The Spruce Point Inn: Then & Now
For more than 100 years, the Spruce Point Inn Resort & Spa has been the summer destination of choice for couples and families in search of serene surroundings and exciting outdoor adventures. In only one generation, it has grown from a small summer retreat to one of the most popular resort inns on the coast of Maine.
The original Spruce Point Inn was built in the late 1800s by the Marston family from Skowhegan, Maine, and was used as a private hunting and fishing lodge. In 1902, the property was rented to Mrs. Holland, who ran it as a tea house and inn. Ten years later, Walter Holland purchased the inn and continued to operate it with his wife as the Spruce Point Inn and tea house until shortly after World War II. The inn flourished, operating at full capacity with a long waiting list. A recreation hall called the Lighthouse, the Balsam Lodge and tennis courts were added.
Following WWII, Mr. Holland sold the property to Leroy Race, who operated the inn until 1957. During that time, the average rate was $9.00 per day and included a full American Plan (breakfast, lunch and dinner).
By 1957, clientele had dwindled and the inn had gradually fallen into disrepair. Raymond P. Harold, a neighbor of the inn, purchased the property and turned over management to his daughter, Charlotte, and her husband, John Druce. The family owned the inn for 31 years until they sold it in the fall of 1988.
Under the ownership of the Druces, the inn once again began to thrive. Though they had only three guests during the first summer, interest in the property grew as new facilities were added. In 1965, the saltwater pool was installed, and a miniature golf course was added. The following year, the Evergreen Lodge was built, and a stone wall was constructed to ring the beach.
The summer of 1967 brought with it the arrival of some very high-profile guests. They included: Vice President Mr. and Mrs. Hubert Humphrey; Senator and Mrs. Edmund Muskie of Maine; Governor and Mrs. Kenneth Curtis of Maine; Governor and Mrs. John King of New Hampshire; Maine Congressman Mr. William Hathaway; Maine Congressman Mr. Peter Kyros; Senator and Mrs. Robert Kennedy; Col. and Mrs. John Glenn; Mr. and Mrs. Andy Williams; actress Claudine Longet; syndicated columist Rowland Evans (of CNN's Evans and Novak); Joe Kennedy and Chuck McDernmott.
In the years that followed, other noteworthy visitors frequented the inn, including NBC commentator Sander Vanocur, Congressman and former Governor of Vermont Robert T. Stafford, and Senator and Mrs. Edward M. Kennedy and their three children, Kara, Teddy and Patrick.
In 1991 John Druce retired and Ernest Mallett and Bruno DiGiulian purchased the inn, and Joseph Paolillo and Angelo DiGiulian became innkeepers.
Today, Spruce Point Inn Resort and Spa continues to be a sought-after summer destination for families, couples and groups. In 2012, the Inn completed extensive renovations including upgrades to the guestrooms, cottages, function facilities and recreation areas. These upgrades ensure that guests continue to receive the highest level of service and the best possible Maine vacation experience.