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88 Grandview Avenue

Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538

Toll-Free: 800-553-0289

Front Desk: 207-633-4152

Activities

Coastal Maine Activities & Amenities

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Spruce Point Inn makes it easy to create “oceanside memories made in Maine.” The activities and amenities of our oceanfront resort include two outdoor saltwater pools, two Har-Tru tennis courts, a private boat launch and sailing sloop, kayaks, paddleboards and bicycles for guests’ use, croquet, shuffleboard and a game room complete with classic arcade games. The Spa at Spruce Point Inn offers full-service treatments and our fitness center includes multiple Peloton® Bikes.

Activities on Water

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Discover a Variety of Activities at Spruce Point Inn and in the Area!

Whale Watching

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Cap’n Fish’s is the original Whale Watch in the Mid-Coast Maine region and has the most knowledge of whale feeding grounds, whale movement during different times of the season  and where to go for the BEST whale watch experience in Maine. Founded over 80 years ago, they have been whale watching far longer than anyone on the mid-coast.

Ride the Spruce Point Inn shuttle van or private boat launch into bustling downtown Boothbay Harbor to connect with Cap-N-Fish’s whale watch.

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Damariscotta Oyster Farm – Tasting and Cruise

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Come explore the exquisite beauty of the tranquil Damariscotta River, on the 49-passenger River Tripper from Mother’s day until the Fall Foliage has colors. Discover the River where 80% of Maine oysters come from during our daily Maine Oyster Farms and Seal Watching Tour!

Sit back and relax with a drink in hand on the Happy Hour Cruise at 5, or learn from experts about how to pair the sumptuous Damariscotta River oysters with wine, sake and beer during one of the Tasting Cruises.

Kayaking and Paddle Boarding

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Being right on the water has its benefits and complimentary kayaks and paddle boards are ready and waiting for you at the Spruce Point Inn dock. No experience is necessary. It is recommended that first time guests choose a tandem kayak for extra stability. Visit the activities shack by the salt water pool when your ready for an outing.

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Harbor Cruises

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Welcome to the one hour sight-seeing trips on the Squirrel Island Ferry, The Novelty. On this very popular trip you will see everything Boothbay Harbor has to offer. You will see lighthouses, sealife, the rocky shores of Maine, boats of every kind, and many other sights & sounds that make up the feelings people take home that you can only find in Maine, rain or shine.

Private Motor Launch

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Bright Line is a complimentary boat service for hotel and restaurant guests.

On the day of your intended departure, just stop by the hotel front desk to sign in or call 207-633-4152.

Departures:
10AM, 12PM, 2PM, 4PM, 6PM

Returns:
10:30AM, 12:30PM, 2:30PM, 4:30PM, 6:30PM

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Cabbage Island Clambake

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Your Downeast Clambake adventure begins with a scenic tour of Boothbay Harbor aboard the Bennie Alice, en route to Cabbage Island in Linekin Bay. There a succulent feast of Maine lobsters and clams with all the traditional fixin’s await you. Cabbage Island has been the home of traditional clambakes since 1956, and your hosts, the Moore family, cordially welcome you to experience this “Downeast” tradition!

Cabbage Island is just off of Spruce Point. The Spruce Point Inn Motor Launch or Shuttle will take you down to the Cabbage Island Dock for your departure and return.

Whether it’s mackerel fishing from the Spruce Point Inn dock (great for children), striped bass in our local waters, or game fishing offshore — Boothbay Harbor is the location with the Captain’s who can ensure a challenging and successful outing. Choose from a selection of top anglers with the talent and the knowledge to consistently put you in the right place at the right time.

Local charters and guides:

Capt. Barry Gibson (207) 633-5929

Capt. George Warren (207) 380-4556

Capt. Mark Stover (207) 633-3807

Capt. Dan Stevens (207) 380-5445

Capt. Peter Ripley (207) 350-5118

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Monhegan Island

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Monhegan Island

Monhegan Island, 12 miles out to sea, is among the best places to visit while staying at Spruce Point Inn. This small island, just ¾ mile wide and 1½ miles long, is a haven for those seeking beauty, quiet, and relaxation. The art galleries, lighthouse and museum and hiking trails are definitely worth a visit.

