If your class is in Belfast, scroll down for directions! If you are taking a Paint Away/Art Class Abroad class, you’ll get specific travel information when we confirm you registration. Scroll all the way down for High Season Travel Directions!!
Here is the link for the ferry from Nova Scotia to Maine: http://www.novastarcruises.com/
For classes in Rockland: The Studio is at 24 Lincoln St…you can Google Lincoln St Center 24 Lincoln St for directions…
Book a flight to Portland, Bangor, or even better, check out Cape Air. They fly from an ever expanding list of locations to Knox County Regional Airport in Owl’s Head, a 10 minute cab ride away. Maybe you can take a commuter flight from someplace closer to you!
Rent a car, hire a limo or take a bus from Boston, Portland or Bangor; you can also take a cab or rent a car from Owl’s Head. (If you are planning to rent a car in Maine, be sure to reserve early; quantities are limited!!)
We’re about 4 hours driving time from Boston, 2 hours from Portland tho sometimes traffic can be heavy coming from the South. (See High Season tips below!) It’s about 2 hours from Bangor, and 10 minutes from Owl’s Head. Or call us: we occasionally have drivers available for reasonably priced runs to and from the airports or sometimes students coming thru who are happy to offer a ride…
Take Rt. 1 South or I-95 to Rt. 1A South to Rt. 1 to Rockland
Stay right on Rt. 1 when it becomes 1-way in Rockland, and follow directions to your lodging (below.)
From the Augusta area and West
Take Rte 17 into Rockland. Follow Rte 1 South; stay on Rte 1 South when it divides in Rockland and follow the directions to your lodging below.
From South and West
Take Rt. 95 North into Maine to Rt. 295 North
Take Rt. 295 North to Exit 28: Brunswick/Bath, or Exit 31: Topsham
Follow Rt. 1 North to Rockland
TO YOUR LODGING
Trade Winds Inn: At the intersection of Route One North and 73, go straight ahead across and turn left into the Trade Winds parking lot.
Limerock Inn: From the South, turn left onto Broadway at the lights opposite the First Bank, before the Fire Station. Turn right at the next set of lights onto Limerock, continuing straight to the Limerock Inn on your right.
From the North: After Route One splits, stay on Union and turn left onto Limerock St at the lights by the Rec. Center. The Inn will be on your left.
Berry Manor/Talbot House: From the South, turn left onto Broadway at the lights opposite the First Bank, before the Fire Station. Turn right at the next set of lights onto Limerock. Take your 1st left onto Lincoln (go past the Studio building on your left) to Talbot Ave. Turn left on Talbot. the Inns are on your right.
Capt. Lindsay House,
From the South: Turn left at the lights at the intersection with Rte 73, staying on Rte 1 North; at the end of town (about 8 short blocks) you’ll see Lindsay St…take the next left on Summer and go left around the block.
From the North: After Route One splits, watch for Lindsay St on your left. The Inn is at the end of the Street on your left.
Rockland Harbor Hotel: From the South: Turn left at the lights at the intersection with Rte 73, staying on Rte 1 North; at the end of town, RHH on the far corner of Summer St on your left, opposite the Maine State Ferry Landing.
From the North: After Route One splits, watch for Talbot Ave on your left (soon!!) turn left; the hotel will be at the end of the block on your right.
Old Granite Inn: From the South: After Route One splits watch for Talbot Ave on your left (soon!!) turn left; at the end of the block turn left onto Rte One North; the Inn will be on your left opposite the Ferry Landing. Park in front of the picket fence!
From the North: Turn left at the lights at the intersection with Rte 73, staying on Rte 1 North; at the end of town, past Rockland Harbor Hotel, the Inn is on the left opposite the Ferry Landing. Park in front of the picket fence!
Glen Cove Inn and Suites:
From the South; Turn left at the light at Rte. 73, stay on Rte. 1 North for about 3 miles. The Inn is on the hill top, just past the light and before the Hospital.
From the North: The Inn is on your left, just after the hospital and the Shell station.
From the South: Stay on Rte 1 North thru Thomaston; at the light by Montpelier (the Gov. Knox Mansion up on the hill across the intersection to the right) turn Right onto Rte. 131. About 5 miles down the road, turn Left onto Rte 73. After about a mile, turn Right onto Clark Island Road; Craignair is at the very end; you turn left to go into their parking lot just before the Inn. Don’t worry, there are signs for the roads and the Inn!
From the North:
Take Rte 1 South thru Rockland to Rte 131; go left on Rte 131. About 5 miles down the road, turn Left onto Rte 73. After about a mile, turn Right onto Clark Island Road; Craignair is at the very end; you turn left to go into their parking lot just before the Inn. Don’t worry, there are signs for the roads and the Inn!
Getting to Belfast: Options!
(If you are planning to rent a car in Maine, be sure to reserve very early; quantities are limited!!)
Fly to Portland and rent a car…drive up 295 to Brunswick and take Route One North to Belfast…about 2 1/2 + hours depending on traffic, Take the exit toward the Hospital and Harbor for downtown. To get to the motels North of Belfast, just stay on Route One North and go over the bridge. Or drive 295 to 95 to Augusta; take Rte 17 to Rte 3 East straight into downtown, about 2 hours. No coastal scenery, but likely no seasonal traffic jams in the small towns on Route One.
