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an unofficial site dedicated to Castine, Maine  
     

   
LOVELY RENTAL PROPERTIES on TARRATINE STREET  

Castine in brief & map

Castine weather

Castine town web site

Churches of Castine

Castine Patriot

Wilson Museum

Maine Maritime Academy

Castine Yacht Club

Castine Golf Club

Castine Historical Society

A short history of Castine

Castine's very own typeface

The Helm  
The Captain's Cottage  
   
OF SPECIAL INTEREST  
Castine Town Band ... free Friday night summer concerts  
Castine Fife & Drum  
The Little Drummer Boy  
The misplaced diaeresis  
   
   
THINGS TO DO  
Wilson Museum Complex
On the "d'ocean" side of Perkins Street between Tarratine and LaTour streets lies a small complex of buildings for summer visitors to explore.
 
Castine Golf Club
When you take Route 166 into town and turn right on Battle Avenue, your eye will first be caught by the natural beauty of the Castine Golf Club, with fairways sweeping down towards the harbor on your left and back towards Witherle Woods and Fort George on your right.
 
Castine Farmers Market
Every Thursday morning between Memorial Day and mid-September, head to the Town Common to find local vendors selling fresh fruit and produce and other Maine specialties.
 
Four Flags
You can spend hours here examining the enormous selection of gifts, stationery, soaps, candies, books, children's items, jewelry and T-shirts. Prices range from under a dollar to the low three digits, and the proprietors are very friendly, helpful and tolerant of young browsers.
 
Leila Day Antiques
Not your run-of-the-mill yard-sale quality stuff here. Beautiful pieces of furniture, china and paintings, and one of the largest collections of Shard stoneware around. The spectacular gardens surrounding the shop enhance your buying experience.
 

Castine Kayak Adventures offers personalized half-day and full-day tours and instruction May 27 - October 12 departing from Dennett's Wharf. Expert guide Karen Francoeur lends her sense of excitement and knowledge about the natural environment with professional instruction to enhance your endurance and understanding of safe, enjoyable kayaking.

 
Compass Rose Bookstore and Cafe on Main Street features a carefully chosen selection of new fiction and nonfiction, paperbacks, Maine and maritime works, children's books, cookbooks, biographies and many other topics.
 
   
PLACES TO EAT  
Pentagoët Inn
Under the guidance of your congenial hosts, Jack Burke and Julie Vandegraffe, this inn has risen to become the premier dining spot in Castine. Patrons have their choice of three options: outdoor dining on the wrap-around porch, the Pub with bar and an eclectic collection of superb photographs of great personalities from all parts of the world, and, of course, a classic New England dining room. The food and presentation are excellent, service is cheerful and prompt and the prices reasonable.
 
Bah's Bakehouse & Stella's
Mornings in Castine just wouldn't be complete without one of Bah's sumptuous baked goods, including our favorite, the berry scones. Lunch and dinner options at Bah's Backehouse include hearty sandwiches, savory soups and eclectic salads. Bah can also provide cakes for special occasions. Stella's downstairs offers a fancier, electic menu and jazz music.
   
The Breeze on the Town Dock
Classic dock menu with lobster & crab rolls, burgers, hot dogs, ice cream and more, serving daily beginning 8 am from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
   
Castine Variety Store
Visitors and locals alike patronize this venerable Main Street establishment. Pizza & coffee.
   
Dennett's Wharf
Great view of the harbor from the newly renovated deck, which sports an all-weather tent-style enclosure that can be rolled back in good weather. Great fresh seafood. You can knock back a few Maine microbrews here.
   
The Manor Inn on Battle Avenue is serves excellent full-course suppers in an expanded dinning room in this venerable structure from the late 1800s. Live music provided on most weekends. Full and superior buffet offered on Tuesday nights. Reservations suggested. Lawn croquet court.   Tell us what you think of this site.

Last updated 25 Feb 13.