Pentagoet Inn Bed and Breakfast

26 Main Street P. O. Box 4, Castine, Maine 04421
Innkeeper(s): Jack and Julie Burke
  • Introduction

    Awarded "Most Romantic Hideaway" for The Discerning Traveler

    The Pentagöet Inn, a midcoast Maine bed and breakfast, is a charming Queen Anne Victorian, nestled on a seaside bluff, graced with majestic elms. Our bed and breakfast in Maine offers guest lodging that overlooks the village and harbor of Castine. Built in 1894, the inn is Castine's oldest, original "summer hotel" still welcoming guests of Penobscot Bay.

    This whimsical Maine bed and breakfast has a prominent three-story turret, gables, and a delightful wraparound porch lined with lush window boxes and wicker rockers. Flowers are for sale by the honor box. The porch is a favorite of photographers and artists; it is also a great spot to read the morning paper or to join us for an intimate dinner in our Maine restaurant.

    Plenty of Places to RelaxMany of our guests make the Pentagöet Inn in Castine their base from which to explore Penobscot Bay, the Blue Hill Peninsula, Acadia National Park, and Bar Harbor, the Down East region of Maine. There are a dozen towns within easy reach of Castine, each one special with its own unique character, antiques shops, art galleries, Maine lighthouses, flea markets, and country fairs. Castine is centrally located for day trips because it is centered in a triangle, the points of which are Camden to the South, Stonington and Deer Isle to the East, and Acadia in Bar Harbor to the North, each an hour away. Come stay at the Pentagöet and experience the timeless charm of Castine and see why it was selected as one of the most beautiful villages in New England.

    The peaceful pastimes of an old-fashioned New England summer await you here at our Midcoast Maine bed and breakfast. Breathe the clear salt air, smell the scent of the pine, and the aroma of rugosa rose. Stroll through our inn’s beautiful gardens to discover native perennials that flourish in the unique climate of coastal Maine. Unwind to the gentle pace of days gone by, dine by candlelight, and be lulled to sleep in our stunning bed and breakfast in Maine by bell buoys chiming softly in the distance.

    Pentagöet Inn - Castine, MaineYou’re welcome to borrow our bikes and tuck a picnic into the basket on the handlebars for a short pedal to the lighthouse. Explore the country roads and seaside coves of this unspoiled peninsula. They will lead you to unhurried villages, hidden harbors lined with lobster boats and sailing schooners, fields of wildflowers, and blueberry barrens. Along the way discover antiques shops, art galleries, country fairs, and flea markets. Venture further afield to Camden, Stonington, or Acadia and Bar Harbor. It’s all just an hour away from our Maine Coast lodging with dozens of villages in between, each with its own character.  There is something for everyone with the incredible Maine attractions near Castine.

    "Serene and elegant, Castine's Main Street, lined with Georgian and Federalists mansions, sweeps up majestically from the harbor to an old fort and a sunwashed golf course." The Most Beautiful Villages of New England, 1997.

  • More About Pentagoet Inn

    Dining RoomOur bed and breakfast offers beautiful room accommodations. A whimsical Queen Anne Victorian with a three-story turret, quirky gables, and adjoining 18th Century cottage offers fabulous weekend getaways in Maine. There is a hint of a tilt to the floors and doors and with all the delightful nooks and crannies, all 16 rooms are unique.

    Our bed and breakfast will provide all of your lodging needs including a pet-friendly room. You will feel comfortably at home with the inn's charming mix of antiques and collectibles. The rooms are furnished with attention to detail: antiques, vintage lithographs, luxury linens, down pillows, and old-fashioned floral coverlets. Most rooms have king-sized beds; several have claw foot tubs and fireplaces, and one has a flower-bedecked balcony.

    The inn has partnered with Savvy Rest Organic Mattresses in an ongoing effort to promote a green environment at the inn. Savvy Rest produces mattresses that are nontoxic, healthful and comfortable using natural latex, organic cotton and organic savvy wool.

