CAUTION! If you go to Craig’s List to find accommodations: be careful! The site is loaded with scams. Ads for properties get hacked and placed on CL and people lose thousands of dollars every season because they “booked” an unbelievable deal for their stay that does not exist.

VRBO, Airbnb and local rental agencies like or OnTheWaterin Maine are the far safer way!

Scroll down  for Belfast Class Lodging suggestions…

Our Rockland classes are held in our beautiful studio space at Steel House South, 639 Main St. It has water views from its big windows, and water access to a small rocky beach. There is a pier and a second beach across the parking lot. Two blocks from the North end of Rockland’s shops, restaurants and stores, it’s just a short walk from several lodging places.

We share a street level deck with the Apprentice Shop. There is un-metered parking along the street, and limited parking behind the Apprentice Shop. We can help get you and your gear up the small hill from the lot to the studio, or down the steps from the deck…If you won’t have a car, we may be able to help you get your gear, and yourself from where you are staying to the Studio and then to painting sites…just let me know so I can plan!! You are welcome to leave your equipment and supplies in the Studio when you’re not there……plan to be in the Studio by 8:30 AM on the first day to get settled at your table; the door will be open by 8:15 AM!

Bringing your dog: We’re sorry to say we are no longer accommodating dogs in the classes. Old Granite Inn allows pets, as do a few other places in the area including the RiverHouse Hotel in Camden, 20 minutes away..…but you will not be able to have your dog with you while in the class. There are several local people who offer daily pet care services as well, and Harbor Hounds in Rockland, provides doggy day-care and boarding. .


Please contact us if you have any questions about lodging…happy to help!  or call me, Lyn Donovan, at: 207-594-4813    

Rockland Harbor Hotel. At the North end of Main St in Rockland, this completely renovated hotel sits opposite the ferry landing and has water views from most of its well-appointed rooms. It offers an array of amenities and services including: free hot breakfast starting at 6:30 AM and free WIFI, fitness center, in-room coffee maker, patio fire pit, on-site market, and more — it is a 5 min. walk to downtown with all the galleries, shops and restaurants… and it is only 2 ½ blocks from the Studio! If you knew it as the Navigator, you will be amazed at the transformation the new owners have accomplished!! Click here to check out the photos on their website.  Call them directly & tell them you are a student here to get whatever discount they can   207-594-2131

Old Granite Inn   Just past the end of Main St in Rockland and across from the Maine State Ferry Landing, this 1840’s Federal Colonial is now a green-certified, pet friendly B&B. Built of locally quarried granite and looking out to sea across the busy harbor, the Inn offers a delicious, hearty breakfast (ask about eating earlier if need be) and eight distinctively decorated and comfortable rooms (one of the innkeepers is a graphic artist!) A favorite spot for many students, it’s only 3 blocks to the Studio. They may discount for students; tell them you’re here for a class!                                                                                    546 Main Street, Rockland  1-800-386-9036

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Limerock Inn  about 6 blocks from the Studio and Main St…a big, beautifully maintained Victorian…Lovely breakfast (ask about eating earlier if need be) and gorgeous rooms!                                                                          207-594-2257

The Lindsey Hotel (Formerly the Capt Lindsey House) A small comfortable boutique hotel one door up from Main St and 2 1/2 blocks from the Studio…good photos on their website!     207-596-7950


  Berry Manor Inn   Less than 2 blocks from the Studio and 4 from Main St. another big gorgeous Victorian..we often paint on their side lawn!  Elegant, comfortable, friendly with homemade pies to welcome you! Their Talbot House next door, (see below) is a fine alternative for your longer stay, with a full breakfast (ask about eating earlier if need be)  and lovely rooms…      207-596-7696

Talbot House  Check their website for photos! This 2nd Empire Mansard Victorian is next door to Berry Manor, less than 2 blocks from Lincoln Street Center. the rooms are elegant and amenities include a multi course breakfast and evening pies and ice cream. discounts for extended stays of  4 nites or more! 73 Talbot Avenue, Rockland ME 04841   207-593-7393

These next are a few miles up the road…you will need your own transportation; call Joe’s or Schooner Bay, our local cab companies…or, bring a friend and share a room and a car!)  In a pinch, we may be able to transport or other students with cars might be staying there!   

glen-coveGlen Cove Inn & Suites, 10 minutes beyond Rockland on Rt. 1 North, overlooks the Cove and Bay, and is small, quiet, a bit quaint and scenic, with a view past the pool and over a field to a pine tree-rimmed cove. Continental breakfast and a nearby convenience store.



Strawberry Hill Seaside Inn  An immaculate and attractive motel with a gorgeous view.  10 min. North on Rte One

Island View Inn   another immaculate and attractive waterview motel next door to Strawberry Hill.    10 min. North on Rte One   www.islandviewinn.


Ledges by the Bay  an older, well maintained motel looking over the water.  10 min. North on Rte One   

Namaste Indian Food restaurant/take out is on the premises.



20 minutes North in Camden:

The Country Inn:      207) 236-2725      Pool, cottages, breakfast…just before you come into Camden…

Best kept local secret: the Towne Motel:  (207) 236-3377 ·     

Heading down into Camden, small, older, immaculate and welcoming! 

There are many beautiful B&Bs in Camden as well….

