The Castine Inn is a Maine Coast rarity: a hotel that was originally built as a hotel, not a residence, in 1898. This handsome, cream-colored inn, designed in an eclectic Georgian Federal Revival-style, has a great wraparound porch and attractive gardens. The lobby takes its cue from the 1940s, with wingback chairs and loveseats and a fireplace in the parlor. Guest rooms on the two upper floors are attractively (sometimes unevenly) furnished in Early American style with graceful prints, pastel walls, pencil-poster beds, and sofas; three suites have recently been added, consolidating formerly smaller rooms and upping the amenities a bit. The elegant dining room serves some of the coast's best dinners.

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