Spruce Island - a Private island for large or small gatherings

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20 guests · 7 bedrooms · 8 bathrooms
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Situated in Stonington, this lovely room in hotel for $1,305 per night is a great choice for your next break. 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 on this page. The Stone House is the only house on Spruce Island. It can be rented by the week during the season which runs from Memorial Day through Early October. It can be rented into the fall by smaller groups. More than 18 people can be accommodated with prior arrangement. There are many places to explore and things to do on and around Spruce Island. Kayaks and row boats are provided. Outboard motor boats can be rented. 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 Green Island owned by Maine Coast Heritage Trust. Play horseshoes, capture the flag, badminton, and pingpong. Charter our amphibious Sealegs to take you island hopping. Gaze into the heavens and see a universe of stars you can't see elsewhere because of light pollution. See bald eagles, ospreys, and many other seabirds. Experience the wonder that Robert McCloskey wrote about in the children's book, 'Time of Wonder'. 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, supported by backup generators. 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 also allows access to the internet. Kayaks and other small boats are included. A small 10hp, 13’ inflatable outboard motor boat can be rented for $550/week. A larger 18' outboard motorboat can be rented for $750 per 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 three round trips each of those days in an amphibious Sealegs, or two round trips in a Munson landing craft. For mid week transportation, there are a number of options. A small outboard motor boat suitable for getting back and forth to Stonington can be rented. 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 our amphibious Sealegs boat or the Munson landing craft with a captain. The cost is $125/hour. The advantage of the Sealegs is that, as an amphibious craft, it can drive out of the water and set down on the ground like a camel for easy and safe loading and unloading. This is especially nice for exploring the many uninhabited islands around the area. 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. Dogs are allowed with permission. Please inquire. There is a $150 fee. Dogs must be treated for fleas and ticks to prevent them from carrying fleas and ticks to the island. We offer a full-service island vacation option for those families that would like a worry-free, island vacation where everything is prearranged for them, including all meals, unlimited boat transportation with captain/guide to explore the area, including trips to surrounding islands and to Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor. This full service option will allow guests to avoid the stresses of planning for their vacation, to fully enjoy themselves while on vacation, and not to worry about cleaning up at the end of their stay. While not inexpensive, this option will allow guests to most enjoy themselves during their vacation. Cost depends on what services are desired, but as a rule of thumb, full service, including unlimited transportation in the Sealegs and landing craft, and full chef services, at least doubles the base rental rate. Please inquire if you are interested in learning more about this option. Read more
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5.0 / 5 (39 Reviews)
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Oct 2017
The best vacation ever!!!
What an awesome adventure! From the moment Mr O’Donnell picked us up in Stonington no other vacation will ever compare. Spruce Island is an absolute awe inspiring place. Our family celebrated many first time adventures from bioluminescence, s’mores on the beach, hiking and made lots of wonderful memories. Mr O’Donnell thank you for opening your beautiful island and house for others to enjoy! You thought of everything. There was nothing that we could have wanted except more time to explore your beautiful island. Read more
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Sep 2017
Kayaker's Dream Home Base
We were a large kayak group that used Spruce Island as a base to paddle around the Stonington Archipelago. The set up here is very practical with one Main gathering house and a separate house where most of the bedrooms are (each with a separate bathroom). It's great because so many rental put in Queen beds which if you have a group of single people isn't so practical. There are a lot of other practical amenities such as a large scale composting system, outdoor burners, big projection system and a tickle trunk full of costumes! I would consider the island a bit of an eco-retreat as it is essentially off grid. This means you have to respect your use of power, water and where you dispose of your waste. This may not be for everyone but it was right up our alley. Pros Colie's communication and ability to shuttle large groups over to the island; the amount of space on the island to explore and to enjoy; composting system; bedroom configuration; wolf gas stove; off-grid for the eco types. Cons Oven is a bit small and only 1 fridge plus small bar fridge (if you're staying for a full week and have 18 people - make sure you plan accordingly); wi-fi is capped which gets used up quickly especially if people have settings on their devices automatically uploading pictures (there is definitely something to be said about not using it completely); there were also some fees that popped up at the end that you should sort out before hand so it isn't a surprise. The island should cater to all kinds of groups but if you belong to a sea kayak club - you should try to come out here outside of summer and paddle. Read more
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Aug 2019
Perfect Retreat
We were a group of friends. Some see each other frequently, some only every few years, some had never met. Most of us loved the isolation, a couple missed the shopping/nightlife. But we reinforced bonds that will last a lifetime. The first evening there was a group outside talking, shouting, laughing 'til I cried, Then there would be a lull and laughter would erupt from the inside. The entire week was that way. We ate like kings. Fresh grilled Mackerel caught at the landing, roost beef, prime rib, steaks, chops, fresh veggies from the island gardens. The outdoor kitchen was great for steaming lobsters. The really nice grill cooked everything else. The inside kitchen was every well equipped, right down to the KichenAid mixer. We wanted for nothing. Hiking trails, fishing rods and tackle box, kayaks, chairs and picnic areas at the beach with grills, and some things I never got around to using. This is a well equipped property, had everything we needed. Six couples each with their own bedroom and bath. I will be back. Read more
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Jul 2019
Southern Californians first family reunion in Maine! Fabulous!
