Spruce Point Inn's Autumn Romance Package Paints Oceanside Memories that Bring Winslow Homer’s Midcoast Maine Alive

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Guests at Spruce Point Inn have enjoyed the dramatic views of ocean, rocky coast and seasonally-changing skies for over 100 years. To commemorate the Portland Museum of Art opening of the Winslow Homer exhibit and restored studio space, and to celebrate the romance of autumn “oceanside memories made in Maine,” whether in oil on canvas or Facebook and Twitter posts, Spruce Point Inn offers the Autumn Romance Package, available Sundays through Thursdays, September 3 through October 14, 2012.

Fall foliage on the Maine coast

Fall foliage on the Maine coast.

“Spruce Point Inn is a landmark among the Boothbay Harbor summer colonies that have made a name for the destination since the 1870s," Angelo Digiulian, innkeeper

The coast of Maine has attracted famous visitors including writers and painters like Winslow Homer for more than a century. Drawn to the romantic seascapes and rugged environment, Maine became a family getaway and retreat for “rusticators” as soon as transportation advances made the trip to places like Boothbay Harbor possible. In the late 1800s, at about the same time that Winslow Homer arrived at Prout’s Neck on the Maine midcoast near Scarborough, the Marston family was building the private hunting and fishing lodge that is now a historic inn, family resort and spa at Spruce Point.

In September, the Portland Museum of Art is set to open Winslow Homer’s Studio to public tours, with an accompanying exhibit, “Weatherbeaten: Winslow Home and Maine” of some of his rarely-shown paintings. Guests at Spruce Point Inn have enjoyed the dramatic views of ocean, rocky coast and seasonally-changing skies for over 100 years. To commemorate the opening of the Winslow Homer exhibit and restored studio space, and to celebrate the autumn romance of all “oceanside memories made in Maine” whether in oil on canvas or Facebook and Twitter posts, Spruce Point Inn offers the Autumn Romance Package. Starting at $540*, the package is built around Oceanview accommodations that give guests the same kind of view Winslow Homer spent the last quarter century of his life painting. The package also includes breakfast for two, a four-course dinner for two, two tickets to the Coastal Maine Botanical Garden and a sunset sail for two aboard the sloop, Sarah Mead. The package is available Sunday through Thursday nights from September 3 through October 14, 2012.

Spruce Point Inn, just 90 minutes from Portland, helped promote the Portland Museum of Art and its “Winslow Homer and the Poetics of Place” efforts in 2010. The resort’s full range of amenities, including a complimentary motor launch for exploring Boothbay Harbor by water, its three restaurants’ seasonally changing menus of locally fished, farmed and harvested foods, it woodland trails and recreational options help complete the picture..

"Since 1892, Spruce Point Inn has provided a distinctive and historic vacation experience for travelers to the Maine Mid-coast. A landmark among the Boothbay Harbor summer colonies that have made a name for the destination since the 1870s, Spruce Point offers the same unspoiled views the original inhabitants, sportsmen and notables have enjoyed for generations," commented innkeeper Angelo Digiulian. Originally purchased to serve as 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 – Spruce Point quickly attracted other private cottagers and began to accumulate the memories that made the name legendary. The main building at the Inn was built in the late 1800s and began use as an inn in 1902. When Winslow Homer died at Prout’s Neck in 1910, after 25 years in Maine painting some of his most dramatic works, Spruce Point Inn had been operating for nearly a decade. The views remain unchanged.

For information and availability, visit http://www.sprucepointinn.com or call 800-553-0289

*Based on availability at time of booking, no other discounts apply, offer valid for reservations made after September 3, 2012. Package available Sunday-Thursday, September 3 through October 14, 2012. Includes Maine State Lodging Tax and Resort Fee.

About Spruce Point Inn (http://www.sprucepointinn.com)
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 resort is a retreat of 9 guestrooms in The Inn, 15 classic cottages and cottage rooms, 56 modern lodge rooms and 5 townhomes. The convenient location, peaceful setting and spectacular coastal views have made Spruce Point Inn a premier resort for families, reunions, weddings and business events. For reservations, call 800-553-0289 or visit http://www.sprucepointinn.com

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