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Guidebook for Castine

Jane

Guidebook for Castine

Food Scene
You always get a friendly welcome at Markels! They make delicious baked goods and there is always a large chalk board with a yummy menu! I love their Haddock chowder and my husband loves the chicken pot pie (HUGE!) & blonde brownies! You can also order a cake if you are celebrating a special occasion - their lemon blueberry cakes is incredible! During lovely weather their deck is a great place to relax with a view of the Bay! It's tucked back off the main road in the village..look out for the open flag on the corner opposite the realtors and go up the alley.
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Markel's Bakehouse
26 Water Street
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You always get a friendly welcome at Markels! They make delicious baked goods and there is always a large chalk board with a yummy menu! I love their Haddock chowder and my husband loves the chicken pot pie (HUGE!) & blonde brownies! You can also order a cake if you are celebrating a special occasion - their lemon blueberry cakes is incredible! During lovely weather their deck is a great place to relax with a view of the Bay! It's tucked back off the main road in the village..look out for the open flag on the corner opposite the realtors and go up the alley.
At the time of this update this restaurant is now under new ownership and is called OTTER’S WATERSIDE EATERY!! So excited to try it out this Summer..I’m sure it will be fabulous! (I have not changed the title because this is hot off the press news and these photos show how great this place is!!) Our favorite place in Castine for dinner is the seasonally open restaurant once known as 15 Sea Street. This place has the most amazing waterside deck with incredible views! Sit and sip & unwind as sailboats glide by!
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The Wharf Restaurant & Bar
15 Sea Street
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At the time of this update this restaurant is now under new ownership and is called OTTER’S WATERSIDE EATERY!! So excited to try it out this Summer..I’m sure it will be fabulous! (I have not changed the title because this is hot off the press news and these photos show how great this place is!!) Our favorite place in Castine for dinner is the seasonally open restaurant once known as 15 Sea Street. This place has the most amazing waterside deck with incredible views! Sit and sip & unwind as sailboats glide by!
Windmill Hill Gardens is a great little place the foodie will enjoy! For such a small place they have a nice selection of wine, baked goods, veggies, and gourmet staples as well as some frozen entree options. Their frozen locally made Chicken pot pie is delicious as are their breads and occasional smoked baby back ribs! They hydroponically grow greens in there! So interesting! They also have a nice small gifts offering.
Windmill Hill Gardens
5 Castine Rd
Windmill Hill Gardens is a great little place the foodie will enjoy! For such a small place they have a nice selection of wine, baked goods, veggies, and gourmet staples as well as some frozen entree options. Their frozen locally made Chicken pot pie is delicious as are their breads and occasional smoked baby back ribs! They hydroponically grow greens in there! So interesting! They also have a nice small gifts offering.
We LOVE this place!! It’s so fun! Delicious food that can be eaten right there on the Wharf at the picnic tables, al fresco, or if it’s busy there, why not take your goodies to Fort Madison or Wadsworth Cove for a picnic! Their lobster rolls are scrumptious and their fish sandwiches and burgers are great, too! Bon apetit!! 😊
The Captain's Catch
5 Sea St
We LOVE this place!! It’s so fun! Delicious food that can be eaten right there on the Wharf at the picnic tables, al fresco, or if it’s busy there, why not take your goodies to Fort Madison or Wadsworth Cove for a picnic! Their lobster rolls are scrumptious and their fish sandwiches and burgers are great, too! Bon apetit!! 😊
Parks & Nature
Fort Madison is a beautiful historic site where you can gain access to and explore the beautiful rocky beach or just simply have a picnic..or both!! There is a great hill here for sledding in the winter!! The park is just a few minutes stroll from the cottage! We have lovely photos of the view & beach of Fort Madison in our cottage photos!
Fort Madison
Fort Madison is a beautiful historic site where you can gain access to and explore the beautiful rocky beach or just simply have a picnic..or both!! There is a great hill here for sledding in the winter!! The park is just a few minutes stroll from the cottage! We have lovely photos of the view & beach of Fort Madison in our cottage photos!
Wadsworth Cove is a very protected beach just minutes from the cottage by car. Take a picnic and enjoy the splendor of the spectacular sunsets there, take a stroll or swim! The world is your oyster!
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Wadsworth Cove Beach
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Wadsworth Cove is a very protected beach just minutes from the cottage by car. Take a picnic and enjoy the splendor of the spectacular sunsets there, take a stroll or swim! The world is your oyster!
I would be remiss for not recommending Acadia..its' proximity to Castine makes for a great day trip! On a clear day you can't beat the view from the top of Cadillac Mountain! It will take your breath away! Acadia is, however, a busy attraction and so we heartily recommend you use the Delorme map book on the shelf under the coffee table and seek out the roads less travelled! We have had wonderful mystery tours around Deer Isle, for example, where you can suddenly stumble upon secluded little coves..just begging for you to enjoy a picnic! Nearby, Stonington is also a great place to soak in a working waterfront!
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Acadia National Park
