Black Point Inn
What We Love
- A historic oceanfront retreat in coastal Maine, with breakfast and beach accessSeeing the Atlantic as Winslow Homer once did – literally, since the artist painted here
- Enjoying preferred tee times at four local golf clubs and court times at 14 tennis courts
- Taking yoga on the lawn, and then resting by a blazing hearth
- Soaking in the geothermally heated seasonal pool, or in the waters along the two beaches
What To Know
- The Chart Room holds events throughout the week: Tuesday jazz nights, Wednesday wine tastings, and Thursday beer flights
- Quintessential Maine stay in a grand New England-style mansion
- The pan-seared diver scallops are a favorite dish at the signature Point Restaurant
Have an idyllic stay on the Atlantic in Scarborough, Maine. At Back Point Inn, you can see the ocean on three different sides, via two beaches – and this is just one of the unique features you can look forward to. Other delightful draws of this TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence winner, which is housed in a grand clapboard mansion, include its geothermally heated seasonal outdoor pool, yoga classes on the front lawn, fleet of bikes, playing privileges at local golf and tennis clubs and crackling fireplaces. Your light-filled room comes with Egyptian-cotton bathrobes, and you can receive a massage in the privacy of this airy accommodation.
?When you’re hungry, find the perfect plate at this eco-friendly Migis Hotel Group property’s signature eatery, The Point Restaurant. Order up rosemary gnocchi or pan-seared diver scallops, and then relocate to The Chart Room for a Tuesday jazz night, a Wednesday wine tasting or a Thursday beer tasting. And throughout the week, be sure to take a memorable wander along the aforementioned sea. A good place to start: the on-site stretch of Prouts Neck Cliff Walk, immortalized in a painting by renowned 19th-century realist Winslow Homer, who spent 25 years of his life just steps from Black Point Inn’s front door.
You’ll be in one of 25 airy, elegant, air-conditioned rooms and suites. Surf channels on a cable LCD TV, wash off in the shower, and then dry off with a bathrobe made of luxurious Egyptian cotton. For a fee, an in-room massage can be arranged.
The Point Restaurant is Black Point Inn’s signature fine dining room. Overlooking the Atlantic, it’s an elegant spot, with a menu of fresh, local produce and seafood, as in butternut pappardelle and Damariscotta oysters with black-pepper mignonette. (Please note that a business-casual dress code applies.) The Chart Room offers breakfast, as well as lunch and dinner; come here for a cocktail, a beer and a view of the bay, as well as tastings or jazz nights throughout the week.
If you love to walk along and swim in the sea, you’ll find Black Point Inn to be ideally located, as it’s flanked by beaches and the Atlantic on three different sides. You’ll be on Prouts Neck, which was a subject of 19th-century realist Winslow Homer’s landscape painting – which you can also learn more about, just steps away, at his former studio. For another taste of the local culture, try horseback riding, deep-sea fishing, canoeing with the Maine Audubon Society or touring Wadsworth-Longfellow House and Two Lights State Park.
How to Get There
A really and truly disappointing meal at BPI which is just a mile from our home. The clam chowder was gray in color, potatoes were still far less than al dente, and there was so much butter in it that it was almost slimy....and oh, did I mention it was also cold and had a distinctly overpowering smoke flavor? (more than just from using bacon, for sure.) To their credit, they removed it from our bill after we both took 1 bite and couldn't eat it. The tartar sauce was obviously refrigerated after being prepared ahead of time (all good) but perhaps not covered properly as there was a "skin" on the top. The cole slaw was funky - tasted old and way past its prime. The salad consisted of baby lettuces, shredded carrots and 1 cherry tomato sliced in half. I ordered blue cheese dressing on the side and it tasted like watered down mayo. That's all the bad news. The good news is that the fried haddock was wonderful as it always is, wine properly chilled and our server was attentive and apologetic for the kitchen. The dining room hostess came to check to see if we were still seated (after our meal) and said Chef wanted us to try a new pot of chowder that he had just made.....in 20 minutes??? We graciously declined his offer. It makes me really sad that an establishment of this repute is unable to prepare the basics - cole slaw, a decent salad dressing, and clam chowder.
I had lunch here; have eaten here many times. Our server was a young woman who was obviously poorly trained. She called us "guys" (we are a male and female) at least 10 times, a pet peeve of mine. Her manner was too casual. We ordered our food and more than 25 minutes passed with nothing on the table, no bread or anything. The place had few other customers. It took far too long to get any food. The server did not explain the delay or apologize or even mention it. I expect better from this elegant place.
We regularly visit the Inn for drinks and lunch during the summer and last year started a family tradition of having the family get together for Mothers Day. The inn is charming and the staff excellent.
Located a short distance south of Portland, Maine, Black Point Inn sits on a perfectly positioned property on an ocean peninsula with views of water on both sides. The Black Point area is in the exclusive, upscale Prouts Neck residential area with lovely homes and a nearby golf/country club. There's a wide sandy beach to walk on, a trail around Prouts' Neck for up-close views of the ocean and splashes on tumbled rocks, and you can glimpse Winslow Homer's studio as you pass on the trail.
The inn itself presents a subdued,, genteel ambiance - lots of wood, a fireplace and, my favorite, a sun room filled with comfy sitting areas.
The rooms are nicely decorated, nothing fussy, with very comfortable beds and lots of nice touches. Our favorite is Room 211, the only one in the inn with views to the ocean on both sides of the peninsula, this room is definitely worth the money. There's even a small porch with a chair & chaise that offers great views.
The dining here is good though not exceptional. The dining room is large with unremarkable decor and white-tablecloths. The informal dining area/pub has wood tables and a cozy decor - be warned that when filled with diners it can be quite noisy. There's also dining service on the front porch with fabulous ocean/beach views - best place to eat if the weather obeys.
The food is OK - I would give it a "6-7" on a l0-scale in comparison to some of the best Portland restaurants. The breakfasts are good but nothing special. The service is friendly if a bit slow. You can, of course, stay here and sample Portland's best if you like.
We spent a memorable weekend at Black Point Inn to attend a wedding. I can't begin to describe how wonderful this place is. The Inn itself is old and historic, but it accomplishes what few old inns can pull off. The Inn has been lovingly cared for and updated, but without losing any of its old charm and without sacrificing comfort. Our room was large, well appointed and very clean and comfortable--with a nice little balcony overlooking the gardens and pool area.
The staff at the Inn are delightful and helpful, with great attitudes, smiles and greetings. The food was amazing. We enjoyed a great breakfast each morning, included in our room charge. The blueberry pancakes are especially good. We ate on the porch overlooking the green lawn and waterfront each morning. We returned there at the end of each day to enjoy cocktails on the porch or from Adirondack chairs on the lawn. Totally relaxing and beautiful setting.
The wedding itself was on the lawn, facing the ocean with waves crashing against the rocks. It was like a scene from a movie. The reception followed in the Inn's ballroom, with outstanding food, exciting music and dancing. It was all totally magical. If you are considering hosting a wedding in Southern Maine--this is the place! They have thought of everything and it is perfect.
We also walked each day along the historical "Cliff Walk" which has been in existence for more than 150 years. Amazing views with the ocean waves splashing against the rocks on one side of the walk and incredible old homes lining the other side. Not to be missed!
We will definitely go back! This spectacular Inn is now one of our favorite places.