Welcome to Thistledown

SIMPLE, SUPERB, SPECTACULAR

A simple yet spectacular setting where you can make your dreams of an intimate, memorable and affordable wedding day come true.

To experience Thistledown Farm is to take a step back in time — and far away from the stress and noise of daily life. Surrounded by the breathtaking beauty of Midcoast Maine, your host, Penny, welcomes you to her magnificent, one-of-a-kind property where you can celebrate your special day.

Five features that distinguish our offerings from others:

  1. Two simple and affordable package options: Elopements and Micro-Weddings
  2. Your choice of coast or country, indoor or outdoor venues for the ceremony, plus seasonal and year-round accommodations
  3. An unpretentious, relaxed and friendly environment with the sophistication and comfort you desire – but none of the fuss. Dogs are welcome!
  4. unique, convenient location that’s five minutes from village amenities, a short drive to attractions, and just over an hour’s drive from Portland
  5. helpful on-site host to offer suggestions for local caterers, officiants, restaurants, florists, photographers, and more to add your personal touch

Elopements: Sensible Simplicity

  • Dates available year-round
  • Space for groups of six or fewer people
  • Wide choice of outdoor and indoor locations for your ceremony — outdoors by a flower garden, grassy meadow, evergreen forest, salt water cove, pond; or indoors by a roaring granite fireplace, or in a charming 1800s nondenominational chapel a short walk from the farm
  • An arbor for use if you desire and a large tent in case of inclement weather
  • Built-in fun and recreation on the property or on our little peninsula — private and public preserves with walking trails, woods and water; firepits, lawn games, kayaks, a boat launch, and a local fresh-water swimming hole.
  • Two-night accommodations for the wedding couple
  • A celebratory welcome gift from Thistledown Farm

Package price:
$2,000 Friday-Sunday;
$1,500 Monday-Thursday

Micro-Weddings: Sophisticated Simplicity

  • Dates available mid-May through mid-October
  • Space for groups of 50 people or less
  • Wide choice of outdoor and indoor locations for your ceremony — outdoors by a flower garden, grassy meadow, evergreen forest, pond, or salt water cove; or indoors at a charming 1800s non-denominational chapel a short walk from the farm
  • An arbor for use if you desire
  • Built-in fun and recreation on the property and on our little peninsula – lawn games, kayaks, a boat launch, and a local fresh-water swimming hole
  • Two-night accommodations for the wedding couple
  • A celebratory welcome gift from Thistledown Farm
  • Receptions can be held in a newly remodeled charming 1800s country school house adjacent to the chapel and a short walk from the farm

Package price:
$4,000 Friday-Sunday;
$3,500 Monday-Thursday

Additional Information

Accommodation options are available for the wedding couple, depending on the season, your personal taste, and your budget.

Guest accommodations can be booked through Airbnb.com at Thistledown Farm in Waldoboro, Maine.

A 50 percent, non-refundable deposit is required to hold the date. The balance is due 120 days later, or one month in advance of the ceremony date, whichever comes first.

Booking Your Date and Accomodations

Please complete the Thistledown Farm Wedding Contact Form so we can get to know you and your preferences, then we will reach out to you to discuss details.

“Hello and thanks for visiting Thistledown Farm’s website. I look forward to meeting you and hosting your next visit to Maine.”

penny johnston, priorietor

A magical place to gather.​

Welcome To Thistledown

Simple, Superb, Spectacular

A simple yet spectacular setting where you can make your dreams of an intimate, memorable and affordable wedding day come true.

To experience Thistledown Farm is to take a step back in time — and far away from the stress and noise of daily life. Surrounded by the breathtaking beauty of Midcoast Maine, your host, Penny, welcomes you to her magnificent, one-of-a-kind property where you can celebrate your special day.

Five features that distinguish our offerings from others:

  1. Two simple and affordable package options: Elopements and Micro-Weddings
  2. Your choice of coast or country, indoor or outdoor venues for the ceremony, plus seasonal and year-round accommodations
  3. An unpretentious, relaxed and friendly environment with the sophistication and comfort you desire – but none of the fuss. Dogs are welcome!
  4. A unique, convenient location that’s five minutes from village amenities, a short drive to attractions, and just over an hour’s drive from Portland
  5. A helpful on-site host to offer suggestions for local caterers, officiants, restaurants, florists, photographers, and more to add your personal touch

Not Just Another B&B

Stay

Choose from a variety of accommodations. Stay in an 1850s reconstructed dairy barn, our rustic Sheep Shed cottage, our cozy, ultra private apartment, or try our fun and cozy yurt or glamping safari-style tents.

