Preparing “A Thousand welcomes” during Maine’s Bicentennial Year
What’s your “Maine thing”? The Office of Maine Tourism has created a clever campaign aimed at reminding visitors that what we care about is what you care about. The natural beauty of the rocky coast and deep spruce forests. The rewards of fishing and foraging, crafting the most delicious out of, often, the simplest sources. Fresh sea air and intimate gatherings. Firelight, starlight and rekindling the soul. It’s what’s made Maine, in her bicentennial year, the lure for travel guides and “old Maine hands.” It’s precisely what we here at Spruce Point Inn mean when we talk about crafting “oceanside memories made in Maine.”
Maine200 kicks off in earnest on March 15, 2020, the day two hundred years ago when Maine became a state, separating from Massachusetts after more than two hundred years of settlement. The Maine Memory Network’s story of the Mainers who preceded statehood is a fascinating one. Not unlike the stories of those who’ve come to Maine ever since for the way we live, love, work and play.
Just over 300 years ago, in 1718, a group of intrepid Scots-Irish arrived in Boston, and soon created a settlement in the wilderness. at the mouth of the Androscoggin River, not too far from Boothbay. Then, 128 years ago, industrialists from the churning cities of the Atlantic seaboard came to Maine to escape the heat and confines of their offices. “Rusticating” at Spruce Point in a lodge that became an inn, they brought their families to rediscover the outdoors and reconnect with family and friends. Spruce Point Inn endures – and endears – as the same, mindful source of connections.
Moving into March, Spruce Point marches into spring and towards our May opening date with plans for some new enhancements to our dining and amenity programs; and soon the green will return to our gardens. As we “Spring Forward” with Daylight Savings Time and then welcome the Vernal Equinox on March 19 Boothbay itself starts turning green. We, too, share the true meaning of Céad Míle Fáilte “the land of a thousand welcomes.”
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