Spruce Island is a small, 80 acre private island off Deer Isle/Stonington, Maine. An aerial video of Spruce Island and a video of a traditional lobster bake on Spruce Island can be found at the bottom of this page.
The Stone House is the only house on the island. During the summer, it can be rented in its entirety for family reunions and large gatherings. Starting in 2014, it will be run as a small inn during the fall, allowing a more affordable means for individuals and couples to experience what it's like to stay on a remote private island.
There are many places to explore and things to do on and around the Spruce Island. Kayaks and row boats are provided. Dress up as pirates and entertain your children (pirate dress provided); enjoy campfires on the shore; drive golf balls into the ocean and collect them at low tide; swim in a fresh water quarry on near-by island.
The house is comprised of two separate buildings. The Main House is a large open room with cathedral ceilings, a huge fireplace, and large well equipped kitchen. There is one bedroom in the Maine House. A swing hangs from the timbers in the Main House, and a “crows nest” on the roof affords spectacular views of the surrounding islands. On rainy days and at night, you can watch movies on the big screen and listen to surround sound music in the Main House.
The Guest House contains six bedrooms, each with its own bathroom. Electricity is supplied by wind and solar. Water is supplied from wells and a large rain water cistern.
This property is completely 'off the grid', but WiFi is available through HughesNet satellite connection and cell phone service is available.
Four Kayaks and 1 row boat are provided free except for a nominal fee charged for paddling/rowing and safety instructions, depending on experience). A small 10hp outboard motor boat can be rented for $400/week.
Spruce Island falls within the town of Stonington, Maine, famous for fresh Maine lobster and for the pink Maine granite that has been cut from its quarries for more than a hundred years. Spruce was quarried in the late 1800's and in harmony with this history, the owners decided to build these houses entirely of large granite blocks.
Tranportation to the Island: Transportation to and from the island is provided free on the first and last days, up to two round trips each of those days. For mid week transportation, there are a number of options. Old Quarry Ocean Adventures runs a 34 foot boat out of Stonington. A small outboard motor boat suitable for getting back and forth to Stonington can be rented for $400 per week. Steve Johnson runs a charter service called Bert & I Charters. The Isle au Haut Ferry also does private ferry service to and from Stonington to islands in the area. Another option is to hire my boat (21 foot high speed landing craft) with a captain. The cost is $125/hour. The advantage of my boat is that, as a landing craft, it can run up to the shore and drop a ramp on the beach (like the old WWII Higgins boats) for ease of walking on and off the boat. This is especially nice for exploring the many uninhabited islands around the area. For deep sea fishing, a good option is Eggemoggin Guide Service.
Island Life: There are many fun things to do on and around Spruce Island. Some examples include: Intra-island or even inter-island capture-the-flag; Camp fires on the beach; Exploring the many other small islands in the area; Sleeping in a tent near the shore is a wonderful experience for children and adults. You can sit by a camp fire and gaze into the heavens wondering how it all came to be, even catching glimpses of satellites moving across the sky, before rolling into a cozy tent and letting the gentle sounds of waves and wind lull you to sleep.