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In the News: Pentagöet Inn Makes Samanta Brown’s Top 5 Things to do in Maine

February 08, 2012

 

See the video of Samantha Brown at the Pentagoet Inn.

Elm Tree Benefit Dinner June 24

April 01, 2014

Elm Tree Benefit dinner Castine MaineThe elm trees of Castine contribute to the historic and unique qualities of this community.  The town currently has almost 350 majestic Dutch elms, a rare stand of trees left after most of these trees were lost in past decades to Dutch elm disease.  The Elm Tree Committee is responsible for maintaining the historic green canopy of Castine by providing for the care and maintenance of its elm trees and significant streetscape trees making Castine one of 19 Tree City USA towns in Maine which is part of the Arbor Day Foundation.   Maine Arbor Day Week takes place the third full week of May with Maine communities planting new trees.

The Elm Tree Benefit Dinner, hosted at the Pentagoet Inn is scheduled for June 24th 2014.  This annual event raises money for the preservation and replanting of Castine's elm trees with all proceeds being donated.  Book your table now for this very popular event.  207-326-8616
 

Castine Classic Yacht Week 2014

March 25, 2014

CASTINE CLASSIC YACHT RACE
July 30 – August 2nd, 2014

The Castine Yacht Club is sponsoring the fifteenth annual Castine Classic Yacht Race from Castine to Camden on Thursday, July 31.  This race will be the first of three day races in conjunction with the Camden Classic Yacht Race to Brooklin and the Eggemoggin Reach Regatta.
Lobsterboat Celebration:  This year’s Castine event will celebrate the purity of line, functionality and seaworthiness of the iconic Maine lobsterboats—and their lobsteryacht progeny.  On Wednesday, July 30,  notable examples will be on exhibition at the Castine Town Dock.  These boats will be honored at a symposium in Delano Auditorium, Maine Maritime Academy.  Jon Johansen, Editor of the Maine Coastal News, will chair the discussion among a distinguished panel of builders, skippers and historians.

Wednesday, July 30:  Lobsterboat Exhibition at Town Dock , Symposium at MMA, Reception at CYC
Friday, August 1:  Camden Classic Yacht Race to Brooklin
Saturday, August 2:   Eggemoggin Reach Regatta

Wings, Waves & Woods 2014

March 21, 2014

The annual "Wings, Waves & Woods" birding weekend, sponsored by the Deer Isle-Stonington Chamber of Commerce, the Island Heritage Trust, Downeast Audubon Chapter and Penobscot Bay Press is scheduled for May 16-18 2014.  This exciting weekend of activities includes opportunities for birding all around Deer Isle and Stonington including Marshall Island, Scott's Landing, Settlement Quarry and more!  There will be a supper, cruises and an art reception.  This is an excellent opportunity for bird watchers of all ages and spring is a wonderful time of year to enjoy the coast of Maine!

Castine, Maine is one of 24 Must See Small New England Towns

March 12, 2014

There are many great small towns in New England.  The mountains ranges of New Hampshire and Vermont are host to many idyllic villages, but none have the history that surrounds our hometown of Castine.  We are one of the oldest communities in the Unisted States having been occupied since the 1600s.  Buzzfeed recently listed Castine as one of the 24 must see New England villages for its history, charm and slate of things to do and see.  Come visit Castine, Maine and take a sailing tour on the Guildive just a block from the Pentagoet Inn.  Experience the coast of Maine from land and sea!

Hiking with a View; Great Pond Mountain Trust

March 07, 2014

The Great Pond Mountain Trust, located in Orland, Maine provides ample opportunities to explore 4500 acres of moutains, hills, ponds and hiking trails.  While Great Pond Mountain is a favorite of adventurers in this area, the trails in the Wildlands offer hiking over various types of terrain.  Heading north from the south gate onto the Esker Path followed by the East Ridge Path takes you up Flag Hill with views to the east toward Ellsworth and over Branch Pond.

Canada Cliffs Acadia National Park Trail

February 26, 2014

Acadia National Park offers many excellent trails of varying difficulty.  One of the shorter trails still provides wonderful views over Mount Desert Island including Echo Lake.  The Canada Cliffs and Beech Cliff Trails on the west side of the island combine for 2 miles of beautiful hiking.  Many opportunities are available for photos as the trail meanders through forest and over ledges.  Parking at Beech Hill Road offers the easiest access. 

