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Boothbay Harbor, Maine, Spruce Point Inn, Summer, Resort

The promise of stillness borne on an ocean breeze

This week was a reminder that our state slogan, “Maine: The Way Life Should Be,” promises relief (as well as a fair amount of irony).

The preview of summer temperatures in the 90’s more than a week before the Summer Solstice, came as a pleasant surprise to guests at Spruce Point Inn who have come to appreciate the “secret season” that delights those of us who live here year ‘round. And for many, the promise of unplugged hours (should they choose to ignore our expanded Wifi network) beckon like the extended hours of daylight we’re enjoying.

Striking a balance between engagement and reflection is what Spruce Point is for. Our hundred-plus years of history assure that life goes on as it will (whether “as it should,” or not). The monument that greets you as you enter Boothbay Harbor is a reminder that Mainers who participate in the national debate are willing to give their lives for their country.

And the pace of Boothbay – and Spruce Point – reminds us why. Shady lanes. Zen gardens. Entrepreneurial shopkeepers. Artists of song, image, flavor and flower who distill all of our memories and imaginings.

Straight, tall masts and the stars to steer them by. This is the life unfolding in a state with the 49,600 acre Acadia National Park, (one of the most-visited National Parks) and a bay filled with enough islands for a daily calendar. For four glorious months, it’s a respite from the heat, toil and noise of 21st century life.

It’s a place with a magnetic attraction that draws people “from away” like a lodestone with the capacity to center the soul. It’s a place where we at Spruce Point help create and curate the “oceanside memories made in Maine” that will sustain you while you’re gone.

And the promise of stillness borne on an ocean breeze whenever you return.