Sharing The Rainbows

We’ve been enjoying a glorious golden season here in Boothbay. Perfect weekends that have stretched the summer through September and sunshine brightening the turning leaves.

Even when we have an afternoon shower, it seems meant to give the sky a quick wash so the colors of the amber sunset are made more vivid, backlighting crimson leaves and spotlighting golden ones against a grey velvet backdrop of soft clouds.

It was just such an evening last week when, as we headed into the post office, we noticed a rainbow in the eastern sky.  As a woman coming out the door passed us, we said “Rainbow!” and nodded in its direction. She turned toward it and exclaimed, “Oh! Thanks for sharing!”

And we thought, “Sharing the rainbows. That’s what it’s all about.”

Sharing the rainbows is what we do here at Spruce Point Inn. It’s what our “innsiders tips” were created for. It’s why a trip around the harbor on Bright Line will reveal a waterfront you never noticed. Why weekly suggestions for things to do and see – a pumpkinfest here , an oyster tasting there – are specific and timely. No good to say “you should have been here yesterday to see the rainbow.” It’s about the here and now; and about revealing a little of ourselves and the places we love best to those we trust with the knowledge. With sharing the secrets to create “oceanside memories made in Maine.”

The other day we heard a presentation by Ben Kilham, a man who has been rescuing orphaned black bear cubs in the neighboring White Mountains National Forest for decades. (Black bears are the state animal of Maine)  He’s licensed to do so and is the last refuge for the bears that Fish & Game brings him to rehabilitate and return to the wild. His enclosures let wild bears get close enough to acclimate the cubs to the world – and the extended bear families who will eventually take them in. Usually Ben takes 3 to 5 cubs a winter. Last winter he took in 85. And successfully returned 81 of them to the wild.

So what do Ben’s bears have to do with Spruce Point and rainbows?0

Ben says bears practice “reciprocal altruism” – and says humans are the only other animal known to do the same. When a bear has tough times in her normal range – a total crash of the acorn crop like last year, for example – and there’s food in another bear’s range nearby, the other bear will let her in. But there are rules. Next year, if the neighbor’s patch is thin, the first bear is obligated – honor bound, you might say – to share her range with the bear who extended the hospitality first.

We like to think that as innkeepers, we honor the same code. That being who we are, we are, by definition, reciprocal altruists. We share what we have. In return you share transformative moments you made here in Boothbay, at Spruce Point, with us. You share the delight in your children’s laughter. That moment you taste what Chef Patrick has conjured out of the seasonal local bounty that’s fished, farmed and harvested here on the Midcoast . The smiles on your faces, out on the waters of the bay. The first dance with your daughter the bride. Your memories sustain us.

We hope your joy extends into a return visit, that you recommend us to others and vote for us in those ‘readers’ choice’ surveys. That’s the only reciprocity we ask for the altruism we love to extend when we open our door to you.

For what are memories but stories for feeding our collective range of experience? Sharing rainbows.


Photograph provided by David Marx Photography