Monhegan Island attracts visitors from all over the world who want to paint, photograph, look for migrating birds, rare wildflowers, sea life (whales and seals), and who just want to escape for a few hours or days from their busy lives.

There are challenging hiking trails that lead to beautiful vistas. Trails are well-marked and the Island, while you would not notice it, is bustling all season.

Take the Balmy Days Monhegan Island Ferry from downtown Boothbay Harbor. It departs at 9:30 and returns at 4pm, in season.

Book a private sail along Boothbay Harbor on board your own historic Friendship Sloop or a restored historic Catboat! Reserve by Phone (207.380.5460) or email captains@sailmuscongus.com.

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The Sarah Mead, known as the original lobster boat, is a fully restored Newbert and Wallace 32′ classic wooden Friendship sloop and currently the only wooden sailing lobster boat on the Maine coast - Operated exclusively from the Spruce Point Inn Dock!

Paula Anne

Originally designed for fishing in Massachusetts, catboats feature a beam typically half their length. This creates a wide, stable and spacious area for fishermen to work. In “Paula Anne’s” case, a 12.5′ beam creates a large, spacious cockpit that can comfortably seat plenty of family and friends. Another key element to the catboat’s success as a fishing vessel is her shallow draft. Rather than a permanent fixed keel, “Paula Anne’s” adjustable centerboard would allow her to navigate around and even over the sandbars that Cape Cod is known for. 

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Lighthouses

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Some see lighthouses as symbols of refuge and strength, literal beacons in the night. One visit to an actual Maine lighthouse can provide the sort of “in the moment” memory that gives temporary refuge on the most hectic of days. Close your eyes, smell the ocean, and hear the waves. Burnt Island Lighthouse is located next to Spruce Point Inn and is available to our guests via the Novelty, the Inn’s private launch Bright Line or complimentary kayaks from the Inn dock.

Activities on Land

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Explore a Variety of Activities at Spruce Point Inn and in the Area!

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Oceanside Swimming

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The ocean, affectionately known by locals and summer residents as the “Boothbay pool”, isn’t the only place to swim at Spruce Point Inn. Our oceanfront salt water pool was constructed in 1991 to upgrade the original tidal pool from the 1930’s. Poolside service, comfortable teak furnishings, a hot tub and waterfront sporting amenities make this location one of the first stops for guests each season.

Another full size salt water pool also on the resort grounds is adjacent to our Lighthouse Children’s Camp and playground. 

The Spa at Spruce Point Inn

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The Spa at Spruce Point Inn, set among the cooling pines, is a boutique spa encompassing four treatment rooms, changing facilities, and a secluded hot tub and lounge area on a private deck. Relax and enjoy signature massages, organic facials, body rituals and nail treatments — using natural Maine ingredients.

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Trail Hiking & Geocaching

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May of 2020 marks the 157th anniversary of the publication of “The Maine Woods” by Henry David Thoreau. A man who understood the inseparability of people and place – and who went to some trouble to immerse himself in the wild places he loved, from Walden Pond to Cape Cod to the White Mountains – it was Maine that Thoreau considered among the wildest of wild places.

The historic trails on Spruce Point are set in an old growth forest that spans over 40 acres of our private 100 acre peninsula.

Geocaching is an outdoor treasure hunt using a GPS device. You will navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and attempt to find the geocache hidden at that location. We have geocaches hidden out on our hiking trails here at SPI. Stop by the Front Desk to sign out a GPS unit and hunt for the caches yourself!

Road Biking

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The back roads of Spruce Point and the “east side” of the harbor provide a great way to explore our private peninsula. Enjoy a short ride to town for lunch at the Boathouse Bistro Roof Top or Red Cup. And if a one-way trip is all you are interested in — just let us know. We’ll come and pick you up in the SPI shuttle or Bright Line.

The Spruce Point Inn complimentary bikes are located by the oceanside saltwater pool and may be reserved any time upon arrival.

