DIRECTIONS: GETTING TO OAKLAND HOUSE SEASIDE RESORT
We're located 50 miles South of Bangor, Maine on the Blue Hill Peninsula.
Please note: "Google Maps" and "MapQuest" instructions are not necessarily the best. So print this out and bring it with you.
It will make a big difference as you plan your route. At the bottom of this page is a link to the "MapQuest" map FYI.
GPS Global Positioning Coordinates:
Latitude 44 degrees, 18 minutes, 56 seconds North; Longitude 68 degrees, 42 minutes, 21 seconds West.
From Bangor, Maine (Bangor International Airport-Domestic and international flights)...50 miles or about 1 hour's drive.
From Trenton, Maine (Bar Harbor Airport/smaller commercial airlines)...35 miles or about 45 minute's drive.
From Camden, Maine...60 miles or 1 1/2 hour's drive.
From Portland, Maine...142 miles or 3 hour's drive.
From Boston, Massachusetts...250 miles or 5 hour's drive.
From Quebec City, Quebec...279 miles (440 km) or 5 hour's drive.
The red "X" on the first map shows our general location on the Maine coast.
The second detailed map has red dots marking the intersections described in the driving directions that follow.
Follow the written instructions carefully since roads with identical route numbers loop all through our community.
By Car: If you're coming from the South we'd suggest that upon entering the state of Maine, you:
- Remain on I-95 North to Exit 44 (I-295 to South Portland).
- Take I-295 North to Gardner where it re-joins I-95 North.
- Take I-95 North again to Exit 113 (Route 3 East – this is the 3rd Augusta exit).
- Take Route 3 East through Belfast, Searsport, and Stockton Springs toward Bucksport.
- On the right will be the newly opened Penobscot Narrows Bridge with its observation tower and suspension cables. Follow Route 3 over Penobscot Narrows Bridge to Verona Island. During the summer months you can park at Fort Knox and go up the west tower of the bridge to an observation deck 400 feet above ground.
- Cross Verona Island and the low bridge approaching Bucksport, turn right to stay on Route 3. You will then also be on Route 15 South but the signage can be confusing here. Bucksport rigorously enforces its speed regulations. Fines can be steep.
- A few miles outside of Bucksport, turn right following Route 15 South toward Blue Hill, Deer Isle and Stonington.
- In another 20 minutes you should be in Blue Hill. Follow Route 15, turning right at the Exxon station at the bottom of the hill.
- Drive through Blue Hill, up the hill to the flashing light. Go straight, on Route 15 South toward Deer Isle and Stonington. We are about 11 miles from the center of Blue Hill.
- Drive about four miles and turn left at the Stop sign. This is the intersection of Snow's Cove Road and the Mines Road. You will be on Snow's Cove Road/Route 15. Follow Route 15 South toward Deer Isle and Stonington.
- Drive about three miles. You will pass Clayforms Pottery on the right, the MDOT facility on the left. Eventually you'll drive to the crest of the hill. As you approach you'll see the sign for "Holbrook Island Sanctuary" to the right. There will be a four-way intersection here. Here Route 15 goes straight, but Route 175 goes right. This is where you leave Route 15. Do not continue straight toward Deer Isle and Stonington. Turn right and go toward "Holbrook Island Sanctuary and S. Brooksville." You will be on Coastal Road.
- Coastal Road goes down the hill. You'll pass a huge boulder to the left of the road. You'll drive over a little bridge that spans the North end of Walker Pond. After the bridge will be several houses, and the road will split. MAKE SURE YOU STAY TO THE LEFT. There is a large sign that points left to Holbrook Island Sanctuary. Follow it, staying on Coastal Road.
- Drive approximately 1 mile passing Lakeview Cemetery's arched gate on the left. Keep your eye out for Herrick Road on the left (it is not a cross street, it only goes left off Coastal Road).
- Oakland House Seaside Resort is about 2 miles down Herrick Road on the right.
- Check-ins are by prior arrangement with specific directions posted prior to your arrival.
Alternate route: Occasionally guests prefer to reduce the amount of 2 lane road travel and use the following freeway alternative. Taking the freeway is easier if there is heavy rain or fog for example. This adds about 20 minutes to the total travel time:
- In Augusta continue on I-95 North and stay on it to Bangor.
- Take the first Bangor exit (Exit 182 onto I-395 East).
- From I-395 take the first Brewer Exit (onto Route 15 South) which is just as you go over the bridge.
- Stay on Route 15 South. It will take about 20 minutes to get to Bucksport. Bucksport rigorously enforces its speed regulations. Fines can be steep.
- From Bucksport continue on Route 15 South toward Blue Hill, Deer Isle and Stonington. Follow the directions above from Blue Hill.
By car from further Downeast (north or northeast): Our driving directions from Blue Hill are the easiest to follow if you've never driven in this area.
By train: The Amtrak "Downeaster" provides service from Boston to Portland, Maine. Ask for the up-grade business service. You'll get a larger seat and nicer ammenities. WiFi comes on this route. You can rent a car in Portland and drive the three hours to Oakland House. Plan to stop in Freeport on your drive. The home store of LL Bean is there. You'll be in Maine, what else?
By Bus: We can recommend Concord Trailways Bus from Boston to Bangor. Rent a car in Bangor and drive an hour and 15 minutes to Oakland House.
By plane to Bangor: US Air, American, Delta and United fly into Bangor. There you can rent a car and drive an hour to Oakland House.
There is a small airport in nearby Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport in Trenton, Maine. It's between here and Bar Harbor. It's served by US Air. If you own your own plane this might be the place to fly into as well. There are also scheduled flights. Blue Hill has a small landing strip for small private planes.
By Boat: The GPS coordinates of our entrance from Herrick Road are: Latitude 44 degrees, 18 minutes, 56 seconds North; Longitude 68 degrees, 42 minutes, 21 seconds West.
Our dock is about half-way between Bucks Harbor and the Deer Isle Bridge. We're labeled "Herricks" on the USGS topographical map.
While we have a dock and a mooring field we do not have moorings available for casual arrivals this season.
There is an active waterfront so we ask guests not to tie up their own boats at our dock. The moorings in the water are all "called" for.
If you arrive by boat you may drop anchor (by prior arrangement) and come ashore by your own dingy.