The luxurious Black Point Inn located in exclusive Prouts Neck, Scarborough, Maine opened in 1878 and is a member of the Historic Hotels of America. This stunning 25-room and suite property open seasonally from May until the end of October, has all of the ingredients for a memorable stay: a beautiful inn, well-appointed public spaces and guestrooms, breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean, two outstanding restaurants, an outdoor swimming pool, a diverse selection of activities, and a professional and caring staff.
Edward and I stayed at the Black Point Inn in late June 2013, and were immediately impressed with the Inn's location and the exquisite details. Situated at the end of the peninsula in Scarborough, Maine in the exclusive section of Prouts Neck, the Black Point Inn has spectacular wraparound views of the Atlantic Ocean.
Black Point Inn
Prouts Neck has a long history of attracting discerning clientele who summered there including the American artist Winslow Homer (1836 - 1910) who lived and painted in his studio located a short distance from the Inn, from 1883 until his death in 1910. When the Black Point Inn opened in 1878 as The Southgate, it was one of eight hotels located on Prouts Neck. Today, only the Black Point Inn remains in an exclusive area of summer residences that continues to attract discerning clientele and celebrities.
Facing westward, a long row of white Adirondack chairs await on the expansive lush green lawn of the Inn overlooking a white sandy beach beckoning guests to take time to relax, enjoy the view, read a book, sip a cocktail, or celebrate a glorious sunset.
Edward Enjoying a Cocktail on the Lawn
Lovely gardens accent the gray-shingled Inn, and a row of bicycles under the porte cochere available for guests' use, invite leisurely exploration of the Neck. Once inside the Inn, time graciously slips away as friendly, professional, and knowledgeable staff welcomed us. Paintings and historic objects grace the cream walls and the wood pillars and beams gleam with a patina that comes with age and loving care, opulent floral arrangements adorn tables, a baby grand piano commands attention, and there are cozy seating areas including an area in front of a large wood burning fireplace.
Inviting Lobby - Black Point Inn
The enclosed Sun Porch overlooking the Atlantic Ocean invites guests to come in and sit in its lovely white wicker furniture and enjoy a coffee or a cocktail, perhaps play a game of chess, checkers, or one of the many board games, or read one of their books or magazines. We enjoyed exploring the beautiful Inn including climbing the narrow steps to the Widow's Walk, where we were rewarded with a different perspective point from its many windows.
Enjoy a Game of Chess - "Your Move"
Guests arriving during the week can look forward to the Manager's Cocktail Reception on Monday nights, on Tuesdays during the summer there is a Jazz trio playing on the deck, on Wednesday there is a complimentary wine tasting from 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm, and on Thursday mornings, there are yoga classes on the lawn.
Bicycles Waiting for You
We arrived on a Friday and found that weekends are as they should be, perfect for swimming and lounging by the geothermal heated outdoor pool, taking long walks on the white sandy beaches or the Cliff Walk, fishing, borrowing one of the hotel's bicycles or kayaks and exploring Prouts Neck by land or by sea, using the well-equipped Fitness Room.
Debra Cruising Prouts Neck
Golfers have the opportunity to have preferred tee times and play at one of the four area golf clubs, and tennis players the opportunity will enjoy playing on clay courts. Birders will appreciate the bird sanctuaries along the Scarborough Salt Marsh, which is Maine's largest tidal marsh encompassing approximately 3,100 acres.
Our spacious guestroom was sumptuously appointed, the king bed dressed with a pristine white striped duvet, a plethora of bed pillows to ensure sweet dreams, assorted decorative pillows, and a soft throw at the end of the bed. Traveling as we do, we like to bring an assortment of CDs with us to listen to, so we especially appreciated the combination radio/alarm/CD player positioned next to the Chinoiserie lamps on the marble-topped nightstands.
Two comfortable armchairs flanked a table, and a highboy on the opposite wall would be perfect for longer stay guests. Ruffled white sheers framed the windows overlooking the gardens and the ocean, and a desk and chair positioned between the windows held a flat screen television and an attractive silver vase filled with daisies, and was the perfect place to write a note on the BPI stationery or to write out a postcard. Guests traveling with laptops will appreciate the complimentary WI-FI Internet service.
Paintings graced the walls, there were well-positioned telephones, Egyptian cotton robes, an iron and ironing board, and a hairdryer was in the closet, and there were thoughtful full-length mirrors on the inside closet and bathroom doors. The bathroom featured a combination tub, plush towels, and a large mirror over the vanity, which held an assortment of toiletries.
The Black Point Inn has two excellent restaurants, both of which we experienced during our stay. The Chart Room on Prouts Neck, their casual dining restaurant is open for breakfast with continued service until 9:00 pm, and their fine dining restaurant, The Point Restaurant, is open for dinner daily with a changing menu featuring the inspired cuisine of Executive Chef William Benner, Chef de Cuisine Michael Wiechec, and Pastry Chef Mercedes Foster.
Chef de Cuisine Michael Wiechec and
Executive Chef William Benner
For guests on the go, the Inn graciously serves morning coffee, tea, and pastries in the Lobby. In the afternoon, the Lobby becomes the setting for complimentary Afternoon Tea with a selection of teas, coffees, and pastries.
We opted to enjoy leisurely breakfasts in The Chart Room on Prouts Neck sitting at a table next to the window or outside on the deck, to better appreciate the stunning view of the Atlantic Ocean and enjoy the fresh sea air. Two of the many highlights of breakfast included the Traditional Eggs Benedict served on an English muffin with a Maine twist instead of ham it featured succulent lump crab, fresh Hollandaise sauce, and a generous amount of home fried potatoes; and the Traditional Buttermilk Pancakes made with Maine blueberries, and served with whipped butter, and Maine Maple Syrup.
Eggs Benedict with Lump Crab
We also had excellent lunches at the restaurant, which included the Grilled Crab Melt made with lump crabmeat and dill havarti cheese on sourdough bread, accompanied by house made potato salad and a pickle; and the Lobster Roll - A Maine Tradition, made with a touch of mayonnaise, shredded iceberg lettuce, tomato, sweet lobster meat overflowing a buttered and grilled New England Style Roll accompanied by shoestring sweet potato fries and a pickle.
Maine Lobster Roll
Dinners at The Point Restaurant included iced Damariscotta oysters from the Damariscotta River in Maine served with champagne mignonette, Tabasco, and lemon; seared Gulf of Maine scallops presented with frisee, spinach, toasted hazelnuts, orange supremes, and potato crisps; and Maine blueberry pie served warm with vanilla ice cream, maple crunch, and fresh blueberries, celebrating the rich and bountiful Maine products.
The Black Point Inn has many packages including a special Winslow Homer Studio Tour package, which we especially enjoyed as it provided us with in-depth intimate insight into the artist and the area.
There is much to do at the hotel, as well as in nearby Portland, Freeport, and the neighboring areas, providing guests with the unique opportunity to do as little, or as much, as they want, to create their own perfect experience.
The Point Restaurant - Black Point Inn
Read the Chefs' Recipes section for the interview with Chef William Benner who graciously provides a delicious taste of The Point Restaurant with his recipe Lamb Tenderloin with Basil Mash, Olive Tapenade, and Tomato Fondue to tempt your palate into making a trip to Maine.
Cool Breeze Awaiting You at Black Point Inn
Read about The Point Restaurant and The Chart Room on Prouts Neck in the Restaurants section.
Read about what to do in the area in the Destinations section.
Black Point Inn
510 Black Point Road
Prouts Neck, Maine 04074
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