Let's be perfectly clear: Staying @ SPI is all about the incredible charm it offers! However, I have gotten ahead of myself, here. Firstly, I use trip advisor to research each vacation I take, even if it is for business. And yes, I have ruled out hotels due to negative postings about them. Having said all that, I am surprised at the nitpicking some guests have posted about SPI. No, there is no elevator. However, there is an amazing wide staircase that I'd kill to have in my home, and yes, the staff help in taking your bags to your room. But I digress....
My wife and I stayed in the Admirals Quarters, on the third floor of the over 100 year old main building. The suite had its own deck overlooking Booth Bay, and we sat in our Adirondack Chairs each day, watching the tide roll in, double doors to the suite wide open so that we could listen to the jazz coming from our room. The room itself contained an incredibly comfortable king sized bed, and the decor was straight out of Pottery Barn's latest New England palette. Bleached oak floors, soft pastel colors and LOTS of LIGHT! (The window seat was perfect, BTW, to nap on each afternoon!) In the living room area, we had double sofas facing each other where we had tea each afternoon. The bath-room reminded me of my grandmothers from so many years ago, but was, again, charming and more to the point, quaint. All in all, the Admirals Quarters are highly recommended!
The restaurants were the real treat on our trip. The pub was the perfect spot for a martini each evening, and special thanks to the bar tenders for having the chef stuff olives with blue cheese each time I ordered one! We ordered quintessential Maine foods each time we dined in the pub, with special note to the Lobster Mac N' Cheese as well as the Crab Cakes. Delicious!
The main restaurant was more formal, and the food presentation as well as the wine list (including some great Maine wines, believe it or not), were representative. Watching the sun set through the wide front windows while having a spirited discussion about European history with our polyglot waiter was, for me, a bonus.
The property has multiple entertainment options. I'll touch on the things we did: Swimming in the semi-hidden fresh water pool (without too many screaming children) was so 'choice'. Don't miss the REALLY hidden adults only hot tub. Surrounded by tall trees and no one to bother us is what I desired, and what I received!
On our way back to the main hotel from the pool, we stopped at the S'Mores Station each night. This is exactly what it sounds like. A camp fire that had helpful staff members who assisted guests make the camp treats was such a nice little thing to look forward to each evening! The young staff, with their own guitars, played music and sang with everyone!
Each day, we biked and walked the trails on the property. However, the one thing that we will remember as one of the greatest experiences we have ever had was our sail on Booth Bay. Captained by the former police chief, we spent several hours weaving amongst the islands of the bay and chatting about the area and its history. The most amazing part was when the Captain allowed me to take the wheel and guide the ship for over a half hour. Honestly, where else can you experience something like this?
I could go on, but I'll end my review by reiterating that SPI is a charming Maine Inn that is all about getting away from it all. Thats what the promised and that is exactly what they delivered!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- MAINE'S CLASSIC OCEANSIDE RESORT A Conde Nast 2016 'Top 20 Northeast Resort' and Downeast Magazine 2016 'Best Hotel/Resort in Maine', Spruce Point Inn is exactly what most guests picture when they think of an oceanside resort in Maine. For more than 125 years, the Inn has attracted travelers from across the United States and provided a refreshing backdrop for families and friends to create 'treasured oceanside memories made in Maine'. On a private 100 acre peninsula on the ocean overlooking the entrance to Boothbay Harbor and Burnt Island Lighthouse, the Spruce Point Inn is an ideal venue for memorable reunions, seaside weddings, romantic getaways and business retreats. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Spruce Point Hotel Boothbay Harbor
- Spruce Point Resort
- Spruce Point Inn Resort And Spa Boothbay Harbor, Maine