Down East Gallery is located in the beautiful seaside village of East Boothbay, just a few miles east of Boothbay Harbor via Route 96. The gallery is on the Ocean Point loop, a 3-mile scenic drive that follows the shoreline at the southern tip of Linekin Neck.
While Boothbay Harbor is bustling with activity, Ocean Point is relaxed and a nature lover’s paradise. You can sit and read a book while the sailboats cruise by, walk the narrow streets and admire the turn of the century historic architecture, climb the rocks, hike the woods trails or swim in the coves that line the shore.
There is plenty of parking along Ocean Point for visitors to the area. The easiest direction is to take Route 96 until it ends at Shore Road, a 2-mile stretch of narrow public road that hugs the coastline. There is a parking area on the left just before Grimes Avenue (about 200 feet before you reach Shore Road). There are also numerous parking spaces along Shore Road next to Grimes Cove. A popular spot in the summer, Grimes Cove has a beach, boat ramp and swimming float.
Kayakers in Grimes Cove:
View of Green Island, Ram Island, Fisherman’s Island and the White Islands from the porch of the Beach Rose Cottage off the Grimes Cove walking path:
Further along Shore Road, there is parking in front of the Wilson Memorial Chapel, and at one of the most popular destinations on Ocean Point, Three Trees, where the rocks are flat, wide and accessible… ideal for walking, picnicking or just taking in the panoramic views of islands and boating activity.
On the west side of the loop is Card Cove and the Ocean Point Inn. An association pier offers public access to swimming and boating.
The circa 1900 cottages along Shore Road, where it ends at Van Horn Road:
From Shore Road, take Van Horn Road up the hill, past the scenic fields, woods and pond, and Down East Gallery will be on the right:
For more direct access to the gallery, take Route 96 south and turn right on Van Horn Road. The gallery is just a few hundred feet down Van Horn Road on the left.