    The cottage is set in the garden surrounded by tall trees. There are five rooms in the cottage and several of those are pet-friendly. Please call ahead so we can advise if these rooms at our Acadia lodging are available. The "cottage," as we affectionately call it, is a Federalist-style home and considered more in keeping with the rest of Castine's architecture. A Maine shipwright from Acadia built it in 1791 with all wooden pegs and no nails, as was the custom of the day. The descendants of the shipwright later built the Hotel Pentagoet in 1894 for the steamship companies that brought overnight guests to the coast of Maine making stops in Portland, Camden, Castine, Bar Harbor, and Acadia.

    The inn is open from May through October. Our base rates are $95 - $265 per night during the high season with possible lower rates available for extended stays and off-season visits. Our prices include a private bath, full country breakfast, afternoon refreshments, bicycles, Wi-Fi, and guest

  • Dining at the Pentagoet Inn

    DiningYou are Invited! Join us in our Divine Maine Restaurant

    Our Maine restaurant and pub is casual by candelight with Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong in the background.  Our Maine dining room is intimate, graced with floral paintings, mismatched antique china, and garden flowers on every table. On warm evenings, there is a table for you on the porch, under the stars.

    It’s exceptional home-cooking that honors the classics in its soulful simplicity, bowing to the seasons. Our chef, Gina Melita, uses ingredients that are local, fresh from the farms and waters that surround us. The menu at our Maine restaurant features seafood such as lobster and local shellfish, native fish and game, New England specialties, and fine desserts. There is a well-stocked wine cellar as well as a full bar. Reservations are suggested.

    Planning a special party?  The Pentagoet offers custom catering services for parties of any size here at the inn or at your location.

    " can dine in the intimate and classy restaurant that serves artful platefuls of local seafood and fish. Caution: their bouillabaisse may cause French visitors to weep with envy" - The Lonely Planet Guide to New England, 2005.

    Breakfast at the Pentagöet

    Breakfast at the Pentagoet

    In the morning, you’ll wake to the smell of freshly brewed coffee set outside your door. A full country breakfast will follow: Maine blueberries picked at a local farm, homemade granola, featherbed eggs, baked apple French toast, muffins and scones warm from the oven. Enjoy your breakfast on the deck or sit at a table for two in the dining room. You’ll be well fortified for the day’s explorations!   The baking is done daily by the chef/owner who for 20 years owned the Pink Rose Pastry Shop, a nationally acclaimed business in Philadelphia. View our breakfast recipes.

    Join us in our bed and breakfast in Maine for a vacation to remember.

    “Great meals, grand visages in Castine, Maine.

    The Pentagöet is one of the livelier spots after dark in Castine, a wonderfully uncluttered town perched on Penobscot Bay. Both nights of our stay, the bar was crowded and the dining room filled to capacity. We snagged an 8 p.m. reservation for dinner on Saturday, the last available for a late-in-the-day request. We were glad to have gotten it. The grilled scallops were jumbo-sized and flavorful, with a hint of anise; the slow-cooked lamb shank was tender. For dessert, we chose mango sorbet, so fresh tasting that we asked if it was made on - site. It was. Breakfast was another lovely meal: a buffet of zucchini bread, bacon, eggs, granola with fruit and yogurt , and freshly squeezed orange juice." - Boston Globe July 30, 2006

    Passports Pub - Our Maine Bar Featured on the Travel Channel

    Passports PubA cozy, old world hideaway with a small oak bar, the pub is an eclectic, ceiling-to-floor mix of vintage photos, paintings and memorabilia from travels abroad. An early watercolor of Venetian gondolas hangs between a three-foot oil of Lenin unearthed in a Tajikistan flea market and a large sepia portrait of Gandhi, courtesy of the Indian embassy in Zaire. Our Maine bar was featured on the Travel Channel!

    Furnished with antiques, Malaysian rattan, empire sofas and slowly turning ceiling fans, it’s a room that celebrates storytelling and adventure. It fits well in a town whose colorful history is rich with political upheaval and foreign intrigue.