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S'more Bliss

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Inn-siders know there are fire rituals at Spruce Point Inn: s’mores parties where kids and grownups (who can tell the difference at a s’mores party?) gather in the shared familiarity of a tribe that’s having fun. But what many other resorts make a trending afterthought, we make a signature opportunity for the ‘oceanside memories made in Maine’ we curate to bring discovery and delight to every corner of Spruce Point

Since the 1930’s, Har-Tru made from granular green stone from Pennsylvania, has been used as a popular surface for tennis courts. Har-Tru “American” clay is easier on the body and reduces the incidence of common tennis injuries to the lower extremities. It’s also known to be 15 degrees cooler than hard surface tennis courts.

The two complimentary Har-Tru tennis courts at Spruce Point Inn are located just adjacent to The Spa. Reserve a court time at the front desk upon arrival. Tennis racquets and balls are available at any time.

The Inn’s tennis courts are open from early June through mid-October.

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Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

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The Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens is recognized on Trip Advisor as one of the top 10 Botanical Gardens in the US. Located on 250 acres in nearby Boothbay, it offers more than a dozen individual ornamental gardens within a landscape that’s quintessentially Maine. Spectacular plantings, imaginative stonework and water features, a permanent sculpture collection plus seasonal art exhibits, and miles of waterfront and woodland trails set this garden apart.

Boothbay Region Land Trust Hiking

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No Tickets. No Lines. No Noise. All Yours. BRLT trails are open to the public, year-round, free of charge. Properties include woodlands, wetlands, salt marshes, islands, seabird and wading bird habitat, feeding areas for migratory birds and butterflies, historical and archaeological sites, and working waterfront.

Founded in 1980, Boothbay Region Land Trust (BRLT) is a non-profit organization working to conserve the natural beauty and character of the Boothbay region including the towns of Boothbay, Boothbay Harbor, Edgecomb, and Southport. They work with towns, land owners, residents, visitors and neighboring land trusts to conserve and steward the land.

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Fitness Room

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Ourt strength training and cardio fitness room is equipped with a treadmill, elliptical cross trainer, stationary and recumbent bicycles, multiple Peloton bikes, and weight machines. Additional equipment includes dumbbells, stability balls, bosu balls, medicine balls, and body bars.

In addition, Spruce Point Inn is proud to be the only resort in Boothbay Harbor listed on Peloton’s official Hotel Finder.

Downtown Boothbay Harbor

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A short drive - or a short boat ride aboard our Brite Line boat - away, Downtown Boothbay is a charming area full of wonderful shopping, incredible dining and a variety of celebrations throughout the season. Browse through the eclectic gift shops and remarkable art galleries featuring local artists. Pick up a souvenir to remember your trip or grab a gift for a friend! 

Pemaquid Lighthouse

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Rising above crashing surf and spectacular rock formations, this area attraction is a cultural and historical treasure. Each year, about 100,000 visitors come to explore the park grounds, take in the panoramic view of the Atlantic and marvel at one of the state’s best known icons. It is so honored that, in 2003, Maine citizens voted to use its likeness to represent them on the state quarter.

Maine Maritime Museum

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Maine Maritime Museum is an area attraction offering many opportunities to explore Maine’s maritime heritage and culture. This attraction is located in Bath, Maine — just 25 minutes South on Route 1. Here, visitors will find tours of Bath Iron Works, daily lighthouse cruises and trolley tours, the country’s only surviving historic shipyard where wooden ships were built, A Victorian-era shipyard owner’s home, New England’s largest sculpture: a full-size representation of the largest wooden sailing vessel ever built, Wyoming and more!  

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Walking on Ocean Point

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Ocean Point

Just a short drive from the Inn, Shore Road on Ocean Point is a serene place to watch the lobstermen hauling and setting their traps just offshore, all sorts of vessels sailing past, and seabirds wheeling overhead. Look out to Burnt Island Light, Ram Island Light, and Cuckolds Light. On a good day, you’ll also see Seguin Island and its lighthouse towering in the distance. On your walk, drop in at Ocean Point Studio.

