I arrived at Sprucewold on a cold, drizzly mid-week evening after Labor Day. A fire was burning in the fireplace, another guest was reading in the lobby, and a note was left at the reception desk with my key. I essentially checked myself in and figured it all out on my own. The lodge lobby is cheerful and the large dining hall across the road is equally charming. This place has an interesting history...the entire forested neighborhood on the hill above Boothbay was a rustic resort built in the 1920s. Most of the cabins are now private residences, but the lodge and dining hall remain open for public use. Sprucewold was clean and cozy, and staff were very accommodating. Breakfast was great--made to order blueberry pancakes. I think they would've cooked anything I'd requested. Richard and his staff/relatives were all friendly. They even put my rain-soaked hiking shoes by the fire so they would dry out! (Thanks, guys!)
One or two cons, if you even want to call them that: this place is old. Come if that's what you like and you appreciate the history of places like this. The hallways seemed dim to me. It wasn't until night that I realized why...the doors of the rooms have transom windows, so the hallway lighting streams into the lodge rooms. The dimness can make the place seem a little more dreary than it probably is. I wanted to replace the hallway bulbs with a brighter wattage. Granted, I was also there on a cloudy day, so that didn't help, I'm sure. Also, there were few people there when I stayed, so I cannot imagine what it would be like at the height of summer when it's busy.
Sprucewold is not really walking distance down into town unless you don't mind a decent walk, so keep that in mind. Do appreciate the view the Catholic church has perched on its hill overlooking the bay as you make the turn to drive up the hill to Sprucewold. Talk about a prime piece of property! :)
- Also Known As:
- Sprucewold Hotel Boothbay Harbor
- Sprucewold Lodge Boothbay Harbor, Maine