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BBH between Christmas and New Years

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BBH between Christmas and New Years

My wife and I had a wonderful time in BBH ... and we'd like to see what this area has to offer in Winter. We have some time off between Christmas and New Years and we are wondering what's open, what's not...and what the accommodation options are? Just a couple of 50-somthings with no kids.

The comment we heard was that on Columbus Day, the BBH folks roll up the sidewalks and head south.

Perhaps we could stay in Brunswick / Bath and make day trips all over? the MidCoast Region?

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1. Re: BBH between Christmas and New Years

It's true that BBH is *very* quiet other than Memorial Day-Columbus Day.

There will be a few restos/shops open. I believe the Thistle Inn remains open year-round for accomodation and dining but you should doublecheck.

I agree w/ your idea of staying on Rte One (e.g. Brunswick/Bath or even Damariscotta/Newcastle) for better access to amenities.

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2. Re: BBH between Christmas and New Years

The Tugboat Inn used to be open year-round as well, but I can't find that info on their website:

http://www.tugboatinn.com/tbi_aboutUs.html

There is a fairly new Hampton Inn on the river in Bath:

…hilton.com/en/…index.html

You could also check out the Sheepscot Harbour Village & Resort near the bridge in Wiscasset:

http://www.midcoastresort.com/index.html

As HD said, Boothbay Harbor slows down considerably after Columbus Day. The shops and restaurants in Damariscotta and Newcastle are, for the most part, open year-round.

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3. Re: BBH between Christmas and New Years

Boothbay Harbor, like many Maine coastal villages and towns, is a "different place" in the winter than it is in the summer... Summer seasonal businesses, for the most part, are closed. Shops and restaurants that are open tend to be open fewer hours than during the summer.... but also are far, far less crowded, meaning more time and attention for the customers they do have.... No winter parking problems in Boothbay Harbor -- but watch for parking restrictions to allow for snow removal if they happen to get a storm while you're there... The ocean views take on a whole new look in the winter...but the rocks can get slippery under certain weather conditions...and you're very apt to have ocean-view areas to yourselves.

Your idea of staying somewhere more central and taking day trips is probably a good one -- between the reduced traffic, reduced operating hours in shops/restaurants, (and maybe the weather), you'll need less time to get where you're going, less time to see what's there, and less time to get back again.... all translates into opportunities to see more places in less time... And accommodations closer to Rt 1 will mean less driving time to destinations other than Boothbay Harbor because you won't have to begin every trip by driving back up the peninsula just to get to Rt 1.

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4. Re: BBH between Christmas and New Years

Thanks, Mainer! That confirms exactly what I was suspecting.

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5. Re: BBH between Christmas and New Years

You should look into staying in the Damariscotta area.......lovely little Main Street with shops and restaurants that stay open year round. The Newcastle Inn http://www.newcastleinn.com/ just over the bridge is a very nice spot to stay. They even do a very nice dinner on New Year's Eve.

Or venture up the coast a bit to Rockland. Again, lots of shops, restaurants, museums and accomodations that stay open. One of my favorite places to stay is the Berry Manor Inn http://www.berrymanorinn.com/

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