Destinations: Belfast, Maine

Belfast, MaineWe are very pleased that the beautiful & historic small city of Belfast, Maine has welcomed us to make this our home port. Belfast is located just off U.S. Route 1, across the Bridge from Searsport. This is where we greet our guests, spend our first night aboard, and then set sail on our many Maine Cruises.

About Belfast:

Belfast is located on Penobscot Bay and at the mouth of the Passagassawakeag River. The Belfast Area has rich in history dating back more than 200 years. The community was an early fishing village, and was named for the City in Ireland in 1765. The harbour and waterfront were the hub of commercial activity. The Belfast area had many active shipyards. Searsport alone, just to the north of Belfast, was home to eleven yards and to more shipmasters than any other town in America. Between 1810 and 1890, more than 200 ships slid down the ways in Searsport and in 1887 alone, more than 1,200 vessels arrived in local ports. During this time of great prosperity, shipbuilders and merchants built beautiful Greek Revival, Colonial, and Victorian mansions throughout the area. Captains decorated spectacular mansions with treasures carried home from exotic ports. Many of these homes are now B&Bs or Inns. The Penobscot Marine Museum of Searsport, a village of eleven vintage buildings preserves the local maritime history and the Belfast Museum is located in the heart of Downtown Belfast.

art in BelfastBelfast carried the spirit of enterprise into the 20th and 21st centuries. During the 1940's the area embraced the shoe business and became major center for the poultry business. Belfast is currently known for its art galleries, shopping, and dining, its well-preserved architecture and its New England coastal town charm. Lobstermen here continue work the same waters as their ancestors.

Directions to Belfast

At Home in Our Port of Belfast:

Your Arrival:

You should plan on arriving in Belfast between 6 and 9 PM on the evening before your cruise departure date. You may check in at our Ship's Office anytime prior to boarding. You may stay aboard the WANDERBIRD, as our guest the night before your cruise departs, but plan on finding dinner in town at a local pub, seafood restaurant or tapas bar. (We have a good list of recommendations below). The first meal we serve aboard will be breakfast on the morning of departure. We will serve cold drinks, tea & coffee that evening and you may want to explore our colourful and friendly new home port, and pick up a few last minute items.

The Docks:

Just follow Main Street downhill to the water and you will see us at the town docks! Expedition Vessel Wanderbird. Free Parking is available nearby.

Our Office & Northern Lights Gallery:

Wanderbird office

Located at 33 Main Street, the office is a very short uphill walk from the docks. Check out our collection of Inuit art, First Nations art, fine northern handicrafts & sculpture, scrimshaw, Labradorite & pewter sea-theme jewellery - all found during our travels aboard Wanderbird. We also have our own line of Wanderbird hats, shirts, fleece jackets & vests, aprons & more!


Belfast tugboatBelfast Resources:

Chamber of Commerce
207-338-5900 www.belfastmaine.org
PO Box 58, Belfast, Maine 04915

Accommodations:

Alden House (B&B in Belfast Historic District)
Innkeepers: Ted and Deborah Hensley
207-338- 2151 or 1-877-337-8151 www.thealdenhouse.com
63 Church Street, Belfast, ME 04915
(Our Wanderbirders/Guests Recommended this B&B)

The Penobscot Inn
Hosts & Innkeepers: Val & Kris Kurapka
1-800-335-2370 or 207-338-5715 baymeadowsinn.com
192 Northport Avenue (Rt.1), Belfast, Maine 04915

Wealthy Poor House (B&B in Belfast Historic District)
Hosts & Innkeepers: Captain Malcolm & Carol Gater
1-207-338-4578 Email: wealthypoorhouse@gmail.com
70 Church Street, Belfast Maine 04915

Bouys in BelfastRestaurants:

The Penobscot Inn
Hosts & Innkeepers: Val & Kris Kurapka
1-800-335-2370 or 207-338-5715 baymeadowsinn.com
192 Northport Avenue (Rt.1), Belfast, Maine 04915
This is our favourite cosy winter place to dine.

Three Tides
proprietors: David, Sarah & Baby Luna
207-338-1707 3tides.com
2 Pinchy Lane, Belfast, Maine 04915 (Marshall Wharf/Next to the Tugboats)
Fun, Hip Tapas Bar - Great Food & Cocktails

Darby's Restaurant & Pub
proprietors: Gail and Jerry Savitz
207-338-2339 www.darbysrestaurant.com
155 High Street Belfast, Maine 04915 (two doors from movie theater)
Classic Building, Local Art & Delicious Eclectic Cuisine

Belfast Soup & Sandwich/Streganona Cafe
proprietors: Wayne & Heidi Drinkwater
207-338-6541
33 Main Street (Behind Wanderbird Cruises/Northern Lights Gallery)
For a Lobster Roll on Homemade Italian Grilled Bread!

Taxi:

Marty's Old Town Taxi
207-827-8800
(Wanderbirders traveling from Bangor have used this service. Marty will pre-arrange a time for your 'pick up' at the docks in Belfast as well)

Where to Go & Other Local Information:

Penobscot Marine Museum
207-548-2529 www.penobscotmarinemuseum.org
5 Church Street, Searsport, ME 04974
A fantastic Museum... Definitely worth a visit for a look back at our abundant Maritime History

Sonya’s Skincare (And more...)
proprietor: Sonya Clark
207-338-5040 www.sonyasskincare.com
33 Main Street (2nd Floor)
For some serious pampering and relaxation!

Northern Lights Gallery
proprietors: Karen & Rick Miles/Vessel Wanderbird
207-338-3088 www.northernlightsgallery.org
33 Main Street
Inuit Art, First Nations Art, Fine Northern Handicrafts, Scrimshaw, Jewelry and More!

Parent Gallery
207-338-1553 www.nealparent.com
92 Main Street, Belfast, Maine 04915
(Much of the local photography featured aboard Wanderbird, is that of our good friend Neal Parent! Check out his Photography, Classes & Gallery!)