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88 Grandview Avenue

Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538

Toll-Free: 800-553-0289

Front Desk: 207-633-4152

Resort

Pet Friendly

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With trails to run and water to splash in, Spruce Point Inn is a wonderful place to be a dog. As part of our commitment to provide the highest level of service to our guests, Spruce Point Inn Resort & Spa welcomes dogs and owners alike in designated guest rooms.

There’s a $35 fee per dog, per day while your with us which is non-refundable and a few rules to keep in mind while vacationing with your four legged friend: 

  • Please keep them on a leash for safety reasons and town ordinance while outside the building
  • Please do not leave your pet alone for more than an hour and a half (we want them to have just as much fun as you!)
  • Daily pet fee but must abide by applicable pet etiquette guidelines.

Pet Policies

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  • Maximum of two pets per room
  • Waste bags are located at the entry to the Inn’s trails and by the ice machine.
  • Housekeepers will only clean the room if the room is empty.
  • Pet owner/guest agrees that if their pet barks in the guest room and becomes a disturbance to other guests, Pet owner/guest must depart hotel at Management discretion.
  • Pet owner accepts full responsibility for any and all liability, claims, losses, costs and expenses (including reasonable attorney fees) for personal injury or property damage that may result from the pet. The Company shall not bear any responsibility for the negligent or intentional acts of pet owner/guest or their pet which cause property damage to the facility or to the personal property of any other third persons, including, without limitation, the Company’s guests, customers, employees, and agents, or personal injury to any other third persons, including, without limitation, the Company’s guests, customers, employees, and agents utilizing Contractor’s services.
  • Unless your pet is a service dog, they are not permitted in the Main Building, other than the lobby. With appropriate documentation, service animals are not subject to a daily pet fee but must abide by applicable pet etiquette guidelines.

Pet Friendly Boating Options

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Besides our private launch the Bright Line that is a complimentary boat trip with your pet on board, there are other pet friendly Boat Excursions that you can bring your dogs along, although they might not be complimentary. The Balmy Days Cruises and the Cap’n Fish’s Boat Tours‚Äč  are excursion boats that allow dogs on board and Black Jack Sport Fishing if you want your dogs to go fishing with you.

Dog Friendly Dining Options

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Outdoor seating areas only)

  • Spruce Point Inn’s Grandview Deck
  • Cod’s Head Fish House and BBQ
  • Mama D’s Café
  • Mine Oyster
  • Robinson’s Wharf
  • Sarah’s Café
  • The Boathouse Bistro
  • Watershed Tavern and Brewery

Dog Friendly Fun

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The Boothbay Region Land Trust offers over 30 miles of pet-friendly hiking trails. Many of the stores in town will set out water bowls with fresh water for our canine friends and there is a wonderful pet outfitter located in town called Two Salty Dogs.  Also, Dirty Bird Pottery has wheel-thrown functional stoneware pottery (including pet bowls).

Pet Sitters 2021

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  • Paula Brown (Creature Comforts) – 207-380-5045
  • Dianne Daniels (Pet Sitting) – 207-380-1536
  • K Evans (Pet Sitting, Dog Walking) – 207-633-4924

Boarding and Dog Day Care

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  • Boothbay Canine – 207-633-3647
  • The Coastal Dog – 207-882-6700
  • Haggett Hill Kennels – 207-882-6709

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.

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SPI Adirondack Chairs

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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.

GIFT CARDS

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eGIFT CARD
A Personal & Eco Friendly Gift

Personalized and send instantly (or schedule delivery for a future date) via email, SMS, facebook or print for hand delivery. The perfect surprise or last minute gift!

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PHYSICAL GIFT CARD
The Traditional Gift Card

Physical gift cards can be shipped to you or to your recipient. Please note, shipping and handling fees are added to physical gift cards.