    Passports Pub is the perfect place to start your evening with a glass of wine or one of our signature cocktails. There is an extensive wine list, local and international beers, and a full bar. The pub has several tables for dining as well as late evening desserts and perhaps a “wee dram”.

  • The Garden

    Come Experience Peace & TranquilityBegun in 2001, the woodland garden at the Pentagöet Inn features native shrubs and shade perennials with a long season of interest, something fragrant and blooming from February through November. From the garden’s inception we have been committed to organic gardening practices, using compost rather than chemicals. Some of the herbs and edible flowers that we grow are used for the restaurant. The garden is full of pollinators, birds, butterflies, even a few resident toads in our village setting.

    Every June the Pentagöet holds a benefit for Castine’s venerable elm trees, “The Elm Tree Benefit Dinner” where all of the  proceeds are donated to the Castine Garden Club to help fund the protection of our surviving trees and to plant the next generation.

    Native witch hazels  bracket the garden's activity.  A collection of fritillarias extends the Spring bulb season into early summer, while an emphasis on foliage represented by traditional woodlanders, balances the high summer color of annuals in window boxes and container plantings.  Native Cimicifuga (Actaea) racemosa buds in late summer, then  flowers well into autumn with American delphiniums , perennial prairie petunias, and self-seeding gauras.  Autumn crocuses and colchicums sparkle beneath the colorful foliage of native aronias and shadbush.

    Stroll through our beautiful gardens to discover native perennials that flourish in the unique climate of coastal Maine.

    We hope you'll visit; there is much to enjoy.

  • Area Activities

    Just being here at the Pentagoet Inn in this lovely seaside village creates a perfect Maine Coast vacation. Enjoying Castine's shops, restaurants, and views from the bluff overlooking the village and Penobscot Bay is often all the "activity" our guests desire.


    We have a list of our favorites starting with Leila Day's Antiques here in Castine on Main Street.


    We have single-speed cruisers for guests to use, and mountain bikes can be rented from Dennett's Wharf. Bikes are a great way to explore the historic markers around town or take a picnic lunch to the lighthouse.


    Backshore Beach is our local favorite with a tidal swimming hole and pebble beach for the hardy. Power Boat Tours -Belfast Bay tours has a daily boat tour of Castine. The Old Quarry in Stonington or the Isle Au Haut ferry service can take you to Isle Au Haut. Old Quarry also offers a lighthouse trip, a puffin search, and an island archipelago tour. There is also the sightseeing boat "Miss Lissie" out of Stonington.

    Sailboat Tours

    There is sailing with the "Perlandra" in Brooksville, and the Pinky schooner "Summertime" in Oakland. There are more sailing options in Bar Harbor on the schooner Mary Todd, and in Camden there are more schooners with more scheduled sailings. In Belfast there is the Friendship sloop Almadea. There are also sailboat rentals available for qualified sailors in Buck's Harbor at Buck's Harbor Marine. Books - Our guests' favorite is the Compass Rose Bookstore on Main Street, and for antique books, we enjoy the Dolphin Bookstore, both in Castine. Further afield there is the Blue Hill Bookstore, and for antiques, the "Big Chicken Barn" in Ellsworth.


    Our favorite is the Fourth of July in Castine when the whole town comes alive in an outdoor festival of activities. There is music on the waterfront, a costume parade, and traditional games on the common, such as: potato sack races, a town tug of war, and fireworks over the harbor after sunset.

    • In Deer Isle the hills come alive with the blossoming of lupines, and the town celebrates its Lupine Festival on June 15, 16 & 17.
    • In Brooklin the Annual Folk Music & Arts Festival at Flye Point is on June 23. It's an all-day, very casual affair with national and local artists.
    • On the Blue Hill Fairgrounds there is the Perkinstock Bluegrass and Old Time Music Festival, on August 17, 18, 19
    • In Blue Hill over Labor Day weekend, there is the Blue Hill Fair, an old Maine county fair with traditional farm games, oxen and horse pulls, 4-H ribbon-award ceremonies, pig races, barrel relays on horse, and sheep dog trials.


