August 2, 2022

New Owners for the Pentagöet Inn and Dennett’s Wharf in Castine

Matt Powell & George Trinovitch, with Monica Powell as a financial advisor, took ownership of the Pentagöet Inn in Castine this summer, carrying on from long-time owners Julie Van de Graaf and Jack Burke. The town’s oldest summer hotel, the Pentagöet Inn is a Queen Anne Victorian that was built in 1894. The new owners hail from New York, where Matt comes from a background in high-end restaurant hospitality and marketing, and George worked in interior design and art restoration. The inn has long been one of the most treasured hotels along the Penobscot Bay, famed for its legendary Pub & Wine Bar as well as Jazz on the Porch.

dennetts-wharfDennett’s Wharf restaurant in Castine has been bought by Max Katzenberg, who moved from Brooklyn, N.Y.  Katzenberg worked as general manager of several Michelin-rated restaurants in Manhattan and later co-owned and operated Olmsted and Maison Yaki, both in Brooklyn. Two fellow New Yorkers have joined him: Ingrid Paronich, a veteran of such New York restaurants as Gramercy Tavern and Le Bernardin, as general manager; and Taylor Hester, formerly of Olmsted, as chef. Together, they bought and restored Dennett’s Wharf restaurant, and reopened it earlier this month. Originally Dennett’s Boatyard, it later operated as a restaurant for more than two decades before closing in 2016.

Lift-Serviced Mountain Biking Comes to Saddleback

In the late summer of 2022, mountain biking will take a leap in the Rangeley area when Saddleback unveils lift-serviced mountain biking. In the meantime, riders can take advantage of the South Branch Bike Trails, which are open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Riders must purchase a day ticket or season’s pass and complete a waiver at the Saddleback Adventures Desk before riding. It’s a great place to take a 1.5 hour introduction to mountain biking with an instructor. Rentals and lessons, bike repairs, service and tuning are available at the Saddleback Bike Shop. Go to Saddleback for more details.

Fall Workshops at Makers Guild of Maine Fiber College

fiber-collegeMakers of Maine Fiber College will offer six intensive workshops that will run simultaneously from Thursday through Sunday, September 8-11, 2022. The location is the award-winning Searsport Shores Ocean Campground and art facility in Mid-Coast Maine. These are four-day workshops and consist of a minimum of 18 hours of personalized instruction during this unique retreat experience. Meals and campfires are shared with teachers and fellow makers. There is also downtime in the garden and on the beach. The 2022 workshops are focused on the need for restoration and renewal, trying new things, actively fostering creativity and having the courage to experiment. Each workshop offers an immersive experience and is limited to 12 students. Visit Makers Guild of Maine Fiber College for details.

Maine Craft Weekend

maine-craft-weekendThe annual Maine Craft Weekend will run October 1 and 2, 2022. This is a great opportunity to visit private artist studios, glass blowing studios, outdoor installation sites, non-profit craft organizations, craft-based schools, craft beer breweries collaborating with artists, and pop-up shops. Featured cities this year are Bath, Biddeford, Bucksport, Ellsworth, Freeport, Gardiner, and Monson. The organizers encourage participants to plan a route to include a pottery wheel lesson and a glass blowing demonstration in the morning, swing by a brewpub for lunch, peruse a craft show in the afternoon, and stay in an artist-hosted Airbnb off the beaten path. Visit Maine Craft Weekend for more information. For more ideas on the “craft” scene in Maine, check out the Art & Ales trip ideas.

Maine Farms & Fiber Arts

maine-fiberMaine’s farmers and fiber artisans are rooted in long-standing traditions and reveal much about the culture of the state. Visitors are encouraged to visit farms, farm stands and specialty shops, and to try their hand at a workshop and learn how knit a sweater using handspun Maine wool or even learn how to make wine or cheese. Staying overnight at a working farm B&B is a great way to get closer to the land. The Maine Fiberarts’ Tour is a way to meet the artists in their studios and watch them create beautiful textiles. There are fairs, festivals and workshops throughout the year that highlight Maine’s farm-fresh products and fiber arts. Visit Maine has created a number of itineraries: New Gloucester, Sumner and Paris Hill; Portland and Freeport: and Brunswick, Bath and Waldoboro. Go to Visit Maine for details.