The Castine Inn
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... DiMatteo's - see Deborah's write up. Excellent food, for a reasonable price!! The B&B we stayed at is called The Yankee Lady, had a couple of good breakfasts there. On July 4th, we headed out of Dodge (read: Bar Harbor) prior to the start of the parade, as we did not want to be stuck there. Good thing too, because as we headed out of town, the number of vehicles coming the other looked like a parade in itself. Whew! dodged that bullet!
We took a different route ...
... the night. The best advice I can give you, don't approach a foreign border at 2 am (we had forgotten the little fact of a time zone change), driving very slowly and then attempt to make a U-turn. The border patrol officers frown heavily upon this.
This guy comes out of the booth, yielding a flash light and starts talking in a not very welcoming voice. I try to explain that we are headed to Saint John but I really did not want to cross the border ...
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 ...
... Pond was made famous in a book by Henry David Thoreau, a naturalist who built a cabin there and basically lived away from society in the 19th century. His writing and romanticizing of Walden Pond and 'the simple life' became an inspiration to many and helped lead to preservation of lands and wildlife refuges.
As we hiked around Walden Pond, we learned a few things. One: it's more like a lake than a pond - rather large. Two: the cabin is no longer there, ...
... we were just to be able to cross the border and continue the road trip. Of course it meant that we just delayed the pain of selling the car down the track, but the immediate problem was solved and we were able to continue. We stopped at the information centre in Calais for some brochures and continued driving in the rain towards Bangor. After 2 hours, we arrived in the city responsible for horror novelist Stephen King, brownies and chewing gum. We headed to ...
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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.
My wife and I had an absolutely horrible experience at the Castine Inn in late September.
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.