Holbrook Island State Park Hiking

February 21, 2014

The area around Penobscot Bay is home to some wonderful natural areas. Holbrook Island Sanctuary State Park, just across the bay from Castine, is a beautifully protected natural area and is home to some great hiking trails.  The Summit Trail leads you up a short hill that overlooks Castine Harbor and Penobscot Bay, while the Iceworks Trail takes you out to a gorgeous fresh water pond seen in the photo.  During your visit take the time to enjoy a picnic lunch at the sand beach at the end of Indian Bar Rd.  We're lucky to have such a beautiful state park so close!

Castine Maine is part of the National Historic Register

February 07, 2014


Have you seen the new sign in town? Castine is part of the National Historic Register and has been since 1973.  According to the National Park Service:  " The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation's historic places worthy of preservation. Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America's historic and archeological resources." Thanks for the sign!!

Hiking Witherle Woods Castine, Maine

January 31, 2014

Castine and the Blue Hill area peninsula has some of the best hiking trails on the coast of Maine. This expansive view of Penobscot Bay from Witherle Woods is located right here in Castine, Maine and includes more than 4 miles of networked trails.  The view from Witherle Woods overlooks the bay out to Isleboro and the Camden hills in the distance.  Witherle is a 185 acre preserve leading through a forest of spruce, fir, pine and hardwood trees.

Castine Plein Air Festival

January 24, 2014

by Pentagoet Concierge - On July 27th, 2013, Castine held its first Plein Air Festival.  This one day event was comprised of 35 juried artists painting stunning landscapes from all over our beautiful village of Castine.  The event was a huge success and has led to the second annual Plein Air festival planned for July 26th, 2014.  The juried artists will once again be capturing the essence of Castine through their artwork during the day, followed by a reception in the evening.  Pictured here is local artist Josh Adam painting by the edge of the British Canal.  Read more about the festival at the Castine Patriot.

Storytelling Series Continues in Castine, Maine

May 10, 2013

Storytelling Can Change Your Life

Stories can transport you to different times and places; they can make you laugh or shed a tear; and they can draw entire communities together. Once upon a time (last September to be precise), Castine began hosting some of the best storytellers in the country for in-school classes, public performances and how-to workshops. The extravaganza continues and will culminate in a three-day festival entitled
Storytelling by the Sea August 16-18, 2013 featuring Tim Sample, Jennifer Armstrong, Oscar Mokeme and many more. Follow the storyteller icon below for more details about this year's programs and events.

Jun 4           Jo Radner
Jun 25         Hawk Henries
Jul 23          Stephen Sanfilippo

Aug 16-18       STORYTELLING BY THE SEA Festival
    featuring  Tim Sample
                       Jennifer Armstrong
                       Oscar Mokeme

Cold Comfort Theater

April 30, 2013

Theater is alive and well in Castine this summer!  The outstanding Cold Comfort Theater will be presenting several performances this summer at our very own newly renovated Emerson Hall.  This month will include  Almost, Maine by John Cariani

The most produced play in America in 2011, surpassing even “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” these touching stories about life in small-town Maine win everyone’s hearts.
“Almost, Maine”  will be performed in Castine at Emerson Hall on May 17 and 18th.  All performances for all productions are at 7pm; 12 and under $5 teens $10, all others $15. 

 

Castine, Maine Classic Yacht Event

March 06, 2013

This year’s Castine Classic Yacht Regatta sponsored by the Castine Yacht Club, will honor the classic Concordia class yachts.  A magnificent fleet of Concordias will rendezvous in Castine to kick-off a month-long celebration marking the 75th Anniversary of these famed 39’10” and 41’ yachts.  On Wednesday, July 31, notable examples will be on exhibition at the Castine Town Dock. 

The Concordia yachts will be honored at a symposium on July 31 at 4PM. in Delano Auditorium, Maine Maritime Academy. This Concordia event follows on from Castine celebrations in the last two years honoring the great early 20th century classic designs from William Fife III of Firth of Clyde, Scotland, and Nathanael Herreshoff of Bristol, Rhode Island.

The fourteenth annual Castine Classic Yacht Race to Camden will set sail from the Castine harbor bell at 11:30 AM on August 1.  This 20 nautical mile race, which feeds into the Camden to Brooklin race on August 2 and the Eggemoggin Reach Regatta on August 3, is expected to attract a magnificent fleet of Classic and Spirit of Tradition yachts, according to David Bicks and Bob Scott, chairmen of the Castine events.

