About the Bold Colorful
These guests were
guests, or rented the whole building as a
July 22-29, 2013
The Farmhouse and Cape rental
Melissa, the family had a great time. The drums and
xylophone were real hits with the little ones and the great
room of the farm house was perfect for gatherings. We didn't
see your deer but saw a chip monk, eagle and assorted birds
and butterfly'.! Jeanne M, Novato, California
We had a
lovely time there! Don L, Ventura, California
July 19-22, 2013
The Farmhouse rental
I wanted to let you know what a great time we had at the
farm house last weekend. I will send the pictures of
the wedding cake shortly.
Richard P, Stow, MA
July 6-13, 2013
The Farmhouse rental
We had a great time and back into somewhat of our routine.
We have a few days left on our vacation so we are still
taking it easy here.
tea another time maybe! If we ever go back down your way we
will be sure to stop by and say "hi"!
Thanks again for renting out your lovely farmhouse. We will
cherish the memories for a long time!
Enjoy the rest of your summer!
All my best
Johanne L, Montreal, Canada
July 6-13 The
We pretty much got to do everything we'd hope for and
really enjoyed the area.
Thank you for sharing your wonderful home and responding to
our needs early on.
I hope you have a wonderful rest of the summer.
Art A, Kennett Square, PA
July 2-6, 2013
The Farmhouse rental
We are so excited that our vacation is approaching so
quickly. Everyone in our group has read the policy manual
and we will certainly ask you if we have any questions. We
plan to leave Pulaski at 5AM, but with a toddler it will
take longer than 8.5 hours. We plan to stop a few times
along the way....
We had a lovely visit. Thanks!
June 29-July 6,
2013 The Cape rental
Hi Melissa….yes, trip home went well and landed safely into
PHX. Hubby returned to work this morning so vacation is fun
memories….west coast kiddos return to school in couple weeks
(get out mid-May so summer flew by). Beautiful state is
Have a wonderful summer….warmly, Fran L, Chandler, Arizona
June 6-9, 2013
for Group of Friends!
A group of
8 ladies rented this farmhouse for a weekend getaway in
June. We live in New Hampshire and found the rental online.
Boothbay Harbor was fun to explore for a day. The Coastal
Maine Botanical Gardens is a MUST visit. Spend at least 3
hours there. Great for the family and any garden lovers.
This was a perfect rental for our group! Plenty of private
space for everyone and great community rooms: kitchen, porch
and living area.
was a highlight with the long table to enjoy meals and games
after dinners. The large living room with the wall of
windows was relaxing to sit, read, listen to music and enjoy
the view. We enjoyed coffee on the deck seeing a deer in the
field and listened to many birds singing beautifully every
morning. The house is decorated with beautiful vibrant, fun
colors. The kitchen is well stocked with plenty of dishes,
drinkware & serving pieces which all feel new - not worn as
some rentals. Great rental for a group - we felt like we
were in someone's country home
attentive to any need we might have and responded so quickly
as we corresponded planning our weekend away. The rooms were
so clean as were the bathrooms. The color coordination of
all the rooms was so creative.. definitly planned by an
artist! This is a special rental that would be wonderful for
family or small group - comes highly recommended!
April 27, 2013
B&B Girl's Reunion
Our stay was
absolutely wonderful! Melissa made our time at her retreat
feel like home. She was very hospitable and by the time we
left, I felt like I had known her for years!
2012 Farmhouse and Cape Rental
Melissa is the
perfect hostess and Bold Colorful Life is the best location
for our annual family Christmas.. We are a family of seven
adult children and 15 grandchildren.. most from away.. so
this was our second year of being lucky enough to meet here
for our family holiday,
dining table is the perfect place for holiday crafts, cookie
making and the kitchen is perfect for our appetizer and
dessert contest chefs. The great room with the largest
christmas tree we have ever seen, was perfect for relaxing,
games or an evening of Karaoke..Yikes.
bedrooms are so comfortable and the kids love the fact they
all have their own bathrooms! See you in 2013 Melissa!
Boothbay Harbor, ME and Charleston, SC
2012 Farmhouse and Cape rental
spot for a wedding!
