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Castine, set apart on a peninsula in Penobscot Bay, is a gem: graceful old houses, shady streets, a turbulent military history, and the Maine Maritime Academy.


Castine, southeast of Camden, draws a steady crowd of regular summer visitors who come for the beauty, the seclusion, the quiet, the sailing, the easy summer life.

They come mostly to their own summer houses, owned or rented.

Castine does have a few fine inns, but only a few, and no hotels or motels. This preserves the town's serenity and charm.

Walk around Castine and you're bound to run into evidence of the 350 years of Castine's history, particularly its three forts—Fort Pentagoet, Fort George, and the American Fort Madison—which saw a surprising amount of attack and defense as the town changed hands among the French, British, Americans, and even the Dutch.

Look out to Penobscot Bay and you may see a tall sailing ship or traditional rowing-boat crewed by students from the Maine Maritime Academy, based here in Castine.

—by Tom Brosnahan

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Sailboats in Penobscot Bay near Castine MED

Sailboats crowd Penobscot Bay on
any good, windy day in Castine ME.

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