How Spruce Point Stays Green
With Earth Day on our minds and with our seasonal opening on the horizon, we thought you’d be interested in knowing a few details on how Spruce Point stays green:
Lighter Footprint Housekeeping
We started our water conservation program in 2012 and now have about 20 percent of our guests choosing the option of having their room linens changed less frequently. A small wood buoy hung on the doorknob signals housekeeping they are participating in the program.
Salty snacks for weeds
In 2012 the Inn started using a natural – and readily available – alternative to artificial herbicides. Harold Shorette, our Environmental Manager noticed how effective salt water is as a weed-killer and now uses that instead of commercial pesticides.
No child left indoors
One of the best parts of being a family resort is introducing kids to the joys of being outdoors. The fairy houses along our nature trails, our guided hikes and our butterfly garden are all designed to entrance children, many of whom are just discovering the “flora and fauna” of the natural world for the first time. We line the walks with repurposed wood chips from Conversation Corps fire lanes that also serve the practical purpose of reducing erosion. And we’ve put cedar play boats on the playground – to provide an enduring, low impact natural environment.
Fish, farm and forager
You can’t help being exposed to the natural cycle of local farming and fishing through the menus at the Inn, but guests can also join our forager Tom Seymour on guided walks through our landscape, learning about edible plants and the birds, trees and wildflowers along our woodland paths.
It’s a matter of retention
Even the lovely pond that is a feature of our landscaping has a conservation job: it is a retaining pond designed to catch run-off rainwater from the grounds. The pond holds back the sediment that would otherwise go into the ocean, again reducing the footprint we make on our coast.
Check back on the Spruce Point website often for additional news. And let us know if you have other suggestions for helping us protect all our beautiful places.
- Memorial Day – taking time for stopfulness
- On ships and stars and getting underway
- The warm shawl of a Maine coast summer – Happy Mothers Day!
- Carried in on the seabreeze
- Taking time to smell the flowers
- The concept of earned value
- Return of the spring. You come, too.
- Aprils and Openers
- Standing limber and spruce with a backdrop of the entrance to Boothbay Harbor
- Green days and patience