Castine

 
 
It was a short 10-mile run from Buck’s Harbor north to Castine. This is a must-stop among the many beautiful places in Penobscot Bay. Established in the 1600’s it is one of the oldest towns in America and is full of interesting architecture, views of Castine Harbor, home to the Maine Maritime Academy, and haunt of Eric Clapton – typically aboard his 137-foot Camper & Nicholson yacht “Blue Guitar”.

We anchored across the river in Smith Cove, launched the tender, and motored over to the City Dock to squeeze our tender in among a dozen more. We are met and welcomed to town and are presented directions to all the interesting places. Since it’s lunchtime we decide to sample Markel’s Bakehouse…sat on the deck overlooking the harbor and enjoyed a delightful 75F day. We hiked the entire length of Main Street (2-3 blocks) and took a detour down Court street for a few blocks sampling the peaceful surroundings. The town has many 18th and 19th century Georgian and Federal houses that have been lovingly restored. If you want a place with quiet beauty this would be it…the Mayberry of Maine.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
We returned to our tender and took a water tour of town; first east through the mooring fields along the coast then back to the harbor entrance. Upon our return to Tivoli we were treated yet again to the arrival of a two-masted schooner, this time it’s the “J & E Riggin” a National Historic Landmark built in 1927. The schooner tour boats know all the beautiful anchorages. Sadly, we did not get the usual celebratory cannon shot at sunset. Cannon must be broken; it’s a boat after all.

 
 
With a chill in the air dusk approaches and the moon again rises over a calm bay; this time it’s bright orange and prompts many attempts to photograph with poor results….but you get the idea.

 
 
The weather is due to change with dense fog in the evening and rain for a couple days. So, in the morning we weigh anchor and return to Southwest Harbor along the same route simply to enjoy the absence of lobster pots in Eggemoggin Reach. Clapton will have to wait to meet us another time!

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