East Boothbay was once home to a dozen summer hotels; now there's just one left. The handsome Five Gables was painstakingly restored in the late 1980s, and sits proudly amid a small colony of summer homes on a quiet road above a peaceful cove. It's nicely isolated from the confusion and hubbub of Boothbay Harbor. Nearly all of the pleasantly appointed rooms look out onto the water, and five have fireplaces burning manufactured logs; some also sport four-poster beds. Don't come expecting televisions or phones -- it's a quiet place lacking both. Room no. 8 is a corner unit with brilliant morning light and good coastal views; no. 14 is the biggest and most frequently requested room, with more views and a fireplace with a marble mantle. Some first-floor rooms open onto a common deck, which means a little privacy. The inn's included breakfast buffet is very good.
- Brian Kevin