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Black Lantern B & B
Ranked #1 of 2 Topsham B&B and Inns
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“One of the best B&B's we've stayed in!!!”
Reviewed 2 November 2013

My wife and I organised a trip to New England and especially Maine at the end of September so that we could experience the world famous foliage and lobsters!

We planned the trip in such a way that we had less than 2 hours' drive between places to stay and Topsham was about 1.5 hours away from Boston which was very convenient. We booked in at the Black Lantern B&B and little did I know that this would be probably one of the best B&B's I ever stayed in!

Location wise, it is really good as it is easy to drive from Boston. Just follow the highway until you reach Topsham. From there, a few miles down the road, you will find the Black Lantern B&B. Be warned that it is not easily seen from the road as the sign is quite small. There is plenty of parking space inside the property and the house itself is magnificent. We wanted to stay in a very typical colonial style B&B and we were not disappointed.

The house is very authentic, incredibly clean, amazingly quiet with lots of parking space. Upon arrival we were showed to our room, which was at the back of the house, overlooking the river! The bedroom itself was very nice, with everything you need. A very nice extra is the thermostat in the room so you can heat the room to the temperature you like. The bathroom is very functional, not the biggest, but with all you need for a nice shower and refreshing yourself (soap, shampoo, towels, etc...). The hotel has wifi.

It is possible to access the rest of the house in the evening, lovely and nice living room with sofa etc. There is no tv in the room or in the house. If you prefer sitting outside and enjoy watching life passing by, you can do so on the swinging bench on the porch. If you are lucky like we were, you might even see a porcupine walking by. It was the first time we ever saw one which was a nice bonus for the trip.

The breakfast was fantastic with plenty to eat and all of very good quality. We had French toast, scones, fruit, fruit juice and tea/coffee.We had the chance to sit at the table with another couple driving around Maine so had the chance to have a friendly chat about our travels. All very good indeed!

The owners of the B&B are very helpful and very friendly. they gave us a couple of tips such as telling us about a diner they liked which is about 30 minutes driving away from the B&B. The diner is called Moody's Diner where you can find the Maine famous pies, Whoopy Pies and typical diner food all at a very reasonable price.

For dinner, there are plenty of places around although you will need a car to get to them. We went to eat lobster on Georgetown Island at a place called the Five Islands Lobster Co. for fresh lobster rolls. Well worth the trip with very easy access from the B&B.

All in all we had a fantastic stay which I would recommend to you without hesitation. After a so-so stay in Boston, the Black Lantern B&B was the most perfect place to start our holiday in Maine. If we are ever back in the area, we would definitely stay here again... But this time for a much longer stay!

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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San Diego, California
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Reviewed 14 October 2013

Our second trip to the Black Lantern on the way to Boston airport. This B&B's back yard is on the river where one can enjoy a glass of wine with the sun setting. The front porch of this magnificent older, carefully restored home, also has a great front porch for sitting. We were able to walk across the river to dinner at the Seadog, an old mill house. Breakfasts are most tasty, and the inn attracts interesting people from around the country and world.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 October 2013

This B&B is exactly what you expect of a quaint New England town. A well kept property overlooking the river greets you with the comforts of home. We enjoyed the restaurant recommended to us for dinner. You have to stop for gelato in town across the river! Breakfast was fantastic! We've never had puffy pancakes before and they were delicious! Would definitely recommend a stay here, and would stay here again if we make it back to Maine!

  • Stayed September 2013
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Glasgow
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Reviewed 20 August 2013

We spent a short overnight stay at the Black Lantern. It was a great introduction to New England, having just flown in to Boston. A fantastic breakfast, peaceful room with great views of the river , and a tour of the magical garden with fresh produce and friendly chickens. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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ConnelieJ, Owner at Black Lantern B & B, responded to this review, 23 August 2013
Thanks for your kind review. We enjoyed meeting you and having you stay with us. Please consider staying with us again on your next visit to Mid-Coast Maine.
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Tunbridge, VT
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Reviewed 12 July 2013

My wife and I were bike touring across Maine, and we called the Black Lantern in the afternoon. They had one room left, so we happily took it and headed towards Brunswick. When we got there, Tom was very hospitable. He provided space for us to store our bikes, and suggested some great dinner (and dessert) spots in town. For those of you who may be bike touring, the Black Lantern is about one minute from a bike path bridge over the Androscoggin River that links to the main path along the south side of the river. After dinner and gelato in town, we slept soundly in the cozy room. Breakfast in the morning was nicely done (very tasty poached eggs!), which made a good start for us before we took a last look at the view of the river from the back yard and headed northeast along the coast towards Camden.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Austin, Texas
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Reviewed 5 June 2013

Tom and Judy are excellent hosts (and great cooks!) They made us feel very welcome, and provided lots of suggestions and help with our 3-day stay in Topsham. They were especially gracious and friendly to our 12-year-old son, who would have gladly stayed here for another week. And the location above the river is wonderful, with pleasant landscaping and a nice view. In short, the Black Lantern is what every B&B should be. Say hi to Wags and Mopsy for us!

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with family
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Riverview, Florida
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Reviewed 1 June 2013

The directions provided by the hosts on their own website are excellent and make this an easy find. Beautiful old house that has been well restored. Offers a great night's sleep, although in early May twilight comes early in this neck of the woods. and the light may wake you earlier than you think. If you like to run/walk there is a nice paved trail nearby that is safe and fun. Adirondack chairs outback overlook the river and you can relax and enjoy the view. Front porch also if it is warm enough to be outside. You can walk to dinner locations or trot around the streets to see what small town America is all about. Memories of a New England childhood were easily stirred. Tom, a retired Naval officer, and Judy are very nice hosts. They have done a wonderdful job in restoring this quaint home. What a joy to spend a night here vice the chain hotels that we find so often traveling. Only a few miles from the coast and nearby to the Moxie soft drink museum. Glad I found this spot and would return if in the area again. Oh,, and the ample tasty breakfast may have you not wanting to eat lunch for you will be satisfied.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled solo
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Property: Black Lantern B & B
Address: 57 Elm St, Topsham, ME 04086-1497
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Region: United States > Maine > Mid Coast Maine > Topsham
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Topsham
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Black Lantern B & B 3*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Black Lantern B&B an 1860 circa home located in the historic district of Tosham, has 3 bedrooms, all with queen-size beds and baths in the rooms. Two of the rooms have water views, the third has a gas fireplace. Rates include a full breakfast at a time of the guests' choosing between 7 and 9 AM. Walk to the many fine restaurants in Brunswick, less than 2 miles to Bowdoin College, 10 minutes to LL Bean and the shops in Freeport. No minimum stay. ... more   less 
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