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All Rockland classes will be held in a big ground floor room at the Lincoln Street Center on Lincoln St, just a few blocks back from Main St. You can walk from the Studio to everything in town.. There is plenty of off street parking at the Center and the Studio space is just inside the doors on the driveway end of the building; easy load/unload and no stairs!!. If you won’t have a car, we can help you get your gear, and yourself from where you are staying to the Studio and to painting sites…just let me know so I can plan!! You are welcome to leave your equipment and supplies in the Studio when we are not there……plan to be in the Studio by 8:30 AM on the first day to get settled at your table; the room will be open by 8 AM!
Re: bringing your dog: Lincoln Street Center has asked us not to have dogs in the class…if this means you cannot come to a class, contact me; there may be exceptions. Trade Winds, Craignair Inn and Old Granite Inn allow pets, as do a few other places in the area including the RiverHouse Hotel in Camden, 20 minutes away..…. There are several local people who offer daily pet care services as well, and Harbor Hounds in Rockland, provides doggy day-care and other services. www.harborhoundsmaine.com.
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.
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 (one of the innkeepers is a graphic artist!) and comfortable rooms. A favorite spot for many students, it’s only 3 blocks to the Studio. They will discount for students; tell them you’re here for a class!
546 Main Street, Rockland
Just a few blocks from the Studio and Main St…a big, beautifully maintained Victorian…we sometimes paint on the grounds! Lovely breakfast (ask about eating earlier if need be) and gorgeous rooms! 207-594-2257 www.limerockinn.com
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 homemeade pies to welcome you! Their Talbot House next door, is a fine alternative for your longer stay, with a full breakfast (ask about eating earlier if need be) and lovely rooms…
Ripples On the Harbor
At the South end of Main St, about 6 blocks from the Studio. Frustratingly, sometimes there are problems with a room…if that happens, always ask about changing your room or getting it fixed..they are great with that and the location is convenient to everything downtown. . Trade Winds offers a self serve continental breakfast, an onsite restaurant for dinner and a small health club with pool available to its guests.
Glen 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; you will need your own transportation; call Joe’s, our local cab company…or, bring a friend and share a room and a car!)
Route 1 North, Glen Cove
Strawberry Hill Seaside Inn An immaculate and attractive motel with aa gorgeous view. 10 min. North on Rte One www.strawberryhillinn.com
Island View Inn another immaculate and attractive waterview motel. 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 www.ledgesbythebay.com
And, 25 minutes South:
The view is worth the drive!. Now owned by a delightful and capable young couple, Craignair Inn sits quietly on a scenic tidal cove edged with Maine’s famous “pointed firs” and granite boulders, a quintessential Maine Coast location, 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; to get the CMAW discount, be sure to mention you’re a student!
www.craignair.com (800) 320-9997 email@example.com
If you’d rather camp!!
The Megunticook Campground By The Sea. A beautiful, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 www.camdenhillscampgrounds.com
Lobster Buoy Campground
On the water…15 minutes to the Studio
Waterman’s Beach Rd South Thomaston ME lobsterbuoycampsites.wixsite.com/lobsterbuoycampsites 207) 594-7546
For house, apartment and cottage rental options, check out:
email@example.com private room in artist’s house 15 min from Rockland Room for one person …
firstname.lastname@example.org cottage 15 minutes from Rockland
The Saldins: 207-691-9357 three bedroom house near Rockland
email@example.com 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
Belfast Lodging Suggestions
We are based in a big studio at Waterfall Arts, about a half mile out of town…an old elementary school now a thriving community art center…to learn more about the Center, go to: http://www.waterfallarts.org/
Belfast Bay Inn; http://belfastbayinn.com/mainehotel/suites/amenities/ a small beautifully appointed boutique hotel downtown (downtown is tiny!!) and the most expensive…great courtyard garden…
The Jeweled Turret; http://www.jeweledturret.com another Victorian charmer and likely where your instructor will be staying…very pretty, 1/2 mile from the Studio and has a great breakfast! (let them know you’re with the class if you need to eat early)
Just North of Belfast on Route One, there are a number of motels:
The Fireside Inn…formerly The Comfort Inn; … http://www2.reservationcounter.com/
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; http://www.belfastharborinn.com/ rooms were very clean…students were pleased…has been renovated for 2014.
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
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; http://www.homeporthistoricinn.com/
The Capt. A.V.Nichols Inn; http://www.captain-a-v-nickels-inn.com/
Rooms in private home 20 min. out of Belfast: firstname.lastname@example.org or send text to: 207-504-4357
LINKS FOR VACATION RENTALS IN THE AREA
Re: bringing your pet to class: Well behaved, non barkers and with permission only! I will want to make sure it is not a problem for anyone else in the class…sometimes people are allergic or dog phobic. FYI: It may also not be possible to find shaded parking for the duration of a class day…I don’t have current info on pet-friendly accommodations in the Belfast area…you’ll have to ask…sorry!