The Best & Closest Hotel to Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens & Gardens Aglow

There are many festive events in Boothbay Harbor and MidCoast Maine during the winter holidays. If you plan to experience the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens or their Gardens Aglow lights event during the winter, you’ll want your hotel to be in a convenient location for getting there and back.

Flagship Inn is one of the best and most affordable hotels near the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. In fact, it’s the closest place to stay for touring the biggest light display in New England.

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The Gardens Aglow Lights Event

Comprised of 295 acres, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens has 17 gardens that feature plants native to Maine and suited for northern coastal conditions. More than 200,000 people visit every year, and some of those visitors go specifically for Gardens Aglow.

This display of more than 650,000 Christmas lights transforms the central gardens from mid-November through December. Since this is an outdoor walking event, it’s important to dress for the winter weather. At these Boothbay botanical gardens during the event, you can enjoy holiday shopping at the Gardenshop as well. Here’s our in-depth article sharing 6 things to know about the Garden’s Aglow Maine light display.

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Key Reasons to Stay With us at the Flagship Inn – Hotel Near Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

As you’re planning a trip to the botanical gardens Maine, be sure to checkout Flagship Inn for a place to stay. Situated on the main road in Boothbay Harbor, our hotel is only a short drive from Gardens Aglow. However, this isn’t the only reason to choose our inn for your visit.

Attentive and Seasoned Hotel Staff

Our hotel has been providing a comfortable place for guests to rest since 1984. Most of our staff members have worked here for 15-20 years. Because of that, guests return to us time and again. As a locally owned and operated hotel, we focus on paying attention to details that most other hotels don’t notice. The result is the feeling that our inn is your home away from home.

Affordable and Clean Rooms

From double rooms to family suites, Flagship Inn has more than 80 rooms and suites that are affordable for romantic getaways, business trips, and family vacations. Finding affordable accommodations can be difficult in coastal Maine. Many of the hotels might be affordable but don’t meet quality standards for cleanliness and comfort.

Whether or not you intend to visit Gardens Aglow, we have clean and comfortable rooms 365 days per year. When you choose our hotel for your MidCoast Maine trip, you get a host of amenities as well. All of our rooms have mini-refrigerators, flat-screen televisions with cable and HBO, air conditioning, wireless internet, and electronic door locks. We even provide some personal amenities in case you forget anything when you’re packing. Microwaves, rollaway beds, and adjoining rooms are available upon request, as well. Some of our rooms even have whirlpool tubs.

In addition, we believe that you shouldn’t have to give up comfort in order to afford a room. That’s why we offer special deals throughout the year.

Pet-Friendly Hotel Accommodations

Along with rooms for people, we have designated accommodations so that your furry family members can stay with you. Our staff is eager to make your pet’s travels just as special as we make your travels. All of the pet-friendly rooms are stocked with items from Two Salty Dogs Pet Outfitters, which has been voted the best Maine pet store. Our property is also connected to Penny Lake Preserve, which has walking trails and plenty of room for your furry friend to explore.

Great Breakfast Options

As part of our commitment to offering affordable and comfortable service, Flagship Inn features a complimentary breakfast for each guest. However, our breakfast is more than the prepackaged, continental breakfast that other budget hotels in Boothbay Harbor provide.

In fact, we raise the bar with our morning menu. We believe that you can only start your day of exploration right with a hearty and healthy breakfast. To that end, our menu includes a variety of items:

  • Milk, tea and juice.
  • A coffee bar with Green Mountain coffee.
  • Toast, bagels, muffins, waffles and English muffins.
  • Yogurt and fresh fruit.
  • Premade eggs for breakfast sandwiches.

Central Location to Numerous Amenities

When you choose our hotel for your stay in Boothbay Harbor Maine, you choose a property at the heart of the area. Along with being the closest hotel to the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, we’re near a range of other attractions, activities, and amenities.

As a matter of fact, our hotel is adjacent to Penny Lake Preserve via a footbridge. The preserve is a freshwater wetland with an open field and woodlands. It features several trails to explore. A lot of local residents visit it for dog walking, running, and other exercise, especially since it’s located near schools, a retirement community, and the Boothbay Region YMCA.

Flagship Inn is also a short, 0.6-mile walk from the mouth of Boothbay Harbor and the Atlantic Ocean. You can enjoy boat tours, whale watching, deep-sea fishing, and other activities on the water. As our guest, you can find unique shopping opportunities in the town center, which is also within walking distance. There are tennis courts, sports fields, and an outdoor playground nearby as well.

Awards and Recognition

The greatest recognition that we’ve received is high ratings from guests. As a testament to our quality service, more than 300 guests have rated us for an average of 4.6 stars across Facebook, Google, and TripAdvisor. As a member of the Maine Tourism Association, we hold ourselves to high hospitality standards and have earned a few certifications and other recognition:

  • Two-diamond rated property from AAA
  • Platinum GreenLeader and Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor
  • Best Pet-friendly Hotel from Downeast Dog News Magazine
  • First place finish in the 2018 Gardens Aglow business contest

Explore More About Our Hotel Near the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

There’s even more to learn about Flagship Inn. Aside from being one of the best hotels near Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, we’re one of the only accommodations that’s available all year round in this area. Check out our reviews, our rooms, our amenities, and our Gardens Aglow special!