We were a family of 18 (including 8 kids ages 6 months to 11 years), and we decided to pick this unique and incredible island in Maine for our first real family reunion. We could not have picked a more fabulous location. We have all traveled extensively so we know a good find. I'm writing this review for other people located on the west coast and think it might be too far. It isn't. But it does take some planning. We all flew into Boston (Bangor is probably the closest airport to the island where you could rent a car). Some of us stayed in Boston for a bit and some of us drove immediately north and stayed in NH. Our small group stopped in Danvers to shop: furthest North Costco that exists. Drive time Boston to Stonington is about 6 hours, but we needed most of the day with kids. Colie was fabulous in working with us for pick up. He has a parking lot where you park your car, he loads you into the amphibious vehicle with all your stuff and groceries and deposits you at the house on the island. It's very seamless. There is an amazing amount to do besides the beautiful beaches, which we used daily and are equipped with chairs, BBQs and picnic tables (we could've used a beach umbrella or two): you can hike fully around the island, badminton, ping pong, tons of balls, games, puzzles, corn hole, huge jenga and the highlight for our kids: an enormous swinging chair inside. The separation of the houses is a great. We ate lobster until we were sick of it. The kids learned about composting, water conservation, walking everywhere (there is a golf cart we used with the little ones), and everyone just got off screens and hung out. We loved the views from the island, watching the lobster boats and the fog and even a thunderstorm. We highly recommend you rent the dinghy as we needed to go back and forth a bit for various reasons. And we explored different islands with it. There are great places nearby to discover. Colie bravely took the group with kids on a morning island hopping trip where we saw bald eagles, porpoises, and seals. One of our crew even arranged a trip on a lobster boat for work purposes. On the tail end we spend a day and a half driving back to Boston and visited Camden and Salem (Witch House is worth the visit). We highly recommend this trip. The house had everything you needed. Just bring clothes and food and your kindle. Thank you Colie!  Read more
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Oct 2017
Exceeded every expectation, time of our lives, pirates, kayaks, lobstah!
We went all in and decided to do a wedding 3,000 miles from home in a place we've never been to with a host we've never met and a completely foreign concept. We couldn't have made a better decision. Our host, Colie, was the common factor in pulling it all together. Going into this rental you'll likely have a hundred questions like us. Colie has planned for everything. You'll find cabinets, switches, instructions all carefully and tastefully labeled. The property is meticulous. You could feed a small army out of the kitchen and outdoor lobster shack. When you get to Spruce Island you'll feel the love and attention that a family has invested over a lifetime. From kayaking instruction, support setting up tents, expert advice in getting the best deal on our seafood feasts, and even door service on Sealegs, our stay was perfect. As for the wedding, our ceremony was simple, breath-taking, and something that 29 people will remember for a lifetime. Buckle Beach is a perfect backdrop and the main house doubled as a kitchen, dance floor, and cozy place to carry on until the late hours of the morning. We spent four short days. We should have stayed all week. That's our only regret. The concept of trapping such a large group on an island was daunting and fabulous. We pulled it off with a pirate themed murder mystery, group kayaking, late night games, lobster boils, scavenger hunts, and a ton of hilltop lounging. All said, we miss Spruce Island on a daily basis!  Read more
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Aug 2021
Off The Grid but still close to Luxury
We visited this property 3 years ago and the only thing missing was we did not bring enough people to enjoy this amazing venue! We fixed that this year and it was as good or better than 3 years ago and we are looking forward to visiting again in a few years. My personal favorite was taking a boat into Stonington daily to get ice cream with the kids and sitting around the campfire at night and the morning. Ron W Read more
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Jun 2018
Amazing Experience