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I would be remiss for not recommending Acadia..its' proximity to Castine makes for a great day trip! On a clear day you can't beat the view from the top of Cadillac Mountain! It will take your breath away! Acadia is, however, a busy attraction and so we heartily recommend you use the Delorme map book on the shelf under the coffee table and seek out the roads less travelled! We have had wonderful mystery tours around Deer Isle, for example, where you can suddenly stumble upon secluded little coves..just begging for you to enjoy a picnic! Nearby, Stonington is also a great place to soak in a working waterfront!
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Castine Kayak Adventures
17 Sea St
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There is a path through the back yard of the lighthouse with steep stairs down to a rocky ledge which is a favorite place of locals to fish! The view is incredible..please just be careful!! If you’re lucky, the lighthouse will be open to visitors..it is open a couple of times a year!!
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Dyce Head Lighthouse
1 Battle Avenue
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There is a path through the back yard of the lighthouse with steep stairs down to a rocky ledge which is a favorite place of locals to fish! The view is incredible..please just be careful!! If you’re lucky, the lighthouse will be open to visitors..it is open a couple of times a year!!
Arts & Culture
I want nearly everything in this gallery!! Oh my!! There are beautiful pieces of art in here if you want to take a gorgeous work of art home to remember your trip..you will be spoiled for choice! The lady who works in there is super friendly!
Gallery B
I want nearly everything in this gallery!! Oh my!! There are beautiful pieces of art in here if you want to take a gorgeous work of art home to remember your trip..you will be spoiled for choice! The lady who works in there is super friendly!
This museum is a fabulously curated collection of amazing pieces! A great place to go if the weather is inclement or if you just want a quiet moment out of the sun!! Walking distance, like most places in Castine, from Sea Breeze. There is also a spectacular view from here!
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The Wilson Museum
120 Perkins Street
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This museum is a fabulously curated collection of amazing pieces! A great place to go if the weather is inclement or if you just want a quiet moment out of the sun!! Walking distance, like most places in Castine, from Sea Breeze. There is also a spectacular view from here!
Castine Historical Society
17 School St
Adam Gallery is chock full of beautiful artwork by Josh & Susan Adam! Take home a painting as the ultimate way of remembering your trip to Castine!
Adam Gallery
140 Battle Avenue
Adam Gallery is chock full of beautiful artwork by Josh & Susan Adam! Take home a painting as the ultimate way of remembering your trip to Castine!
Essentials
The grocery store in Bucksport is the closest but if you happen to be over near Blue Hill for the day, I also recommend Trade Winds Marketplace or the Blue Hill Co-Op.
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Hannaford Supermarket
53 U.S. 1
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The grocery store in Bucksport is the closest but if you happen to be over near Blue Hill for the day, I also recommend Trade Winds Marketplace or the Blue Hill Co-Op.
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Tradewinds Marketplace
15 South Street
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Entertainment & Activities
We met the owners of this business and they were wonderful! If you like the peace that kayaking provides then go and see them and explore Penobscot Bay!! Castine Kayaks also have bikes for rent for $20 a day! Visit their website! They also do guided kayaking tours and night time Phosphorescence tours!!
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Castine Kayak Adventures
17 Sea St
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We met the owners of this business and they were wonderful! If you like the peace that kayaking provides then go and see them and explore Penobscot Bay!! Castine Kayaks also have bikes for rent for $20 a day! Visit their website! They also do guided kayaking tours and night time Phosphorescence tours!!
There’s nothing quite like being out on the water under sail!! Take advantage of the tours offered around Penobscot Bay aboard the beautiful wooden boat, Guildive! It was a hit with previous guests! Also, Lil Toot from Castine Harbor Tours offers great tours, too! Castinecruises.com (207) 701-1421
Castine Cruises
15 Sea Street
There’s nothing quite like being out on the water under sail!! Take advantage of the tours offered around Penobscot Bay aboard the beautiful wooden boat, Guildive! It was a hit with previous guests! Also, Lil Toot from Castine Harbor Tours offers great tours, too! Castinecruises.com (207) 701-1421
John & I had a fabulous time when we took this tour! We learned so much about Castine and our guide, Wyllys was excellent! It was so fun! Visit their website for more information, you won’t regret it! ♥️
Castine Touring Company
John & I had a fabulous time when we took this tour! We learned so much about Castine and our guide, Wyllys was excellent! It was so fun! Visit their website for more information, you won’t regret it! ♥️
If you are here during the summer months & if you fancy learning to sail, the Yacht Club has excellent instructors on hand that can be hired on an hourly basis. A sailboat is provided. Weeklong group lessons for children are available in the summer, also! Sign up early..this is a very popular local activity!
Castine Yacht Club
If you are here during the summer months & if you fancy learning to sail, the Yacht Club has excellent instructors on hand that can be hired on an hourly basis. A sailboat is provided. Weeklong group lessons for children are available in the summer, also! Sign up early..this is a very popular local activity!
Getting Around
The airport is under an hour away if you plan on flying to Maine. There are several options including Avis for car rental at the airport.
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Bangor International Airport
287 Godfrey Boulevard
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The airport is under an hour away if you plan on flying to Maine. There are several options including Avis for car rental at the airport.