointed seascape-inspired bedroom with cathedral ceiling has unparalleled views of the Atlantic ocean from your private porch or even your pillow. Imagine the sound of surf, the spruce scent, the distant foghorn and Maine sunset as your backdrop.

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The luxurious bath is appointed with gorgeous claw foot soaking tub and walk-in shower with Kohler rain shower heads for ultimate relaxation.

We invite you to join us this summer for a visit or tour of the Seahorse cottage along with the many improvements to Newagen Seaside Inn. We’re excited about the updates, but even more so to welcome and be of service to you. Contact us at jason@newageninn.com or 1-800-654-5242.