Black Point Inn—A Quintessential Maine Oceanfront Hotel
By Mary Noe
Imagine a traditional seaside inn on the rugged coast of Maine and you’ve conjured the Black Point Inn, which has been delighting guests since 1878. Located just south of Portland, which was named among the Top Ten Destinations On The Rise by Trip Advisor, the Black Point Inn is one of the last remaining grand historic hotels of Maine. When planning your next summer or fall visit to New England, the Black Point Inn is a luxury destination not to be missed.
Overlooking Maine’s dramatic coastline and surrounded on three sides by the Atlantic Ocean, Black Point Inn is situated on the famed Prouts Neck peninsula and was named for the ominous look of the forested land that juts into the sea on Casco Bay.
From the moment you drive onto the spacious grounds, the Black Point Inn will capture your heart. The historic inn is designed in traditional New England style, clad in weather-silvered shingles with windows trimmed in white paint. Surrounded by lush lawns and colorful gardens, the property overlooks the sea, and offers stunning views from the guest rooms, public spaces, and dining balcony. Rows of Adirondack chairs set on the lawn overlooking Casco Bay offer a tranquil setting for morning coffee or sunset cocktails.
Upon stepping through the vine and flower-laden porte cochère entryway, guests are welcomed into the warm, old-world luxury of a gracious, private seaside home. The main floor reception space flows into a charming living room area with generous windows overlooking the coastline. Comfortable sofas and chairs flank the hearth, and the lounge is decorated in traditional nautical style and dark wood. A music area, complete with grand piano, offers additional space for gathering, and a lovely sunroom offers a light-filled retreat perfect for relaxation with a view. Fresh flowers adorn the common areas, adding fragrance and color to the welcoming décor.
With only 25 guestrooms and suites, the Black Point Inn feels like a private retreat that has retained its historic character and charm while also offering luxurious modern conveniences. Each spacious, comfortable guest room offers ocean views, private bath, and individual heat and air conditioning, and is unique in style.
Culinary Temptations include Lobster Eggs Benedict
Black Point Inn is also a culinary destination and is known for its delicious food as well as stunning views from its on-site restaurants.
The Point is the inn’s fine dining restaurant, and features dramatic views of the Atlantic, white tablecloth service, and a Wine Spectator award-winning wine list. House specialties include superb fresh seafood, “twin lobster” dinners and seasonal specials. Reservations are required (as is business casual attire, including collared shirts for gentlemen). The Inn also offers room service, and morning coffee, tea, pastries, and afternoon tea are available daily in the living room lounge area as well.
Located just off the main lounge, The Chart Room on Prouts Neck is the property’s more casual dining option, and offers incredible vistas from both the outdoor dining patio and cozy inside dining room. The Chart Room is an excellent choice for breakfast and offers made to order entrees including indulgent lobster eggs benedict. Popular for lunch and dinner as well, Chart Room menu favorites include crispy brussel sprouts (with maple-mustard glaze and almond crumble) and outstanding local seafood. Reservations are accepted and are encouraged during the summer season, especially for patio seating.
Tea in the Parlour or Cocktails by the Ocean
Black Point Inn offers all the amenities travelers might expect for a classic New England experience. Enjoy tea in the parlor or curl up with a good book in the sunroom overlooking the water, relax into comfortable sofas near the hearth while sipping a glass of wine, or have cocktails delivered to your Adirondack chair settled into the lush lawn overlooking the sea. Those looking for outdoor endeavours might venture outside to hike the dramatic cliff path overlooking the Atlantic, enjoy the Inn’s geothermally heated outdoor pool, wander the legendary beaches, golf on nearby courses, or explore Scarborough with the Inn’s complimentary bicycles. Additional activities and excursions can be easily arranged by the hotel’s concierge, including trolley tours of historic Portland, food tours, lobster and oyster boat excursions, and lighthouse tours.
Inspiring Natural Landscapes
The region’s gorgeous natural landscape is part of what makes Black Point Inn such a special destination in Maine, and its location is one of the property’s most appealing attributes. The area’s stunning natural beauty was perhaps best captured by great American artist Winslow Homer, who lived and created just steps from Black Point Inn. His former studio is just feet away, and is accessible for tours through the esteemed Portland Museum of Art. Homer, who lived from 1836-1910, moved to Prouts Neck in the 1880’s and “began painting scenes of the sea and coast.” Of his craft, Homer said, “I prefer every time a picture composed and painted outdoors. The thing is done without your knowing it.”
As one of the last remaining grand historic inns of Maine, with an outstanding culinary tradition, hospitable environment, and gorgeous setting, a stay at the Black Point Inn is a classic New England experience not to be missed.
*Please note: The Inn is closed for the winter season.
Reservations: Visit Black Point Inn for reservation information and 2020 opening dates.
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