So I'm going to rave (rave, rave, rave) about Spruce Point -- but first, my one (and only) complaint. Musak on the Deck -- seemingly 24 hours a day. Really? Here is this totally picturesque and Perfectly Done quintessential Maine oceanfront resort inn and cottages -- something out of a day dream -- and you folks are playing soft rock on the oceanview deck? Let me tell you how much this destroyed my Sunday afternoon nap when all I wanted to do was listen to the seagulls and the wind blowing through the rigging of the flagpole on the front lawn. Just trashed the whole environment... Turn. It. Off. Not to mention, during my three days there, absolutely NO ONE sat on that deck (or even lingered) tapping their toes and saying "oh my how this soft rock really enhances this already magnificent natural beauty." Folks, why?
And I do mean why. Here's what we said about SPI (Spruce Point Inn -- buy the hat, the sweatshirt and the flag if you can -- branding done just right): These folks know their demographic and deliver a seemingly perfect product to them. I grew up on the coast of Maine and I now LONG to spend a week wrapped in the gentle-breezed bosom of SPI. Let the rave begin:
1. Just too adorably picturesque for words, but it isn't overdone! The inn the spruce trees cutouts in the spruce green shutters, the perfectly placed adirondacks, the mix of cabins, paths and oh so well tended but not at all fussy landscaping -- the total package -- feels like a classy oceanfront home tended personally by a staff that loves it even more than you will.
2. Gracious, well trained, warm and not overly ingratiating staff. Yup, real Mainahs (well, expect for the imported dining room staff, but they were great and worked so hard for your approval!). Even the maid stopped and had just the "right amount" of conversation with us on the lawn. Well spoken, not fawning -- breeding and manners show. And not at all stuffy! I felt as comfortable with my gay partner as the family with five kids. You are guests at the property and that's how they treat you. Welcome. Just so well done!
3. The rooms and the price points are in perfect alignment. How often does that happen? Really, how often do you walk away and say, gosh that is EXACTLY what that experience was worth. The rooms are extremely well done and fit in their environment perfectly without being either shabby or stuffy to the point they are out of place on a June maine coastal front lawn or woods. Even the small field mouse (we called him "whiskers") who was living between the stovetop and fridge in our cabin in the woods seemed a little Disney to us and really not out of place in the overall environment. Again, as someone who grew up in Maine, these are almost storybook Maine cottages -- but they are the real thing, not the Ritz Carlton's attempt at creating some upscale image of a Maine cottage or Inn experience. We stayed in both Little Spruce and Sunset A -- there were things that weren't 100% perfect about either and things that we just adored about both. One is in the woods, large and very private (but with a postage stamp -- although adorably painted) bath. The other is smack on the front lawn oceanside with a stone fireplace, well proportioned rooms and charm, charm, charm. For the money, the rooms were exactly what I expected -- just enough luxury trimming wrapped around a perfectly palleted (paint colors) and very well maintained true cottage architecture. From the in room keurigs to the hanging flower baskets, the place is done to the teeth without reeking of design. Again, bravo, SPI -- Perfection. Can't end this part without calling props to the common spaces -- the Inn entry stairs, front porch, lobby, halls and even the public restrooms are all just perfect -- tasteful, charming, old school but not at all overly prepped out and exclusive (in a bad way). Just sitting in the lobby is a blissful part of taking in this beautifully done resort.
4. Facilities and Location: Great gym, great game room, great lawns, great trailhead, sweet old Maine oceanfront neighborhood (good for a stroll with your Keurig coffee in the am) -- a compound snuggled against the shore with both oceanfront salt and woods-based freshwater pools. We were never bothered by the sounds of children unleashed, we never felt like there were more than 15 guests in anyone space (and we were there for a wedding of 150+), we never felt anything but Perfection from the spot and the available services (I hear the massage my partner got was killer -- thanks!).
5. Food, of course. You know we are food snobs. Not expensive food snobs, but certainly willing to call a bad meal a bad meal. I am sorry we did NOT get to eat MORE at SPI. What we did have was -- gosh -- Perfect. First, the $15 breakfast buffet (less, I hear, if you opt into the towel washing reduction program). This is the very best breakfast buffet I've ever had (this is not small claim, folks). Not the quantity - in fact, they clearly make sure that there is just enough out and that it is perfectly fresh. I had waffles, blueberry pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage and bacon (and I did NOT gain a pound all weekend!) -- everything tasted like it was made fresh just for me. There was real fresh fruit- not fruit salad, but huge platters of strawberries (cut in half... cut in half, people, not in little slices), melon, pineapple and more. Wow. Even this Californian was impressed with both the quality and quantity of fresh fruit. Then muffins, pastries and bagels -- a great choice -- and I'm even going to rave over the cute display in little wooden crates. Just enough, not too much. (and I never rave about presentation... well, not much, that's for sure). We also had the Lobster Benedict one morning (of course we did). It was not the very best hollandaise I've had, but it is one of those dishes you would just be STUPID to pass up. Fresh lobster, great brioche (I do wish all Eggs Benny were on Brioche, but that's me having eaten my share of english muffins in my life...). When in Maine... Here is where you'll meet the (at least partially) East European summer wait staff -- some with cute intern badges in and all decked out in one of my favorite pale yellow LL Bean button down shirts (again, folks, the color palette of the property is everywhere -- absolutely everywhere -- and so subtle, egads, what great taste someone has!). I was a teenager working summer jobs in Maine (back a thousand years ago and in another life) -- I know how difficult it must be to get steady, dependable help in this age bracket and I applaud this solution. I bet these kids go on to professional careers in the cruise/hotel industry and SPI is a great starting ground for them.
We stayed an extra night after the wedding party departed and wish wish wish we had stayed two. We would absolutely work a 4 day stay into a future summer trip home to see the family (yes, first I'll see the family, THEN we'll go to SPI for a little "us time"). Absolutely. If you've thought of heading to Maine for a little coastal tour, this would make a fabulous base -- everything worth doing is within an hours drive or a boat ride leaving from Boothbay Harbor, just down the road: Monhegan Island, Pemaquid Light, Reid State Park, freshwater lakes like Damariscotta Lake or Biscay Pond, even day trips to Camden -- and, of course, Mecca (Freeport). Don't skimp, stay six nights to really get a flavor for Maine's midcoast.
Bravo, SPI. It is so so wonderful to see someone do this so well.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Spruce Point Inn is exactly what most guests picture when they think of an oceanside resort in Maine. Located about an hour drive "down east" from Portland in the seafaring village of Boothbay Harbor. For more than 100 years, the inn has attracted travelers from across the United States and has provided a refreshing backdrop for families and friends to create delightful memories. Along a stunning stretch of oceanfront on Maine's rugged coast, the Spruce Point Inn is a family resort and the ideal venue for memorable reunions, seaside weddings, romantic getaways and business retreats. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Spruce Point Hotel Boothbay Harbor
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