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.

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March 13, 2013

Sue Mcleod: Wedding Officiant and Notary


Sue is a seasonal resident of Newagen, enjoying this beautiful Maine island from April through November. The rest of the year, she resides in Bath, Maine (less than an hour away.) As a Notary, Sue is authorized by the State of Maine to perform wedding ceremonies and would be delighted to officiate your wedding at the Newagen Inn or any of the beautiful locations in the area. Sue is a leadership development professional focuses on coaching leaders and individuals to be more effective through self-awareness, acceptance of others and learning to love the experiences of work and life. If you're looking for a notary or wedding officiant, you'll certainly find a bright friendly smile, warm hospitality and an encouarging voice on one of the most important, and potentially, stressful days of your life. For more information contact Sue at or at 207.751.1689.


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February 13, 2013

The Blizzard of 2013: A View from Newagen Seaside Inn

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Spicy Shrimp and Lobster Mango Bisque



Nothing says I love you like a thoughtful gift, a romantic dinner and a passionate kiss. Why not surprise your love with all three on Valentine's Day including this delightful bisque?

While our focus is to take fresh Maine ingredients from earth and sea and local farms right to you table, our Executive Chef, Fiona Dunlap, has given us a pass. Our justification and inspiration: She just returned from a trip to Jamaica where mangoes are abundant and spicy foods are as common as white sandy beaches.

We hope you enjoy our Valentines Day inspired recipe which integrates savory, spirited Southerly ingredients and sweet delicious Maine shrimp and lobster to bring warm reminders of those perfect Maine summer days. 

Sweet and Spicy Shrimp Mango Bisque (click below to see recipe)

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December 20, 2012

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

New for 2013, Newagen Seaside Inn unveils Seahorse Cottage, perched on the edge of the sea and designed as an exclusive, romantic retreat for couples.

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December 19, 2012

Winter Photography Contest: Favorite Photos From Your Boothbay Harbor Vacation


We're launching a new website in the New Year and what better way to show off Newagen than by using photos from your summer vacation. The Grand Prize Winner will receive a two-night stay at the Inn and honorable mentions will be loaded up with Newagen swag. Best of all, winners will have their photos featured on Newagen's new website (with photographer credit of course).

Submit your entry to before February 1st, 2013 with your name and a short description of the image. Multiple entries are accepted.

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December 14, 2012

December Recipe of the Month: Easy Holiday Challah Bread


A Newagen staff favorite is Easy Challah Bread from Artisinal Bread in Five Minutes a Day by Dr. Jeff Hertzberg and Zoe Francois. The book has become a personal bread bible because of the vast number of recipes in simple formats for the novice baker. It's with great pleasure that we share this very easy, extremely tasty bread recipe that anyone can make. If you've never made bread, don't worry about it, just follow the recipe and you're sure to have a holiday hit for your recipe repertoire. Simply click below to see the recipe and photos in their entirety.

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October 29, 2012

HMS Bounty Abandons Ship off N.C. Coast


A heart wrenching report of the distressed HMS Bounty reached Boothbay Harbor, which has been a welcome port for the ship and its crew over the years. The boat and its crew were iconic figures in Boothbay Harbor, which has a rich shipbuilding heritage.The vessel was here for routine maintenance between mid-September and mid-October getting a new coat of paint, caulk in leaky seams and new crew quarters. 

The HMS Bounty Facebook page reported that the boat departed Connecticut for St. Petersburg, Florida last week and attempted to go around Hurricane Sandy. BountyLocationHurricaneSandy

On Sunday October 28, Captain Robin Walbridge wrote, "We are just going to keep trying to go fast and squeeze by the storm and land as fast as we can."

Shortly after the Captain's update, the owner of the Bounty lost communication with the vessel and alerted the Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard then received a distress signal from the ship showing its position. The heroic men and women of the Coast Guard sent an aircraft to speak with the crew, which reported that the vessel was taking on water. According to an official Coast Guard Report, "The Coast Guard has received word that the crew of the HMS Bounty has abandoned ship approximately 90 miles southeast of Hatteras N.C., Monday. The crew donned cold water survival suits and life jackets before launching in two 25-man lifeboats with canopies. Two Coast Guard helicopters rescued 14 people from life rafts after they were forced to abandon ship.

They were flown to Air Station Elizabeth City in North Carolina where they were met by awaiting emergency medical services personnel, the Coast Guard said.

An aircraft was on the scene, searching for the two missing crew members, with a Jayhawk helicopter en route to assist.

"It appears that two crew members didn't make it on to the life rafts," Coast Guard spokesman Lt. Michael Patterson told NBC News. The Coast Guard was speaking with the rescued crew members to find out more details."