    June is when the gardens come to life. Please start with ours. In 2000 this was an empty lot without grass; it's been a labor of love. I would also stroll up the street to the gardens at Leila Day Antiques.


    Castine has a nine-hole golf course open to the public, the oldest in the free world.


    The Blue Hill Peninsula is filled with wonderful places to hike and explore. Our guests like the Witherlee Woods and the Rene Henderson Nature Preserve, both in Castine.


    Our guests love Karen at Castine Kayak Adventures. Karen is a knowledgeable guide who knows the area like no other! Castine was the birthplace of the LL Bean sponsored International Sea Kayak Symposium.


    ActivitiesMaine is famous for its lighthouses. Visit our Dyce Head Lighthouse; it's a beautiful waterfront stroll from the inn. . Local Food Producers - The Blue Hill Peninsula is blessed with an abundance of local farms, wine makers, cheese producers, seafood smoke houses, jam makers, and farmers' markets. Let us know; we can help you plan a tour.

    Movie Theatres

    There is the Historic Alamo Theatre in Bucksport, home of the "Silent Movie Film Festival," The art deco Grand in Ellsworth, and the Colonial in Belfast.


    Castine is blessed with two fine museums, the Wilson Museum and the Castine Historical Society. The Wilson Museum has a plethora of worldly, anthropological curiosities. Our guests enjoy the Castine Historical Society and their permanent installation of the Penobscot Exhibition.


    The Castine Golf Club, just two blocks up the hill, is open to the public and has three tennis courts.


    Start your shopping with us at Bird Song! Then just a block from us is the Four Flags for the best selection of Maine gifts. Just outside the village is "The Duck Stops Here."

    Please visit our website for more activities.

  • Gift Shop at the Pentagöet

    Tucked into a corner of the inn is our gift shop "Bird Song". It features an eclectic mix reflecting the antique and whimsical nature of the inn.  Filled with well chosen antiques, the fine linens found in our rooms, our restaurant glasses, local art, vintage cards and specialty soaps. You can expect the odd collectible; quilted paintings from an English artist, fair trade cotton throws from an Indian village, beaded bracelets from a Nepalese village, treasures from Julie and Jack’s travels. We offer locally made pieces; hand woven blankets from a near island, hand sewn angels and elves from our gardener, a woman of many talents.

    We have packaged some of the inn favorites for you to take with you; our homemade granola, jam and cookies. Open to the public as well as inn guests.

    Please call for hours.

    Visit our online store.

  • Guest Comments

    If you are planning a vacation in romantic Maine, you will find that staying at the Pentagöet Inn, on a bluff overlooking Castine, is one of the most romantic getaways in Maine. Our coastal accommodations are an exciting alternative to traditional hotel lodging. The Pentagöet Inn, our lovely bed and breakfast, is off the beaten track but still exciting in its activities and its views. Whether you like to shop, observe Penobscot Bay, explore Acadia National Park, or experience fine dining, this quieter section of the Maine coast has something for everyone. We would like to share with you some of our recent unsolicited guest comments.

    Read below for some of our Maine bed and breakfast reviews.

    "Your building is fabulous!  The people who work here are just great! We will be back!!"
    J. Bozicevich September '09

    "We enjoyed our stay so very much. The light streaming through the turret windows, a long morning bath with good coffee, fantastic dinner and all the details." J. Jacobson

    "This is now our favorite inn and we have so enjoyed our short stay with you.  The meal last night was gorgeous and now the weather is similar! Thank you." Roger and Kate Gleave

    "Charming B & B, fantastic dinner, delightful, helpful owners and staff. Will return." Sharon Kalahar

    "One of our favorite get-aways worldwide! David & Joanna Sachar

    "What a great place to stay! Our room was delightful and very comfortable. Dinner was delicious and pleasant. Thanks for an exceptionally nice experience! Marvin & Mary Hagaman