Holiday Baking at the Pentagoet Inn Kitchen

December 14, 2012

This has been a busy season so far, baking homemade goodies and shipping them to your family and friends.  We've added some new items this season with a 2 lb cookie box featuring 8 varieties of cookies including: Coconut Chocolate  Macaroons, Ginger Spice, Cherry Almond Biscotti and Brownie Squares, Pecan Tea Balls, Mocha Chocolate Chip, Raspberry Jam Thumbprints and Almond Spritz Cookies.  We also have added a pancake breakfast box with buttermilk pancake mix with wild Maine blueberries, made by our friends at Apple Blossom Bakery with a pint of organic Maine Maple syrup.  In addition we also are offering the Holiday Brunch Box featuring outstanding local jam, honey, maple syrup, pancake mix in addition to our scones, granola and sour cream coffee cake.  We are still offering our popular "Coffee and Comfort" which includes the sour cream coffee cake as well as "Maine Morning Breakfast", "Afternoon Tea", our Pentagoet Mugs, Bee Glasses, our Housemade Granola and the "Bownie Duo" .  Check out all the details and place and order in our online store.

Camden International Film Festival

September 28, 2012

The 8th annual Camden International Film Festival takes place September 27-30, 2012 in and around Camden, Maine. This festival is one of the top 25 film festivals in the world for documentary films and filmmakers.  These films blur the line between fact and fiction, inspire, inform and entertain.

Nestled between the ocean and fall foliage of the hills of Camden, Maine, the festival is a unique setting to experience the very best in international documentary film. There are countless film screenings and Q&As with directors, impromptu musical performances, the freshest seafood in the world.  Come visit the coast of Maine during the beautiful fall season.

Foliage, Food & Wine Festival

September 28, 2012

Each year on the Blue Hill peninsula, businesses from the hospitality industry offer samples prepared by their chefs, wine and beer tasting, a chowder contest and much more.  Fishermen and farmers also sell their products at the local farmers' market, rounding out the annual "Taste of the Peninsula".

There are also book signings, various special dinners and lunches at local restaurants, special speakers and of course wonderful views of the peaking fall foliage all around the peninsula.  The 2012 festival takes place October 4th - October 14th.

Common Ground Country Fair

September 18, 2012

The Common Ground Country Fair takes place this year September 21-23rd in Unity, Miane. This country fair is developed by the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association in the spirit of celebrating the rural and agricultural traditions of Maine. Many of the local farms around Castine which provide produce for the Pentagoet Inn and Restaurant are certified organic members of MOFGA.
The Common Ground Country Fair features a long list of displays, events, livestock, folk art, agriculture, music, food, demonstrations and much more. There is sure to be something for everyone!

Allie Ryan Maritime Collection on Display at Wilson Museum

August 24, 2012

The Castine Historical Society will hold its 2012 Annual Meeting on Friday, August 24 at 7:30pm in the Abbott School on the Castine town common. Following a brief business meeting, the evening’s program includes the screening of a 1977 documentary film featuring maritime collector Allie Ryan. The event is free and open to the public as well as CHS members, and light refreshments will be served.
 

Allie Ryan (1904-1992) was a passionate collector of almost anything with a maritime theme. He originally donated the bulk of his collection to Maine Maritime Academy, and it was later transferred to the Maine State Museum in Augusta.  In January 2012, a group of artifacts returned to Castine and are on display this summer in a special exhibit at the Wilson Museum. The documentary film being presented at the CHS annual meeting features Allie Ryan being interviewed about his maritime passion at the small museum set up by Maine Maritime Academy in the late 1970’s to display the collection.

 

2012 Castine Classic Yacht Race

August 10, 2012

SUMURUN LEADS FIFE FLEET IN CASTINE CLASSIC RACE
Castine, Me. – Sumurun, a 94-foot ketch designed and built in Scotland in 1914 by William Fife, led the Fife fleet in the 13th annual Castine Classic Yacht Race to Camden.  Sumurun was skippered by Robert Towbin and bested the 64-foot Fife ketch Belle Aventure skippered by David Thompson and the 82-foot Fife schooner Adventuress skippered by Victor Janovich. 
 

