One of our favorite boat outings is to Castine, Maine, one of the oldest communities in North America. Since the 1600’s it has been continuously occupied by settlers from France, Holland, England and colonial America. It has also been home to several Native American nations, so as you might guess, Castine has a rich and colorful history.
Castine is not a big town. Most of the shops and eateries are right in the center.
Were it not for the Maine Maritime Academy where young men and women are trained for a life involving the sea, there would be few full time residents.
In the 1630’s, the French built Fort Pentagoet, which was later destroyed by the Dutch.
Today, an historic inn is all that bears the name.
Located up the road from the original fort, the inn is on the site of a hall occupied by English troops in the 1800’s. Are you beginning to get a feel for Castine’s varied history?
Back to the inn, it is a trip back in time which makes it desirable for visitors.
For us, it is an annual destination where we meet boater friends for cocktails on the porch and a delightful dinner.
It is always fun to stroll around Castine to see stunning examples of Federal and Greek-Revival style homes that were built by wealthy pre-Civil War merchant families. For a peek inside one of these beautifully restored old homes, it’s worth taking a look here. Many of you will recognize the work of one of your favorite fellow bloggers.
On any given day, Castine is a wonderful lunch destination, and for us, it takes less time to get there by water than by car. It is a treat to tie up at the public dock and walk a few steps to Dennett’s Wharf for a tasty bite.
While there, you never know what you are going to see happening in or on the water. Yep, Maine is the way life should be!
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