Fly to Boston; take Cape Air to Rockland and rent a car…it’s 55 minutes up Route One North. Take the exit toward the Hospital and Harbor for downtown. To get to the motels North of Belfast, just stay on Route One North and go over the bridge.
Fly to Bangor and take a cab (about $50) or rent a car: it’s an hour or less from the airport…take the Cold Brook Rd Exit off 95 and stay on it till you have to turn; go right on Rte 1A to Rte One South thru Searsport toward Belfast. Take the first exit after the bridge for downtown.
Once you know where you’re staying and how you’re getting here, let me know…I’ll give you directions…GPS directions in Maine are not always the best way to get somewhere!! I may also be able to help out with transportation from the airports…
High Season Travel Suggestions!
Which may or may not apply! Like the weather, there are no guarantees about traffic…however, it is pretty busy here in the Summer so I would guess we’ll have some (traffic that is… weather we always have…it’s just WHAT weather that’s the question!)
If you are driving from South of Maine, you might want to consider rerouting your travel instead of coming up the Coastal Route……there are places you can sit on the highway in a “parking lot”… This also applies if you are coming into Camden from the North…
Often the Mass Pike to 495 to 95 can be Stop, with very little Go…I avoid it in the summer and go either West on the Mass Pike to 91 N, to 89 North to White River Junction or St Johnsbury VT…and across…(or take Rte 9 to 4 across southern VT and southern NH to Concord and up 93) to where I can go thru back roads to Augusta, (GPS works well!) where I pick up 17 to Rockland…roads are good, very scenic, no traffic, a little bit longer but a relaxed drive with no sitting in the traffic jams on the main routes…last trip I arrived here relaxed, no stress!!
Wiscasset ME, on Rte One ostensibly about 45-50 minutes below Rockland, backs up for as much as 10 miles and 2 hours at peak times…in both directions…not fun…unfortunately, it’s not possible to predict and once you are in the backup, you are stuck in it…
BUT…If you are coming up 295 above Portland and taking the Coastal Route Exit toward Brunswick, here is an alternative which will cut out the Wiscasset jam up!
Off 295, just after Bath, in Woolwich, take a left onto 127/128…Keep right onto 127 to Dresden…take a right onto 27 in Dresden, which will bring you into Wiscasset pretty close to the center of town and the bridge (27 becomes Rte One) Go north (left) on One/27, then over the bridge and on to Rockland…there’s some backtracking this way, but I would rather be moving thru rural scenic countryside, than sitting in in traffic!
Or…if you have gotten thru to Portland, stay on 95 toward Augusta…get off in Gardiner, follow your GPS or the signs to Rte 17 East all the way into Rockland…about an hour from Gardiner…no traffic jams…
Another option: Take 91 North to Brattleboro VT, then Rte 9 East to Concord NH…stay on 202 to Alfred ME…take Rte 111 to 95 N (somewhere around Saco/Biddeford…you may have to do a bit of Rte One) to Portland…then on to Gardiner and Rte 17…
The Coast is pretty, but I guarantee you will see a lot of it while you’re here! Unless of course, you LIKE traffic!!
If you are coming to the area from the North…you’ll be fine till you get into Camden proper…then you may be backed up maybe a couple of miles just outside town. There are a couple of scenic ways to avoid this! If you are coming thru Belfast, look for Rte 52 on the right at a traffic light on Rte One…turn there and follow it to Camden; at the Library, it intersects with Route One which will take you on to Rockland…
Or, when you come into Lincolnville Beach (tiny beach town with shops, a couple of restaurants and, a beach!) turn right on Rte 173 at the blinking light, follow it, bearing left at the first intersection and left again at Youngtown Rd (you’ll see the signs for parking for a hiking area) stay on Youngtown Rd bearing slight left at the Stop Sign…this is Route 52 and will take you to Route One in Camden…narrow and pretty, goes by our big lake!
Going home…heading South unless you need to be on route One……
To Portland, Boston, CT, NJ, RI, PA, NY
Avoid Rte One South out of Rockland..also 495, 90, 84…
Take Rte 17 west to Chelsea, go left and Gardiner, follow signs to Rte 95 South…
Take 95 South to Portsmouth NH
Take Rte 4 West to Concord…and either take 93 South to Boston…
Or…take 93 South to 89 North to 9 West to Keene NH/Brattleboro VT and then take 91 South
Or…stay on 9 thru Bennington and head South below Albany…I think it is 787 or 87
South from there…consider going thru the Delaware Water Gap into PA to avoid Westchester County, NYC and NJ traffic south…
Heading North from Belfast, no problem…from Rockland…you might want to bypass the stop and go traffic thru downtown Camden completely (I can give you the bypass info!) or once on thru town, go straight onto 52 at the Library…it will take you back to Rte One in Belfast thru Lincolnville…the right turn by the general store is marked well, or go back to Route One in Lincolnville Beach via Youngtown Rd (go straight after the lake, bear right keeping the Inn on your left, take a right at the stop sign and bear right at the three-way intersection, then left onto Rte One North at the blinking light by the Beach.)
Do contact me if you need more info! Lyn