Spruce Point Inn, Opening Day, Boothbay Harbor, Maine

Pitching the season opener

Opening Day for Spruce Point Inn is May 18th and we’re planning something special for guests who join us for that first weekend of the season. We keep adding new surprises – sort of like hiding Easter eggs – from a Friday welcome from the Innkeepers to guided tours on land and sea (plus a few things to take home until the next visit.)

Patriots Day approaches on April 17th (We know, Longfellow immortalized Paul Revere and “the eighteenth of April in ‘seventy-five;” but Maine/Massachusetts celebrates the closest Monday). We stand “Boston Strong” with the Marathon, remembering years there were snowflakes and others that brought 90 degrees along the route from Hopkinton. But we also associate Patriots Day with Fenway Park. This year Red Sox Nation rallies in Kenmore Square for a game against the Rays starting at 11 am (though the season opener at Fenway is April 3rd). So much confusion!

The French make it simple. April 1st brings the poissons d’Avril – the foolish “fish of April” that people use to play April Fool’s jokes while the candy shop windows fill with fish from chocolate molds. Then it will be time for The Masters April 6 and while we’re watching the azalea bloom in Augusta the forsythia will pop right outside our window and the fairways at Boothbay Harbor Country Club (open for public play in the Spring and Fall) will not be far behind.

TS Eliot told us April is the cruelest month; but here on the coast of Maine though the ocean air still brings out sweaters, the sunshine brings daffodils. And soon arriving guests will migrate up Grandview Avenue. And all will be right with our world.