 For more information on the Bounty and updates on the rescue, visit their Facebook page. For now, our hearts and prayers are with the crew and those involved in the search and rescue.


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September 21, 2012

Chef Fiona wins Peoples Choice Award at Boothbay Harbor "Claw Down"

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The First Annual Boothbay Harbor "Claw Down", hosted by the Boothbay Harbor Region Chamber of Commerce, was an amazing night with 18 local Boothbay Harbor chefs and co-hosted by Lynn Archer, owner of the Brass Compass Cafe and winner on the Food Network show "Throwdown with Bobby Flay", and 94.9 WHOM's on-air evening host Mike Rovin. The two awards up for grabs were the Judges Award and People's Choice Award. 



Two weeks of recipe imagination and perfection culminated in a delicious lobster appetizer creation by Newagen Seaside Inn's Executive Chef Fiona Dunlap. The dish was a Petite Lobsterbake and included a petite corn cake, native corn puree, Southport Island lobster, butter sauce and candied tarragon. The event was a complete sell out and nearly all 350 bites were enjoyed by the 200 plus attendees. After an hour and a half of feasting, the votes were in and Chef Fiona was awarded the coveted People's Choice Award and came within 1/2 point of winning the Judges' award. Congratulations Fiona! 


To enjoy one of Chef Fiona's tasty Lobster creations visit Newagen Seaside Inn Sunday - Friday before the Inn closes for the season October 12. 

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September 05, 2012

Visit Boothbay Harbor: One of Maine's Prettiest Villages



Downeast Magazine’s September issue is celebrating “Maine’s 10 Prettiest Villages” and it just so happens that 5 of the top 6 are not only within driving distance of Newagen Seaside Inn, but right in our own backyard.

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August 18, 2012

"Rachel Carson's 'Rugged Shore in Maine" - A New York Times Story


The New York TImes recently featured Rachel Carson and her connection to Southport Island and Newagen Seaside Inn in their August 17, 2012 story entitled "Rachel Carson's 'Rugged Shore in Maine". They truly captured her love of the Maine Coast, Southport Island and Newagen Seaside Inn.

The New Times writes: 

"The coast northeast of Portland indents to green, hilly peninsulas and fjord-like estuaries — “salt-water rivers, now arms of the sea,” in Carson’s words. I drove along one of those rivers, the Sheepscot, to Boothbay Harbor, a white-clapboard fishing village and resort, where shops and restaurants slope down to a busy waterfront. As I passed onto a swing bridge that leads to Southport Island, the location of Carson’s cottage, the hectic, information-laden world began to slip away.

The island retains the pristine timelessness that attracted Carson, with its “deep dark woodland and rugged shore.” I meandered five miles south to Cape Newagen, the island’s tip, site of the Newagen Seaside Inn, a hotel dating from 1816 that Carson often visited. The stately white colonial building sits above “the hollow boom of the sea striking against the rocks,” she wrote.

The owners of Newagen, Scott and Corinne Larson, invite you to visit Newagen Seaside Inn and the Rachel Carson monument. Many Rachel followers make the pilgrimage to the "the rock" where her ashes are scattered. The stately Adirondack chairs overlooking the rocky coast and saltwater river provide a spot where one can reflect on her impact and appreciate the world around us that moved Rachel Carson and others to protect. For more information or to visit, contact Newagen Seaside Inn directly at 1-800-654-5242. Or to make reservations, click here

Photo: Chris Becker, NY Times

Quote: Frank M. Meola, NY Times August 17, 2012


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July 09, 2012

A 3-minute Video Tour of Newagen Seaside Inn

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July 02, 2012

Whale Watching in Boothbay Harbor - Maine's Most Popular Attraction

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If you have been to Boothbay Harbor, you have no doubt seen or heard of Cap'n Fishes Whale Watch and Nature Cruises. Cap'n Fish and Whale Watching in Boothbay Harbor go together like... well, like Fish and Chips. The Fish Family are the originator of Whale Watching in Boothbay Harbor and have over 80 years of experience operating passenger vessels in the Boothbay Harbor Region. Combine that experience with some of the latest technology and that translates into high probability that you will see whales. If no whales are spotted on a Cap'n Fish Whale Watch they offer a rain check good on any of their other cruises. Based on previous years records, it is unlikely that one would not see whales. 

For more information on Whale Watching and their other cruises visit them on the web at To begin planning your next Maine vacation, why not check out Newagen Seaside Inn, a member of Historic Hotels of America, located just minutes from Boothbay Harbor on scenic Southport Island.

