Black Lantern

57 Elm Street , Topsham, ME 04086 USA (Show map)


Relax in the comfortable atmosphere of this mid-19th century home on the Androscoggin River, in the historic village of Topsham, Maine, directly across the river from downtown Brunswick and just 30 minutes north of Portland. The Black Lantern features warm and gracious hospitality with period furnishings throughout; each of the three guest rooms has a private bath. Enjoy a hearty breakfast in the sunny dinning room or on the large front porch. Catch up on reading while relaxing in one of the many lawn chairs overlooking the river. Judy and Tom Connelie, your Innkeepers, look foreward to sharing beautiful mid-coast Maine with you.



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  • Guest room4.7
  • Service4.9
  • Value4.8
  • Cleanliness4.9
  • Onsite Dining4.8

Absolutely Fantastic

5 on November 20, 2016

Our stay at the Black Lantern was absolutely fantastic. Innkeepers Tom and Judy are an absolute delight. Their furry companions adds a nice homey touch. From the moment we arrived, we were greeted with smiles and felt like we were at home. Judy's cooking is great and Tom knows where all the hot spots are; listen to what he says. Our room "River Room" was great. It was clean with a spectacular view of the river. Relaxing in the reading room sipping coffee with the fireplace on while doing homework was certainly a relaxing experience for two college students with homework assignments due. We plan on coming back and are eagerly looking forward to our next stay.

Innkeeper Response
Thanks for your kind review. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay and felt comfortable and relaxed in our home. That has been our goal since we opened (nearly 18 years ago now) and we like to see our guests enjoying our home.

- Tom Connelie (innkeeper)

Yearly Destination

5 on October 03, 2015

Everything about our stay at the Black Lantern was perfect. Wonderful hosts, beautiful and cozy rooms, breakfast to die for, convenient location. We have decided to make this our yearly anniversary destination.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for your kind comments. we enjoyed meeting you both. We look forward to seeing you again next year - though we hope you will come back sooner than that.

- Tom Connelie (innkeeper)

Quiet and Serene

5 on August 27, 2015

Recently stayed at the Black Lantern and I must say it was simply wonderful. Judy and Tom are wonderful hosts. The lavish breakfast was out of this world! The room was clean and very charming and I would suggest the blue room if you make a reservation. Hope to be back again if in the area! Thanks to our gracious hosts Tom and Judy! Anne & Ken Ontario, Canada

wonderful stay !!!!

5 on January 27, 2015

This is our third year staying here. Tom and Judy and their fur pals make you feel so welcome. They have gone out of there way to accommodate our own specific needs. The rooms are charming,the breakfasts beyond what one should expect. This has been a delightful find. Bill and Laurie

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for your kind review. We enjoy having you as guests.

- Tom Connelie (innkeeper)

Hooray Black Lantern

4.6 on July 13, 2014

Wonderful inn, terrific and knowledgeable innkeepers (do not doubt Tom's recommendations as they are SPOT ON), wonderful location that is close to everything in the vicinity but also more private and secluded with beautiful grounds right on the river. Would go back tomorrow if I could !!!!

Innkeeper Response
Thanks for your kind comments. We enjoyed meeting you and having you stay with us. Glad you enjoyed the grounds and river views. We never cease to enjoy them ourselves. Tom

- Tom Connelie (innkeeper)

A wonderful Black Lantern stay

4.8 on June 03, 2014

My Fiancé and I had the pleasure of being a guest of Tom and Judy on the 24th of May, 2014. Everything about our stay was fantastic, from the homemade Rhubarb Muffins and fresh fruit in the morning to the wonderful, warm and friendly demeanor of our hosts (Tom and Judy) to the care that they went to avoid problems with my fiancés severe peanut allergy. All in all, this was a quaint, warm and restful place to stay. We can't wait to get back up that way and stay longer than a day.

Innkeeper Response
We are glad that you enjoyed your stay. Rhubarb is in season and Judy had picked it that morning from our garden. We look forward to having you stay with us again.

