Boothbay Harbor 43° 50.90' N 69° 37.61' W
Anxious to see a quintessential Maine village, we run 20-miles, rounding Cape Small and the Cuckholds before heading north into Boothbay Harbor. Carousel Marina is spotted to starboard as we make our approach, so we raise them on our VHF and get a slip assignment. With a fuel dock, on premises restaurant and an easy walk into town, this turns out to be a good choice. After crossing the 1000-foot long footbridge on the way to town, we find the perfect Maine village complete with shops, restaurants, pubs, art galleries, a hardware store, antiques, grocery stores and banks. Condos, inns and 18th and 19th century homes integrate seamlessly into the commercial scene. Referred to as the "Boating Capital of New England," we admire the beautiful, classic yachts moored in the harbor, including a couple of Friendship sloops. With a calendar full of events and festivals, the village knows how to celebrate its maritime heritage.