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Incredible Maine Accommodations Await

Castine is blessed with four fine traditional inns.

This is not the place to come if you require in-room phones, air-conditioning, computer hookups, or fancy bathrooms. Rather, the pace is relaxed and the accommodations reflect the easy elegance of a bygone era.

Nicest is of the four is the three-story, Queen Anne—style  Pentagoet Inn. Congenial innkeepers Jack Burke, previously with the foreign service, and Julie Van de Graaf, a pastry chef, took over the century-old inn in 2000 and have given it new life, upgrading rooms and furnishing them with Victorian antiques and adding handsome gardens. Their enthusiasm for the area is contagious. The inn’s 16 rooms are spread out between the main house and the adjoining cottage. A hot buffet breakfast and afternoon refreshments are provided. Passports Pub is an adventure. It’s chock-full of vintage photos and prints and exotic antiques. Borrow one of the inn’s bikes and explore around town. The Main Street location is an easy walk from everything Castine offers, or just sit on the wrap-around porch and take it all in. Dinner here is a treat.

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