Celebrate

Elopement Packages for up to 6 people to celebrate your special day your own way. Or a Micro-Wedding for up to 50 people. Tell us what you want and we'll do all the work.

Experience

Weave-your-own lobster rope doormat. Feed the animals, enjoy kayaks, canoes, firepit, lawn games, forest adventures and our fabulous fresh water swimming hole.

STAY

Six Unique Offerings

Choose from a variety of accommodations to suit your needs and preferences. Thistledown Farm is dog friendly and welcomes well behaved dogs with open arms. Overnight fees include use of your own private outdoor fire pit, free fire wood, outdoor lawn games, access to fresh and salt water for swimming, boating and kayaks.

For families or large groups, consider Pennysworth—a reconstructed dairy barn with a cathedral-peaked ceiling, spacious kitchen, living room and granite fireplace, plus 2 bedrooms, 2 lofts and 1 and a half bathrooms to accommodate up to 8 guests. Pennysworth  guest can also enjoy a large stone terrace with chairs to relax in and a table to gather around.  The most fun feature is a huge fire pit with ample room for guest to gather around. S’mores are a must!

Available year-round. [link to more detailed info/photos on another page]

Udder Heaven, on the lower level of Pennysworth, offers 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, laundry, a large open kitchen, dining and living area with a wood stove for the colder months.  It has its own private, fenced in terrace with a firepit and ample seating. Udder Heaven can accommodate up to 6 guests. Available year-round. [link to more detailed info/photos on another page]

For  loads of rustic charm, consider the Sheep Shed Cottage with a comfortable living room, 1920s era kitchen, bath, screened-in sitting room/dining area and sleeping loft. Can accommodate up to 5 guests in the super cool dormitory style loft plus 2 more in the pull out sofa below . Available May – October. [link to more detailed info/photos on another page]

For a rustic and cozy, yet glamorous “glamping experience,” consider Penny’s Perch, a comfortable yurt tucked away in a peaceful and private wooded setting. Furnished with a double bed, table, chairs, and dresser an outdoor gas grill, and firepit with unlimited free firewood.  Available May-October. [link to more detailed info/photos on another page]

The Penobscot and Pemaquid glamping safari style tents are each furnished with beds for up to 2 guests, dining table, chairs, bar & work-station, covered porch with furniture, a gas grill, firepit, and unlimited firewood.  Available May-October. [link to more detailed info/photos on another page]

There is an enclosed outdoor shower with running hot water and a commercial porta-potty available for the exclusive use of our Thistledown Glamping guests. Both are removed from the campsites, yet are an easy walk from the path from your site.large 

CELeBRATE

Elopements and Micro-Weddings

Elopement Packages

Celebrate your special day your own way.  Packages include up to 6 people with 2 nights accommodation for the bride and groom in our cozy yurt or one of our 2 romantic glamping tents.  Choose your favorite spot on the farm, our private preserve, or authentic country chapel and design your own intimate ceremony and reception.  We’ll take care of the rest! 

Micro-Wedding Packages

Looking for something bigger than an elopement but smaller than a big expensive wedding?  Consider a Micro- Wedding for up to 25 people.  The wedding couple can enjoy 2 nights together in your choice of accommodations. Choose your favorite spot on the farm, our private preserve, or authentic country chapel and design your own intimate ceremony and reception.  We’ll take care of the rest! 

Experience

Activities and Experiences

Easy access to all there is to see and do nearby in this truly spectacular part of the world.

Stay local on the farm and feed the animals, enjoy kayaks, paddling, firepits, lawn games, forest adventures and a swimming hole.

All Thistledown Farm Guests receive an extensive Guide book that lists numerous activities; shopping, museums, historical sites, hiking, boat tours, swimming, restaurants, adventures and more! We even provide instructions for cooking lobsters. 

Weave a colorful, durable, all-season doormat from upcycled lobster trap rope.  Classes are offered on Wednesdays & Saturday mornings from June 15 – October 15, 2022. Reservations are required.