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April 01, 2014
The elm trees of Castine contribute to the historic and unique qualities of this community. The town currently has almost 350 majestic Dutch elms, a rare stand of trees left after most of these trees were lost in past decades to Dutch elm disease. The Elm Tree Committee is responsible for maintaining the historic green canopy of Castine by providing for the care and maintenance of its elm trees and significant streetscape trees making Castine one of 19 Tree City USA towns in Maine which is part of the Arbor Day Foundation. Maine Arbor Day Week takes place the third full week of May with Maine communities planting new trees.
The Elm Tree Benefit Dinner, hosted at the Pentagoet Inn is scheduled for June 24th 2014. This annual event raises money for the preservation and replanting of Castine's elm trees with all proceeds being donated. Book your table now for this very popular event. 207-326-8616
March 25, 2014
CASTINE CLASSIC YACHT RACE
July 30 – August 2nd, 2014
The Castine Yacht Club is sponsoring the fifteenth annual Castine Classic Yacht Race from Castine to Camden on Thursday, July 31. This race will be the first of three day races in conjunction with the Camden Classic Yacht Race to Brooklin and the Eggemoggin Reach Regatta.
Lobsterboat Celebration: This year’s Castine event will celebrate the purity of line, functionality and seaworthiness of the iconic Maine lobsterboats—and their lobsteryacht progeny. On Wednesday, July 30, notable examples will be on exhibition at the Castine Town Dock. These boats will be honored at a symposium in Delano Auditorium, Maine Maritime Academy. Jon Johansen, Editor of the Maine Coastal News, will chair the discussion among a distinguished panel of builders, skippers and historians.
Wednesday, July 30: Lobsterboat Exhibition at Town Dock , Symposium at MMA, Reception at CYC
Friday, August 1: Camden Classic Yacht Race to Brooklin
Saturday, August 2: Eggemoggin Reach Regatta
March 21, 2014
The annual "Wings, Waves & Woods" birding weekend, sponsored by the Deer Isle-Stonington Chamber of Commerce, the Island Heritage Trust, Downeast Audubon Chapter and Penobscot Bay Press is scheduled for May 16-18 2014. This exciting weekend of activities includes opportunities for birding all around Deer Isle and Stonington including Marshall Island, Scott's Landing, Settlement Quarry and more! There will be a supper, cruises and an art reception. This is an excellent opportunity for bird watchers of all ages and spring is a wonderful time of year to enjoy the coast of Maine!
March 12, 2014
There are many great small towns in New England. The mountains ranges of New Hampshire and Vermont are host to many idyllic villages, but none have the history that surrounds our hometown of Castine. We are one of the oldest communities in the Unisted States having been occupied since the 1600s. Buzzfeed recently listed Castine as one of the 24 must see New England villages for its history, charm and slate of things to do and see. Come visit Castine, Maine and take a sailing tour on the Guildive just a block from the Pentagoet Inn. Experience the coast of Maine from land and sea!
March 07, 2014
The Great Pond Mountain Trust, located in Orland, Maine provides ample opportunities to explore 4500 acres of moutains, hills, ponds and hiking trails. While Great Pond Mountain is a favorite of adventurers in this area, the trails in the Wildlands offer hiking over various types of terrain. Heading north from the south gate onto the Esker Path followed by the East Ridge Path takes you up Flag Hill with views to the east toward Ellsworth and over Branch Pond.
February 26, 2014
Acadia National Park offers many excellent trails of varying difficulty. One of the shorter trails still provides wonderful views over Mount Desert Island including Echo Lake. The Canada Cliffs and Beech Cliff Trails on the west side of the island combine for 2 miles of beautiful hiking. Many opportunities are available for photos as the trail meanders through forest and over ledges. Parking at Beech Hill Road offers the easiest access.
February 21, 2014
The area around Penobscot Bay is home to some wonderful natural areas. Holbrook Island Sanctuary State Park, just across the bay from Castine, is a beautifully protected natural area and is home to some great hiking trails. The Summit Trail leads you up a short hill that overlooks Castine Harbor and Penobscot Bay, while the Iceworks Trail takes you out to a gorgeous fresh water pond seen in the photo. During your visit take the time to enjoy a picnic lunch at the sand beach at the end of Indian Bar Rd. We're lucky to have such a beautiful state park so close!
February 07, 2014
Have you seen the new sign in town? Castine is part of the National Historic Register and has been since 1973. According to the National Park Service: " The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation's historic places worthy of preservation. Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America's historic and archeological resources." Thanks for the sign!!
January 31, 2014
Castine and the Blue Hill area peninsula has some of the best hiking trails on the coast of Maine. This expansive view of Penobscot Bay from Witherle Woods is located right here in Castine, Maine and includes more than 4 miles of networked trails. The view from Witherle Woods overlooks the bay out to Isleboro and the Camden hills in the distance. Witherle is a 185 acre preserve leading through a forest of spruce, fir, pine and hardwood trees.
January 24, 2014
by Pentagoet Concierge - On July 27th, 2013, Castine held its first Plein Air Festival. This one day event was comprised of 35 juried artists painting stunning landscapes from all over our beautiful village of Castine. The event was a huge success and has led to the second annual Plein Air festival planned for July 26th, 2014. The juried artists will once again be capturing the essence of Castine through their artwork during the day, followed by a reception in the evening. Pictured here is local artist Josh Adam painting by the edge of the British Canal. Read more about the festival at the Castine Patriot.