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February 14, 2012

Top Wedding Photos of 2011

One of our favorite things to do is review photo submissions for our annual photo contest. We reflect back on great memories that were forged at Newagen Seaside Inn, we remember with fondness the spectacular celebrations and most importantly the incredible families we had an opportunity to serve. What a year it was! With that said, we are excited to share with you, the Top Photos of 2011, in no particular order. Drum roll please... 

Reception_0104 Jason4                                        Photo Courtesy of Rachel Olson Photography©


_MG_0180                Photo Courtesty of Robert Mitchell Photography©


Worsnop-0537                Photo Courtesy of Michele Stapleton©


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Photo Courtesy of Sara Wilmot©




 Photo Courtesy of Michele Stapleton©


Photo Courtest of Felice Boucher©


Photo Courtesy of Elizabeth Armstrong©



Photo Courtesy of Michele Stapleton©


Photo Courtesy of Blush Imagery©





Photo Courtesy of Amy Salerno©



Photo Courtest of Karen Lewis©




Photo Courtesy of Michele Stapleton©




Photo Courtesy of Michele Stapleton©


What's your favorite photo? Click here to visit our Facebook Fan page and vote for your favorite. 

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February 07, 2012

Newagen Seaside Inn Weddings: The Best of 2011

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January 24, 2012

Newagen Seaside Inn Receives 2012 Brides' Choice Award


{Southport,ME} – January 24, 2012 – WeddingWire, the nation's leading wedding Marketplace, is excited to announce Newagen Seaside Inn has been selected to receive the prestigious WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2012 for Ceremony & Reception Venue! 

The esteemed annual awards program recognizes the top local wedding vendors from the WeddingWire Network who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism within the wedding industry. While many industry awards are selected by the organization, Newagen Seaside Inn was selected based on its stellar reviews from past newlywed clients. 

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November 16, 2011

Southport Island featured as one of 15 Secret Island Getaways

Photo Credit: Just Us 3 - Flickr

Thanks to our good friend and fabulous photographer, Michele Stapleton, we discovered this great story on Southport entitled 15 Secret Island Getaways from Here's what they had to say about our Island: 

"Experience the charm and simple beauty of New England's coastline without the hustle and bustle of the busier tourist towns.  Southport Island offers all the best of Maine - including the unbeatable seafood and cozy accommodations - without the flocks of tourists typically found among the region's more popular vacation destinations." 

For more information on planning a Southport Island vacation, contact Newagen Seaside Inn at 1-800-654-5242. 

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November 14, 2011

Newagen Seaside Inn is Wedding Wire Rated for 2011



Newagen Seaside Inn is now WeddingWire Rated for 2011. 

Southport Island, Maine - November 11, 2011 - WeddingWire, the nation's leading wedding technology company, is pleased to announce that Newagen Seaside Inn is WeddingWire Rated 2011 for Wedding Reception Locations. WeddingWire Rated is an annual award program that distinguishes wedding vendors across the country for their excellence. Based on hundreds of thousands of recent wedding reviews, WeddingWire Rated is the most recognized and trusted brand among engaged couples looking to find the best local businesses for their wedding. 

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July 23, 2011

Tafelski Mellen Polar Plunge at Newagen Seaside Inn


The heat has been oppressive in the east the last week, however temperatures near coastal Maine and at Newagen Seaside Inn have been much cooler. Mike Tafelski and Anne Mellen are celebrating their wedding weekend from "hot-lanta" and hoped to escape the heat. While the air temperatures were record breaking and hard to control, one sure way to cool off is through an icy plunge into Newagen harbor, which has become a tradition at Newagen Seaside Inn. Don't think it's polar? Watch this video and listen for the jubilant reactions from the Mellen Tafelski entourage as they hit the frosty surface. Or for a closer look, join the alumni, visit the Inn and enjoy the plunge yourself. Congrats Anne and Mike, hope the weekend was all you imagined it would be.

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July 04, 2011

A Summer Wedding in Boothbay Harbor at Newagen Seaside Inn

Video courtesy of Dan Debruin from Northeast DJ's


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June 02, 2011

Maine Attractions and Events: Fireside Tales at Newagen Seaside Inn with Becky Rule


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Rebecca Rule loves stories and she's been collecting them around and about New England for most of her life, and telling them to appreciative audiences for fifteen years, give or take.  "Stories speak to us of community," she says, "They hold our history and reflect our identity. They connect us.  In the oral tradition, the more you give a story away, the more it belongs to you. I love nothing more than giving stories to audiences, and, on the best nights, receiving stories in return." 

 At Newagen Inn on Wednesday, June 15 at 7:30, she’ll tell some stories --  her favorites are the funny ones -- and invite audience members to contribute a few of their own.  No pressure -- just the fun of being together and laughing together.

