Monday, January 22, 2007

Getting to the Midcoast

Many folks have never heard of the area that the windjammers sail from. It's a pretty out of the way place. Midcoast Maine is kind of in a hole between Portland, and Bar Harbor which are the towns most people know. Most residents there like it that way.

Rockland, Rockport and Camden are located next to one another on Penobscot Bay. Driving is pretty simple but there is only one coastal road which can be congested in mid to late summer. Making up for the traffic on Rt. 1 is the scenery. This road goes through several pretty towns between Portland and Rockland. Among these are Brunswick, Bath, Damariscotta and Thomaston.

Taking public transportation used to be very difficult or impossible; No longer. Many flights now travel to Portland Jetport. You can take a van or limo for reasonable prices from the airport. If you don't mind smaller planes you can fly right to Knox County Regional Airport just south of Rockland with only one change from many places.

Concord Trailways offers good bus service from Boston/Portland for very low cost. The ride from Portland is about 2 hours. Boston is 4 hours from Portland ( approx. 6 total.) Train service has been restored by Amtrak between Boston and Portland. Both train and bus operate from the same terminal in Portland.

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