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Yankee Magazine Travel Guide to New England

The elm-shaded town of Castine is a choice destination for those hoping to give stress and worry the slip. And the best place for travelers to abandon their cares? The Pentagöet Inn, an 1894 Queen Anne hotel set on the gentle hill that slices through town toward the harbor. The lush organic gardens, handsome porch, and cozy rooms (with extravagant Victorian headboards) are but a prelude to the meals prepared by chef Gina Melita, who favors fresh, local products. The Pentagöet has hosted summer guests for more than a century, and each generation comes looking for more of the same. Happily, they always find it. Rates: from $95. Entrées: from $16.

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