125 years ago, Spruce Point Inn established its reputation as the summer destination of choice for vacationers in search of serene surroundings and exciting outdoor adventures. In the hands of the current innkeepers, the Inn has grown from a small summer retreat to one of Conde Nast Traveler’s “top 25 resorts in the Northeast.”
The original Spruce Point Inn was built in the late 1800s by the Marston family from Skowhegan, Maine, and was used as a private hunting and fishing lodge. In 1902, the property was rented to Mrs. Holland, who made it a tea house and inn. Ten years later, Walter Holland purchased the inn and continued to operate it with his wife as the Spruce Point Inn and tea house until shortly after World War II. The inn flourished, operating at full capacity with a long waiting list. They added the Lighthouse recreation hall, the Balsam Lodge and tennis courts.
Following WWII, Mr. Holland sold the property to Leroy Race, who operated the inn until 1957. During that time, the average rate was $9.00 per day and included a full American Plan (breakfast, lunch and dinner).
By 1957, clientele had dwindled and the inn had fallen into disrepair. Raymond P. Harold, a neighbor of the inn, purchased the property and turned over management to his daughter, Charlotte, and her husband, John Druce.
Under the ownership of the Druces for the next 31 years, the inn once again began to thrive. In 1965, the saltwater pool was installed, and a miniature golf course was added. The following year, the Evergreen Lodge was built, and a stone wall was constructed to ring the beach.
The summer of 1960’s brought with it some very high-profile guests. They included: Vice President Mr. and Mrs. Hubert Humphrey; Senator and Mrs. Edmund Muskie of Maine; Governor and Mrs. Kenneth Curtis of Maine; Governor and Mrs. John King of New Hampshire; Maine Congressman Mr. William Hathaway; Maine Congressman Mr. Peter Kyros; Senator and Mrs. Robert Kennedy; Col. and Mrs. John Glenn; Mr. and Mrs. Andy Williams; actress Claudine Longet; syndicated columnist Rowland Evans (of CNN’s Evans and Novak); Joe Kennedy and Chuck McDernmott.
In the years that followed, other noteworthy visitors frequented the inn, including NBC commentator Sander Vanocur, Congressman and former Governor of Vermont Robert T. Stafford, and Senator and Mrs. Edward M. Kennedy and their three children, Kara, Teddy and Patrick.
In 1991 John Druce retired and Ernest Mallett and Bruno DiGiulian purchased the inn, and Joseph Paolillo and Angelo DiGiulian became innkeepers. In 1994, after an initial refresh of the resort, Joe and Angelo bought out their partners and continued to improve the Inn year after year. Throughout the past 24 years, the Inn has undergone extensive updates and been awarded several times as one of top resorts in the US.
Today, the Spruce Point Inn Resort and Spa is a sought-after summer destination resort for families, couples and groups. Continuous improvements each season have upgraded the guestrooms, cottages, function facilities and recreation areas. The Inn is freshened each season, ensuring guests continue to receive the highest level of service and the best possible experience during their Maine vacation.