Igloo meal on the deck of the Tugboat

Over Thanksgiving weekend, Tugboat Inn, 80 Commercial St., Boothbay Harbor, began offering igloo dining on the Marina Lounge Deck. Twelve feet in diameter, the two igloos are adorned with white lights and can accommodate two to six people.

Reservations (at 633-4434) are required for dining in the igloos. “They are very comfortable and cool. You are in this bubble with white lights all around. You don’t feel locked in at all,” said general manager Bonnie Stover. “People love them. They want to eat in an igloo! If I had room, I would have more.

The idea came from Carla Lafayette. She and her husband Dan own the Lafayette hotels, which include Tugboat, Boothbay Harbor Inn and Fisherman’s Wharf Inn and the Kennebunkport property The Breakwater Inn. The Lafayettes had two igloos there in 2020 and added two more this year.

Carla Lafayette thought the igloos would be perfect for Tugboat, as it stays open during the holidays. Stover agreed.

Keeping heat in mind, indoor/outdoor carpeting was installed on the deck, along with additional electrical outlets for heaters inside the igloos and white holiday lights. Stover said they also had warm, fluffy blankets inside, just in case, but the igloos were comfortably warm the first weekend.

“Everyone who dined there loved it and we have tons of reservations,” Stover said. “They look great, they are so pretty at night and you can see them from the water and from the street.”

The maintenance crew installed the igloo frames and interior plastic sheeting. All the staff participated in the decoration. Dining room manager Debbie Wickert set the tables and, for added ambiance, added lanterns to each.

The igloos will be at Tugboat every Thanksgiving until New Years Day. To learn more about Tugboat, visit www.tugboatinn.com

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