My fiancee (now husband!) and I, along with our families,
rented both the farmhouse and cape house on this property
for a week in early September. At the end of the week, we
had a small wedding in the back yard, overlooking the
beautiful Back River. We simply could not have asked for a
better setting for our wedding!! The property is absolutely
lovely, and the view of the Back River from the farmhouse is
are bold, colorful, and beautiful, as is the proprietor,
Melissa! With 9 bedrooms between the two houses (5 in the
farmhouse and 4 in the cape), each with a private bathroom,
this place would be perfect for any large group!
the location of this property is perfect- close enough to
Boothbay Harbor to easily pop into town for shopping or
dinner, but far enough out of town to get away from the
hubbub and enjoy some peace and quiet!
warm and welcoming, and makes you feel like family from the
moment you arrive. What a beautiful place for a vacation,
and a wonderful way to start our married life! Thanks
Kelli C, VT
rented the entire farmhouse for our wedding location, what a
FANTASTIC place. Melissa is so much more than just a wonderful
hostess. Every communication with Melissa left me with a big smile
on my face. She's truly a special person who enjoys sharing her
stunning property and incredibly gracious nature with others. I had
hired a bagpiper to play as a surprise for my new husband & our
guests. Melissa was as delighted as I was figuring out exactly where
to hide him for his grand entrance, working out the perfect location
& timing to the last detail. :) She made our stay a truly lovely
one. Thank you, Melissa"..xx, Lori R, Exeter, NH
"Dear Melissa, It was an honor to share in Lori and Donovan's
special day and even more special to live out these moments in your
FABULOUS home! You were so gracious and I have to say thank you!"
Love, Chris and Scott
I know I told you before, but we had a great time. So many
people have commented on the venue (because it's the coolest
ever). I really think the vibe of the land and the bright
decor brings out the best in people - at least that's what
it does to me! Thanks for being so hospitable." Best
Kara M, New York, NY
8/28/10 Vacation Rental
"You have such a wonderful place here. No where else could you find
the beauty of the landscaping and view along with the wonderfully
creative and artistic house. This relaxing and fun weekend was the
perfect bachelorette party setting. Thank you so much for sharing
this with us." Laura, "The Bride"
"Wonderful, magical place. The view, the peace, the colors, the
comfortable home makes it a very successful vacation for grownups,
kids and grandkids. Thank you, Melissa" Elisabeth S, Princeton, NJ
7/31/10 Vacation Rental
"This place worked out great! Where else can you find a compound
that can handle 10 people of all ages. This was a 70th birthday for
me and the first time we had ever tried a family reunion, ever. We
had a great time and wonderful weather the whole week.
What more could you ask for." The Tony B Clan
"This is a wonderful house! So lovely and charming. We all
loved going down to the water and pond. The animals were beautiful.
The view is exhilarating! We all came to celebrate Fran and John's
50th anniversary and this house was the perfect place! I will
miss seeing the fog roll in, the beautiful weather and going on
hikes. And most of all....the ocean. Thank you!" Ingrid, Ron,
Camille, Erin, Fran, Monica, Erik, John, Olivia and Jems
7/3-10/10 Vacation Rental
"I am sitting at the enormous kitchen table at dusk, watching the
fog roll in over the water....so very beautiful. We came here to
celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary. our four children, two
sons-in-law and our four grandsons--ages 5, 4, 2 &1 joined us for
the week. The twelve of us so enjoyed the roomy indoor spaces along
with the endless outdoor spaces to play. Your gardens are stunning
and charming. Thank you for a wonderful week!"
Charlie and Debbie W, Stonington, CT; Heather, Jon and Morrison F,
Providence, R.I.; Erin W, Providence, R.I.; Julie, Juan, Diago,
Joaquin and Lorenzo, Providence, R.I.
" For 12 years we have traveled to different locations for our girls
weekend away. We have staye din every state in New England and to
New York and we were so lucky to have found your home in
beautiful Boothbay, Maine. This year was a special occasion as 3 of
us were celebrating a milestone birthday. Your colorful and uniquely
decorated home made it a great place for this celebration. We
enjoyed having our morning coffee on the deck and admiring the view
of the river. we'd love to come back for another visit and woould
recommend your place to anyone coming to this area", The Girls from
Massachusetts! Jane, Tewksbury; Karen, Lynn; Kathy, No. Reading;
Maryjane, Reading; Paula, Winthrop; Peggy, Peabody.
"What a beautiful Sept. morn! The crispness in the air sends a clear
msg to my soul--thank you for allowing us to spend a little time at
your Haven! The energy here is Magical! In about 2 weeks I'm certain
the foliage will be breathtaking. I'm certain our paths shall meet
again"--Sandy and Bob, Voluntown, CT
8/23/09 Vacation Rental
"Dearest Melissa, Thank you for providing the perfect place for our
family. From the moment we walked in the front door, we all felt "at
home". Each room is special and very beautiful. The grounds are
lovely and provide a place to "unwind"... See you soon," Elaine B
8/16/09 Vacation Rental
"Dear Melissa, What can I say. Not only do you have a beautiful
place, but the company was wonderful. I'm so glad our Class of '70
girls could all get together. The songs and laughter will stay for a
long time. We'll definitely recommend it to others". Joanne B K
"Refreshingly bold, intensely focused, and perfectly integrated; you
have created the ideal environment here at Bold Colorful Life!" Gail
"The view, the breeze, the water, the friendship, a lovely place in
Maine." Jeannine S
"Your Inn is wonderful! The kids especially like the pond and
kayaking in the river. We all enjoyed your hospitality and the
great, healthy breakfast you served. We hope this great adventure
works out well--we know it will!" Mark, Kim, Aaron and Christine S
7/10-13, 2009 Vacation
"My 3 sisters and all of our spouses spent a long weekend at this
fabulous farmhouse from 7/10-7/13/09. All 8 of us had a fantastic
time. The farmhouse is a gorgeous creation by Melissa Thornton.
