Every year Boothbay Harbor, Maine, hosts a celebration of their rich maritime history. Don't miss this year, the 50th anniversary of the festival. Events and activities for the whole family will be held June 24-27.
Boothbay Harbor One Design Race
Kick off the festival by watching the race on Sunday between 1 and 3 p.m. in the harbor. (www.bhyc.net/Racing.html)
Windjammer Golf Tournament
Whether you shoot for birdies, pars or bogeys, anyone can enter this golf tournament at the Boothbay Country Club on Monday. (www.boothbaycountryclub.com)
Pirates of the Dark Rose
What food do pirates love best? Pancakes, of course! The Harbor Children's Center has organized a pancake breakfast both Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. Those who are kids at heart (aka those over 21) can participate in the pirate's pub crawl on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. Don't miss the pirate attack of the harbor on Wednesday and your chance to meet Oreo, the Pirate Bird.
12 Magnificent Schooners
The Schooner Lazy Jack can carry up to eight sails and has traveled all the way to Cuba. The Schooner Harvey Gamage is devoted exclusively to sea education programming and still travels between New England and the Caribbean. The Schooner Timberwind is family owned and operated and is available for reunions, retreats, and workshops. The Schooner Nathaniel Bowditch served in the Coast Guard during World War II. See these and eight more beautiful ships arrive under full sail on Wednesday between 2 and 4 p.m. (Information about each of the ships is available here, [PDF].)
Watch the Antique Boat Parade on Tuesday between 3 and 4 p.m. Many viewing areas are available to see the 40+ antique boats in the harbor. See the Street Parade on Wednesday between 5 and 6 p.m. Parade floats will follow one of five themes:
Tuesday - Enjoy a unique blend of traditional Irish music with Comas at 11 a.m. Maine's best singer-songwriter, Don Campbell Band at 1 p.m. The Don Brewers' Blues Band at 4 p.m. Country music fans will love Bobby Reed and the Wildhorse Band at 7 p.m.
Wednesday - Celebrate maritime history with the Sea Chanteys Chorus at 1 p.m. Broadway Junior show tunes provided by the National Award-winning Boothbay Y-Arts Chorus at 3 p.m. Selections from the Tony award-winning Urinetown at 3:45 p.m. And, lastly, The Corona Brothers at 7 p.m. with their blend of Buffett, Belafonte, Caribbean and California beach music.
Celebrate the end of the festival with a fireworks display over the harbor on Wednesday at 9:15 p.
Check out the Boothbay Harbor Region Chamber of Commerce website for more information on these and other Windjammer Days Festival activities.
-- Julie Gietzel-Glair
Built in the 1800s, The Hodgdon family lived in this beautiful home until it became a bed and breakfast in the late 1980s. Each of the nine rooms is uniquely decorated and features a water view. Relax over a candlelit, leisurely breakfast while listening to soft music. Don't worry about ordering sweets after dinner, delicious evening desserts are part of the package here. Swim in the heated in-ground pool or discover the Trevett Swing Bridge connecting Barters and Hodgdon Islands. <strong>Stay three nights at Hodgdon Island Inn and get 50% off the third night in honor of this special occasion.</strong> <a href="http://www.boothbaybb.com" target="_hplink"><strong>On the web</strong></a>
Enjoy a stay at this unique bed and breakfast including two neighboring inns, The Greenleaf Inn and The Admiral's Quarters Inn. Both were built as homes for sea captains in the early 1800s. The incomparable location at the gateway to the Boothbay Harbor Peninsula offers oceanfront and harbor views. Sit by the private fireplace in your room or soak in the hot tub that overlooks the harbor. Groups will find the living room in the main house perfect for ocean view gatherings. <strong>Stay the weekend of the 50th Anniversary of the Windjammer Days Festival and enjoy a party on the last day of the event, June 27th.</strong> Experience fireworks like you've never seen before while overlooking the harbor from the front porch! Enjoy a complimentary buffet and drinks. <a href="http://www.greenleafinn.com" target="_hplink"><strong>On the web</strong></a>
Boasting 90 years in the hospitality business, this 140-year-old home first opened its doors to boarders in 1922. The work of local artists graces the walls of this inn overlooking the harbor. After dropping off your bags, order a bottle of wine from the extensive list and then relax in the library or enjoy the warmth of the sun on the deck. <strong>"It's Our Anniversary" Package: Stay two or three nights, June through September in a king or queen harbor view room (best available) and get a bottle of wine, two passes to the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, and a $75 gift card for dinner at either Boathouse Bistro, McSeagull's, or Mine Oyster</strong>. That's a total of $425.00 +tax for two nights ($110.00 off) or $550.00 +tax for three nights ($190.00 off). <a href="http://www.welchhouseinn.com" target="_hplink"><strong>On the web</strong></a>
This inn features 20 rooms, three buildings, and the highest point in town. Walk the two-acre grounds to enjoy views of the lighthouses, islands, the sunrise or the sunset. Conveniently located in town, it's only a one-minute walk to restaurants, shops, and art galleries. After a long day of sightseeing, enjoy an afternoon brownie or other treat. The front lawn is perfect for croquet or bocce. <strong>Take a blanket and a picnic and grab a piece of grass for the best view of the Fireworks on June 27th (the last day of the Windjammer Days Festival). </strong>The innkeepers open up the property to the general public and distribute lollipops and treats to all that come. For non-guests, parking is down the hill and in the neighborhood... but well worth the walk. <a href="http://www.topsideinn.com" target="_hplink"><strong>On the web</strong></a>
A historic Victorian bed and breakfast considered the "finest B&B on the waterfront," this inn is second generation family owned and operated. Guests can stroll through the gardens or relax in the harbor view parlor or outdoor deck. It's steps from restaurants, shops, and boating excursions. All rooms have modern amenities but are decorated with a romantic Victorian charm. <strong>"443 Special" - stay four consecutive nights and only pay for three during Windjammer Days.</strong> Build your own traditions in this family-owned B&B where Windjammer Flapjacks are filled with Maine blueberries and topped with local maple syrup. Guests can find both items in the local farmers' market in town. <a href="http://www.harbourtowneinn.com" target="_hplink"><strong>On the web</strong></a>
Get away from it all at this peaceful waterfront retreat situated six miles from Boothbay Harbor. On an old salt farm, the idyllic 15 acres includes waterfront fields, stone walls, woods, apple trees, lilacs and gardens. The estate houses four buildings, one dating back to the 1700s. Borrow a boat and paddle out to see a pair of nesting bald eagles and playful seals or simply relax in a hammock. <strong>Stay for three nights during the 50th Anniversary Windjammer Festival (June 25, 26, and 27) and the third night is free.</strong> Book three paid nights or more in June and receive a 15% discount off the rates. This is a great opportunity to plan family reunions, corporate retreats, weddings, and long vacations. <a href="http://www.boldcolorlifeinn.com" target="_hplink"><strong>On the web</strong></a>
Sailing vessels that have visited Boothbay Harbor lend their names to the six guest rooms at this inn. Guests don't have to travel far for a fantastic meal, there is a restaurant on-site with both fine cuisine and casual fare. The large private porch is the ideal spot for breakfast or an afternoon cocktail. Those who enjoy a good story will want to ask about the barroom brawls, the YMCA, and other tales from the building's long history. This Inn is coming up on its 50th Anniversary and is known for fresh, local seafood, an amazing happy hour and a brand new deck where one can enjoy it all. <a href="http://www.thethistleinn.com" target="_hplink"><strong>On the web</strong></a>