    "We enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere at your charming inn. The fine food, energetic, friendly staff, and perfect weather completed a lovely vacation." Jean & Anne Marder and Claude

    "Just wanted to thank you both for such a nice weekend! The room was great, the food was terrific and the little extras you did for us really made us feel special! We really enjoyed Castine, it's so quiet and full of history. The huge elms are amazing and just seem to add to the whole feel of the place. I'm sure we will be back again when the rat race catches up to us and we just need a break! Thank you for everything!" Theresa & Bob Bradley

  • Directions

    Below are the directions to Pentagöet Inn, our lodging near Acadia National Park.  With so many area activities, many of them focusing on outdoor experiences, our Maine Coast bed and breakfast will beckon you back again and again.

    From the South (I-95 North, I-295 North, Rte.3 East, Rte.1 North, Rte.175 South, Rte.166)

    1. Boston to Castine
    2. Boston to Portland
    3. Portland to Augusta
    4. Augusta to Belfast
    5. Belfast to Bucksport
    6. Just East of Bucksport through Orland
    7. Into Castine, Main Street is left after Bangor Savings Bank

    From the North (Rte.3 & Rte.1, Rte.175 South, Rte.166)

    1. Bar Harbor to Castine
    2. Bar Harbor to Orland (near Bucksport)
    3. Just East of Bucksport through Orland
    4. Into Castine, Main Street is left after Bangor Savings Bank

    From the West (Rte.15, Rte.1 North, Rte.175, Rte.166)

    1. Bangor to Castine
    2. Bangor/Brewer to Bucksport
    3. Bucksport to Orland
    4. Just East of Bucksport through Orland into Castine, Main Street is left after Bangor Savings Bank
  • Press Accolades

    A Trip to Maine is going to be one to remember for a lifetime. There are so many beautiful towns it is hard to choose where to visit. A trip to Castine will truly amaze and wow the most seasoned travelers. Read below for our many accolades and plan your getaway to our stunning Maine bed and breakfast.

    • New England Travel 2011 From the editors of BOSTON Magazine
    • New York Times Magazine Blog, August 19, 2009
    • Maine Magaine, June 2011
    • Boston Globe  May 15, 2011
    • Soundings Magazine December 2008
    • Portland Magazine May 2011
    • 101 Beautiful Small Coastal Towns of America
    • Why Vacations to Maine - Bangor Daily News July 12, 2008
    • Victoria Magazine
    • Great Inn in Maine - New England Travel '09 from the editors of BOSTON Magazine
    • Baltimore Magazine September 2007
    • Boston Magazine October 2010
    • Our Beautiful Maine B&B - Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors May 2009
    • Portland Magazine April 2008
    • Yankee Magazine May/June 2009
    • Maine Coastal Vacation and Dining - Chow Maine Restaurant Reviews 2005
    • Boston Sunday Globe - Explore New England Review July 30, 2006
    • Dumont Travel Guide
    • Dove Magazine Milan, Italy September 2007
    • Andrew Harper Hideaway Report August 2004
    • Maine Food & Lifestyle 2007
    • Discerning Traveler Romantic Hideaways 2004
    • Herald Times Online July 29, 2007
    • Yankee Magazine 2007
    • Curious New England 2004
    • Fodors
    • 50 Places to Sail Before You Die
    • The Coast of Maine: A Complete Guide
    • An Explorer's Guide Maine
    • Yankee Magazine Roadside Attractions
    • Getaways for Gourmets
    • Best Restaurants of New England
    • Insider's Guide - Recommended Country Inns - New England
    • Charming Small Hotel Guides - New England
    • Weekend July/August 2006
    • Moon Handbooks - Coastal Maine
    • Lonely Planet: Times Union
    • Hidden New England
    • National Geographic - Small Town Escapes
    • Maine's Most Scenic Roads
    • Coastal Living - September 2006
    • Stati Uniti: East Coast
    • Moon Handbooks - Acadia National Park
    • Lonely Planet
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