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.
We celebrate the upcoming 43rd anniversary of Earth Day on April 22 with a reaffirmation of our commitment at Spruce Point Inn to environmental stewardship.
Spruce Point covers 57 acres of woods and waterfront, making our impact on the Maine coastal environment, and active conservation and protection of those beautiful places, a critical part of our responsibility as innkeepers. We love to introduce our guests to the natural environment of Maine and each time someone comments on our incredible location we are rededicated to ensuring Spruce Point remains a legacy for future generations – for all of us who live on the planet. We know that what we do at Spruce Point affects our corner of the coast, the land that surrounds us and the ocean beyond.
Executive Chef Peter Stiles is meeting with local farmers and planning menu updates. Some say that “farm to table” is passé. That it’s another food fad, so “yesterday” that chefs who still talk about “eat local” are not keeping up with the latest news. We say “hogwash” and cheer when James Beard Award-winning chef Chris Hastings, stands up on CNN’s Eatocracy blog to say he fears for the day that farm-to-table stops being the foundation for everything we do.
Some spring days, when the sheltered grass is already turning green and the tiny green noses of the bulbs are pushing up close to foundations and stone walls, we wish that Opening Day were sooner than mid-May.
With Easter falling so early this year, we look out the sunny windows of 88 thinking how much fun it would be to host an Easter Brunch here, and having the dining room filled with families enjoying each other’s multi-generational company as they do here in August.
The Vernal Equinox arrives this week (March 19) as a signal that we’re getting ever closer to opening day. We always take the First Day of Spring -- rain or shine – as a moment to mark the fact that the days are much longer, the sun definitely warmer, than they were even a month ago. It’s a good thing that that warmth and light add a little bounce to our step as we’ve got lots of things to do to make Spruce Point even better this year than we were the last time we greeted you.
A breath of fresh air. For more than a century the fresh ocean breeze has drawn visitors to Maine to escape the city heat of summer. From the smallest kids to parents and grandparents, we know that catching the first scent of the Atlantic as you turn off the interstate and onto the coastal route that winds to Boothbay is enticing. It’s one of the many senses we know go into building those coastal memories made in Maine. So we know that once you’re here, we have to do everything we can to let those coastal breezes in!
We’re going out to check the saltwater pool area today and thought we’d share some of the ideas we’re putting into place there. To borrow a line from New England poet Robert Frost, “We won’t be gone long. You come, too.”
As we thought about how guests use the various spaces around the grounds, we realized that we should focus our recreational amenities around the saltwater pool area. There’s handy access for our bicycles; and it’s the closest area to the waterfront, for loaning kayaks and fishing gear. We are also adding a kayak launch ramp to the Inn’s dock and float.
It’s winter school vacation (last week and this week) in many parts of the country, so we thought this would be a good time to tell you about some of the new playground features we’ve added to the grounds here.
We (sometimes) think Valentine’s Day was invented by a wedding planner to get couples who got engaged over the holidays thinking about what the ceremony and reception will be. But seriously, we romantics know that the rocky coast of Maine makes an ideal backdrop for weddings, romantic getaways and anniversary celebrations. There are endless opportunities for couples to share a thousand miles of secluded coves, woodland trails and cozy inns with luxurious accommodations and creative chefs. And we’re not the only ones saying Spruce Point Inn is a master of romance.
The forecast this weekend is for snow; but here at Spruce Point we are counting down the months til it’s “Maine summer resort” warm. Happily, we are working our way steadily through our winter checklist. Now that we’ve turned into the New Year, we’re excited about what’s new and what we’re “sprucing up” in anticipation of our opening in May.