About the Area

Scenic Mid-Coast Maine

Ironwood Maine is located approximately 20 miles northwest of Camden in a rural setting adjacent to Maine’s pristine Frye Mountain Wildlife Management Area. The two nearest major airports include Bangor (approximately 45 miles away, 1 hour 15 minute drive time) and Portland (approximately 95 miles away, 2 hours 10 minute drive time). Boston’s Logan International Airport is 206 miles to the southeast. Accommodations are available nearby in Belfast, Camden, and Rockland. Visitors to Maine’s beautiful mid coast will find a large variety of bed and breakfasts, old-fashioned cottages, and modern hotels to suit any preference or budget. Visitors will be amazed at the breathtaking ocean views and mountainous rocky shores dotted with numerous island lighthouses.

Situated 11 miles from Ironwood’s campuses, Belfast, Maine is a charming harbor town known for its antique shops, galleries, museums, and restaurants. Located on Penobscot Bay, Belfast is renowned for its islands, coves, and bustling harbor of white-sailed schooners and lobster boats. The picturesque harbor features fine dining, shops, and art galleries.

Rockport, just south of Camden, is home to Maine Coast Artists Gallery, Bay Chamber concerts, and Maine photographic workshops. Rockland, home to the Farnsworth Art Museum/Wyeth Center, is world famous for its mountainous rocky shore, many harbors and inlets, and the best cruising waters for sailing and boating.

Bucksport’s waterfront offers a fantastic view across the Penobscot River, where visitors can explore Fort Knox, a massive granite fortress built in the 1840s. Nearby Searsport features the Penobscot Marine Museum.

Visitors are welcome to sign up for sailing lessons, spend a day hiking through scenic Camden Hills State Park, or enjoy fine dining of a traditional Maine lobster bake. Activities also include windjammer tours, whale watching, summer garden tours, fall foliage festivals, cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling.

Where to Eat and Stay


Eat at Young’s Lobster Pound (this is as real “Maine” as it gets), or have dinner at Darby’s, a quaint pub restaurant with a vintage atmosphere. Enjoy breakfast or lunch at Chase’s Daily, a fabulous vegetarian restaurant that even sells produce and bakery goods in the back. Visit the Belfast Co-Op, a natural food store that’s a throw back to the 70’s when Belfast was taken over by hippies (many are still around). They have a small restaurant-style counter that’s perfect for take-out or picnic lunches.

Where to stay in Belfast:


Have a wonderful dinner at Francine’s Bistro (our personal favorite). Or go to Natalie’s at the Mill for a beautifully prepared meal. Enjoy dinner and the view at Atlantica Restaurant or at The Waterfront. Grab a quick bite at Cappy’s Chowder House or have a delicious sandwich at the Camden Deli.

Where to stay in Camden: