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Rockland (Maine)

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Rockland is a city in Maine that has witnessed a resurgence in recent years. Once boarded up shops are now colorfully decorated and the Farnsworth Art Museum and Wyeth Center offer a diverse Maine artisan collection. Rockland plays host to many festivals, including the Maine Lobster Festival and the North Atlantic Blues Festival.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

  • Knox County Regional Airport (IATA: RKD) (ICAO: KRKD), Located in Owls Head. Served by various commuter services, including Cape Air. Cape Air offers several flights daily to Boston's Logan Airport.
  • Portland International Jetport (PWM), [1]. Located in Portland.

By bus[edit]

  • Concord Trailways, Toll free: 800-639-3317.

By train[edit]

  • Amtrak, [2]. The Downeaster. Please note that the "Downeaster" stops in Portland, so you will need to arrange transportation north from Portland to Rockland (most commonly via bus or rental car).
  • Maine Eastern Railroad, [3]. Come aboard our restored vintage railcars for a carefree journey through the spectacular scenery of mid-coast Maine, between Brunswick and Rockland.

By car[edit]

Besides walking or using a rental car, the best mode of transportation in town is a taxi.

Remember to stop for pedestrians in crosswalks! This is a state law in many other places, but it is strictly enforced in Rockland, particularly along Main Street. You WILL be ticketed if you fail to yield to pedestrians who are in a crosswalk.

Be advised that driving to Rockland from the south along Route 1 can be an extremely stress filled drive during the summer months (especially in July and August) as the two lane road is clogged with traffic (especially in the town of Wiscasset). Many prefer to take I-295 (formerly I-95) north to Augusta, and then take State Route 17 east to Rockland. While longer in distance, the drive is far less stressful and often quicker, despite the longer distance. Of course, if you are in no hurry and wish to see many of the wonderful sights to be had along Route 1 between Bath and Rockland, then Coastal Route 1 is the way to go.

Get around[edit]

  • Maine State Ferry Service[4] to Vinalhaven, North Haven and Matinicus Island.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Farnsworth Art Museum, 16 Museum St., Phone: 207-596-6457, [5]. 10AM-5PM. Daily in summer; closed Monday in other seasons. $10 adults; $8 seniors; $8 students 18 and older; children 17 and younger.
  • Maine Lighthouse Museum, 1 Park Drive, +1 207-594-3301, [6]. M-F 9AM-5PM, Sa-Su 10AM-4PM. Largest collection of Lighthouse artifacts in the country. Recently merged with the American Lighthouse Foundation. Located in the recently renovated Penobscot Bay Gateway Visitor's Center. $5/Free (Adults/Children).  edit
  • Owl's Head Transportation Museum, Route 73, Owls Head, Phone: 207-594-4410, [7]. Owl's Head has a terrific collection of pioneer-era aircraft and automobiles including more than 100 historic aircraft, automobiles, bicycles, carriages and engines.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Take a Windjammer Cruise
  • Walk the 7/8 mile long breakwater to the Breakwater Lighthouse
  • Check out the many galleries, shops, and restaurants downtown.
  • Take the ferry from Rockland to one of many beautiful working islands, including Vinalhaven, North Haven or Matinicus.
  • Take a day trip to Camden, Belfast or around the beautiful Saint George Peninsula.


  • Atlantic Baking Company, 351 Main Street (across from Farnsworth Museum), 207-596-0505, [8]. 7-4pm m-sat.  edit

Festivals[edit]

  • Maine Lobster Festival, [9].
  • North Atlantic Blues Festival, [10].
  • Maine Boats Homes & Harbors Show, [11]

Buy[edit][add listing]

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Primo, 2 South Main Street, Phone: 207-596-0770, [12]. One of the top rated restaurants in the state.
  • Cafe Miranda, 15 Oak Street, Phone: 207-594-2034, [13]. Offering an exceptionally large number of inventive dishes, many of which are cooked in an open wood-fired oven.
  • Amalfi, 12 Water Street, Phone: 207-596-0012, Excellent meditteranean restaurant.
  • Rockland Cafe, 441 Main Street, [14]. Best option for a well-prepared, affordable homestyle meal.
  • Any of the areas many fantastic lobster pounds, for fresh-off-the-boat seafood. Ask a local.
  • Wasses Hot Dogs, 2 North Main St, 207 594 7472. Famous hot dog stand operating since the early 1970's, featuring the best hot dogs in the state (fried in peanut oil). They also operate another location in Belfast.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • In Good Company, 415 Main Street, Phone: 207-593-9110. A wine bar with a varied (and often affordable) selection of wines, ports and beers, as well as expertly prepared appetizers and entrees.
  • Waterworks Pub, 7 Lindsey Street, Phone: 207-596-2753. Beers brewed by local Rocky Bay Brewery and good pub fare. Live music.
  • Timeout Pub, 275 Main Street, Phone 207-596-9336. Blues Night M 7-10pm. F,Sa local music.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Captain Lindsay House Inn, 5 Lindsey St., Phone: 207-596-7950, [15]. Nine room B&B located just off Main Street.
  • Berry Manor Inn, 81 Talbot Avenue , Phone: 207-596-7696 , [16]. Luxury Rockland Maine Bed and Breakfast and home of the famous Pie Moms! The award-winning AAA 4 Diamond property offers 12 guest rooms and is within walking distance of Main Street.
  • Limerock Inn, 96 Limerock Street, Phone: 207-594-2257, [17]. Turreted Queen Anne Victorian located steps away from art galleries, shops, fine dining and the world renowned Farnswoth Art Museum and Maine Lighthouse Museum. Elegant eight room B&B each with private luxury bath. Three course breakfast served daily. Offers free wireless internet, has a 24 hour guest pantry stocked with refreshments, and snacks and a business center.
  • Hampton Inn, 190 New County Road, Thomaston,[18]. New hotel located in nearby town of Thomaston.

Get out[edit]

Routes through Rockland
EllsworthRockport  N noframe S  WiscassetBrunswick


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