Pure Maine Golf

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Boothbay Harbor Country Club is a wonderful Maine Golf Course, featuring breathtaking vistas, challenging holes, and a sea breeze blowing off the ocean. Their 18 championship holes are truly a "Pure Maine" golfing experience with innovative design, incredible conditioning, and beautiful landscaping. 

During the months of Mid-May to Mid-June, Mid-September to Mid-October, public access players must call the golf shop for a tee time at 207-633-3673 ext 1. Please note: Non-Golf Members are limited to 3 rounds per season as a guest of a member or public access player. 

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Gleason’s Fine Art

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Established in 1985 by husband and wife team Dennis and Martha Gleason, Gleason Fine Art has become a fixture on the local and statewide art scene. From the beginning, the Gleasons’ goal has been to offer the finest work by established painters and sculptors inspired by the beauty of Maine, especially its coast. Over the years, the Gleasons have placed work in some of Maine’s most important collections, including pieces now in the permanent collections of the Portland Museum of Art, Farnsworth Museum, and the Monhegan Museum. The gallery celebrates the rich art history of coastal Maine, particularly the long-standing connection between Boothbay Harbor and Monhegan Island.

Hendrick’s Head Beach

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Searching for treasure buried beneath seaweed, you can climb the tiny Kitten Island off Hendricks Head Beach. The cozy beach, wedged in a cove just past the Southport General Store, is just a few minutes from Spruce Point Inn. A perfect place to feel the sand between your toes and soak up the allure of a local Maine beach.

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Boothbay Opera House

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For generations, the stage of the historic 1894 Opera House in Boothbay Harbor, Maine has played host to actors and musicians from around the state and around the globe. With over 100 events and performances annually, there is almost always something happening at the House – an evening with a Grammy winning musician, a visit from a Broadway actor, nights of jazz or bluegrass, rocking Celtic concerts, lectures, holiday celebrations and community events fill our schedule. With fine acoustics, historic charm, a great old bar room upstairs and a commitment to reasonably priced tickets, the Opera House is a gathering place for the local community and visitors alike.

Boothbay Railway Village

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The Boothbay Railway Village is a non-profit educational organization. Nowhere else in New England can you ride the rails behind an authentic steam locomotive surrounded by historic Maine buildings preserved in a recreated village, and view a collection of 60 antique autos. Throughout the season a wide variety of special events are hosted on the Museum’s Village Green from vintage ball games to car shows and family festivals.

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Children’s Programs

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Lighthouse Camp

The Lighthouse Camp runs every Thursday through Sunday during July 2nd to August 30th, 2020 and can also be arranged by special appointment. Kids explore, create and have an adventure while their parents enjoy some time to themselves. Activities include science, arts, nature and crafts, games, swimming and more!

Where: Lighthouse Recreation Hall
When: 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Ages: 5-12

Please register at the front desk at least 24 hours in advance.

Availability is on a first-come basis.

Includes lunch and a snack.*

 

Kids’ Night Out

For after hours campers, we offer Kids’ Night Out from July 2nd to August 30th, 2020. Parents can enjoy a quiet dinner, walk on the shore or just spend a few hours alone while kids make new friends, enjoy pizza and movie or other games and activities.

Where: Lighthouse Recreation Hall
When: Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Ages: 5-12

Please register at the front desk at least 24 hours in advance.

Availability is on a first-come basis.

Includes dinner and a snack.*

$25 per child per day (+Maine Sales Tax) Non-refundable

Advanced reservations are required.

 

* Please note allergies at the time of registration.

July 2-August 30

$35 per child per day (+Maine Sales Tax) Non-refundable

Advanced reservations are required. 

 

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The heated fresh water resort pool is one of the favored children’s program activities.

Nature, Arts, Science, and Crafts

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Kids explore, create and have an adventure while their parents enjoy some time to themselves.

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Geocaching on the Trails

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Geocaching is an outdoor treasure hunt using a GPS device. You will navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and attempt to find the geocache hidden at that location. We have geocaches hidden out on our hiking trails here at SPI. Stop by the Front Desk to sign out a GPS unit and hunt for the caches yourself!

