Spectacular oceanfront location just 10 minutes from the shopping hub of Boothbay Harbor
Family friendly: Children’s programs include a daytime Lighthouse Camp (every Thursday through Sunday in July and August), but the resort caters to couples in the earlier months
Boutique spa with a hot tub on a secluded deck, plus oceanfront saltwater and heated freshwater pools
What To Know
Pet-friendly, but if you plan on packing your pooch, you must let the inn know ahead of time
Signature worn-in charm (low ceilings and uneven floors) is all part of the experience
Historic property, but Partial Oceanview Rooms are in the more modern lodges
The Deck is open only during summer months
Parking on site
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Oceanfront resort near Boothbay Harbor, with on-tap water sports, a spa, two pools and three restaurants
For more than 100 years guests have been coming to the Spruce Point Inn to breathe in the salt-tinged air, dip in the chilly ocean and gaze at the star-filled skies. Three things distinguish this 57-acre property: the service is low-key yet attentive, it has a spectacular oceanfront location, and it offers myriad activities right on property. In fact, the sea plays a key role here, as the focal point for daytime bike rides and kayak trips, and evenings around the firepit for s’mores.
Bed & Bath
Although many returning guests prefer that nothing change, the innkeepers keep gently updating the facilities, balancing nostalgia with the need for modernity. The guestrooms are spread across a Main Inn that dates from the 1800s and eight contemporary lodges, which house the Partial Oceanview Rooms. Every guestroom has a plasma TV, a Keurig coffeemaker, and a whirlpool or soaking tub. Some have cast iron gas stoves, ideal for that chilly Maine air.
Spruce Point Inn is a haven for outdoors lovers — they even have their own activities app. Staff can help organize rounds of golf at nearby courses, sailing excursions, fishing from the dock, kayaking on the bay and much more. Throughout July and August, youngsters aged five to 12 can join the Lighthouse Camp for kid-friendly activities as well as the twice-weekly kids night out (in May and June, though, the resort caters more so to couples). On the dining front, the resort’s three restaurants have you covered for three meals a day: hit Bogie’s hearty breakfast buffet from 8 a.m.; dine alfresco at seasonal restaurant Deck for lunch; and have dinner with a view at ocean-facing, 88.
In the Area
The shorefront Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens are a wonder to experience, with woodland and oceanfront trails and myriad gardens, including a spectacular children’s garden with a storybook theme. Or board an excursion boat to Burnt Island and you’ll travel back in time to 1950. Visit with the lighthouse keeper and his family, portrayed by knowledgeable reenactors. For an authentic windjammer experience, book a two-hour sail aboard the schooner Eastwind with Herb and Doris Smith, who not only built the ship but also sailed it around the world. Later, work off lunch — might we suggest fish and chips from Bet’s Fish Fry? — with a relatively easy hike through the Porter Preserve, a 23-acre property along the Sheepscot River. Pick up the perfect souvenir at Gleason Fine Art, which specializes in 19th- through 21st-century works depicting the Maine Coast. Rotating shows mean fresh artists and work.