First settled by English fishermen in the 1600s, Newagen has drawn a steady stream of admirers with its rugged coastal landscapes and New England spirit. The Today show and Travel + Leisure ran features on the island and recommended the Newagen Seaside Inn, praising its seclusion and coastal charm. And it was Newagen’s proximity to the ocean that brought Rachel Carson—noted conservationist and author of _Silent Spring_—to the area for field research. Carson was a frequent guest at the Newagen Seaside Inn and loved the island so much that she requested her ashes be scattered along its shores.
The Colonial Revival estate sits on the southern coast of Southport Island, which is connected by bridge to Boothbay Harbor and the mainland. The inn's 20-acre grounds offer sweeping ocean views and miles of hiking and biking trails that wind through spruce forests. There's a conspicuous absence of televisions, but the best guest-room features might be the ocean views from some units.
In lieu of channel surfing, you can try your hand at candlepin bowling in the old-fashioned game room or cannonball in the saltwater pool and hot tub. The onsite dining room features ocean views and a farm-to-table menu that celebrates the area’s abundant seafood—think all-meat crab cakes and fresh-caught lobster. If you're around on a Tuesday, don’t miss out on the lobster bake, with steamer clams, corn on the cob, and potatoes.
Highlights of Boothbay Harbor, Maine
Ocean’s bounty: This coastal town’s chilly waters abound with seafood—mussels, mackerel, and, of course, Maine lobster—as well as tall ships and charter fishing boats. Whale-watching boats run trips in search of humpbacks, pilot whales, and tuna.