How do I get to Moss Wood?
You can get here from where you are.
If you choose to drive to Cape Rosier:
From Portland, ME: 2 and ½ hours
From Boston: 4 and ½ hours
From Concord, N.H.: 4 and ½ hours
From New York metropolitan area: 8 hours
From Burlington, Vermont: 6 hours
From Washington D.C.: 12 hours
The address for Google Maps or Sat Nav:
220 Weir Cove Road, Harborside, Maine 04642
We can provide assistance on options in driving routes. Just ask.
The closest airport to Cape Rosier is Bangor International (BGR), which is served by many airlines.
Cars are available to rent from Avis, Budget, Hertz and Alamo.
We will also arrange transport from the airport to Moss Wood upon request.
You can also fly into Portland, Maine Jetport (PWM) and take the time to drive along the coast to Moss Wood. Direct driving time is approximately 3 hours, but that would vary greatly depending on your choice of routes and stops. You might want to visit the famed L.L. Bean store in Freeport, open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Again, we will be happy to provide any advice on possible routes and areas of interest
Do I need to rent a car for a Moss Wood Retreat?
No, there is no necessity to have a car while at Moss Wood. You are able to walk from the house to the beach and dock where the boats are kept, either through the woods or along the road. It is also an easy walk to the hiking trails to the top of Blueberry Hill (for the wondrous view) and Bakeman Beach, and a pleasant but longer walk to the Good Life Center on the Cape.
The staff is ready to drop you off, whenever possible, should you need a lift.
However, if you want to wander further afield, you will need a car. If this is your first trip to this glorious part of the world, we recommend, if at all possible, that you travel about before or after the retreat. And as always, the staff of Moss Wood Retreats is ready, willing, and able to provide advice and assistance with travel arrangements in this region that we know and love.
If participants are interested in joining together to share the cost of a rental car, we will facilitate this if possible.
Is it possible to attend a Moss Wood retreat without staying at Moss Wood?
Yes, we certainly welcome those who live in the area.
The cost for a “day-tripper” to attend includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The expectation is that you will join us for the full schedule each day. There is no “one day” pass. Please feel free to contact the director with any questions and concerns you may have.
What are the rooms like at Moss Wood? Are the bathrooms ensuite?
Moss Wood has five bedrooms. The rooms are comfortable, and as with the rest of the house, in keeping with a Maine cottage feel. There are two modern bathrooms, one on the second floor and one on the first.
Are there desks in the bedrooms? What spaces are available for writing?
The bedrooms do not have desks, but there are any number of places for writing. The main porch has two tables that are available for use outside of meetings and meals, as is the large kitchen table. Some participants prefer to work on comfortable chairs, laptops to hand, and both the living room and the porch at Moss Wood have plenty to choose from.
You will also want to investigate working next door in the dining room at Hiram Blake Camp, which we have arranged as quiet workspace. This handsome room is well known in the area for the books that fill the walls and hang down from the ceiling, a library sorted and catalogued by the Reverend Maurice Venno, grandfather of Deb Ludlow, one of the current proprietors of the camp.
The walls are covered in original art work, weathered maps, antique Asian musical instruments, as well as a Revolutionary War musket found on one of the islands.
You will have your choice of cushioned benches along the wall with tables for writing.
I have dietary restrictions. Will you be able to accommodate them?
We will do our utmost to try and accommodate dietary concerns, restrictions or allergies. We ask that you provide the information on your registration form. If for some reason we are unable to provide the meals you require we will (unhappily) say so and return your registration. But it is difficult to imagine such an eventuality; we do our best and we aim to please.
What about cell phone service? Wi-Fi?
There is Wi-Fi in Moss Wood. While internet access is satisfactory, cell phone service can be either adequate, or very patchy—the result is dependent entirely on your carrier. If you have concerns about phone access, we can provide the phone number of Hiram Blake Camp as an emergency back up.
I am interested in coming to a Moss Wood Retreat but am only able to attend two nights. Is it possible to come for a shorter time?
As much as we like to be flexible, we believe in the community aspect of a retreat that requires each participant to be present for the whole time. Our schedule is jam-packed as it is; think what you would be missing!
We will be happy to add your name to our mailing list, as we are considering shorter one or two day retreats. Please send your information to email@example.com.
Is it possible to come earlier, or to stay at Moss Wood beyond the Sunday check out?
Unfortunately, Moss Wood is only available to the participants for the time of the retreat or, upon special arrangements, for a day or two earlier.
If you want to explore the greater Down East area, and we heartily encourage you to do so, we will be happy to guide you with where to go, what to do and see, and to provide some assistance in making arrangements.
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