When you think of New England, do you picture summer vacations by the water or scenic drives in search of fall foliage? Well, how about a winter wonderland getaway? Winter is a wonderful time to visit Maine’s rocky coast, and for several reasons. The crowds have dwindled away, prices have dropped, and it offers an opportunity for true relaxation and reflection. Plus, for those of you who want to get out and about with nature, there are plenty of activities to enjoy. Here are 5 reasons to winter in Castine, Maine.
1. THE MANOR INN
Our historic bed and breakfast provides a wealth of amenities as your home away from home. Here, you’ll find friendly staff, a delicious homemade breakfast each morning, spacious rooms and grounds, and comfortable guest rooms offering complimentary Wi-Fi access and private bathrooms. Plus, your children and pets are welcome!
2. THE SNOW
If you love winter recreation, you will love Castine, Maine. Here are three great places to hit the powder.
- Witherle Woods Preserve (100 ft) – Located literally in our backyard, this 185-acre coastal preserve is a quiet and peaceful spot for hiking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing. The 3.7-mile trail winds through a forest of white pine, red and white spruce, and balsam fir trees. You’ll also enjoy views of beautiful Penobscot Bay.
- Hermon Mountain Ski Area (42.5 miles) – Skiing, snowboarding, tubing (down a 600-foot slope!), you’ll find it all here. Their slopes are perfect for both novice skiers and experts. Plus, you’ll have access to group lessons, private lessons, and equipment rentals.
- Camden Snow Bowl (54 miles) – This family-friendly ski resort is the only one with ocean views! They offer full-day, half-day, evening, and 3-hour tickets depending on how long you want to brave the elements. Choose from downhill skiing, snowshoeing, a toboggan chute, as well as rentals. Check out their ticket prices and hours of operation.
3. THE RINKS
If you prefer skates to skis, then the Blue Hill Peninsula Skating Rink is for you. Enjoy an afternoon of ice skating at this delightful rink surrounded by trees and maintained by volunteers. Open daily.
4. THE SHOPS
While most shops and galleries are closed for the season, you will still find a few worth visiting.
- Compass Rose Books – This charming “bookstore for curious minds” specializes in maritime and environmental history, showcasing coastal Maine-based writers, and offers a variety of gifts, chocolates, children’s books, and drawing supplies.
- MarKel’s Bakehouse – Stop in for a delicious lunch or dinner, with menu items like, “Create Your Own” deli sandwiches, hot soups, sides, and more. And don’t forget to grab a few delectable baked goods to take on the road with you or back to your guest room. Options include muffins, cinnamon buns, coffee cakes, sweet breads, turnovers… need we say more?
5. THE FOOD
Our Dining Room & Pub offer the perfect place to spend an evening or Sunday afternoon. Enjoy a tasty meal by Chef Jake Lapoint and a refreshing beverage amidst relaxing background music, welcoming good cheer, and two blazing fireplaces in the pub. Open Thursday – Saturday from 5:30-8:30 pm, and brunch every Sunday from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.
After a day on the rink, in the snow, or in the shops, you will relish coming back to The Manor Inn. Curl up with that new book in your cozy guest room. Or warm up with a cup of hot cocoa in front of the fireplace. Find your favorite guest room for the perfect winter getaway and book today!