Castine House and Garden Tour 2022

Castine House and Garden Tour 2022

Have you ever caught a peep of a fantastic house or garden and wished you could see more? Well, during Castine House and Garden Tour 2022, you can! This popular and rare event will open the door to 9 beautiful homes and 6 lush gardens in the seaside village of Castine, ME. 10am to 4pm, July 22, 2022. Seaside Castine is one of Maine’s oldest and loveliest communities. The town dates back to the 1600’s and is home to a great variety of historic architecture. Visitors to Castine will note the collection of stately homes on our shady, elm-lined streets. Federal and Georgian style homes next to Greek Revival and Victorian “cottages”, many of which built in or before 1820. Of course, much of the time these lovely homes and gardens are private. Closed to the prying glances of curious passerby. Once every five years or so, however, the Castine House and Garden Tour throws back the veil and some of the town’s gems are revealed for all who care to see. These popular house and garden tours have been held since 1924 or earlier. They provide a unique and revealing glimpse into an almost island-like seaside village where time sometimes seems to stand still. Castine House and Garden Tour 2022 This year’s event provides the opportunity to tour 9 private homes and 6 gardens overlooking Castine Bay, thanks to the generosity of the homeowners. Ticket holders will receive a map of the houses and gardens on the tour. Signs around town will direct you to parking for the event, within easy walking distance of many tour stops. Attendees can choose to either walk or take the shuttle from stop to stop. There is no set order for the tour, so you can start at any house, or garden you wish. Be sure check in with the attendant before entering the house or garden, however. A special Castine House and Garden Tour Luncheon is also on the schedule, with seatings at 11:30am and 1pm by advance ticket purchase. Castine House and Garden Tour 2022 is scheduled from 10am to 4pm on July 22nd and will be held rain or shine. Those who appreciate historic architecture and similar fine and rare things will enjoy a stay at Pentagöet Inn & Wine Bar. Pentagöet Inn was built in 1894 and is Castine’s oldest, original summer hotel. In fact, our garden has been part of the tour before! Visit for tickets and more information. You can also follow this event on Facebook.

Wings Waves and Woods Festival 2022 on Deer Isle

Wings, Waves and Woods 2022 on Deer Isle

Nature and bird lovers alike will not want to miss the upcoming Wings, Waves and Woods Festival on Deer Isle. The popular, annual bird migration festival includes bird walks, nature tours, boat cruises, workshops, talks, and more. May 20th to the 22nd, 2022. Maine is fantastic for bird watchers. We’re New England’s largest, yet least populated state, with a long, rocky coastline and more forest than any other in the union. These features provide an abundance of excellent bird habitat and a wide variety of birds to come and see. Wings, Waves and Woods, held on Deer Isle the 3rd weekend of every May, offers a variety of opportunities to learn about and see these beautiful creatures in their natural habitat. Deer Isle is both an island and a town in Maine. The island is located south east of The Pentagöet Inn in Penobscot Bay. The town is located on the island, just north of Stonington, ME. In fact, to avoid confusion, many people say “Deer Isle-Stonington” to refer to the town and just “Deer Isle” when referring to the island. Wings, Waves and Woods 2022 This year’s festival includes 22 birding-related events over 3 days (4, if you count the webinar on the 19th) in and around Deer Isle-Stonington. Two of the most anticipated attractions are the Thoroughfare Lighthouse Cruise and Pelagics and Puffins Cruise. The Thoroughfare Lighthouse Cruise takes you out for a tour of the Stonington archipelago. You’ll visit the lively habitats of Barred Island, Eagle Island Light, the seal ledges, and the Mark Island Light. The Pelagics and Puffins Cruise, on the other hand, heads out to the remote Seal Island National Wildlife Refuge, a nesting site for thousands of birds. Here you’ll see Atlantic puffins, common terns, great cormorants, razorbills, and others. You may also see whales, seals, dolphins, and other wildlife. Amazing! Another popular offering are the Bird’s Eye View Flights (May 21) offered by Penobscot Island Air. These 20 minute flights will take you anywhere you want to go for only $40 a head. Incredible island and bay views with lots of opportunities for spotting wildlife. Other highlights include Timberdoodles and Night Flights (May 20), the Rabbit Hill Tulip Show (May 21), and the West Side Bird Walk (May 22). This year’s Birder’s Dinner Keynote Speaker is Laura Suomi-Lecker, Education & Outreach Coordinator at Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center. The catered, sit down dinner will be held at St Brendan the Navigator Episcopal Church on May 21st. Wings, Waves and Woods Festival 2022 Schedule May 19 Friends from the Field Webinar (ticketed event) – 4pm to 5pm May 20 History Walk – 11am to 1pm Found Object Sculpture – 2pm to 3pm Happy Hour Welcome – 3pm to 5pm Planting for Birds – 5pm to 6pm Timberdoodles and Night Flights – 7:30pm to 8:30pm May 21 Pressey Village Bird Walk – 7am to 9am Scott’s Landing Preserve Bird Walk – 7:30am to 9am Bird’s Eye View Flights – 9am to 4pm (pending) Becoming A More Observant Naturalist – 9:30am to 10:30 am Bird Photography Walk – 9:30am to 11am Activities at Chase Emerson Memorial Library – 10am to 12pm Rabbit Hill Tulip Show – 10am to 2pm Shore Habitat Walk – 11:30am to 1pm Thoroughfare Lighthouse Cruise (ticketed event) – 12pm to 2pm Story Time at the IAH Boat Company Dock – 2pm to 3pm Birder’s Dinner and Keynote Speaker (ticketed event) – 5pm to 8pm May 22 West Side Bird Walk – 7am to 9am Beginning Birder’s Walk – 9:30am to 10:30am Pelagics and Puffins Cruise (ticketed event) – 10am to 2:30pm Wild Medicinal Plants of Deer Isle – 11am to 12pm Birds and Other Deer Isle Wildlife – 11am to 12pm While most festival events are free, a $5 donation for any that you attend would help to support next year’s event. The Friends from the Field Webinar (May 19), the Birder’s Dinner, and the two boat cruises (May 22 & 22) are ticketed/reservation required events. Visit the festival website for more information. Getting To Deer Isle Deer Isle is a located some 45 minutes south of our Castine bed and breakfast, The Pentagöet Inn. Though an island, it is connected to the mainland by bridge at the end of the Blue Hill Peninsula in Penobscot Bay. Getting there is easy. Simply take 166 out of Castine, heading north to 199. Stay on 199 as it changes to 175 S, then to 176 N, and eventually 15 S. Continue on Route 15 and you’ll end up on Deer Isle. Spend your day sighting wildlife and exploring the natural beauty of Downeast Maine, then head back to the comforts of your room at Pentagöet Inn & Wine Bar. The makings of a perfect vacation!

Vegetables at a farmers market

Castine Farmers’ Market

Local, Organic Produce at the Castine Farmers’ Market Blue-Zee Renata, Mark and Julia, owners of the Blue-Zee Farm, are one of the local food producers arriving every Thursday at the Castine Farmers’ Market with freshly harvested vegetables and blueberries. The patrons of the Pentagoet Inn and Restaurant are the happy recipients, as the wonderful vegetables make their way to the inn’s breakfast and dinner menus. To compliment the variety of vegetables available at the farmers market, the Pentagoet Inn and Restaurant has, this year, opened a booth at the Castine Farmers’ Market producing salad dressings, dips, tapanades, pestos, and savory baked goods. Many of these products use ingredients from the local farmers. The Castine Farmers’ Market is on the Castine Town Common every Thursday from 9-11:30am. Hope to see you there!