We recently had a chance to gad about in the new Bentley Continental GT; the historic Black Point Inn in Prout’s Neck, Maine seemed like the perfect destination.

And so it was. Read on for the full report, plus some supercar style tips….

Iconic grand tourers have been Bentley‘s hallmark throughout its rich history.

In the 1950s the marque’s wicked R-Type Continental represented the pinnacle of power, performance and style.

Iconic grand tourers have been Bentley‘s hallmark throughout its rich history

In 2003, Bentley brought it back in the form of the Continental GT, a remarkably practical supercar.

Eight years on they’ve made it even more alluring, upping the ante once again with a new game-changing super-luxe coupe firmly rooted in the Bentley tradition of, well, being far better than anything else.

Behold: the very well-bred but decidedly rakish new Bentley Continental GT.

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The Black Point Inn is also strong on elegant tradition, an apt setting for such a remarkable motorcar.

The Black Point Inn is also strong on elegant tradition, an apt setting for such a remarkable motorcar

Presiding over a choice bit of Maine’s ruggedly beautiful coastline, it’s surrounded by water on three sides, majestic cliffs and an ever-changing seascape that captivated the likes of the great American painter Winslow Homer, who had a studio steps away.

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We’ll come back to Black Point in a minute; just now it’s time to revel a bit in the Bentley’s bespoke luxury.

The zenith of design, engineering, luxury, craftsmanship, dynamic performance, practicality and refinement

In true Bentley style, the interior is entirely hand crafted in their Crewe, UK workshops, trimmed with ultra-soft hand-sewn leather, various wood veneers, perfectly machined metals and deep-pile carpets.

The zenith of design, engineering, luxury, craftsmanship, dynamic performance, practicality and refinement comes together in the Continental GT, but it’s never so apparent as when you’re ensconced behind the wheel.

A Bentley is to driving what a private jet is to flying – an altogether more exalted experience by an order of magnitude.

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The new touchscreen infotainment system features state-of-the-art navigation and an 11-speaker entertainment system created exclusively for the Continental GT by British audiophiles Naim.

The model’s 6-liter, 12-cylinder, twin-turbocharged engine now kicks out 567 hp and 516 lb.-ft of torque, transmitted to the all-wheel drive system via to a new six-speed Quickshift transmission enabling double downshifts.

Some quick work with the paddle shifters on a private track and you can hit 0 – 60 mph in 4.4 seconds

Some quick work with the paddle shifters on a private track and you can hit 0 – 60 mph in 4.4 seconds, and climb all the way to 198 mph.

Even if you hover near the speed limit however that much muscle comes flowing up through the cockpit, purring to be let out but in perfect control the entire time.

Not so much in control: the gawkers whose heads snap back as you fly past, wailing “WHAT-DA-HELL-WAS-THAT…..?”

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Obviously this is a car that demands a choice destination. Enter Black Point.

Built in 1878 by the Kahler family, the Inn’s colorful history includes railway barons, political leaders and the aforementioned Winslow Homer.

Black Point’s colorful history includes railway barons, political leaders and famed artist Winslow Homer

Originally known as Southgate House, it has dominated the rocky point known as Prout’s Neck for 133 years.

Homer spent 25 years there painting and drawing inspiration from the sea surrounding the Inn, which is only 20 minutes outside of Portland.

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The ocean, visible from most of the Inn’s 25 luxurious rooms and suites, continues to be the main draw.

Also on offer however are 18 holes of links golf, hiking and running trails including an seaside Cliff Walk past Homer’s studio, miles of sandy beaches, tennis, a swimming pool and beach club.

Black Point’s porch is the perfect spot for everything from afternoon tea to cocktails and dinner

Black Point’s porch is the perfect refuge, overlooking the ocean and the ideal spot for everything from afternoon tea and cocktails to breakfast, lunch and dinner from the Inn’s renowned kitchen.

There’s not much reason to leave the “Neck” but we couldn’t resist jumping in the Bentley to check out nearby attractions like Two Lights State Park and the adjacent Lobster Shack, home to the state’s best lobster rolls, and Portland Head Light (below) made famous by Edward Hopper.

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The Inn has changed hands several times over the years, but the emphasis on timeless style and tradition, much like Bentley’s own, has never wavered.

1969 may have been the height of hippiedom, but that summer two gentlemen were asked to leave the Inn’s cocktail lounge as it was past 5:30 p.m. and they were wearing short sleeves.

The 133-year-old Inn’s emphasis on timeless style and tradition, much like Bentley’s own, has never wavered

The fact that they happened to be the governors of Connecticut and Rhode Island cut no ice.

Which brings us to the question: what do you wear when you’re driving a Bentley up the coast of Maine to a classic inn?

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And have you got to wear terribly expensive duds just because you’re behind the wheel of a $200,000 car?

Of course you do not. Nor is it cool to look too shabby either; in it’s own way that’s just as bad as being overdressed.

When driving a Bentley up the coast of Maine, classic threads and a dash of supercar sprezzatura

So: we went to the trouble of putting together the perfect stylish ensemble for the journey, with a hint of nautical flair and a dash of supercar sprezzatura.

Anchoring the Bentley-in-Maine look: a lightweight nylon utility jacket and slim white chinos from Brooks Brothers (above), an icon of American style that’s been right at home at Black Point for the past century.

In keeping with the Continental GT’s mix of style and practicality, it has plenty of pockets, a wind-blocking collar and a natty striped oxford cloth lining.

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Some key accessories came along for the ride as well, starting with these colorful driving moccasins in ultra-supple American Bison, also from Brooks Brothers.

Stylish accessories from Brooks Brothers and Vineyard Vines along for the ride

Paired with a summery gingham linen shirt and cotton madras D-ring belt (below) from Vineyard Vines, a favored label among the leisured class on the Eastern seaboard, there was a subtle patriotic note in the combination of red, white and blue.

Of course, that works equally well for Old Glory as the Union Jack.

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We were, after all, piloting a British thoroughbred, and there’s a connection to Black Point as well since Prout’s Neck was colonized by English settlers in the 1600s.

We decided to play that up with our choice of field bag to contain the items we required on our stylish sojourn.

There comes a time when all good chaps must rally ’round and salute the things the Brits do best

What better than the Union Jack Dryfly (below) from classic British clothing co. Barbour, in weatherproof waxed cotton with leather detailing.

Perfidious Albion may be, but there comes a time when all good chaps must rally ’round and salute the things the Brits do best.

So God Save the Queen – she drives a Bentley too.

JPS

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