The Castine Inn
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A little piece of History in a charming little coastal town in Maine
My 15 year old son and I have just returned from a weekend at the Castines. While in Castine we stayed at the Castine Inn. The Inn is magnificent and we had incredible service from the charming young woman working the desk. The out door secrete gardens were so beautiful that it was hard to drag ourselves away from the Inn to go to the Ocean or nearby forts. We stayed in suit 15 which had a large soaking tub which I found to be most enjoyable. We enjoyed the peace and tranquility of the hotel. I would recomend the Castine Inn to anyone who wished to experience a small beautiful coastal town in Maine.
Restful Castine Inn
We stayed one evening at the Castine Inn the week of 6/17. It was a very relaxed and enjoyable evening. The room was very nicely decorated and comfortable. We ate dinner at the restaurant on the dock, recommended by the innkeeper. (The lobster pie was delicious!)
The gardens on the Inn property are beautiful and a very pleasant place to wander and relax.
I had a wonderful night's sleep --- my best in a very long time. I joked that I thought they must pump an aerosol form of Lunesta into the rooms!
Our breakfast was very delicious and the homemade scones were fabulous.
We would definitely go back to the Castine Inn.
In Love With Castine
It was a party of five -husband ,uncle,daughter,son and myself the wife. We came to Castine, Maine from Jamaica in the Caribbean to enroll our daughter at M.M.A. The experience was one we will never forget as the owner -Tom Gutaw and his wife and staff at the inn made us feel very welcome without being overly sweet. The rooms and food were comfortable clean and very practical. The town for us was like something we read about in story books almost sureal. I guess coming from the caribbean it was a very refreshing change of scenery and lifestyle ,we would definitely stay at Castine Inn again , by the way our daughter loves her school,the town, and its citizens we all felt very welcome .
We had high expectations for the Castine Inn, but we were very disappointed. After checking in, we tried to make reservations for either the main dining room or in the the pub, but the owner said he could not feed us - that he was booked. However, when we left the hotel at 6:00 pm, there was no one in the dining room. When we returned to the hotel at 7:30, there were two couples in the dining room, and the small pub was filled. When we tried to order dessert at 9:30, there were still only two couples in the dining room. The owner clearly did not want us to eat in his dining room. I believe the reason is because we had children in our party. Although even after we said that only the adults would eat in the dining room, we still could not be servedI believe that if you stay at an Inn, they should feed you. Obviously the restaurant was not busy, and I was insulted at the lack of service. While the rooms are very clean, our room was small. Also the paint was peeling off the back of the inn and on the exterior of the windows. In addition, the exterior of the building looks a little shabby.
Nice Experience at the Castine Inn
My wife and I stayed at the Castine Inn on an overnight visit to Castine. The hotel is clean, bright, airy and fairly priced. The village of Castine is a gem and well worth the trouble getting there.
Driven out of Castine
My wife and I had an absolutely horrible experience at the Castine Inn in late September.
When we checked in on Friday the 23rd, the owner told us about a wedding scheduled at the Inn the next day. That was the first we'd heard about such a function. My wife and I had made our reservation back in July, and neither the reservation clerk nor the owner ever told us before our arrival that a large, boisterous, and alcohol-fueled group would take over the Inn midway during our stay.
My wife and I returned from dinner on Saturday night to find an open bar set up in the Inn lobby. Dozens of wedding reception guests were drinking heavily in the public rooms, in the stairwell, on the porch, and outside on the street. Worst of all, a band was playing in the dining area at well over 100 decibels -- right below our room! We had no option but to cut our stay short, throw our clothes in our bags, and check out of the Inn, at 10:30 pm on a Saturday night with no other place to stay. As we left, several of the guests made snide comments to us as we were carrying our bags through the reception gauntlet.
Before we left, I summoned the owner and demanded that he refund the amount we'd paid for Friday night. He gave us the refund. He also tried to apologize, saying that the party had been scheduled only a few weeks earlier, at the behest of an "important person" in Castine who was the owner's "friend." Also, the owner said that he "didn't know" that the party would spin out of control, and that such a fiasco had "never happened before" at the Inn. My wife and I took those statements as a half-hearted attempt -- too little and too late -- to rectify the situation. But the situation should never have happened in the first place.
Needless to say, my wife and I will not return to the Castine Inn.
Good eats nice rooms
Had a great meal and I liked the rooms, too. They're simple but spacious. It's definitely not super luxurious but very comfortable. A nice big porch and Castine is a nice quiet town that's less crowded than many on the coast.
One of the best restaurants in America
My wife and I stayed two days at this wonderful inn. While our room was charming, and the town a beautiful museum of American history, it was the kitchen that will not soon be forgotten. The dining room would earn 3 stars in France. The ingedients were perfect and so was the execution. Beyond technical excellence was a wonderful playfulness and imagination in conception and presentation that is found rarely on this or any other continent. The service was totally without pretention: it was loving and attentive. Congratulations to Chef Tom Gutow. Yes, the prices were high, but the experience was worth every penny. Run to Castine before it is too late.
We just spent an evening at The Castine Inn in Castine, Maine, and we were pleasantly surprised by the experience. In a little town on the beautiful Penobscot Bay, we happened upon one of the best dining experiences of our lives. As world-wide diners, we were truly amazed - this young chef is making some of the best food anywhere! The accomodations are simple, but very nice, and the price is right. We really felt relaxed and at home.
Too Big for their Britches
The Inn is ideally located and quite pretty. The attitude of the owners. however, is smug and self-satisfied. While the restaurant serves ambitious food, it is not nearly as miraculous as the press or the prices suggest. One senses that that the innkeepers are trying to make a big splash in the restaurant world, and their effort comes at the cost of those guests who are not so readily impressed by clever amuse-bouches. If you are looking for a truly relaxing Castine experience, look elsewhere.
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... afternoon class V rapids we were about to embark on. We met Brian, our guide, who definitely looked perpetually high. Reassuring... We also realized our boat was only going to have 6 people in it, the smallest by at least 2 of all of the groups. That meant, less man-power and a high probability that we would flip. We were then bussed again to the drop off at the hydroelectric dam and after about a 5 minute pep-talk on how horrifying this trip was going to be, we ...
... place was interesting for sure. The seating is up on a raised platform. You have to take your shoes off and each table is situated in a large pit and you sit on the edge of the pit with your feet inside the pit. It was so disgusting I tried so hard not to think about all of the germs while I nommed on my "eh, it's probably the best we'll find here" sushi and spring rolls. I don't think we'll be going back anytime soon. ...
... a part of the journals, apparently they can only show one of the pages for a few months then have to change it so it doesn't get wrecked.
All this history had us peckish, another place we wanted to visit was Macs bar which is owned by a guy from the show 'Its Always Sunny In Philadelphia' who plays a guy called Mac funnily enough. We are all big fans of the show, it wasn't a bad bar really, a few people in there. This is where I made one of the biggest mistakes of my ...
... having a dollop on top. They were also less expensive so we felt like we were getting our money's worth. After lunch we checked out some of the local shops and asked one shopkeeper what we should see in the area,she recommended the Thuya Gardens and told us how to find them. They were a small garden in comparison to what we have at the Botanical Gardens at home but they were a nice size for a town the size of Northeast Harbor. There were a lot of beautifully ...
So, the travel entries are becoming fewer and far between because routine has set in in camp, so nothing of amazing note has occurred. Camp is great and I'm loving it! Doing lots of music which is great, as well as lots of interaction with the kids and having some down time too :-) the weather here has been a bit rubbish lately, with a fair amount of rain and some overcast days, but this has come with ...