Sailing Adventures aboard the s/v ViVA and
Evening in Castine 

Overlooking spectacular Penobscot Bay and located in an historic elm lined neighborhood, the Castine offers its guests a quiet place to stay. It is an easy walk to Dyces Head Lighthouse where you can walk along the rock ledges and watch all the comings and goings into the Harbor.  Colonial history abounds and the old forts' ramparts and historic markers remind us that Castine was a major trading center dating back to the early 1600's. If shopping is more to your liking the small quaint downtown area offers a variety of boutiques, galleries, shops, restaurants and of course Dennett's wharf a long-standing favorite of the local boating community..


Castine, Maine is one of the oldest communities in North America. It has been occupied continuously since the early 1600s as the site of numerous trading posts, forts, missions and permanent settlements of France, Holland, England and colonial America. Before 1613, and during the course of its long history, Castine has also been home to several nations of Native Americans.

What is now known as the Castine peninsula appears on a 1612 chart that geographer and explorer Samuel de Champlain submitted to King Henry IV of France. His enthusiasm for the region led to the establishment of a French trading post in 1613. Its location is described in French records as being on the eastern side of what is now called Penobscot Bay. The French called the peninsula Pentagoet (later Castine). In 1614 Captain John Smith charted this area of the coast for British interests.
The Area:
The Castine island area is host to theatre, summer concerts at Kneisel Hall, quality shops, art galleries, antiques, Maine Maritime Academy and fine restaurants. Centrally located between Camden and Bar Harbor, the Lodge offers a quiet and convenient place to stay. The historic British Canal (dug in the 18th Century to escape an American invasion) defines the island.

In Castine, we have one of the oldest nine hole golf courses in the country, a tennis club (clay courts), yacht club, Dyces Head Lighthouse and many historic walking trails.


The Manor Inn - Castine

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Castine B&Bs offers guest rooms each with wonderful views of Castine, Penobscot Bay and beyond. The rooms, most with private baths, reflect a quiet country atmosphere. The only sounds are the waves rolling onto the beach, a soaring gull, and the melodic sound of the harbor buoy.

A continental breakfast buffet is offered in the dining room, or on the sun soaked porch directly at the waters edge, where it is so restful watching the ships and boats go by it is hard to leave.


Visit the Wilson Museum

Life in Castine

Castine Restaurants offer great selections of local seafood and shellfish, specializing in locally raised oysters, vegetables, herbs, prime meats and game. Fine wines and cocktails complete the dining experience. In the evening stroll the historic tree lined streets. Walk the campus of Maine Maritime Academy. Walk to Dyce Head Lighthouse and pass Colonial era markers giving historic details of Castine. Anyway you do it - Castine is a great place to Get Away From it All.

John Perkins House - Castine
THE JOHN PERKINS HOUSE was built about 1763 as a one-story house on what is now Court Street, but was then a wilderness. John and his young bride Phebe (sic), both from York, Maine, began their married life here. They had few near neighbors; by 1774 there were only six other houses on the Castine peninsula - three of these log cabins. As the Perkins family grew and prospered a four-room two-story addition was built across the gable end of the early home. Again, probably in 1783, the house was enlarged - the first one-story home being torn down to be rebuilt as a two-story ell.

Some 2004 Pics around Castine