She has taken pieces from the barn that once stood on the property
and built this beautiful farmhouse with a spectacular view of the
river that is surrounded by acres of wonderful wildlife of all
kinds. The house has 5 beautiful colorful bedrooms all with their
own baths. The kitchen is enormous with everything you need. Fully
stocked and a table that seats 14 easily. The greatroom is full of
windows and more windows that also look out over the river. Lots of
space in this very large cathedral ceiling room. It's the perfect
place to hang out together and read, do puzzles, play games or just
talk and laugh Just awesome! So much to offer right on-site and if
you are looking to get out and about, the beautiful botanical
gardens and Boothbay Harbor are only minutes away. I can't say
enough about the property and Melissa was a fantastic host. She was
very accommodating and attentive to her guests. Would definitely
return for another stay!"
Linda M, Goffstown,NH
"What a wonderful place!
You've done such a great job creating a warm, inviting home away
from home. We couldn't ask for a more comfortable place. And the
view is breathtaking. We will recommend you to anyone coming up this
way. We look forward to coming up again during a different season to
see the changes. Thanks again", Dan & Jeri T, Cindy A, Paul L,
Howe and Dawn W, Goffstown, NH
"We have the honor of
being the 'first' B&B guests in the Bold Colorful Life Farmhouse. We
remain impressed with Melissa's energy, enthusiasm and vision. We
look forward to our return so that we can follow the progress of the
Inn's evolution. Our suggestions, as return visitors to the Boothbay
area, include the bouillabaisse at Fisherman's Wharf Inn, fish and
chips at Bette's Famous Fried Fish, and steamed lobster at
Robinson's Wharf on Southport Island. The Mung Bean is downtown BB
Harbor is a must stop with each visit.
Best wishes, Melissa, for
Fran and John J, Elmira,
About the Bold Colorful
August, 2010 Vacation
"The three families had a
'boldly colorful' week in the Cape House. We had terrific weather,
lots of adventures, great food, and lots of laughs. Thanks for
putting us up in the cozy cottage. Good luck with the project and
we'll be back."
Peter and Pam B, Mashpee,
August, 2010 Vacation
"Our two families had a
very enjoyable vacation in Mid-coast Maine. We think we ate four
blueberry pies!!! The house was perfect for our needs...really
lovely. Thanks very much."
Alexander, Jim, Assun, Ariadna, Roksana, West Chester, PA and
August, 2010 Vacation
"Thank you for a
peaceful, relaxing and restorative vacation! This house has brought
several people back together after many years of not being able to
see each other and we have been able to reconnect on so many more
levels that only the serenity here could have brought us."
David B, Angela B, Nora
B, Jessica R, Nicole, Bart, Joshua and Lauren A, Bill K, King's
August, 2010 B&B
Melissa! We feel very much at home and have loved learning how to
live the bold colorful life! Thank you."
Celeste and Sam H,
July, 2010 Vacation
Everything was perfect.
We all enjoyed the stay and contribute much of the joy and pleasure
to your place. Thanks again"
Julie, Nick, Seth, Marie,
Ben, Eli and Henry M, East Hampton, CT
May, 2010 Vacation Rental
friendship, laughter....thank you for being the catalyst."
Gwen R, Connecticut
"I stayed in the Cape on my second visit to Bold Colorful Life and I
felt INSTANTLY at home. This house is the epitome of cozy. It made
me want to cook food, drink cocoa and write my memoirs! The land,
the house, the town, and Melissa--all inspiring and fantastic. I
didn't want to leave and I find myself constantly scheming to get
back up there!!"
Sunnye C, Boston, MA
September, 2009 B&B
"Our visit felt like home
sweet home. Very peaceful, great CDs and Melissa has such a bubbly
personality. As far as a return visit, I would rate this as an A+.
Brenda, S, Connecticut
August, 2009 Vacation
"Melissa, we all had a
fantastic time here. The house was everything we imagined it to be,
very comfortable and welcoming. Boothbay and the surrounding area
was a lot of fun to explore, the kids said it was the best vacation
they have ever had and we are sad to leave. Thank you for everything
and we look forward to coming back to see you soon."
