Casco Castle – Freeport’s original rusticator’s hangout.
Is enjoying the great outdoors hiking, kayaking, beachcombing or just hanging out with a good book in a comfy chair under the trees your idea of a real vacation? You’re a rusticator!
Rusticating became a ‘thing’ back in the late 1800’s into the early 1900’s as New York’s rich and famous fled the city in the heat of the summer to play at being ‘hicks’ in Maine. Tough to do when you brought your own train car and a good chunk of your worldly possessions with you.
Rusticating inspired the era of the Maine cottage. You know, those big old houses you admire perched on a bluff above the ocean. That’s a Maine ‘cottage’. Poland Springs, Bar Harbor and Moosehead Lake saw many hotels and cottages built for rusticators.
Freeport had the Casco Castle. Built by the trolley companies as a destination for day trippers and overnight guests the castle had it’s own zoo and amusement park. You can get an excellent panorama of the remaining stone tower at the end of Winslow Park at Staples Point. Or, check out the view from a kayak on your way to Pound of Tea, Sow and Pigs, or The Goslings.
We’d like to bring back the age of the rusticator. So, come and enjoy the laid back, relaxed atmosphere here at White Cedar Inn. Sit in a chair under the trees. Read a book. Go for a hike. Paddle around in Casco Bay. Walk on the beach. Disconnect to reconnect. Become a rusticator.
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