5 Illuminating Learning Vacations


From our 2016 Maine Vacation Guide!

By Caroline Praderio

Get all 121 events, trips, sweet spots, and insider tips in our 2016 Maine Vacation Guide — in the May issue!

Haystack Mountain School of Crafts

Bring out your inner artisan with one- and two-week workshops in ceramics, blacksmithing, glass beads, fiber arts, writing, and more. May 29–September 3. $735–$3,110. 89 Haystack School Dr., Deer Isle. 207-348-2306.

Maine Media Workshops

From iPhone photography and letterpress printing to cinematography and poetry, pros and amateurs alike find plenty to learn at this cool midcoast arts school. May 29–October 29. $195–$1,795. 70 Camden St., Rockport. 207-236-8581.

New England School of Metalwork

Axes and chef’s knives and razors, oh my! Sign up to, ahem, forge new metalworking skills at this hands-on center. May–November. $440–$1,300. 7 Albiston Way, Auburn. 207-777-6211.

Saltwater Farm Cooking School

Five-day workshops cover culinary basics (knife skills, baking bread, growing herbs), and specialty intensives highlight regional cuisines of Mexico, Italy, and France. June–October. $450–$650. Salt Water Farm Rd., Lincolnville. 207-236-0554.

The WoodenBoat School

Something for every type of boat nerd — think classes on boat-design software, boat building, oar making, bronze casting, sailing, even marine photography and painting. June 5–October 1. $550–$3,111. 41 WoodenBoat Ln., Brooklin. 207-359-4651.

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