Sarah, Jeff, Hannah, Sam
and Max K, Orlando, Florida
August, 2009 B&B
"If you are looking for an incredible
Bed and Breakfast and/or retreat center, look no further. Not only
is the Bold Colorful Life Inn set on the most am
Matt G, Maine
July, 2009 Vacation
"What a bold and colorful cape!"
"I recently stayed in the Bold Colorful Life Cape house with 8 of my
friends for another friends wedding in Boothbay. While a bunch of
people were staying at a hotel in town, we were all very glad we
made the decision to rent this house as opposed to the hotel. The
house was so quaint, cute and comfortable. It had everything we
needed...from towels to dish soap to pots and pans and olive oil.
It was amazing that everyone pretty much had their own bathroom
attached to their room. Melissa was even kind enough to get us an
iron and ironing board so we could all look presentable on the big
day, having traveled from San Francisco. While the house was
compact, it did not feel small and we each had plenty of space. The
setting is amazing. We had a great time before the wedding taking
the inflatable rafts for a paddle around the bay, which you can walk
right down to from the house. Some people even swam to the island,
that is about 500 yards off the waterfront. The setting is
absolutely serene and peaceful. It felt so good to get away! We've
all been saying that we wish we were still living the Bold Colorful
Life, since we've gotten back to California. I would definately
recommend this house to anyone who wants to visit the area. I hope
to be able to return some day. "
Lauren B, San Francisco
June, 2009 B&B
"This place is so quaint and homey it
would be easy to live in. Thank you for your hospitality and warm
welcome. You're a born natural for this line of work. Only the
Nancy D, Greenville, Maine
May, 2009 B&B
"Our first stay here was very enjoyable. We will definitely be back
again in the future. Melissa's personality is perfect for the Inn.
She could make the sun shine out of the clouds. The room was very
comfortable...we slept like babies. It's a little paradise in the
midst of this crazy world we live in."
Al and Ronda J, Bradley, Maine
February, 2009 Vacation Rental
"We love the experience of visiting
this Cape. We take the whole building every time we come. The site
is absolutely beautiful--15 acres of lawns and gardens; views of the
fresh water pond AND the Back River...lots of wildlife. The estate
is near the end of a long, residential road and it's quiet and
peaceful. It was a serene getaway, every time.
The Cape house itself is a perfect combination of historical and
new. It dates back past the Civil War and has an historic brick
chimney, wide pine floor boards and a wonderful porch that wraps all
the way around the house. It is also completely renovated and it has
every convenience that we need--full kitchen, gas grill, TVs in
every bedroom and the living room, wireless Internet for those email
moments, good cell reception. We were sequestered away from the
world, at the same time that we were able to be in touch if we
We have returned to this site three times and will keep coming back.
We give it a 5 star rating!"
Chris Harrington, Monroe, Maine
September, 2008 B&B
"Thank you for sharing your little
piece of paradise with us. We will be back!"
Linda N, TN
September, 2008 B&B
"Thanks for your Bold Colorful
Hospitality. We truly enjoyed meeting you and being here--and the
kayaking was spectacular! We look forward to watching your creations
evolve here, over time. You have a beautiful vision for this
Eric A and
Jane B, Ashland, Oregon
September, 2008 B&B
"We so enjoyed the hospitality of
Melissa--and the peaceful surroundings! We wish you all the best
with your wonderful adventure....we do want to come back and see the
progress. Thank you for all."
Helga and Carl D, Wells, Maine
August, 2008 B&B
"This was a true find! What an
enjoyable stay we had---the hospitality was unmatched! I look
forward to coming back in the future. Spectacular! Thank you!
Rod and Jean C., Girara, Ohio
"Thank you for the great hospitality.
It felt like coming home for a visit with our neighbors and old
friends and family.
Thanks, Melissa! We wish you the best of luck with your
Ron and Gere
P., Girara, Ohio
"We had a lovely time--kayaking next
time--thanks for the eagle siting!!"
Sybil S, Nashville, TN
August, 2008 B&B
"Here on a whim but it seems not by
chance. Had a very peaceful, comfortable stay and very much enjoyed
Susan G., Seattle, Washington and Hamden, Connecticut
August, 2008 B&B
"Thanks for the comfy, cozy stay in the
Amber Suite. We loved it!"
Sandy and Ken J, Winthrop, Maine
August, 2008 B&B
"Wonderful, relaxing stay in the
"Garnet Room" of the Cape. After some showers the first day, the sun
broke through and the place was glorious. We kayaked, your harbor
seals surrounding our boats; ate lobster; read; walked the Porter's
Preserve and the magnificent Botanical Garden. A perfect weekend!
Thanks, Melissa for a great weekend!"
Mike S., Milford, Connecticut
July, 2008 B&B
Thank you so much for a wonderful visit! We had a great time.
You have a treasure
there and are doing a terrific job fixing it up.
Thanks again for a wonderful vacation!"
Ken and Debbie H., Berwick, Maine
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