Under The Same Moon
David Hinton, a Vermont-based Guggenheim winner and scholar of ancient Chinese poetry, observes that the pictograph for “friends” in those poems is a stylized image of two crescent moons.
As the moon in our same sky narrows down to the new moon of November, we were thinking about his characterization that the fullness of friendship is as fellow watchers of the sky, whether sharing the moment together or, like the loom of a distant lighthouse, from “somewhere, out there” as little Fievel observes.
Here at Spruce Point Inn, as the year narrows down to its closed-up crescent, we too, watch the sky as we walk back from tucking in Brightline for her winter on the hard. And each corner we turn reminds us of the work to come as we prepare for another season. We’re thinking of you as we do so. Hospitality is all about preparing for the warmth and laughter to come. Like the upcoming New England Thanksgiving feast, there is satisfaction in the results, and as tasty even if we dine alone. But, as Chef tells us, as his culinary team seeks out the locally fished, farmed and gathered, their goal is that moment we know that the people we’re cooking for delight in what we’ve served.
The innkeepers, too, don’t always “come out of the kitchen with the plate.” But we’re planting bulbs for next summer and painting walls and clearing branches on the woodland path for all of you who return, year after year, to renew your acquaintance with the familiar sights and sounds of summer on the Midcoast here with us. Like those friendships that can, months apart, pick up the conversation where you left off, ours is one of promises you can depend on, legacies built as babies grow to brides, and recognition turning to delight as familiar faces step into the sunroom again.
Next year marks the celebration of Maine’s Bicentennial. We are proud to have shared nearly half of those 200 years of statehood, to be part of the tradition that makes Maine one of the “top 10 destinations in the world” (and the only US one). And we’re even prouder that we’ve earned your trust by voting us onto the list of top Northeast resorts named by Conde Nast Traveler.
Travel writers at Conde Nast and elsewhere are like those Chinese poets, remarking on their travels and crafting descriptions to share the sights, sounds and smells of their often-solitary experiences to bring a moment to an audience far away. Just as we help curate those “oceanside memories made in Maine” for you.
On Spruce Point, the houses along Grand Avenue are mostly quiet, now. The deer come out to watch the stars. And we stand beneath a crescent moon with you, our friends, right alongside.