JULY 2014


High summer has arrived here in Boothbay and all the things we love about Midcoast Maine are in their glory. The day lilies are in full bloom, the hot sun balanced by the cool seabreeze or a quick dip in the pool and all the summer bounty of local fisheries and fields is spilling over our tables.
But what is it about Spruce Point Inn that gives our guests such pleasure and keeps us innkeepers smiling? Maine is rightfully famous for its ocean, its lobster and blueberries, the summer style of cottage and dock; and certainly we have all that here at Spruce Point. The things that set us apart come from the little details: the launch that brings you to town (or around the harbor), the SPI Adirondack waiting on the shoreline, and the nightly s'mores pit. It's the blend of classic cottages, contemporary rooms and the historic inn. The comfortable feel of Bogies, the sunset view of 88, the afternoons at Deck.
And you tell us 'it's the people - everyone at Spruce Point Inn is so friendly!" But the secret, the reason we keep thriving and the passion stays alive, is you. The stay guests and day guests who fill Spruce Point with life and laughter.
See you soon!

Ange and Joe

Plan Now for David Marx for Four-Day Coastal Maine Photography Seminar, September 1-5.

Back by popular demand, we'll be hosting another David Marx Coastal Maine Photography Seminar, September 1-5. Whether you're a casual or professional photographer, this program gives you the opportunity to work and learn with professional photographer David Marx (www.davidmarx.com), exploring the iconic landscape of the Maine Mid-coast. 

Presented September 2-5, 2014, the Coastal Maine Photography Seminar Package includes FOUR nights accommodations beginning on September 1, all meals, seminar fees, daily transportation to the photography sites, use of all the Inn's amenities including two swimming pools, Har-Tru tennis court, sea kayaks and bicycles. Rates including taxes and gratuities: $2,115 single occupancy ($2,875, double).

Meet Captain Ken Stackpole and Captain Richard Barnes

Visitors to Spruce Point are enthusiastic fans of Brightline the Old Port launch we brought to the harbor in 2010. "Brightline" is hull #44, a classic built in 1990, accommodating, familiar and reliable - with the driver's stand-up center console, the teak rails, the trusty fenders deployed to keep her hand-laminated hull shiny. She's a mainstay of the waterfront at Spruce Point Inn and especially handy for guests arriving by sea. Pick up one of our ten moorings. Sidle alongside our 125' dock, make a run to town for provisions, or an afternoon gallery-hopping. #44 will pick you up.  
This summer, two licensed captains welcome you aboard Brightline for tours around the harbor and other waterborne excursions. Meet Captain Ken and Captain Richard: 


Captain Ken Stackpole
A US Coast Guard licensed Captain since 2006, brings more than 30 years of boating experience to the waterfront. Born and raised in West Gardiner, Maine, Captain Ken was a firefights/paramedic for 25 years until retiring in 2009. He and his wife of 27 years, Jeannette moved to Florida in 2010 to enjoy retirement; but return to Maine every summer. Their son Ken Jr. serves in the United States Navy.
Captain Richard Barnes
He holds both a USCG Captain license with 100 Ton Master certification and American Sailing Association instructor certification, has owned boats, both power and sail since he was small. An experience offshore sailor, Captain Richard has worked the Caribbean charter fleet since 1972, sailing the BVIs, USVI, St. Martin, Grenada and Belize. He also sailed the Pacific, from Hawaii to the West Coast, covering 25,000 KM of ocean.


Summer You Can Taste

Here at Spruce Point Inn, Chef Brooks Roberts operates on that principle daily, sourcing the locally fished, farmed and harvested ingredients that he puts on the menus in the Inn's 88, serving coastal Maine cuisine; Bogie's, the casual bistro; and Deck, the oceanfront café. The entire team is on a never-ending quest to cultivate sources for the freshest day-boat fish and seafood, the sun-warmed fruit and vegetables, the artisanal cheeses, herbs and forest forage that say, "Maine!" at the first bite.

For the most local, most recently harvested flavors, Chef turns to our kitchen garden - and to the discoveries of our weekly forager, Tom Seymour. Each Tuesday, Tom leads would-be foragers on guided walks through our landscape, sharing tips on edible plants, and helping guests identify Maine's wild birds, trees and wildflowers along our woodland paths. 
Thank You for Helping Us Earn the TripAdvisor Award of Excellence! 

Your enthusiastic reviews of Spruce Point Inn have earned us another TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence for consistently achieving outstanding reviews. Only 10 percent of all lodging properties worldwide listed on TripAdvisor receive the Excellence award and we consider it one of the highest honors we can achieve. It reinforces what we see every day from guests who post TripAdvisor reviews - that we succeed in exceeding your expectations by helping you create 'oceanside memories made in Maine.'    
To qualify for the award, businesses must maintain an overall rating of four or higher out of a possible five on our TripAdvisor reviews. The volume of reviews over the past 12 months is also factored in. Thanks to you, Spruce Point Inn is ranked first among all lodging properties in Boothbay.
A sampling of recent compliments includes: 
"Three nights at Spruce Point Inn during a relaxing trip to Maine. The entire staff was a pleasure to work with and went out of their way to help and always wore a smile. Food was excellent and top notch. Grounds were well kept and beautiful. The harbor view was magnificent. Our room exceeded our expectations." 
"This is a gorgeous and peaceful spot. The historic inn has a lovely historic ambience. The rooms are spacious and comfortable. We had a fantastic dinner last night [and] at the spa today we had an excellent massage, facial, and pedicure." 
"'New England's Best.' There's nothing like a night at SPI. Every experience is uniquely Maine. This resort feels like you are experiencing times of the past while enjoying present day amenities. Love love love the SPI!"