As part of our commitment to provide the highest level of service to our guests, The Spruce Point Inn Resort & Spa welcomes dogs staying with their owners in designated guest rooms. The Inn charges a fee of $35 per dog per day. This fee will be added to your reservation when booked and is non-refundable.
There are only a few rules that need to be observed when bringing your pet to stay with you at SPI:
Please keep them on a leash for safety reasons and town ordinance while outside the building and please do not leave your pet alone for more than an hour and a half because they can get lonely and cry.
Since 1892, Spruce Point Inn has provided a distinctive and historic vacation experience for travelers to the Maine Mid-coast. A landmark among the Boothbay Harbor summer colonies that have made a name for the destination since the 1870s, Spruce Point Inn offers the same unspoiled views the original inhabitants, sportsmen and notables have enjoyed for generations.
In the 1600s English fishermen and trappers encountered tribal sachem Menawarmet in the area they named Boothbay. Since then Boothbay has provided shelter from the north Atlantic – and enticing opportunity — for a succession of private and commercial interests. In the 1870s, following the Civil War, convenient steamer travel brought summer visitors from the steamy cities of Boston and New York to the fresh breeze and sparkling waters of the Maine coast. Spruce Point was one of the most attractive properties as a finger of shoaling beach and spruce forest looking out to sea with the maritime bustle of Boothbay Harbor farther inland, just around the bend.
Originally purchased to serve as a private fishing camp for ‘rusticators’ – captains of industry who escaped their desks for a week of fine fishing and cordial entertaining with their colleagues – the owners recognized a platform for expansion. Soon other private cottages dotted the peninsula and Spruce Point began to accumulate the memories that made the name legendary
The main building at the 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 — and a recreation hall (Lighthouse), Balsam Lodge and tennis courts were added. The original classic Down East wood-frame, gambrel roof Victorian still stands. Now containing nine guestrooms, the Inn’s two restaurants, a gameroom and the bright, breezy reception area, the main inn retains the character of the classic Maine shore resort: wood floors, bead-board wainscoting and porch ceilings painted a soothing sky blue. With windows open to the sea breeze and deep wicker chairs, the main floor is a focal point for guests today, as it has been for over 100 years.
During Prohibition, the clubby turn-of-the-century atmosphere of fine whiskies was augmented with local juniper berries. In the 1930s famed swing bands toured the Maine summer resorts including Southport and Boothbay, while town festivals, parades and yacht races added to the fabled charm captured on the pages of the 1936 “Maine Invites You” – featuring Spruce Point Inn. Following WWII, Mr. Holland sold the property to Leroy Race, who operated the inn until 1957. During that time, the average rate was $9 per day — including full American Plan meals (breakfast 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 Druces owned and operated the inn for three decades until they sold it in the fall of 1991. 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 columnist Rowland Evans (of CNN’s famed “Evans and Novak”); Joe Kennedy and Chuck McDernmott. Subsequent years brought other noteworthy visitors NBC news 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. The pen and ink sketches by Arthur French now found among the guestrooms date from this era as do the photographs showing regular visitors like Ted and Robert Kennedy, their wives, Andy Williams and Claudine Longest on the dock just back from an afternoon’s sail.
After the Druces decided to retire, in 1991 Ernest Mallett and Bruno DiGiulian purchased the inn, and Joseph Paolillo and Angelo DiGiulian became managers. Starting in 2011, they completed at an extensive upgrade for the Inn, encompassing all aspects of the property from guest rooms and cottages to function space, recreational areas, the waterfront and restaurants.
In February 2019 the owners of Spruce Point Inn concluded the sale of the property to Stonehouse Capital; and after a careful search, Stonehouse Capital engaged BENCHMARK®, a global hospitality company, to operate Spruce Point Inn as part of their Gemstone Collection. A landmark and a legend for more than a century, and Down East Magazine’s “Best Hotel in Maine” for four consecutive years, the historic Spruce Point Inn resort in Boothbay Harbor has reigned as the choice of discerning travelers and one of Conde Nast Traveler’s Readers Choice “best resorts in New England” for years. New ownership and management aim to extend that legacy.
Take Home a Piece of History
You’ve seen them on postcards and posters. And you’ve enjoyed them on the front porch. The iconic slat-back wood chair, positioned to take the best advantage of the view. The “Adirondack Chair” is the classic symbol of kicking back, relaxing and melding into vacation mode.
Spruce Point Inn is pleased to have the original style Adirondack Chair on the grounds for our guest to enjoy. To enhance the effect, and ensure you take home the classic “oceanside memory made in Maine”, we offer the chair in an easy-to-assemble kit for $495, (and can have it shipped home for you for a small handling and shipping fee). These are high-quality cypress wood chairs designed to last a life-time outdoors, unpainted, because of the superb wood and the stainless steel assembly hardware.
The child-sized version of the chair is also available, using the same materials, for $349 plus handling and shipping.
Coastal Maine is Calling! We invite you to enjoy a classic road trip getaway full of fresh air and open spaces in the surroundings of the great outdoors. With 55 beautiful acres, hiking trails, bikes, boating and outdoor yoga, it’s easy to relax and renew while maintaining a safe distance. Escape to nature with our Coastal Maine Road Trip Package! Book by August 31st and enjoy your choice of accommodations plus a $50 dining credit for our new restaurant, The Salty Stag.
Just a short drive, Spruce Point Inn is the perfect destination for a refreshing couple’s getaway or a fun-filled family road trip. And with road trips, the journey is part of the experience! Here along the Maine coast, a classic road trip along Route 1 and its byways links iconic sights from Portland Head Light to Acadia National Park. With Route 1 as the thread leading to Boothbay Harbor, you’ll pass through “Maine’s prettiest town” of Wiscasset, and a bird’s-eye view of Bath Iron Works (a shipbuilding backbone of the Navy). Travel past the turnoff to Boothbay to discover the artistic (and culinary) delights of Rockland, with the Farnsworth Museum and its Wyeth Center.
Book now and enjoy this limited time offer, inclusive of:
We continue to place the health and safety of our guests and employees as our highest and most important business priority. Our team is eager to serve, and we’re committed to providing you with an atmosphere that’s safe, soothing and serene. We take great pride in maintaining the highest standards of cleanliness and hygiene while also utilizing best practice in terms of social distancing during all interactions.
We look forward to safely and warmly welcoming you. Book your Road Trip Package today for some much-needed oceanside fun, relaxation and peace of mind!
Tax and resort fee are extra. Please click here to learn about the latest state travel guidelines. Not valid on existing reservations. Dining credit not valid towards alcohol purchases. Some amenities may not be available as state and health department guidelines evolve in response to COVID-19.
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