“We believe we keep the tradition of personal hospitality and unobtrusive attention to detail that has made this such a storied place," said innkeeper Angelo DiGiulian
Boothbay Harbor, Maine (Vocus/PRWEB) April 13, 2011
Since 1892, Spruce Point Inn has provided a distinctive vacation experience, forming oceanside memories made in Maine for families and friends, those new to Boothbay Harbor and those who are perennial visitors to Maine’s Mid-coast. A landmark among the Boothbay Harbor summer colonies that have made a name for the destination since the 1870s, Spruce Point Inn offers the same unspoiled views and the same unhurried atmosphere, the original inhabitants, sportsmen and notables have enjoyed for generations.
In the 1600s English fishermen and trappers encountered tribal sachem Menawarmet in the area they named Boothbay. Since then Boothbay has provided shelter from the north Atlantic, and enticing opportunity for a succession of private and commercial interests. In the 1870s, following the Civil War, convenient steamer travel brought summer visitors from the steamy cities of Boston and New York to the fresh breeze and sparkling waters of the Maine coast. Spruce Point was one of the most attractive properties, a finger of shoaling beach and spruce forest overlooking the sea, with the maritime bustle of Boothbay Harbor just around the bend. In the early 1900s, the Main Inn building was a private fishing camp for ‘rusticators’ – captains of industry who escaped their desks for a week of fine fishing and cordial entertaining with their colleagues. Soon other private cottages dotted the peninsula and Spruce Point began to accumulate the memories that made the name legendary. Today the Main Inn incorporates nine guestrooms and suites, the Inn’s two restaurants, a gameroom and the bright, breezy reception area. Filled with the character of the classic Maine shore resort -- wood floors, bead-board wainscoting and porch ceilings painted a soothing sky blue with sun and sea air streaming through the windows -- the main floor is a focal point where multiple generations of guests gather, as they have for over 100 years.
Spruce Point Inn expanded over the years from a time when town festivals, parades and yacht races added to the fabled charm captured on the pages of the 1936 “Maine Invites You” brochure (that featured Spruce Point Inn.) In the Sixties, under the ownership of John Druce, some of the private homes became guest cottages, a saltwater pool was installed, a miniature golf course was added and Evergreen Lodge was built with a stone wall that rings the beach. Along with the improvements came some very high-profile guests. They included: Vice President and Mrs. Hubert Humphrey; Senator and Mrs. Edmund Muskie of Maine; Senator and Mrs. Robert Kennedy; the astronaut Col. (and Mrs.) John Glenn; Mr. and Mrs. Andy Williams; actress Claudine Longet; syndicated columnist Rowland Evans (of CNN’s famed “Evans and Novak”); and Senator and Mrs. Edward Kennedy with their three children, Kara, Teddy and Patrick. Photographs of these summering notables now decorate the walls of the resort’s guestrooms.
In 1991 Ernest Mallett and Bruno DiGiulian purchased the inn, naming Joseph Paolillo and Angelo DiGiulian as innkeepers. “Over the past 20 years, Boothbay Harbor has become home for our families,” said innkeeper Angelo DiGiulian. “We believe we keep the tradition of personal hospitality and unobtrusive attention to detail that has made this such a storied place – making each guest part of the history that transforms a visit into ‘oceanside memories made in Maine.’”
About Spruce Point Inn
In operation for more than 100 years, Spruce Point Inn is a distinctive and historic vacation destination for travelers from all over the United States. Its relaxing facilities have long been a part of the summer community and a backdrop for delightful “oceanside memories made in Maine.” Located in the seafaring village of Boothbay Harbor, Maine (an hour north of Portland) and situated on 57 acres of stunning oceanfront and sheltering pine forest, the Inn is a retreat of 56 modern rooms in eight lodges, 5 classic cottages, 9 Main Inn rooms and suites, and 4 townhouses. The convenient location, peaceful setting and spectacular coastal views have made the Inn a premier resort for families, reunions, weddings and business events. For reservations, call 800-553-0289.