There is nothing like a classic wood-burning fire. In June, September and October on Thursday, Friday, Saturday from 6:30 – 8:30 pm and in July and August, daily from 7 – 9 pm, around the Inn’s fire pit, guests enjoy a relaxing end to the days activities with an old-fashioned s’more (s). This is often the highlight of the day so leave some room after dinner to savor the warmth of a great outdoor fire with family and friends.

S’mores fixings, coffee, and waters are complimentary.

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Lighthouse Recreation Hall

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The Lighthouse Children’s Program and Recreation Hall (est 1930’s) “disconnects” and relaxes even the most “connected” in your family. From old-fashioned pin-ball, “the claw”, ping pong and air hockey to backgammon, chess, and checkers – the Lighthouse is a great choice for family-time. Choose a puzzle or board game and just enjoy. And, feel free to take a game back to your accommodation.

Adjacent to the Lighthouse are the original resort shuffleboard courts and lawn games like wiffle ball, badminton, croquet, horseshoes, and volleyball to name a few.

On-site hiking

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Take a stroll through SPI’s hiking trails and learn a little bit of Spruce Point Inn’s history.

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Fairy Houses

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Take an hour with your child and get creative building a fairy house in SPI’s fairy village.

Celebrate Maine’s 200th Birthday

“I lead” – and with those state motto words in 1820, Maine stepped forever from the shadow of Massachusetts, to whom its citizens had been pledged since 1676, and into independence as the 23rd State in the Union.

Maine’s Bicentennial in 2020 is a celebration of that moment and the character of Mainers who led them, before and after. Maine200 provides the frame to honor the deep roots of a land familiar to Native Americans for 10,000 years before Vikings, Celts and European fishermen and explorers arrived. And it is a showcase for Maine’s cultural and economic leadership, for its arts, traditions and characters.

A continuously unfolding commemoration encompasses every part and interest of the state, making annual festivals like Windjammer Days here in Boothbay, “the best-ever” and introducing new celebrations and “This-year-only” festivities like the grand Bicentennial Parade in May to this mix.

The Lonely Planet Guide says this is the year to visit Maine. We agree that 2020 gives our much-loved visitors “from away” a “don’t miss” view of why Maine’s time is now.

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David Marx Photography Seminar

Sept. 27 - Oct. 2, 2020 

 

Spruce Point Inn hosts Photographer David Marx for a five-day Coastal Maine Photography Seminar.

This September, photographers of all skill levels have the opportunity to learn from professional photographer instructor David Marx. Come join us for a five-day Coastal Maine Photography Seminar as we learn and photograph the iconic landscape of the Maine Mid-Coast.

Each day, David will instruct, and lead, our small group to carefully selected locations that highlight the unique beauty and character of the Maine Coast: Bristol Peninsula, Pemaquid Point, Ocean Point, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Cape Newagen Sunset, Maine Maritime Museum, Popham Beach, Squirrel Island, Burnt Island Lighthouse. Spruce Point itself and the lobster boat docks of Boothbay Harbor feature prominently. Along the way, David Marx will discuss contemporary photography techniques and critique the seminar participants’ work.

Presented September 27 – October 2, 2020, the Coastal Maine Photography Seminar Package includes five nights accommodations, 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.

David Marx invites you to call by phone 406.356.6279 or email david@davidmarx.com to discuss the workshop syllabus, course expectations and your interests.

The Photography Seminar may be reserved by calling us at 1.800.553.0289.

David Marx Bio

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David Marx has been teaching digital photography and image processing for the Rocky Mountain School of Photography since 2002. David's entertaining teaching style works well for photography students of all skill levels. Over the years, David has taught photography programs for the American Society of Media Photographers, the Bob Marshall Wilderness Institute, FirstLight Photography Workshops, and the world-famous Blackberry Farm Resort. In addition, David is a certified expert in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and in Adobe Photoshop. In 2008, David launched TheLightroomLab.com where his articles and video tutorials on this website have helped to educate thousands of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom enthusiasts. For more information on upcoming Adobe Photoshop Lightroom training seminars and digital photography field workshops please visit davidmarx.com.

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