Spruce Point Inn Resort & Spa
What We Love
- 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
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
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.
How to Get There
We made our reservation a bit late, and we were just passing through, so we were only here one night. It's a beautiful resort - more for families who stay for a week or so. It is right on the water with a beautiful view. We had one suite in a building called Puffin and another in Evergreen. They were similarly sized, but the Evergreen suite was a king with a view of a pond and the ocean beyond. Puffin had a porch and 2 queens. Both had huge bathrooms with beautiful showers and jetted tubs. A shower chair can be provided on request. The beds were pretty comfortable, and while the wall AC units can be somewhat noisy, it worked to cool the room down and then just turn it off. The resort itself appears to be great for families with children. There is a great game room with shuffleboard, a pool table, etc. There is a nice outdoor pool, a field for games like volleyball as well as a giant outdoor chess set. We ate at the restaurant, which was pretty good, and we had a few drinks at the bar. See the separate review for the restaurant. The bar was just ok. Overall, the service at the resort was quite good. We wish we could have stayed several days.
Stayed for 3 nights in July. The property is in a beautiful location and grounds are beautifully maintained. The seaside pool is a unique and picturesque setting. The resort feels like summer camp, with lots of activities. Although the resort seemed full there was never a shortage of lounge chairs by the pool, kayaks, SUP paddle boards, bikes, fishing poles, and never a wait to use ping pong shuffleboard or video games. Very helpful and friendly staff. Also a relaxed atmosphere - you could bring your own snacks and drinks to the pool - they did not force you to only eat or drink from onsite restaurants. Food at the casual restaurant Bogies was very good! We did not try the formal restaurant. Another benefit was the free washers and dryers (and detergent) - great for a quick mid week laundry load.
A few tips and things to consider - this resort has A LOT of kids, families, and dogs. The hot tub was always full of kids. It is not a serene adult scene. Our room was ocean view and it didn’t seem much different in location from a partial ocean view so I would save the money and go down a level next time. Room was spacious but not good sound Insulation from room above - we could hear the people above us walking around very clearly. So ask for a room on top floor of lodges.
We would stay here again.
My wife and I travel a lot for business, so we prefer road trips when we travel for pleasure. We love the coast of Maine, so when it was time to plan for our 50th Anniversary, we chose the Spruce Point Inn in Boothbay, as it seemed the right blend of old New England with modern amenities. I turned out even better than we expected! Yes, it had the Yankee charm and beautiful views of the water, but it also had the service of the Mandarin Oriental! The staff was able to accommodate all my special requests, including special order champagne, roses, chocolate covered strawberries, and an outdoor couples massage in the zen garden by two excellent massage therapists, William and Sue. While all the staff were extraordinarily helpful with every request, I would like to single out two people for going the extra mile: Sonya Dearborn, Food and Beverage Manager, who arranged the special orders and reserved the best table for us in the dining room, and Stacey Reynolds, Spa Manager, who came up with a number of romantic ideas for our spa visit. While the center of Boothbay is only a mile and a half down the road, we chose to simply walk downstairs for two great dinners at Bogie's (great breakfast buffet as well!) and 88 (in Boothbay, I recommend Ports of Italy and The Thistle Inn.) We had a chance encounter with one of the new owners, Jeff, who impressed me with his vision for the resort, keeping the best of the old while upgrading the new. This Maine treasure is in good hands for the future!
We've been enjoying our stay at SPI in June for several years now. The location is perfect, right at the mouth of the harbor. We have been staying in ocean view accommodations. The staff are friendly and helpful. Bogies is great for breakfast, and dinner.
This is also the perfect venue for Windjammer Days. On the day that the windjammers sail into the harbor they begin by queuing up at the entrance. You can watch them all sailing back and forth at the same time. Beautiful!
My wife is a big fan of manipedis at the spa.
Special thanks to Cindy Poe who graciously accommodated our recent request for a schedule change.
After many years of vacationing in the beautiful and rustic lakes region of Belgrade, Maine, I decided to pamper two grandchildren and myself to a less rustic environment.
Not having any idea of where to go, I searched the WEB for excursions I had in mind for the boys. I luckily came across the Spruce Point Inn & Spa - Boothbay Harbor, Maine - which is near, and closely associated with, a couple of those excursions. Thus, I figured staying at SPI would be beneficial to our lodging needs and useful as a central take-off point for our excursions.
Our stay at SPI was wonderful: I found their staff very professional (especially Ms Sonya Dearborn of Food Services and Albena at the Registration desk) to be thoroughly people-oriented and accommodating. In addition, SPI’s housekeeping and grounds staff meticulously kept our rooms cleaned and the grounds nicely spruced-up and trimmed.
However, I would like more so, to sound trumpets and praises especially for the Director of Food & Beverages, Ms Sonya Dearborn; SPI is fortunate to have her in their employ -
Having an issue with SPI’s breakfast schedule (which starts at 8am); I explained to Ms Dearborn that two hungry teens need breakfast before going on much earlier excursions. She listened, heard my issue regarding our complicated excursion schedule, and promptly pursued a solution with her Food Prep area.
With this, and I assume other responsibilities, I could not help notice Ms Dearborn pitching-in, helping the employees of SPI’s (shorthanded) dining facilities, and making time to greet and talk with patrons of the “88” dining room and “Bogie’s” tavern/bar. She is totally beyond professional.
Because of all their professional staff, SPI deserves a rating higher than five stars; ten stars would hardly acknowledge the memories both my grandchildren have, nor are ten stars an appropriate expression of appreciation for SPI’s foresight to staff their Resort with innovative and productive individuals.