If you want to experience the ambiance and luxury of a fine Maine inn at the turn of the century, head to Spruce Point Inn Resort & Spa in Boothbay Harbor. For more than 200 years, this unique and historic property has been inviting guests to relax and rejuvenate Maine-style.
Built in 1892, this oceanfront property recaptures the era when summer on the coast meant friends and family playing together in a special place on Maine’s beautiful coast. The resort is situated just minutes from the picturesque town of Boothbay Harbor and offers an array of accommodations to fit different tastes and budgets, from guest rooms and suites to mini “lodges,” cottages, and townhouses.
Many of the original buildings like the cottages were built at the turn of the century as private residences. Although they’ve been updated with modern amenities, they retain their yester-year charm with features like antique furnishings, wide porches, and comfortable Adirondack chairs. Some of the accommodations have water views while other have views of the surrounding forest.
We stayed in one of oceanview lodges (part of a tri-plex unit) overlooking the saltwater pool and the Atlantic. Our room came with its own porch and Adirondacks and was divided into a comfortable seating area with couch, coffee table, flat screen TV, and gas-burning wood stove and an upper bedroom area. The sleeping area offered two comfortable double beds with luxurious linens, a mini refrigerator, a Keurig coffee maker, and dresser. The bathroom was huge with a deep, jetted tub, walk-in shower, hair dryer, and Gilchrist & Soames toiletries.
Spruce Point Inn Resort & Spa is a place where you can come and simply unwind. The 57-acres offers plenty to do: free bikes and kayaks, nature trails, a recreation hall with video games, pool, and air hockey, two swimming pools (salt and freshwater), clay tennis courts, shuffleboard, volleyball, and even a kid’s camp (ages 4-12). It’s the kind of place you’ll find families riding bikes together or playing board games. However, it also brings in the 21st century with amenities like super fast WiFi throughout the property and cable television. It’s also pet friendly so you don’t have to leave beloved Fido at home.
In addition, the Inn has a small fitness room (elliptical, treadmill, bikes, and weight equipment). However, but with all the outdoor activity options and great views, you’ll find most people opt for jogging or walking the trails, riding bikes, or kayaking in the waters just steps from their accommodations.
Want to head into town? No need to take your car. Just hop aboard the Inn’s free water taxi launch or their shuttle for a ride to the village of Boothbay Harbor.
If you’re in the mood for a massage or other spa treatments, they offer a full-service spa, including oceanside massages. Pilates, yoga, and wellness classes are also offered.
Delicious Dining Options
The property has a full bar and three restaurants: Bogie’s, Deck, and 88. Bogie’s is a casual bistro offering sandwiches, salads, and lighter meals. We enjoyed a terrific, smoky 10-ounce burger with a pile of fries and a rich, creamy lobster mac and cheese. Deck offers oceanside lunch favorites.
For more formal oceanside dining, there’s the award-winning 88. We enjoyed their Signature Spruce Point Salad (greens, candied and spiced pecans, cherry tomatoes, and blueberries served with housemade raspberry vinaigrette). For entrées, we opted for Executive Chef Stiles’ delectable potato-encrusted scallops with lemon grass beurre blanc, and pomegranate reduction. The scallops were absolutely delicious and probably the best scallops we’ve ever eaten! We ended our meal with an amazingly creamy vanilla bean crème brulee and a big wedge of chocolate cake layered with silky chocolate ganache.
In the mornings, breakfast is served in 88’s sunny room and features both a full buffet or ala carte items like their rich lobster eggs Benedict (delicious!) made with a generous portion of lobster clay and knuckle meat and local brown eggs.
Real bottom line: Spruce Point Inn is a throwback to a more graceful time and a terrific place for a wedding, a romantic getaway, or a family vacation. Do make a point of eating at the Inn’s very fine 88 restaurant – you won’t be sorry. www.sprucepointinn.com – Reviewed by Bobbie Hasselbring, RFT Editor, Photos by Anne Weaver, RFT Editor