Paul Coulombe, who owns Boothbay Harbor Country Club in Boothbay, Maine, has purchased the inn for $3.75 million, and plans to transform it into The Rocktide Oceanside Golf Resort. Extensive renovations will include opening up the dining room to outside seating with fire pits and vertical heaters, and updating the guestrooms and restaurant.
Paul Coulombe, owner of Boothbay Harbor Country Club in Boothbay, Maine, has bought the Rocktide Inn & Restaurant in Boothbay Harbor, Maine, the Boothbay Register reported.
Along with the inn and restaurant, the sale included an adjacent 16,000-sq. ft. waterfront lot owned by Susan Miller and Melanie (Betsey) Kipp. The total cost to Coulombe was $3.75 million, the Register reported.
According to Coulombe representative Michelle Amero, the plans for Rocktide, which will be called The Rocktide Oceanside Golf Resort, include extensive renovations, many of them focused on optimizing the views of the harbor and outer harbor. Amero said the upgrades will include installing Nana walls, sliding glass doors that will allow for opening up the dining room and bar area to the outside, the Register reported.
The outside seating capacity will double, and cedar posts with glass lanterns will light up the large deck over the water. Fire pits and vertical heaters will be installed to warm up chilly evenings, the Register reported.
Rooms in the inn will be getting makeovers, too. All new mattresses, linens, pillows, lights, sinks and toilets are in the plans. The existing beds, mattresses, bedding and dressers will be donated to local people in need. A group of volunteers has been assigned to distribute the items, the Register reported.
The new restaurant will be called Coastal Prime Seaside Dining. Guests who stay at the inn will receive 50 percent off golf at the country club, and shuttle service will be provided. Future plans for the inn and restaurant, with an anticipated time frame of two to three years, include a major renovation, the Register reported.
Originally from Lewiston, Coulombe inherited his family’s business, White Rock Distilleries. He sold it in 2012. He now owns an estate on Pratt’s Island off Southport Island. Four years ago, he bought the country club for $1.4 million. Since then, he has invested $50 million in the business, the Register reported.
“Boothbay Harbor is a uniquely beautiful area, it’s a true gem,” Coulombe said in an email. “While boat building and fishing remain active industries, tourism has the greatest potential to have the most positive impact on the local economy. I have purchased the Rocktide to provide four star facilities and a world class marina.”
Rocktide first opened its doors in 1968 as a small lobster restaurant with picnic tables on the wharf over the harbor. The grand reopening is scheduled for Memorial Day weekend and is open to the public, the Register reported.