We are located at 27 High Street, Camden, Maine, 04843. Finding directions from Google Maps should easily get you here by car. Find directions to us on Google Maps here. We have no parking at the shop but there is free parking within close walking distance to the shop: A local parking map is here. If you plan on flying to Maine, you can look for flights to any of these airports:
Logan International Airport (BOS) (just under 4 hours South)
Portland Jetport (BWM) (2 hours South)
Bangor International (BGR) (1 hour 45 minutes North)
Manchester Airport (MHT) (3 hours South-West)
Knox County Regional Airport (RKD) (15 minutes South)
Tip: Frontier Airlines has very inexpensive flights ($40-50) to Portland, Maine from select airports. We use it from Raleigh, NC frequently.
Concord Bus Line is available which can get you to Camden from Portland. Car rentals are an option from all airports. Uber fare is another fast option.
Ferry from Canada:
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/
The shop is at 27 High St., Camden, Maine 04483.
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 15 minute cab ride away.
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, about 2 hours from Bangor, 2 hours from Portland though sometimes traffic can be heavy coming from the South. We are 15 minutes from Owl’s Head.
Because the school is located in Camden's historical district, student parking is unavailable at the school. However, there is public parking within walking distance. A local parking map is here. Here is another map of Camden; Maine Coast Workshop is on the red line at the top right and the closest public parking is designated with a "P" a little beyond the library on Atlantic St. (0n the left, up an incline), also at the top right.
Students can unload their tools early on the first day of class. For students who aren't staying within walking distance of the school, we are happy to pick up anyone from the Library parking lot 10-15 minutes before class in the mornings. We can offer this service if you have trouble walking to the shop from the Library lot (there is a slight incline). Parking is also available on Rockbrook Rd. This road is past the library on Rt. 1 (High St.), right after the bridge, directly before the Camden Mainstay Inn on the left (going north, up the hill). Park on the far side of the road where there is a shoulder, toward the woods and creek and stay as far over as possible.
We are located a little beyond the red arrow below, between Eaton and Harbor Streets, on Rt. 1 (High Street). We are on the right. There is 25 mph sign on our property (it is the second 25 mph sign going up Rt. 1, after the Library). You will see a low stone wall, an American flag on the house, and 6 foot carved eagle over the front door. The shop is in the very back of the house, off the patio. I know, our place is not the easiest to find. We will have a sign soon as I get approval from the town. Please see my hand drawn map at the bottom of this page.
X = Free Parking at Camden Library lot on Atlantic Avenue.
(on left going past library on Atlantic Ave.)
Maine Coast Workshop
There are many lodging options in Camden. Parking at the school is very limited so we encourage students to stay at one of the following locations since they are all a short walk to the shop. Most of locations offer breakfast and other nice amenities. You can book directly with the B&B's and Inns, or use this site. Be sure to ask for the Maine Coast Workshop discount offered by many of the surrounding B&B's. And if anyone is not offering this, have them contact me and I'm sure we can arrange a discount.
Camden Maine Stay Inn: The Camden Maine Stay Inn offers a 20% discount to our students, and they are right across the street from us! This is our recommended location S it is close and Peter and Jan run a first class operation and the breakfasts are to die for.
Your stay at the Inn will include a comfortable, well-appointed room and a full gourmet breakfast each morning. You can make a reservation at the Inn either by telephone at (207) 236-9636 or through their website at camdenmainestay.com. To get your 20% discount, mention the “MCW2021” promotional code or type it into the promo code box on their website.
The following locations are listed in order of proximity to the school. All are on a nice sidewalk leading to the shop. Many offer a discount for my students, so be sure to ask:
White Hall Inn: 10% discount for students. A short walk to the shop.
A Little Dream B & B - great folks. 5 minute walk to the school. Ask about a discount.
Lord Camden Inn: 10% discount for students
Blue Harbor House Inn: 10% discount for students
Captain Swift Inn: 10% discount for students (See their wonderful blog here)
The Elms of Camden: 10% discount for students: Call and mention "Maine Coast Workshop" or register online and use code: CMW2020.
Towne Motel: this is an affordable hotel in Camden.
Glenmoor by the Sea - a favourite for our instructors; affordable and highly rated.
Camden Accommodations has a list of houses for rent. Some are large enough for 10 people so splitting costs could make this a nice option. This house is next door to the shop! Check out their "Things To Do" links which are quite thorough.
We are working on permission for parking spots adjacent to the shop. If distance is an issue, we are happy to pick up folks who are in Camden but cannot walk or are staying a bit further out.
Rockport is close, and is a beautiful, quiet village with many additional lodging options. Lincolnville and Rockland also have good lodging options, and are located within a 15 minute drive of the school.
Claddagh Motel: Glen Cove (Rockport) just under 15 minutes from the Studio…
Acc. to Trip Advisor: "charming Irish hosts, great scones, clean and comfy and a really great deal!" https://www.claddaghmotel.com/
We are currently arranging local host families that can house students for very reasonable rates. Some may be adjacent to the shop. Please enquire for a list.
In addition, we have a pair of nice rooms at a large residence with private entry and bath which is a short walk to the shop, at very low rates ($40-50/night. Very nice for couples or singles on a budget. One host is 5 minutes walk to the shop with water views and another is in a charming 200 year old antique cape in Rockport (wonderful host with workshop and around the corner from Rockport Lobster!). Contact William Brown if interested.
Camping is close by at The Camden Hills State Park. The campsite is well equipped with many amenities and is rated as one of the best! Located on a beautiful seaside bay with mountains behind. Another park is in Rockport: "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
The Megunticook Campground By The Sea. A wooded oceanfront campground on 14 acres in Rockport Maine, 10 minutes South. 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. firstname.lastname@example.org 800-884-2428
There are really endless options for places to stay; many of these get 5-star ratings:
Here's a complete list.
Also Airbnb and VRBO includes rooms for rent and other options for lodging. Some appear to be under $50 a night. Airbnb rooms start at $33 a night here.
These look nice and are 10 minutes or less walking distance:
FOR HOUSE, APARTMENT AND COTTAGE RENTAL OPTIONS, CHECK OUT:
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