- Tom (innkeeper)

Thank you

5 on September 17, 2013

Thank you to Tom and Judy for a wonderful stay at their bed and breakfast. The room was great, the company was great and the food was great. We loved the yard and the flowers. We enjoyed sitting on the front porch the night it was so hot. You gave us good ideas for places to dine and sight see. We would stay there again when we visit Maine.


5 on August 24, 2013

Great experience staying here. Our family consisted of visitors from West Virginia, Germany, and Tennessee.. Tom and Judy were great. They offered recommendations for places to visit and to dine. We will definitely book with them again.

2nd Anniversary in Maine

5 on October 03, 2012

This was our third trip to Maine... and we really lucked out finding the Black Lantern! Our stay was just perfect.... The Black Lantern is very cozy with a warm, casual decor. Tom and Judy recommended great sightseeing locations and places to dine. We spent a day in Reid State Park and Popham Beach, the next on Orr's and Bailey's Islands and in Harpswell. We'll be back again!

Maria & Ed's sstay

4.8 on July 25, 2012

The B&B is beautiful. The house is very tastefully done both indoors and the gardens. Tom and Judy are great innkeepers. We only stayed one night and the one breakfast we had was delicious. The service is great. Wish we had booked for a longer period of time.

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Rooms & Rates

Bedroom #1

Bedroom #1 is a bright, airy room with original wide pine floors and overloos the gardens and has a nice water view. It has a Queen-size bed and bath in the room. Among the furnishings are a rocker and antique dresser. Reading lights are provided on both side of the bed. Wireless internet is provided.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $125 - $140

Bedroom #2

This cheerful bedroom has a Queen-size bed and bath in the room. It has original wide pine floors and is filled with antique furnishings. It has a gas fireplace for use by the guests. The fully functioning sink includes a washbowl sitting on an antique drysink. There are reading lamps on each side of the bed. The room is served by wireless internet.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $125 - $140

Bedroom #3

Bedroom #3 is a very large room nicely furnished room with a great view of the adjacent river. The photo does not do it justice. The room features a Queen-size bed and single person sofa sleeper. It is ideal for families traveling with one child or who require separate beds. It has a full bath in the room. Reading lights are provided on each side of the bed. It is served by wireless internet.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $125 - $140

Check Dates


Location Type

On the Androscoggin River, Village


Portland, ME (PWM-Intl. Jet Port)

Directions to property:

From I-295 North or South. Take Exit 31, Route 196, toward Topsham. After 4 lights in close proximity turn right on US Route 201 toward Topsham / Brunswick. Turn left at the first light, Route 24 North/ Elm Street. We are about 4 blocks down on the right. From US Route 1 South. Take the second Topsham exit, US 201 North. You can only turn right and will immeadately cross the river and proceed up a small hill. Turn right at the first traffic light, Route 24 North / Elm Street. We are about 4 blocks down on the right.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Beach, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Ocean, Bowdoin College, Maine Maritime Museum, Reid and Popham State Beaches, L.L. Bean Freport Store, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River

Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast

On-site amenities

Board games, Copier, Fax Machine, Fireplace, Piano, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Internet Service, Radio, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Canoeing, Fishing, Kayaking

Check Dates


  • Check In:: 4 - 6 PM
  • Check Out:: 11 AM, 10:30 Su
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments Other, AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: Credit card number to confirm reservation. No charges made until actual stay.
  • Cancellations: 7 days in advance or charge one night.



Judy and Tom Connelie

Languages spoken


Resident Pets

Dogs , Both dogs are small Shih Tzu.

About the innkeepers

Judy is a quilter and gardener and, as you will experience, likes cooking. Tom likes movies and reading. Both enjoy Grandchildren, Kayaking on the river and travel, particularly cruising.

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  • Time Served: 7 AM to 9 AM
  • Serving Location: Front porch or overrlooking river, Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian

Signature Dish

Puff Pancake
A warm fluffy pastry shell filled with fresh strawberries and Maine blueberries, topped with a dab of whipped cream, served with a cheese omlet and bacon.