P.O. BOX 41 MAIN STREET CASTINE, MAINE 04421 ~ 207-326-4365 ~ FAX 207-326-4570 ~ Relax@CastineInn.com
WHAT TO DO IN CASTINE
Castine's natural beauty and resources offer numerous opportunities for recreation and activities. We have listed some popular activities below and would be happy to help you pre-arrange any of these.
Maine is a favorite destination for bargain hunters and fine antique collectors alike. Visit nearby towns to look for treasures in Blue Hill, Ellsworth, Surry, Sedgewick, Sargentville, Little Deer Isle, Deer Isle or Stonington.
There is a full schedule of visiting artists, authors, and musical performances virtually every week. We would be happy to provide you with information and schedules. There is also a full program of classical music performances at nearby Kneisel Hall Chamber Music School and Festival in Blue Hill.
Experience the breathtaking coast line surrounding Castine while pedaling back country roads. We are a regular overnight stop for bike groups, but you can rent your own bike for exploring by contacting Karen at (207) 866-3506 or visiting www.castinekayak.com. We can arrange a picnic lunch and outline many day trips ranging from easy to strenuous. And, of course, the world famous bike trails at Acadia National Park are an easy drive away.
We can point you to some of the more interesting, local, and close-by gardens including the Thuya Garden in Northeast Harbor.
The Castine Golf Club boasts a challenging and beautifully maintained 9-hole par 35 course. It is one of the oldest resort courses in New England, founded originally in 1897. Acclaimed Scottish golf course designer Willie Park Jr. laid out the nine holes, which offer stunning views of Castine Harbor and Blue Hill. The Golf Club offers lessons by Pro Shawn Dennis and special programs for youth. Call 207-326-8844 for a schedule of events, or to book a lesson with the Pro. Equipment is available for rent, and there are NO TEE times. Golf carts are also available.
If you're not tired from your activities, we can provide information on nearby, full-service gyms, including the fully-equipped, local college. Take advantage of the Inn's sauna and showers after your work out. Ask the Front Desk for more details.
Almost half of the Castine Peninsula is “forever preserved” in the Witherle Woods. The Woods encompasses hiking trails, historic sites, and spectacular views of the water from seaside cliffs. Generously donated by local families, the Witherle Woods is maintained by the Maine Coast Heritage Trust. There are multiple day hikes close by, including the Backshore Beach, the Henderson Wildlife area, and the stunning Holbrook Island Sanctuary. And within a one hour drive, there are spectacular hiking areas including Blue Hill, Long Pond and the world famous trails at the Acadia National Park.
The Bagaduce River Watershed is a paradise for kayakers, both experienced and novice alike (national sporting companies often use it for their excursions). Many of our guests decide to include a half-day or full-day kayak trip in their itineraries to explore the many islands, coves, beaches, and waterways of the area. There is also a night-guided trip to see phosphorescence in the harbor! Bring your own kayak, or contact Karen by phone at (207) 866-3506 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
The Inn can arrange massage services for you at reasonable rates. Please ask the front desk for details.
Sailing & Boating
The Castine Harbor, with its centuries-old maritime history, is a major stop on Maine coastal excursions. There are several ways to enjoy the water.
Sunbathing and Swimming
The local Backshore Beach is a lovely stretch of rocks, sand and shells at the edge of Wadsworth Cove - a perfect spot for a bracing ocean swim, a picnic lunch, a nap in the sun or a walk around to Elephant Rock at low tide. Kayaks and canoes can be easily launched here and it's a favorite place among windsurfers. Sunsets are spectacular. Just across the road is Castine's swimming pool -- really more of a swimming “hole” than a pool. It is tidally fed, mud-bottomed, and slightly warmer than the ocean, deep enough to swim in but not too deep, and a great spot for kids with rubber rafts and inner tubes.
The Castine Golf Club offers four Har-Tru tennis courts open to the public. USPTA Pro Adrians Zguns has clinics and lessons available for all ages and skill levels at reasonable rates. Whites are not necessary. Also, check out the children's schedule. Call 207-326-9548 to make a court reservation, or to book a lesson with the Pro.