What a thrill for me. I loved soaking up the history and furniture styles, maybe more than the locale.
The date on the front says 1761. It was a summer hotel back then, lanterns and candles. It was renovated in 1928 and then converted to a B&B in the '80s. The upgrades were modern and inconspicuous. Our room, though looking like a room from a previous era, had a wonderful bathroom with overhead heat lamp on a timer, hair dryer, three-prong outlets you might not expect, nice shower and separate tub. To our delight on our cool visit, our room had a gas fireplace controlled by a thermostat in the room. Still the thing you notice isn't the amenities, it's the wonderfully decorated rooms and halls.
Some of the furniture clearly comes from way back closer to colonial times, genuine antiques in top condition. Anything purchased since then for the B&B was very well selected and fit in nicely. Bed linens were top shelf with comfy down pillow.
Anyway, I was thrilled with the furniture. There's a nice open yard for walking around, chairs and rockers on the porch, and just down the road about 50 yards is a working waterfront with lobstermen at work and a public boat launch. A real joy was three nearby cranes who flew so gracefully. They fly like they're in slow motion. Beautiful. Also, there's a spectacular view of the islands. There's not much else in the area besides natural beauty and the Inn.
Breakfast was made to order and cheerfully served. To get dinner or anything else you've got to get in your car and drive.
Anne and Dick were gracious hosts.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located by the sea on one of Maine's most famous finger peninsulas, historical Harpswell Inn at Lookout Point dominates a knoll overlooking a quaint cove which serves as a snug harbor for lobster boats. Only 8 miles from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, the 2 1/2 acres of expansive oak-shaded lawns offer an exciting and endless selection of sights, sounds and activities to delight our guests. Furnished with antiques, the Inn offers casual elegance and comfortable ambience. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Harpswell Hotel Harpswell
- Harpswell Inn Maine