This year’s Castine Classic race celebrated the beauty, design and speed of the early 20th-century designer William Fife III.   This event follows on from last year’s celebration of Nathanael Herreshoff.  The Herreshoff yachts from Bristol, Rhode Island, and the Fife yachts from the small town of Fairlie on the Firth of Clyde, Scotland, were fierce competitors on both sides of the Atlantic. 
 

In this year’s race, the Fife and Herreshoff yachts raced in the same class to continue the rivalry.     Spartan, a 72-foot NY-50 designed and built by Herreshoff in 1912 and skippered by Victor Paul, emerged victorious in the class.  Spartan also won last year’s Castine Classic race.  
Prior to the race, the historic Fife yachts were on exhibition at the Castine Town Dock and were honored at a symposium at the Maine Maritime Academy.  The large crowd attending the symposium heard from speakers illuminating the finer details of the design, construction, and sailing qualities of these boats.  Taylor Allen of Rockport Marine chaired the discussion of a panel of restorers, historians and sailors of Fife yachts.  Rockport Marine, Rockport, Maine, recently completed a 3-year restoration of Adventuress
The Castine event kicked off three days of classic boat racing culminating in the Eggemoggin Reach Regatta. 
 

After a delayed start due to a lack of visibility, the fleet set sail from the Castine harbor bell on a 19.6nm course designed to end in Camden.  The six classes started in a very light southerly breeze, which shortly died.  The course became fog-shrouded and the race committee was forced to shorten the course.  Most of the boats were able to finish, except for those in the smallest class. 
In the Spirit of Tradition class, the 75’ sloop Isobel designed by Stephens Waring & White took honors.  Isobel, skippered by Richard Schotte, beat Pleione by 7 minutes.  Pleione is a Taylor 8 Meter sailed by Bruce Dyson.  Lark, a newly launched 47’ sloop sailed by Patrick Wilmerding, took third. 
 

Siren, a Sparkman & Stephens NY 32 skippered by Peter Cassidy, led the Classic A fleet.  Siren edged out Falcon, another NY 32, sailed by Bob Scott by less than 2 minutes.  Gentian, also a NY 32, sailed by Robert Armstrong, took third. 
 

Rogue, a 37’ Herreshoff sailed by Seville Simonds, took first place in the Classic B fleet.    Second place went to Thora, Vince Todd’s Little Harbor 36.  Fidelio, a Sparkman & Stephens designed sister ship of the famed Finistere, took third.  Fidelio was skippered by Charles Townsend. 
 

In the Concordia fleet, the winner was the 41’ Otter skippered by Robert Keefer.  Second place went to Mandala, a Concordia 39 sailed by Terry Fisher.  Ann Ashton sailed Phalarope, another Concordia 39, to a third-place finish. 
 

None of the Classic C yachts were able to complete the course. 
 

At the award ceremony at the Wooden Boat School in Brooklin following the Eggemoggin Reach Regatta, David Bicks, co-chair of the Castine events, presented the Ames Cup to Peter Cassidy, skipper of Siren.   The Ames Cup, awarded to the overall winner of the race, honors the memory of Richard Glover Ames and Henry Russell Ames who were lost at sea on June 9, 1935 south of the Grand Banks in an unsuccessful effort to save their father who was washed overboard during the Newport to Bergen, Norway yacht race.  The Ames family hailed from Castine.
 

Siren also won both the Sparkman & Stephens trophy, awarded to the S&S boat with the lowest corrected time and the Mitch Gibbons-Neff trophy.  Bob Scott, the Castine event co-chair, presented the NY 32 trophy in memory of Mitch Gibbons-Neff, late head of S&S who regularly crewed on Scott’s NY 32 Falcon
 

The Phalarope trophy, awarded to the top Concordia yacht in memory of Thomas G Ashton Sr, was presented to Robert Keefer of Otter.

Ocean Path Hike

July 31, 2012

As America's first national park, Acadia National Park offers numerous hikes, up mountains, through forests and along shores.  All offer spectacular views and possibilities to experience natural areas that have been protected and well preserved for many years.  The Ocean Path is one of the most well traveled trails in Acadia.  It is a 4 mile round trip accented by expansive views of the ocean and a stop at Thunderhole.  The end of the trail leads you to Sand Beach, a well-loved spot to relax and enjoy the cool ocean waters.

  

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