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If you go: The Castine Inn

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July 11, 2004

The Castine Inn

33 Main St., Castine, Maine

207-326-4365

www.castineinn.com

What we liked most

The great food

What we liked leastWindows above the door let in too much light from the hallway.

What surprised usNo television, not even in the bar.

You know you're at the Castine Inn when . . .

You're surrounded by mural images of the village on every wall and pillar of the dining room.

Rates: The inn's 19 rooms, including four suites, are $90-$225 in season, including full breakfast. Off-season rates are $80-$165. We paid $140 per night for Room 9. The dining room serves breakfast to guests every morning, and a fixed-price dinner Wednesday-Monday in season and Wednesday-Sunday off season. Standard menu of seven courses is $55-$65; tasting menu of nine courses is $85, or $115 with seven wine pairings.

Directions: Castine is about 250 miles north of Boston. Follow Route 1 north to Interstate 95, take the I-295 coastal Maine connector north of Portland to exit 32, and the Topsham Coastal Connector to Route 1. Continue north on Route 1, turning east at Stockton Springs to follow the combined Routes 1, 3, and 15. Pass through Bucksport and follow Route 175 south, turning onto Route 166 and following signs to Castine. Castine is about 17 miles south of the turnoff from Routes 1, 3, and 15.

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