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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.

Bakery
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“considered among the 10 best breads made in the US, this bakery serves pizza on the farm - dough is lovingly made in an authentic brick oven. Great baked goods (they distribute to grocers in the area twice a week, and they sell out within 1-2 hrs of receiving delivery.)”
  • 22 locals recommend
Park
“Holbrook Island Sanctuary is a publicly owned nature preserve with recreational features occupying 1,345 acres on Penobscot Bay in the town of Brooksville, Hancock County, Maine. The site includes upland forest and meadows, wetland marshes and ponds, and rocky mainland shores in addition to off-shore Holbrook Island.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Just a few miles from here, this unique and fun place makes everything from scratch and is wildly popular. Go early!”
  • 25 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
“Buck's Harbor Market is nestled in Buck's Harbor, South Brooksville, Maine. In the summer our tiny Market is very busy with summer folks docked in the harbor and those visiting their vacation homes along the coast. BHM boasts a wide variety of foods, from delicious sandwiches, to organic local eggs, quality meats, Dietz & Watson delicatessen items, gourmet cheeses, homemade bread, heat & eat soups, dips and dinners, fresh, hot Green Mountain coffee, and an extensive wine selection. BHM offers quality customer service and good food for breakfast, lunch and dinner-"on the go" or "eat-in"- and necessary grocery items.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Fast Food Restaurant
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“A great classic seafood shack. On summer weekends the wait at lunch time can be 45 minutes. But the food is amazing!”
  • 12 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“Good Life Center and gardens — home of homesteaders Helen and Scott Nearing. Part museum/part life-lesson in philosophy, go to experience what it is like to live a simpler life . . .a Good Life!”
  • 9 locals recommend
Lodging
“Delicious food in a beautiful dinning room. If the weather is nice you can eat on the porch. Live music sometimes, check calendar. The Pub room is a must place to go. Grab a drink and look around the room at all of the pictures this retired State Department worker collected in all his travels. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Buck's Restaurant and its friendly staff present thoughtfully prepared dinners in the casual surroundings of Buck's Harbor. Beef, pork, game, local fish and shellfish, the freshest in seasonal produce, a carefully chosen list of wines from around the world and a full service bar await you.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Bar
“*NOW CALLED 15 SEA ST* Our favorite place in Castine for lunch (other than Markels) and for dinner is the seasonally open Formerly The Wharf. The restaurant is now called 15 Sea St. They have very friendly staff..even when it's busy!..and their food is wonderful! They have a good selection of fish options, crab cakes and of course the obligatory lobster rolls but they have a killer haddock sandwich which we always order with a slice of cheddar...mmmm! Their burgers are also excellent! They occasionally have live music but the absolute best thing about The Wharf is the setting!!! The Wharf has the most amazing waterside deck with incredible views! Sit and sip as sailboats glide by! ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Food
“Back over the bridge to the mainland, you'll find this nifty little brewery that makes some darn good brews. They also have live music under their pavilion throughout the summer.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Bakery
“Awesome baked goods, full breakfast spring and fall, deli sandwiches, and comfort foods, salads, etc.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Museum
“Located on the town common, the Historical Society is full of information about Castine and the pennisula. A must see, to learn the history of Castine.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“Kayak and bike rentals. Very helpful and knowledgeable. We have heard awesome reviews of the Bioluminescent Tour!”
  • 6 locals recommend
General College & University
“There are many sights to see in Castine, just 30 miles directly south of the Cottage. The Maine Maritime Academy is there, along with museums, old fort sites, old graveyards, and great restaurants, views and tourist spots. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Museum
“The private collection of the Wilson Family, world travelers during the early 19th century. Free to check out and highly recommended! ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
“Closest year-round place for gas and essentials. Soft serve ice cream window in summer!”
  • 2 locals recommend