At Boothbay Harbor, Maine
Arrington's Inn Traveler Review of The Greenleaf Inn
by Judy Morris
photography by Robert Mitchell
Nestled on a knoll overlooking Boothbay Harbor sits the Greenleaf Inn, a jewel in the crown of this charming, active fishing town. The long wraparound front porch with wicker furniture and tables for taking meals or playing games, invites you to look out over the harbor at lobster boats as well as pleasure craft and relax. Enjoy a world set apart from everyday cares. Every room offers a stunning view of the harbor.
It was just this world that drew Jeff Teel away from a 20-year profession as an accountant in New Hampshire and turned him into the innkeeper of the Greenleaf Inn in June 1998. He was joined in August 1998 by mascot, the inimitable Metro, a shepherd/lab mix, who was found at a New York subway by Jeff's niece. Jeff, whose family had summered every year at Boothbay for four generations, happened to be jogging by and saw the inn for sale. He seized the opportunity embark on the new adventure of providing a welcoming place for travelers, a haven from cares and stresses. At the inn you will find meticulous attention to detail, an unfazed readiness to make any and all special arrangements, and a level of polish and an unobtrusive perfection that returning guests have come to expect!
The Greenleaf Inn is located on the corner of Commercial St. and Greenleaf Lane named for an early selectman of the town. The inn was built as a sea captain's home in 1849, during the time when lob-stering, fishing, and shipbuilding were the primary industries on this peninsula. Today, lobstering and shipbuilding remain important to the economy of the area. The house later served as a boarding home for sailors whose ships were berthed in the harbor. It has been continuously occupied and always kept in shipshape.
Since his tenure, Jeff has added two rooms, porches, and decks, enlarged the living room and added a sunroom. He has had the grounds refurbished and planted colorful, manicured flowerbeds, and made the most of the large shade trees by artfully placing Adirondack chairs on the lawn where you can spend a sunny day looking out over the harbor.
For rainy, cooler days, the library is filled with games and books including a complete set of Mark Twain books and numerous novels that cater to all tastes. An extensive library of videos can be signed out for use in the VCR's provided in every room. Guests can rent videos at a local video store and put them on their room bill. If that were not enough, there are also game tables for chess, cribbage, checkers, and Monopoly®.
As night falls you might choose to stay in spacious Room 3 located on the second floor with a front window that overlooks the harbor with a glass door opening onto a large private balcony. This room has soft blue faux painted walls and is furnished with antiques and reproduction pieces for comfortable seating. The hand-painted murals and faux painted rooms are the work of Jeff's artist sister, Nancy Teel. It features a queen-sized bed with a mahogany headboard, white com-forter and floral accents on pillows, curtains and an upholstered bench. One can enjoy the amenities of a fireplace, air conditioning, ceiling fan, alarm clock, satellite TV/VCR, small refrigerator, iron/ironing board, and plush terry robes. There is a generous private bathroom with a tub/shower combination and a cozy sitting area with a gorgeous hand-painted mural depicting an ocean scene.
Or you might want to stay in Room 5, also on the second floor. This large room is located in the front of the house with panoramic views of the islands and open ocean. It is bright and cheery and features a queen-sized bed and another twin bed tastefully appointed with handmade quilts. Wicker and hand-painted furniture adorn this cozy room that features a fireplace, satellite TV/VCR, air conditioning, fan, and small refrigerator. Alarm clock, iron/ironing board and plush terry robes are also found here. A private bath with a shower/tub combination and a comfortable sitting area rounds out this charming room.
If you prefer an outside entry with a generous, private balcony overlooking the entrance to the harbor, Room 6 on the west wing of the inn might be your cup of tea. This very bright room with faux green painted walls features an immaculate white duvet on a queen-sized bed with a black iron headboard. You will also find a fireplace, walk-in closet, satellite TV/VCR, small refrigerator, alarm clock, iron/ironing board and plush terry robes. A spacious bathroom with a tub/shower combination and plenty of storage are found this well-appointed room.
Also overlooking the harbor is an outdoor hot tub. An ice machine and glasses are available in the guest dining room at all times. You have access to high-speed Internet from all rooms and the library. For the musically inclined, a lovely console piano graces the living room.
The spacious breakfast area overlooks the water and includes individual tables for intimate dining. Breakfast consists of fresh fruit, muffins, pancakes, French toast, eggs, sausage, bacon, cinnamon yogurt or vanilla-lemon yogurt are available as is cereal. House specialties include: scrumptious crabmeat breakfast pie, enticing gingerbread waffles, fragrant baked pineapple French toast, and yummy Middle Eastern lemon yogurt pancakes. Coffee, tea, assorted juices and soda are available throughout the day, not just at breakfast.
You won't run out of activities; bicycles are available for sightseeing along the Maine coast and around the harbor. In the gift shop you can purchase porcelain replicas of the inn as well as prints of the Villa Greenleaf, a second inn located at St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands where Jeff and Metro spend the winter welcoming guests. During the winter months the Greenleaf Inn is open and capably run by the welcoming assistant managers, Marcia and Don Soler. In the summer months cordial assistant manager, Connie Woveris, runs the Villa Greenleaf. " All three have been in the hospitality business for a long time and do a terrific job of making guests feel welcome," says Jeff.
If you go to Boothbay Harbor in the winter, you can watch the "sea smoke" rise every morning, due to the warm ocean currents contacting the cool air, giving a misty, dreamy quality to the coast. In December you can take in the Harbor Lights Festival with all of the boats decorated for the holidays. Caroling and a lighting contest for both commercial and residential properties make Boothbay aglow on cool nights. Whatever time of year you choose to go, you can find a restful, inviting stay in store for you at the Greenleaf Inn. Jeff's exceptional guiding hand in every detail and Metro's charming, morning welcomes always receive accolades from returning guests. •
The Greenleaf Inn at Boothbay Harbor
(207) 633-3100 or (888) 950-7724