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These guests were either B&B guests, or rented the whole building as a vacation rental.

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

Hi Melissa,

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
Hi Melissa,
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.

We'll do 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 Cape rental
Hi Melissa,
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
Hello Melissa,
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!

Jeff L, Pulaski, NY

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 Maine…we enjoyed!

Have a wonderful summer….warmly, Fran L, Chandler, Arizona

June 6-9, 2013 Farmhouse Rental

Perfect Rental 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.

The kitchen 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

Melissa was 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!

Faith M, Warner, NH

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!

Kathy, Lewiston, ME

November 30, 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,

 The 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.

The bedrooms are so comfortable and the kids love the fact they all have their own bathrooms! See you in 2013 Melissa!

Mary P, Boothbay Harbor, ME and Charleston, SC

September 3, 2012 Farmhouse and Cape rental

A beautiful 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 breathtaking.

The houses 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!

Finally, 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!

Melissa is 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 Melissa!

Kelli C, VT

10/7-12/10 Destination Wedding-Vacation Rental

"We recently 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

9/2-6/10 Destination Wedding-Vacation Rental
"Dear Melissa, 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"

7/10-17/10 Vacation Rental
"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

7/10-17/10 Vacation Rental
"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 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.

6/25-28/10 Vacation Rental
" 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.

9/16/09 B&B
"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 B

"The view, the breeze, the water, the friendship, a lovely place in Maine." Jeannine S

8/10/09 B&B
"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 Rental
"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

7/23/09 B&B
"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 continued success,"

Fran and John J, Elmira, New York


About the Bold Colorful Cape Building
August, 2010 Vacation Rental

"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, Mass.

August, 2010 Vacation Rental

"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."

Katherine, Carl, Alexander, Jim, Assun, Ariadna, Roksana, West Chester, PA and Barcelona, Spain

August, 2010 Vacation Rental

"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 Park, NY

August, 2010 B&B

"Wonderful place, Melissa! We feel very much at home and have loved learning how to live the bold colorful life! Thank you."

Celeste and Sam H, Harwinton, CT

July, 2010 Vacation Rental

"Thanks, Melissa.

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

"Dear Melissa,

Laughter, tears, friendship, laughter....thank you for being the catalyst."

Gwen R, Connecticut

01/25/10 Vacation Rental
"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+. Thank you,"

Brenda, S, Connecticut

August, 2009 Vacation Rental

"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 Rental

"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 best,"

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 wanted to.
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 beautiful place."

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 mini-resort."

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 the company."

Matthew and 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

"Hi Melissa,

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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