  And, 20 minutes South:


Craignair Inn  Craignair Inn sits quietly on a scenic tidal cove close to other equally scenic painting spots the class may visit. A full breakfast is included (talk with them about what time) and you can order an individual box lunches.  Craignair Inn is pet-friendly and green certified. as one of Maine’s Environmental Lodging Leaders. Rooms are available both at the Inn and in its adjacent and modern annex. Room configurations and rates vary.    (800) 320-9997

The East Wind Inn  21 Mechanic St Tenants Harbor ME 04860207-372-6366

A beautiful old inn perched perfectly for watching the water and harbor activity…walking distance to “downtown” T. Harbor! __________________________________________________________________________

If you’d rather camp!!

The Megunticook Campground By The Sea. A wooded oceanfront campground on 14 acres in  Rockport Maine, just 20 minutes North of Rockland with oceanfront property and shorefront access. The campground offers a quiet natural setting with access to gorgeous ocean views of scenic Penobscot Bay and the surrounding islands The campground can accommodate the smallest tent to the largest RV on clean, level sites with picnic tables and fire rings. Swim in a large heated pool, and enjoy Saturday evening lobster bakes held at the oceanfront picnic area. Facilities include a campstore, laundry, internet cafe with free WiFi, game room, rec field, playground and ocean fishing.   15 min. North on Rte One        800-884-2428

Camden Hills Campground and RV Park   Nestled in a peaceful, rural setting, with great amenities,  including camp store and community center, fire pits, pool and help parking and hooking up your RV…they also have tent sites…fifteen minutes from the Studio…pet friendly.   Route 90  Rockport, Maine 04856 (207) 236-2498

Lobster Buoy Campground  On the water…15 minutes to the Studio  Waterman’s Beach Rd South Thomaston ME  207) 594-7546

For house, apartment and cottage rental options, which are sometimes far less expensive, check out: 

(Note: places change hands, close etc…we try to keep on top of the listings…please let us know if something is no longer available or, if you had problems!)    a boutique vacation rental service…tell them you’re here for a class!

A 10 min walk to the studio. Sweet Willow Suite: private, 1 bedroom guest suite/apartment on ground level in stand alone building. Light-filled open living area. See pics  here. The instructors who stayed here loved it!, book directly with owner is possible, too.

Harborview/ Bayview St. Apartment Apartment, Sleeps 5

Student suggestions;
5 min drive to Rockland  2 levels small and comfy. airbnb link
Easy walk to the Studio and downtown…lovely house and reasonable! 2 rooms. private baths: airbnb link  2 bedroom house and yard. the Wight House..207-867-0920  airbnb link  cottage 15 minutes from Rockland

Charming house in the South end of Rockland:  vrbo link

Need a whole house for a vacation week?  A lovely spot in Cushing on a 5 acre piece of property about 25 min from Rockland  airbnb link

Owl’s Head: Rosehill Studio. Quiet over the garage apartment; Lots of light; Ten-minute walk to Crescent Beach.   Text Jackie Lawrence 207-542-7277


Belfast Lodging Suggestions

We are currently holding classes at the University of Maine’s Hutchinson Center, a 6 minute drive from downtown Belfast. Ground floor studio with in-room sink and good light. The facility has kitchen access, a partially covered patio for painting or eating, a big public lobby, and easy parking. 2022 classes will be limited to 14. Please let us know if you will need help with transportation…we’ll do our best to get you back and forth! 

Re: bringing your pet to class: Please note: we are no longer allowing dogs in the classes. With apologies…(see note at top for more info.)

The Jeweled Turret;  another Victorian charmer and possible where your instructor will be staying…very pretty, 2 blocks from downtown and has a great breakfast! (let them know you’re with the class if you need to eat early.)                                                                                                                       ________________________________________________________________

The Alden House Inn:    Another inviting and comfortable inn, about 3 blocks from downtown. We have been privileged to paint on their grounds, with its expansive porch and great shade trees. Built in  1840,  its  rooms are beautifully  furnished.   

                                                                                                                                                                        ****************************************************************************************************** A few minutes across the harbor North on Route One, there are a number of motels:

The Fireside Inn…formerly The Comfort Inn; …

All rooms have waterviews; ground floor room have walk out patios and access to the water. They also have 2 cottages and a house closer to the water and reasonably priced if you’re coming with a group and want to share…

Belfast Harbor Inn;  completely renovated, rooms with either pool or waterviews.

Here are several other motels…all one story/pull your car up in front type…I have not been inside:

The Gull Motel…clean, adequate, very basic..207-338-4030

Admiral’s Ocean View Motel…207-3384260

Yankee Clipper Motel…207-338-2353

And some with small cottages:

Seascape Motel …207-338-2130

Wonderview Cottages…207-338-1455

Colonial Gables Ocean Front…older, decently maintained…207-338-4000

Five miles along the road to Searsport, about 10 minutes, you’ll find a few more, and in Searsport, two more big Victorian B & B’s;

Homeport Inn;

The Capt. A.V.Nichols Inn;


Rooms in private home 20 min. out of Belfast: or send text to: 207-504-4357  great place in an apple orchard -15 min to studio vacation apartment

location=Belfast%2C%20ME%2C%20United%20States&s=QvsVPdNV, or  207-370-8830.





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