In the footsteps of the Abenaki, in the season of the Strawberry Moon

Walk the woodland path that leads off behind Linekin and you’re stepping into the moccasins of the Abenaki who made these woods their seasonal home during the summer fishing season. Our Abenaki Trail honors their culture and the heritage of their descendants, the Passamaquoddy and Penobscot, who still live along Maine’s coast.

Their name translates as the name other Native Americans called those who lived on the farthest shore “Down East,” the ones who were the first to see the sun rise from the Atlantic. Abenaki or “Wabanaki” means “people of the first light.” And when you stand on our Trail or look out upon the water at daybreak it’s a view that in some places, has changed very little over the thousands of years people have come to Maine’s coast to fish and enjoy the sea air.

On the Native American calendar, June is the month of the Strawberry Moon (full this weekend, June 22-23), the time when the wild strawberries ripened on the edges of the meadows and made a delicious complement to the fresh-caught fish and wild ramps they gathered for early summer feasts. You will find an echo of those joyful celebrations in the Strawberry Festivals and Farmer’s Markets that are cropping up around us (and inspiring Chefs Peter and Mark!).

Maine is an ancient land; Spruce Point a place that has offered shade and rest in a calming balance between sea, sky and land for centuries. The families who came from the cities in the early days of the Inn joined the history of the Abenaki families who spent their summers here.  By stepping onto Spruce Point, you become part of the story, too.

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