We flew into Maine's airport in Portland from RDU airport in Raleigh to start our trip.
Another easy airport to get to is Boston Logan International Airport, which is just a two-hour drive from Portland.
One of the nice things about Boothbay Harbor was how it felt less busy than other areas we visited, and there were a bunch of charming hotel options.
There was less to do there than in Bar Harbor and Portland but it was nice to not compete with a ton of tourists too.
If you only have 5 days, we would recommend the following abridged version of what we did:
If you have to skip a city, skip Boothbay Harbor. You can even stop at the Botanical Garden in Boothbay Harbor on your way to Portland from Bar Harbor,