Bustling in the summertime, Castine's village center is a decidedly quieter place in the off-season.

The Quiet Season Comes to Castine

1/12/2012 - Castine is one of those Maine towns that is so stunning you may find your jaw literally drop. Quiet streets filled with well-preserved homes, most of them at least a couple of centuries old, slope gracefully down to the water, where a deepwater port of great historic significance sits at… SEE MORE
An Airstream travel trailer spotted on Islesboro. Photo courtesy of Bentley Collins.

Room With a View

1/9/2012 - Talk about 360-degree water views. This Airstream travel trailer, spotted by Bentley Collins in his Sabre 36 last summer on Islesboro Island, Maine, may be the ultimate in seaside getaways. Lest the parking brake slip and send the trailer into Penobscot Bay, its wise owner has actually removed the wheels… SEE MORE
Waking up in Pulpit Harbor is an experience not to be missed by any boater.

Best of the Best: An Overnight in Pulpit Harbor

12/21/2011 - It’s not without some local bias that I boast of Penobscot Bay as a world-class cruising area. And within these spectacularly varied sailing grounds the pinnacle, I would have to say, is Pulpit Harbor. As I’ve been lucky enough to sail much of our magnificent East Coast from the Canadian… SEE MORE
Rolling toward Gilkey Harbor, Islesboro. Photo by Tom Young/USHarbors.com.

Enjoying the Passing of Time and Tide in Gilkey Harbor

12/13/2011 - Rolling toward Gilkey Harbor in the company of following swells kicked up by the stiff southwesterly breeze, we intercepted a fleet of sleek Dark Harbor 20s. The classic one-design racers were slicing toward the windward mark just off Minot Ledge that was covered in sunbathing seals (a familiar sight on… SEE MORE
The view under a schooner's bow, as a lobsterboat unloads its traps.

Final November Row of the Season

11/21/2011 - Last week I had the urge to take one final row on my home harbor of Rockport, Maine. The summerlike afternoon, in November, made it hard to resist. Rowing up the placid Goose River at dead low tide felt like floating in the bottom of a granite block-lined crevasse. You… SEE MORE
Reaching up Blue Hill Bay, with the village's namesake promontory visible in the distance.

Reaching for Beautiful Blue Hill

10/28/2011 - On most of our visits to Blue Hill, we’ve sailed there, on the wind’s invitation. If we are sailing in the area with time on our hands, and the wind is blowing southwesterly to west, we’ll trim up our reaching sails and disappear into peaceful Blue Hill Bay. A beautiful… SEE MORE