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Hilary Nangle August 28, 2012
Like history? You’ll love Castine, a serene New England village tipping a cape reaching into Penobscot Bay at the mouth of the Penobscot River. Fought over for 200 years by Britain, France, and the Netherlands, it was the site of the Revolutionary War’s Penobscot Expedition, which has been called the worst American naval disaster before Pearl Harbor. The village, now home to Maine Maritime Academy, is peppered with fort ruins and historic sites, along with an enviable collection of Georgian and Federalist architecture.
The genteel Pentagoet Inn, comprising a three-story, Queen Anne Victorian and an adjoining 1791 Federal, puts all of Castine at your feet. Enjoy cocktails or dinner in the candle-lighted dining room, cozy Passports Pub, or on the big wraparound porch at the Pentagoet Inn, where the menu ranges from bistro plates to full entrees.