Spruce Point Inn History
Since 1892, Spruce Point Inn has provided distinctive vacation experiences for travelers to beautiful mid-coast Maine. An iconic property within the New England region, it has long been a landmark destination among the popular summer colonies of the area. Spruce Point Inn offers the same unspoiled views the original inhabitants, sportsman, and other notables have enjoyed for generations.
In the 1870s steamer travel to Boothbay Harbor commenced, bringing travelers from the oppressive summer heat of Boston and New York City to the fresh breezes and sparkling waters of the Maine coast. Then as now, Spruce Point was an attractive destination to these summer-seekers, drawn to its shoaling beach, spruce forests, and picturesque maritime bustle of the harbor.
At first it was sportsmen seeking a week of hunting, fishing, and socializing who were drawn to Spruce Point Inn’s original lodge. These ‘rusticators’ sought to swap their offices for the thrill of a fish on a line, fine whiskey, and camaraderie around the dinner table. Others followed and soon enough private cottages dotted the rocky Maine-coast peninsula and memories that passed from generation to generation were born.
The Inn’s main building was built around this time by the Marston family to serve as a private hunting and fishing lodge. In 1902, the property was rented to Mrs. Holland, who ran it as a tea house and inn. Ten years later, Walter Holland purchased the inn and operated it with his wife as the Spruce Point Inn and tea house until shortly after World War II.