On behalf of myself and everyone at the Inn at Sunrise Point in mid-coast Maine, I want to voice my thanks to all of you who have entrusted us with your presence this summer. July and August brought us a host of enthusiastic new friends, and we look forward to seeing all of you again. Thank you all for discovering us in the midst of this pandemic! I was fearful of a “lost” summer and instead am pleased to report that we have had a busy late summer and some of the best weather ever for enjoying all that Maine has to offer. This summer, Maine has lived up to its slogan “the way life should be”.
I also want to thank those of you who haven’t been able to travel to us this year as originally planned– both for your warm best wishes as well as your promises to come see us in 2021. We’ve missed you!
Fall is just around the corner so it seems a good time to update you on the COVID-19 situation in Maine and the precautions being taken to enable us to offer you a safe haven.
COVID-19 Precautions at the Inn
We hope you will find that our beautiful waterfront hideaway is perfect for you. The Inn’s reputation for impeccable premises and immaculate housekeeping remains unimpaired. We worry about COVID-19 risks just as you do—and are doing everything we can to ensure you can relax with confidence and safety. Thus far, our well-spaced accommodations, uncrowded public spaces and wealth of outdoor venues has served us well. Masks are required by law inside public spaces except when you are dining, but our guests have enjoyed the ample outdoor and private spaces that characterize our coastal retreat.
What’s different this year? Beyond constant vigilance on all COVID-19 related matters, we have instituted a host of new safety procedures relating to food and guest services. We still serve our sumptuous breakfasts in the now socially distanced dining room each morning. But in addition, we’ve added tables on the oceanfront porch as well as breakfast service to your own private decks and rooms. Needless to say, breakfast in your bathrobe on your own private deck has been popular.
Chef Brad has also added more picnic options PLUS LIGHT FARE DINNER OFFERINGS! (Since many of the community volunteer activities he normally participates in have been cancelled this year, he decided to fill his spare time with extra offerings for the Inn’s guests who want to dine in their own spaces!)
We’ve also tried to bring more local fare, Maine brews, and award winning Cellardoor Wines to the Inn. And more Maine-made crafts in our own gift shop. I discovered that while COVID-19 has shut down annual craft and art shows, Maine artists are still hard at work. So we are showcasing exquisite weavings by Amy Smith and one of a kind sterling silver and 22 carat gold jewelry by Christine Peters. This time of year they are usually too busy with craft shows in Washington, NYC, Philadelphia and the like to bother with a tiny venue like ours. This year we are graced with the presence of their work. And, of course, we still feature glass artist David Jacobson and lovely jewelry from our own MiMi McGee.
All in all, it is a great time to visit the mid-coast of Maine. Acadia National Park is nearby and not very crowded this year—I took a day trip myself and did not see a single tour bus or cruise ship in the area. Fabulous. Hiking in Camden Hills Park and kayaking in Penobscot Bay has also been delightful this year. Sailing from Camden Harbor has been near perfect. And fine dining is still a feature of Camden, Rockport, Rockland and Belfast. So if you can get here safely, do so! It is a rare treat.
Maine Travel Restrictions
Maine has been pretty strict about COVID-19 safety, and as a result, remains one of the very safest places for travelers to visit in this country. Our Governor continues to impose requirements for 14-days quarantine or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of travelling to Maine unless you are travelling from NY, NJ, CT, VT, NH or ME. State officials continue to monitor other states’ progress carefully and to adjust Maine’s restrictions whenever a state’s progress in controlling the spread of the virus warrants. And, in the good news category, Maine has gradually expanded its testing capacity to the point that you may be able to get a rapid test after you arrive in Maine. If you are considering a visit to Maine, call or write us for the most current information on what is required of visitors, or go to Maine’s primary information website.
We’re Here for You!
Please keep in mind that a lot of people are making last minute plans this year. Our reservation calendar has never been so unpredictable. So take a chance and call us at 207-236-7716 or check online at www.sunrisepoint.com—you might find that an oceanfront room is available right now and waiting for your visit! We plan to be open until mid-November this year.
And if we can assist you in planning a visit, just call or email us. We are here for you.
With best wishes,
Daina and the Staff at the Inn at Sunrise Point
August 28, 2020