Rebecca Rule's latest book is  Headin’ for the Rhubarb: A New Hampshire Dictionary (kinda).  Other books include Could Have Been Worse: True Stories, Embellishments, and Outright Lies; and  Live Free and Eat Pie: A Storyteller’s Guide to New Hampshire.   

Come join us each Wednesday this summer for Fireside Tales with some of New Englands most interesting storytellers, historians and characters. For more information on staying at Newagen Seaside Inn, just minutes from Boothbay Harbor, visit us at


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April 06, 2011

Southport Island & Newagen Seaside Inn featured on the Today Show as a "Secret Island Getaway".



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March 18, 2011

Bob Charest Band: Maine Wedding Band



It's always a treat to have the Bob Charest Band at the Newagen Seaside Inn.  They feature all styles of popular music, from tasteful dinner music to high-energy dance sets.  Along with superb performance quality, bridal couples and their guests love how Bob reads each crowd, responding to what they're enjoying and playing to their tastes.  The band members - three lead singers, rhythm section, and horn players - add to the fun by being very inclusive and interactive with the crowd.  In addition to providing the perfect soundtrack for your wedding reception or party, smaller ensembles, from solo piano to an instrumental jazz trio, are available for your ceremony and cocktail hour. Playing just the right blend of multi-generational music, the Bob Charest Band is the perfect complement to your special event.   
For more information contact the Bob Charest Band at 


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March 17, 2011

Family Travel Abridged



Locating quality travel tips online can be overwhelming. If you enter the term "family travel tips" you'll discover 412,000,0000 results. By the time you surf through those results you'll be hosting your grandkids for a sleep over!  

We were excited to see a neatly compiled blog post, Keeping Your Kids Safe - 25 Top Travel Tripsfrom an unlikely travel source called Masters in Public Health. Probably not your next great Travel Blog, but nevertheless, the article reduces an oversaturated travel blogosphere and provides help for the web weary travel trip explorer. 

For other travel tips, check out Surviving the Drive: 10 Tips for Low Stress Car Travel and 10 Ways to Get More Bang for Your Travel Buck. Or, if you are planning a trip to Maine, why not pick up the phone and call Lin Koch, our resident travel expert at Newagen Seaside Inn, at 800-654-5242. 

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March 10, 2011

Emily Carter: Maine Wedding Florist


Emily Carter Floral Designs brings innovative designs to each client's wedding while tying in little personalized details unique to the couple and their style.  Whether it is through her specialty line of rentals or incorporating elements native to Maine, it seems certain that when a client selects ECFD they are ensured to be overwhelmed with delight from start to finish.

“The various qualities of the seasons are amazing in New England: the vibrant colors of Summer, rust tones of Fall, pristine white and grays of Winter and the pastel charm of Spring.  I love taking advantage of the seasonal flowers and using them in ways that ring true to Maine and there is no greater place to do this than seaside at Newagen,” quotes Emily.

Looking for a Maine Wedding Florist, visit  

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February 07, 2011

Planning Your Maine Wedding: Meet the Livingston Quartet


This past summer we had the privilege of hearing the Livingston Quartet at a September wedding. The Livingston Quartet offers an unparalleled jazz experience.  Having studied with faculty at New England’s elite music institutions, Nathan Joseph (guitar), Molly Ridley (piano), Jasper Boyd (bass), and Fhiwa Ndou (drums) perform at weddings, charity events, and university functions as well as jazz clubs in Boston and Portland.  Livingston Quartet showcases a repertoire that ranges from classic to contemporary, and the group is equally comfortable providing a tasteful backdrop as it is taking center-stage. For more information contact Nathan at 

For more information on planning your Maine Wedding, contact Jason Schlosser at

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October 27, 2010

Jason and Hannah's Coastal Wedding at Newagen: An Amazing Day and An Epic Arrival


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October 11, 2010

2010 in Review: A Sunny Season Sets Over Newagen Seaside Inn

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Photo by Nina Sharma West (Fall photo contest entry)

The summer season of 2010 is now a memory and goes into the annals as one of the most spectacularly sunny seasons on record.

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September 16, 2010

Traditional Newagen Lobsterbake at Newagen Seaside Inn

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July 16, 2010

His Way, Her Way, Their Story - A Coastal Maine Wedding at Newagen Seaside Inn


 Amy and Kevin met on the softball field, playing for opposing teams.

“Amy was playing second base, and I hit a double and easily cruised into second,” says Kevin. “I tried to make a joke, but Amy’s team was losing at that point and she only scowled at me.  That’s how it started.”

At some point, Amy says she had a crush on Kevin and “he finally looked in my direction.”

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June 30, 2010

10 Off the Beaten Path Adventures in the Boothbay Region


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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.

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