“High Season Travel Tips” for both locations are at the end.
If your class is in Belfast, scroll down for further directions!
Here is the link for the ferry from Nova Scotia to Maine: Arrange for your rental car when you book the Ferry! https://www.ferries.ca/thecat/
For classes in Rockland: The Studio is at 639 Main St Rockland ME 04841. It shares a street level deck with The Apprentice Shop and is across Route One from Home Kitchen Cafe and the driveway to Dunkin’ Donuts’ Drive-In. Our entrance is on the lower level, accessible down the stairs from the deck, pssobly from the inside stairs reachable thru the deck level door, or walking up from our parking lot. There is un-metered parking on both sides of Main St.
The parking lot is just a bit further from the building on the right; turn down the driveway marked Apprentice Shop…please park tight…it’s a shared lot and we have only a few spots to use.! Please do not block access to boats, dumpster, buildings etc.
Do NOT not drive up the hill…If you need help getting yourself or your gear to the Studio, let us know…staff numbers are on your Class List…student vehicles are not allowed in front of the studio door, even to unload….thank you!
You can book a flight to Portland, Bangor, or check out Cape Air. They fly from an ever-expanding list of locations to Knox County Regional Airport in Owl’s Head (Rockland), a 10 minute cab ride away. Maybe you can take a commuter flight from Boston or someplace closer to you! If you fly Delta, you can book thru Boston directly to Rockland, possibly from elsewhere as well…
Otherwise, 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!! No train service all the way to Rockland yet…been promised for years…
Rockland is under 4 hours driving time from Boston, about 2 hours from Bangor, less than 2 hours from Portland tho sometimes traffic can be heavy coming from the South. (See High Season tips below!) 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…
From North and East
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 get into the left lane ASAP. Take your 1st left then left again onto Rte 1 North. the Studio is in the silver metal building on the right, just past Dunkin’ Donuts. Parking is on the street. Go down the steps from the deck between the Steel House South (metal building) and the Apprentice Shop’s decorated building. The studio is to the left at the bottom of the stairs.
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. Take your 1st left then left again onto Rte 1 North. the Studio is in the silver metal building on the right, just past Dunkin’ Donuts. Parking is on the street. Go down the steps from the deck between the Steel House South (metal building) and the Apprentice Shop’s decorated building. The studio is to the left at the bottom of the stairs.
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 OR…Stay on 295 N to 95N to Gardiner; use your GPS to get to Rte 17 East and take that into Rockland. Read the High Season Travel Tips below for other suggestions to avoid the often heavy traffic when coming in this direction.
For Classes in Belfast!
We now have excellent studio space at the Hutchinson Center, a University of Maine facility on Rte 3, a 5 min drive west from the downtown Belfast traffic light. Use your GPS…The address is 80 Belmont Ave Belfast Me 04915…Coming east on Rte 3, it is on the left a bit past Perry’s Furniture: going west, it is on the left soon after Tractor Supply. From the North or South on Rte One, turn west onto Rte 3. From the center of Belfast, take Main St west; it becomes Rte 3 past McDonalds and the Rte One intersection.
Go in the drive, go past the building and turn right into a parking area at the front entrance. Inside, turn right; the studio will be on the left down the hall.
Options to get to Belfast: Fly to Portland and rent a car…drive up 295 to Brunswick and take Route One North to Belfast…about 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 as 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, there has also been Uber here, 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 and stay right for downtown.
High Season Travel Tips:
Like the weather, there are no guarantees about traffic in Maine…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. there are places you can sit on the highway in a “parking lot. Often the Mass Pike to 495 to 95 can be Stop, with very little Go…I avoid it in the summer. ” Wiscasset ME, on Coastal Rte One, ostensibly about 45 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…This also applies if you are coming into Camden from the North or trying to get thru Camden to go North on Rte 1…
There are Options!
Coming into Maine from the South: Avoid Hartford…Go West! 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, then up Rte 93 to where you can go go East thru back roads to Augusta, (GPS works well!) and pick up Route 17 to Rockland…or Routes 17 to 3 to Belfast. 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…
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 to Rockland…or Augusta and Routes 17 to 3 to Belfast.
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 up 295 above Portland and taking the Coastal Route One Exit toward Brunswick, here is an alternative which will cut out much of the Wiscasset jam up! Only good for heading up the Coast tho…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!
If you are coming from the North…you’ll be fine to Belfast, and then till you get into Camden proper…there you may be backed up 1-3 miles just outside town with no getting out of it. There are a couple of scenic ways to avoid this! If you are coming thru Belfast on Rte One, look for Rte 52 on the right at a traffic light …turn there and follow it to Camden. (Maybe make a stop at the Lincolnville General Store…great place!!) Stay on Rte 52 past the lake, up and down a big hill, past the cemetery to Trim St…go right, then left on Washington. At the Fire Station, go right on Mechanic, left on Park, cross Pearl and turn right, back onto Rte 1 South to Rockland…
Or, when you come from Belfast on Rte One 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 up the hill, 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 the Route One intersection in Camden…narrow and pretty, goes by our big lake! You can avoid downtown Camden by staying on Rte 52 past the lake, up and down a big hill, past the cemetery to Trim St…go right, then left on Washington. At the Fire Station, go right on Mechanic, left on Park, cross Pearl and turn right, back onto Rte 1 South to Rockland…
Traveling South to go home… 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…but from Rockland…you might want to bypass the stop ‘n go traffic thru downtown Camden completely by taking Old County Road to Rte 17 West, to Meadow St/Simonton Rd until you have to turn; go left past Hosmer Pond to Molyneaux Rd (intersection on the right next to a lot full of “stuff!”) and follow that till you have to turn…go left on 52 and follow that to thru Lincolnville Center back to Belfast, or, get back to Route One in Lincolnville Beach via Youngtown Rd by going straight after the lake, bear right att he intersection keeping the Inn on your left, take a right at the stop sign and bear right at the three-way intersection, then go left onto Rte One North at the blinking light by the Beach.
GPS should work for all this…but now you have a way to verify it!
Do contact me if you need more info! Lyn