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8 Tips for Planning a Successful Off-site Business Meeting

 

Keen business managers know that one way to spark enthusiasm and creativity in their team members is to hold an off-site business meeting.

Expert meeting planners recommend that such meetings be held in a relaxed environment that encourages fun and features activities unrelated to the meeting itself. The Spruce Point Inn offers a perfect ocean-side site for business meetings.

Here are some other tips for planning fun, productive meetings away from the office:

Windjammer Days reminds us of Inn’s history

The Spruce Point Inn has 100 years of history, and one of the annual events that reminds us of that heritage is the Windjammer Days Festival in Boothbay Harbor.

The 50th annual Windjammer Days starts Sunday, June 24, and runs through Wednesday, June 27, and will be highlighted by a parade of fully rigged windjammers arriving in the harbor Wednesday afternoon.

Traveling to Maine: Flying or driving?

 

Our Inn is pleased to host guests who travel to Maine from many different parts of the United States, some of whom are pleasantly surprised to learn that there’s more to New England than Boston.

Although Maine may seem “out of the way” to some, it’s actually easy to travel here by plane or automobile.  The Portland International Jetport is about 90 minutes away from Spruce Point Inn. If you’re planning on an extended stay with us, renting a car is the best way to travel between the airport and the Inn.

If you’re thinking that airfares into Boston might be cheaper, figure on a four-hour drive – again with a rental car – to get to Boothbay Harbor and the Inn.

Spruce Point Inn Restaurants Have 3 Different Styles

 

Alcove seating at 88Ask Executive Chef Peter Stiles about the differences between the three restaurants at Spruce Point Inn, and he’ll first want to tell you what 88, Bogie’s and Deck have in common.

All three follow the “farm-to-table” philosophy, which means that each uses as many locally grown and raised products as possible, the chef says. The result is a fine Maine dining experience suited to just about any palate.

Beautiful View Highlights Maine Destination Weddings at Spruce Point Inn

 

Oh, coastal Maine weddings at the Spruce Point Inn, how do we love thee? Let us count the ways:

Whale watching is part of Maine vacation

 

For some folks, a whale-watching cruise is the highlight of their Maine coastal vacation, and we often send our whale-hunting guests to Boothbay Whale Watch.

Six species of whales are often seen in the Gulf of Maine, including three of the so-called "great" whales -- the finback, the humpback and the minke. The whales hang out near the fishing banks, where upwelling waters bring food such as krill, squid and small fish.

Catering and housekeeping managers join SPI team

 

The Inn has a new sales & catering manager and a new housekeeping department manager as we start the 2012 Maine vacation season.

Jillian Johnson is the new sales & catering manager. She grew up in North Yarmouth, Maine, and formerly was the assistant food and beverage manager at the Samoset Resort in Rockland. She definitely feels at home here in Boothbay Harbor.

We’re Ready for the Best Vacation Season Ever!

 

We head into every Maine vacation season thinking that it will be the best season ever at Spruce Point Inn. And, no kidding, 2012 is going to be the best season ever!

The Sarah Mead to sail daily from inn's dock

 

The Friendship sloop Sarah MeadNo vacation on the Maine coast is complete without spending some time on the water, and now Spruce Point Inn guests will be able to embark on a unique sailing experience from our dock.

Inn guests will be able to reserve cruises aboard the Sarah Mead, a 35-foot, restored Friendship sloop operated by Sail Muscongus, beginning June 1. The Sarah Mead is the Maine coast's only wooden sailing lobster boat.

Maine naturalist to lead foraging field trips

 

Maine forager Tom SeymourWhen you visit Maine, it doesn't take long to figure out how much we love dining on locally produced food, and we don't just mean lobster and blueberries.

We have a great treat for our guests in July and August. Naturalist, magazine writer and book author Tom Seymour will lead guests on foraging trips around our grounds on Tuesday afternoons from July 10 through Aug. 28.

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