Trip Advisor ranks Spruce Point Inn #1 of all 12 hotels in Boothbay Harbor, Maine. If you had the opportunity for a visit during the 2011 season, you know why (and have your own top 10 reasons to agree with our motto that Spruce Point Inn is the place for “oceanside memories, made in Maine.”)
Maybe it’s because blue and gold are opposites on the color chart, and do that pairing thing, beautifully. Maybe it’s because the crisp fall air refracts the sunlight to make the scenery more brilliant. Or maybe it’s because the flame colored leaves of the hardwoods are silhouetted by the dark spruce along the Maine coastline. Whatever the reason, this time of year can be just breathtaking, with just enough left in the sunshine and the harvest to let us remember summer while gathering our lives in for the winter.
Such a luxury – being able to pick up a mooring at day’s end, radio in for the launch and make a graceful exit dressed for dinner, confident that you’ll be returned to your vessel at evening’s end, while your tender has a well-earned night off.
That’s what the innkeepers at Spruce Point Inn had in mind when we placed the order last winter for an Old Port launch. And now she’s here, soon to be dancing around her mooring like a race horse waiting for the call “saddle up!”.
While we totally agree with the beautiful Maine magazine that “Maine is more than just lobsters and lighthouses,” we also can’t help noticing the buzz in our restaurants when any lobster variation arrives from the kitchen. The lore of the lobster bake retains its mystery and the shore dinner in Bogie’s casual bistro is a perennial favorite.
I first arrived in Maine by sailboat, thirty years ago and the sea mist must have worked its way into my soul because so many of my memories have coastal Maine as the backdrop. The bike ride along the shore, scented by wild roses. A picnic at Pemaquid Point of crisp bread and local goat cheese we’d picked up at the little country store. The artists at the street fair in Portland. That Sunday afternoon when we brought the coffee (later the wine) out into the sun while we read the Times crossword to each other. Those are the vintage moments that play back in my mind like old home movies (well, that dates me! Maybe it’s because we have those movies somewhere around here…)
Ever wonder why we save old photographs? Some people we know make fabulous scrapbooks filled with snapshots and memorabilia — ticket stubs and pressed flowers. But most of us have stacks of prints in a box, or worse, thousands of images on our computers, waiting to be sorted. We’re like that, here at Spruce Point Inn, with hundreds of photos of past guests and pictures of our landscape evolving — new paint, new buildings and new gardens as they’ve taken shape over the years.
Meeting planners tell us that Spruce Point Inn provides the perfect relaxed and rejuvenating environment for hosting groups large (an association’s annual event, for example) and small (a favorite for executive retreats), giving their attendees wonderful oceanside meeting memories made in Maine.
Spruce Point Inn started crafting oceanside memories made in Maine back in 1892 when the building that’s now the Main Inn was a private fishing camp for rusticators who escaped their desks for a week of fine fishing and cordial entertaining with their colleagues. Today, it’s a place that invites you to enjoy the same unspoiled views and sea air – and the same unhurried ease that’s hard to find. Spuce Point Inn is made for families and friends -- those new to Boothbay Harbor and those who are perennial visitors to Maine’s Mid-coast.
Those of you who know Spruce Point Inn Resort & Spa in Boothbay Harbor, Maine, know that as innkeepers we work hard at making this a place where oceanside memories are made. By focusing on you, our guests, and what you’ve told us over the past 21 years, we’ve built a reputation as the destination of choice for summer vacations, family reunions, weddings and other social events, business events and executive retreats. That’s because in 100 years one thing has not changed – Spruce Point Inn’s commitment to the best and to providing a classic coastal Maine experience.