Homerís studio is next to a quiet residential neighborhood that can only be accessed by security code, meaning you canít just show up on an impromptu visit to town. The only way to get there is by booking a pre-arranged tour through the Portland Museum of Art, who owns the studio. Meet at the museum and youíll be taken over in a bus (maximum capacity ten people) for the tour, which lasts two and a half hours including transit.
The tours begin in April and end in November, and in busy summer months they can fill up several weeks in advance, so check the museumís website when youíre planning your visit. Tickets cost $55 each, but only $20 if youíre a student, so dig out that grad school ID.
The price may seem steep, but if you're a hardcore art lover it'll be well worth the excursion. Bonus points: the surrounding area and the view of the sea will make for some gorgeous photos.
[Photo: MassTravel & Lilit M.]