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.
We feel that the Spruce Point Inn is one of the best family resorts in Maine and a great American destination for families looking to create amazing oceanside memories. We are passionate about the American family getaway and so we thought we would do some research and put together this infographic of how the American family vacation has evolved over the years. We hope you enjoy it and would love to hear your comments and feedback.
Our staff was honored recently when the Inn earned a Certificate of Excellence from the popular travel website TripAdvisor.com.
We love TripAdvisor, and not just because we won the award. The site is a comprehensive resource for travelers who are looking for information about hotels, restaurants and things to do during their trips. When you use TripAdvisor to search for a travel destination, you can read about the experiences other travelers have had.