Travel & Local Information

Our field school in Masardis, Maine is 40 minutes (30 miles) west of Presque Isle and 2.5 hours (140 miles) north of Bangor.

Travel Information – Car:

You can get directions to Masardis from Google Maps by clicking here and entering your starting point.

Local Driving Directions:

Local driving direction and arrival times are located on our local driving directions page.

Travel Information – Plane:

• Presque Isle International Airport (PQI) in Presque Isle is 30 miles away. There are daily flights between Presque Isle and Newark, NJ (Newark Liberty International Airport – EWR) provided by United Airlines.
• Bangor International Airport (BGR) is 145 miles away. If flying into Bangor, you can take Cyr Bus Lines to Presque Isle from theConcord Trailways bus station located directly across from the airport.
• Porland Jetport (PWM) is 260 miles away.
• Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) is 365 miles away. For those arriving internationally to Boston, taking the bus to Presque Isle is the most economical way to get here.

Travel Information – Bus:

• Presque Isle is served by Cyr Bus Lines, which has daily bus service to northern Maine from Bangor.
• For those coming from Boston or points south, take the Concord Coach to Bangor, then get on the Cyr Bus Lines to Presque Isle. Bangor is also served by Greyhound. Please note that there are two bus stations in Bangor: the Greyhound station downtown and the Concord Trailways bus station on Union Street near the airport. You can catch the Cyr bus to Presque Isle from either of these stations.

Airport And Bus Station Pickup:

• Aroostook Limo can pick you up at either the airport or bus station in Presque Isle and drop you at the field school for about $100 (plus tip). Contact them at (207) 551-7788, or by email at darick.c.williams@gmail.com. This is the outfit that drops off lost airline luggage and have been out to the field school numerous times. If you’re interested in this service, please schedule at least 36 hours in advance.

Accomodations In Presque Isle (30 Miles)

• Hampton Inn – Presque Isle
• Presque Isle Inn And Convention Center
• Sure Stay Hotel by Best Western
• Northeastland Hotel
• Northern Lights Motel
• Neil E. Michaud Campground

LOCAL ACCOMODATIONS IN MASARDIS AND ASHLAND

• Blackwater Outfitters And Cabin Rentals – (207) 540-4101. Our friends Dick and Melanie Cullins operate Blackwater Outfitters, where you can rent a small cabin with a full kitchen and bathroom for a very reasonable rate. They’re located 5 miles down the road. Wifi friendly.
• Another option are the beautiful cabins on the river at Moose Island, also run by Blackwater Outfitters.
• The Dalton Inn – Bed And Breakfast – (207) 435-3171. Just south of Ashland on route 11, about 7 miles from the field school.

ACCOMODATIONS IN PORTAGE LAKE (18 Miles)

• Dean’s Motor Lodge – (207) 435-3701. 18 miles from the field school, Dean’s is a small hotel with an attached restaurant and bar. Wifi friendly.

HOT SHOWERS IN PORTAGE LAKE (18 MILES)

• Dean’s Motor Lodge – (207) 435-3701. 18 miles from the field school, Dean’s is a small hotel with an attached restaurant and bar. Wifi friendly.

HOT SHOWERS IN PRESQUE ISLE (30 Miles)

• Nordic Heritage Center – A few miles from Presque Isle, has a lodge with showers. Yearly membership for $35.
• Gentile Hall – On the University of Maine at Presque Isle campus. Showers, 25 yard pool, gym, indoor track, climbing wall. Daily fee.
• Presque Isle Health And Wellness Center – Showers, Pool, Gym. Daily fee.
• Neil E. Michaud Campground – Showers.

GROCERIES NEAR THE FIELD SCHOOL

• Ashland Food Mart – Small-town grocery store about 8 miles from the field school. There are multiple grocery stores in Presque Isle.

RESTAURANTS AND TAKEOUT FOOD NEAR THE FIELD SCHOOL

• Mama Lou’s – Takeout burgers and pizza in downtown Masardis.
• Old Post Cafe – New sit-down restaurant located in Ashland next door to the One Stop, about 8 miles away.
• Qwik Stop 2 – Seasonal takeout food and ice cream located in Ashland next to the river.
• Ashland 1-Stop – Takeout food (pizza, fried chicken, etc.) located in Ashland, 8 miles from the field school.
• Dean’s Motor Lodge – (207) 435-3701. 18 miles from the field school, Dean’s is a small hotel with a sit-down restaurant and bar. Wifi friendly.

MEDICAL CARE NEAR THE FIELD SCHOOL

• Katahdin Valley Health Center – Ashland Clinic – Located in Ashland about 8 miles from the field school.
• Northern Light AR Gould Hospital – Located 30 miles from the field school in Presque Isle. 24-hour emergency room.
• VA Clinic, Caribou – Located 40 miles from the field school in Caribou.

FARMS, FARM STANDS & FARMER’S MARKETS NEAR THE FIELD SCHOOL

• Ashland Farm Stand – Locally-grown vegetables, available seasonally. Located in Ashland about 8 miles from the field school.
• Presque Isle Farmers Market – Located in Presque Isle. Seasonal.
• Valley Pride Farm – Located in Ashland.
• List of Aroostook County Farms – Compiled by the University of Maine.

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Please plan to arrive and depart on the specified days and times. Do not arrive early, and do not plan to stay on-site after the end-date of the program. There are camping and lodging options available nearby for those who get to the area early or want to spend some extra time in northern Maine.

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