By Car: From the South take Route 95 North. Take exit 44 (I-295) off I-95 if you'd like to take the Coastal Route for a portion of your trip. Expect this to take longer due to traffic and construction but the views and shops are nice (LL Bean is in Freeport). As you continue North on I-295 the Coastal Route Brunswick Bath exit is #28. This takes you to Route 1. Follow Route 1 North into Rockland. Stay on Route 1 North (also Main Street) until Front Street (just before the Irving Mainway convenience store). Turn right onto Front Street and then immediately turn right down the hill to the North End Shipyard. You should be seeing water and masts at this point. Drive into the large parking area and park anywhere you would like as long as you are not blocking any of the many shipyard doors, dumpsters, or any other cars.
If you prefer a faster, less scenic route you can stay on I-95 North and exit in Augusta to Route 17. Follow Route 17 East into Rockland where it intersects with with Route 1 (McDonald's and Burger King are located at this intersection.) Turn right at the light and then left onto Front Street (immediately after the Irving Mainway convenience store.) Immediately turn right down the hill to the North End Shipyard.
From the North, follow Route 1 South into Rockland. Go straight at the light by the intersection of Route 1 and 17 (where McDonald's and Burger King are located) and then left onto Front Street (immediately after the Irving Mainway convenience store.) Immediately turn right down the hill to the North End Shipyard.
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By Bus: Concord Trailways offers service to Rockland from Portland or Boston. In Boston, the bus has pick-up spots at Logan Airport and at South Station. In Portland, the bus leaves from it's downtown terminal. The bus is clean and comfortable, the driver is friendly and they offer complimentary movies, music, and snacks. The Rockland bus terminal is about 1/2 mile from the schooner and, while an easy walk, with luggage you may want to opt to take a cab.
call: Concord Trailways 1-800-693-3317
By Train: Amtrak train service is now available from Boston to Portland. Enjoy a magical 2 1/2 hour journey through coastal New England aboard the "Downeaster". Convenient pick-up and drop-off limo service available from Portland to Rockland.
call: Amtrak 1-800-USA-RAIL
By Air (Portland): You can fly to the Portland Jetport serviced by Jet Blue, American Eagle (AA), Continental, Delta, Northwest, United, and US Airways. From there you can rent a car and drive two hours to Rockland or you can take a van from Along the Coast or Schooner Bay Taxi. These services will meet you outside your gate, help you with your luggage, and take you right to our dock.
the Coast Airport Charter & Shuttle Service.
1-888-729-1853 cell (207) 319-6476 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
call: Schooner Bay Taxi
& Limo 1-877-594-5001
By Air (Rockland): Rockland has a small airport with connections to Boston via Cape Air. A cab ride from the airport costs around $11. Note: This airport is sometimes closed due to fog and you may be routed to another airport in the state.
Car Rentals: Major car rental companies are available at both airports but you must have your car reserved in advance. There are several franchises in the area: Enterprise, National, Avis, Budget, and U-Save.
call: National 1-800-698-8424
Other Helpful Information:
If you are interested in starting your vacation with a few days of land-based exploration or extending your stay after sailing, you might be interested in receiving the following:
Chamber of Commerce's Guide to the Maine Coast
Chamber of Commerce's Guide, Jewel of the Maine
Tourism Association's Guide to the State, Maine
In June you can expect average high temperatures around 73 degrees and average low temperatures around 51 degrees. We enjoy the longest days of the year and uncrowded harbors.
In July you can expect average high temperatures around 78 degrees and average low temperatures around 57 degrees. July brings us the hottest days of summer and is the traditional vacation time in Maine.
In August you can expect average high temperatures around 77 degrees and average low temperatures around 56 degrees. The warm summer breezes of August bring us the best swimming conditions, little rain, and abundant berry picking.
In September you can expect average high temperatures around 69 degrees and average low temperatures around 48 degrees. The crisp, clear air, and fresh sailing breezes make for some of the best sailing of the season along with the first colors of fall foliage and quiet harbors.
In October you can expect average
high temperatures around 58 degrees and average low temperatures around
40 degrees. October is the height of fall foliage and we also enjoy
crisp, clear days, exhilarating sailing, and cool nights by the wood
Schooner Isaac H. Evans
Capt. Brenda G. Thomas
PO Box 791
Rockland, ME 04841