Letters of Introduction Penned in Scarlet

It’s happening. Those sapphire skies. The hardwoods with a touch of crimson at their temples. The fall-fashionable stubble of the cornfields, their bounty tucked away for winter in the cow barns.

Centuries ago, travelers carried letters of introduction to ensure their welcome, once they arrived. The letters of introduction we see vouching for the sentinels that guard Spruce Point are penned in scarlet ink, ushering fall visitors along the backroads that lead to our door.

With Labor Day past, the locals venture out again bringing a renewed sense of hospitality to the shops, galleries and cafes on Townsend Ave and Commercial Street. It’s the season of farmstands and antiquing.

We call this the “golden season” in Boothbay for the casual sense of intimacy, the genuine warmth that comes from having the time to chat at the bar or shop counter. Visitors now get a glimpse of how we live in the ‘off season’ (what keeps our love affair with the Midcoast alive) while the angle of the sun and the softness of the ocean breeze are still meant to be enjoyed.

Some say the name “Indian summer” derived from the First Nations’ advice to settlers, “It’s September. You’ll get a few more warm days to harvest. Don’t worry. You have time.”

We give the same advice to guests seeking one more chance to enjoy a walk in the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, a glass of wine overlooking the vineyard at Cellardoor or a stop in the taphouse at Boothbay Craft Brewery. A visit to the new (old) locomotive at the Railway Village, NC Wyeth’s “Poems of American Patriotism” at the Farnsworth or the transportation collection at Owls Head.

One more stay at Spruce Point Inn to craft “oceanside memories made in Maine”    

All of us in love with the golden season look forward to watching Indian Summer blush the high ridgelines of autumn. And look forward to sharing the romance with you.