We had a group of 7 of us that stayed at the island for a total of two weeks. The goal of the trip was to create an experience that would last a life time. I feel that we most certainly accomplished our goal. The attention to detail was very thought out and helped make the trip what it was. The kids favorite things to do was to explore the island. I think our 6 year old had 10 or more secret hideouts. They also really enjoyed riding the 18ft boat that we rented into town for ice cream. I was also surprised how many nights we watched a movie so bring movies. There is a golf cart that was very helpful in getting my mom around the island. She can get around but too much walking for her is not good but with the golf cart she was able to enjoy the island as well. The water is cold at least in June and I am betting it stays cold year round. We did jump in a quarry on Green island. When you go to Green island take some bread to feed the fish. The other thing that I was surprised at was how long the days were which gave us more time to do things. I wish we had spent more time at Bar Harbor. We only planned a day there and it was not enough time to visit the area. Cadillac Mtn was amazing as was the Sea wall and lots of shops / restaurants at Bar Harbor. If we would have spent more time there we would have done some hiking in the state park. We took our two dogs with us on the vacation and it was a good idea. We used Old Quarry Ocean Adventures for a guided Kayak trip, a 3 hour Eco trip and a lobster boil. On the Kayaking this was a great time ask for Michael he was great and even has a book out on Kayaking. The Eco Tour was outstanding they gave a historic tour of the area as well as introduced us to Green island. Our favorite thing was Captain Bill came aboard at the end and they showed us how they fish for Lobsters. The kids were able to hold them and saw everything 1st hand. Finn was our Captain for the Eco tour as well as he did our Lobster Boil on the beach another amazing experience. My personal favorite was the time I spent with my wife, kids and mom and dad just not being rushed and in the moment. I have to also mention the bond fires which we did in different locations. My only regret was that I wanted to share this experience with more of our friends and family so we will be going back. Colie was amazing at answering questions and just helping in general to make sure that our trip was over the top. Read more
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Jul 2020
Our 2nd trip to Island- still amazing 8 years later
We had 21 family amd friends join us for our 2nd trip. We stayed there June 2012 and this trip July 2020. Colie and Jeff are great amd considerate to plan a trip. Colie has always put the highest quality of materials, decor, and conveniences on this island. His detail guest book details make it straight forward. We walked around the entire island and at low tide over to buckle Island to explore another island. We had 2 adults, cot for our granddaughter 4 years old and grandson 10 months old in the main house. It was tight but worked excellent for them asnit was convenience to hear baby monitor at night amd still visit with family at bon fire outside main house. Early morning were convenient for them. LOVE the coffee makers for large group. We watched movies in the 1 day it rained. The camping platform was excellent for camping and camping in beach was even better! Colie has cleared paths and well marked trails. Loved barbeque grills to find our own clan and then we cooked them on the island grill. Definable rent then18ft inflatable boat. Awesome for fishing. He has plenty of stuff to do there kakyas, row boat, footballs, soccer ball, badminton, ping pong table, 4 fishing poles. Bring your kites. I love photography so plenty to take pictures: eagles, osprey, hawks, voles, mackerel fish, dolphins amd seals rare sighting and we saw once! outdoor lobster shake to cook and excellent composite food system. Tons of cooking pots, pans. and utensils. Bring your napkins amd paper plates for easy clean up. He has plenty of plates, silverware and bowls. Stove is awesome! I loved the bunk house bedrooms each with their own very nice bathrooms. The shower pressure Inwas impressed by consider its am island. Colie thought of everything! He always asks what se is needed. WIFI was best by the swings between bunkhouse and main house. We were not there for wifi but it works. Swing inside main house is so much fun. Bring the strongest deet you can find for mosquitoes. I normally don't do deet. On this trip you needed to at night or make sure you cover up - jeans not legging! The large picnic tables in side are great for large groups. We brought large coolers with lots of ice and put them next to main house outside. Use ice packs you can refreeze vs bags of ice. This was after 3 days you can re freeze. Each family had a night to make dinner for all 21 people. We all brought our own snacks, drinks, breakfast, lunch and alchol. YOU WILL LOVE IT!!! Read more
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