One of the magical things about coming to Maine is that no matter your passions or expectations, chances are we can help that happen for you and your guests. Drawing from the wealth of local experts, artists, and purveyors, we are proud to recommend these local businesses to enhance your stay.
NEW FOR 2021: If you are looking for an elevated experience that could include a seasonally curated dinner in your rental with a heralded chef; your kitchen stocked upon arrival with your favorite provisions; event planning or adventures and excursions, we have partnered with Vanessa at Your Maine Concierge to take our offerings to a truly personalized level. Upon reserving we will send you a letter with more information on Vanessa’s services and how to contact her directly.
Meal Delivery & Personal Chef: The kitchens in Apex homes are designed to be used. Rosemont Market and Bakery have locations close to most of our properties. They offer the finest in local produce and meats as well as small-batch cheeses, wines, and craft beers. Rosemont offers our guests curbside pickup for all of their goodies as well as in store shopping.
The Messy Cookie Parties: Krystina hosts themed cookie icing parties in your rental! Either in-person or via Zoom, she gets you everything you need to decorate your own cookies. We have done it, and it is such a fun (and sweet!) way to spend an hour of your time in Maine.
The Shuck Shack: Brendan will come to your rental with oysters that have been harvested from his personal oyster farm that morning. He adds a level of delicious sophistication to your stay with his shucking skills, sauces, and flavor pairings. Call him for pricing and details at (207) 380-9888
Grocery Delivery: Whole Foods in Portland offers free delivery of grocery and specialty items. Hannaford and Shaw's Supermarkets both offer grocery delivery through Instacart. ToDineIn.com and UberEats are also options that deliver local favorites right to your table.
Fitness: We will certainly not judge you if you pass over this section. But for those of you who can’t skip a workout even on vacation, here are a few local experts that can come right to the house, meet you on the beach, or even do a virtual visit. (Several of our homes do have exercise equipment, such as water rowers or bikes, and we can let you know upon booking if your property includes any.)
Kendra Jarratt: Kendra is a certified nutritionist and fitness coach. She is an expert at taking where you are in your journey and creating a workout to meet your needs. Visit her site for information and to schedule an appointment.
Kara Sprague: owner of Vacationland Yoga is available for private yoga, stretch, and meditation classes in your rental, on the beach, or anywhere your mat takes you. She is versed in several different styles of yoga and can guide you in a personalized session based on your level and goals.
Photographers: Many of our guests opt to use the natural backdrop of Maine for precious photoshoots. It seems rare these days to have everyone in one place -- and these photographers can capture memories for you.
Nina Cutter: We love Nina’s ability to capture the pure silliness of children. That isn’t to say she can’t also photograph adults, but she has a knack for getting the shots of kiddos that will definitely make the holiday card. See her portfolio and contact information here.
Heidi Kirn: Heidi is a well-known wedding and lifestyle photographer. She loves photographing in a group setting and gets amazing candids of pure happiness. Her studio also rents out a GIF photo booth, that makes gatherings extra festive. Visit her website here.
Stacie Maddox: Stacie of Bear and Pineapple Photography has a beautiful talent for lifestyle photos, and we love the “Kind Vibes Only” approach when it comes to capturing your special moments. See her website and gallery here.
Massage: Isn’t it such a treat to get a massage on vacation and not even leave the house? While there are many wonderful spas in the area, sometimes a massage is even better in the living room. Jill from At Home Massage offers therapeutic chair massage, traditional massages, and Reiki at very affordable pricing and her clients say her work is among the best they’ve ever had.
Florist: Adding local flowers into your stay is an easy and beautiful way to feel even more at home. We love these florists because they source from local flower farms.
Florals by Fitzy: Not only are these arrangements whimsical but you can add on packages of exquisite sugar cookies made by a local baker. Visit her page for options and photos.
Flowers by Cody: Cody is also a wedding photographer, so his eye for the exceptional is on point. Especially loving the use of lush local roses, his arrangements will be a pop of color for your stay. Contact Cody here.
Harmons Floral Company: With three locations, Harmons Floral Company has been a Portland tradition since 1887. With their acumen for all styles of arrangements, they can create something extra special for your table or special event.
Air Banners, Aerial Photography, and Tours:
Screaming Eagle Aviation : Screaming Eagles Aviation Inc. is a small owner-operated general aviation aerial advertising company, flying over the Maine coast in the summer. They fly both aerial letter banners and billboard banners a perfect idea to celebrate a special occassion at your rental property. This unique company also performs scenic flights which you can book on their website. Additionally they also sell aerial photography.
Portland Paddle: Blessed with a coastline that seems to go on forever, Maine offers spectacular days on the water. Portland Paddle creates group tours, guided expeditions around Casco Bay, kayak and SUP instruction, and rentals for your pleasure. Visit their site here.
Sail Portland Maine: There is nothing as quintessential to Maine as a boat ride on a vintage sloop. Captain Ian welcomes you aboard the Elenor Hawks, where he will sail you around Casco Bay and even provide Rosé, Beer, and Oysters for your enjoyment. To learn more about trip options, visit here.
Freedom Boat Club: For those of you that are members of the FBC in your home state, there are three outposts in the Portland and Lakes Region, where you can reserve fishing boats or Cats. Visit their local page here.
Personal Styling: Sometimes on vacation, we look into our suitcase of clothes and realize we don’t have anything to wear -- especially in Maine, where the weather can change every five minutes. These stylists can bring options to you and help you incorporate them into your outfits. Or sometimes it is just fun to have a new set of eyes on your existing clothes and help you create fully new looks.
Hannah Martin: Hannah also runs the popular blog, The Fashion Cookbook, where she blends her love of both cooking and clothes. Having spent time in LA, she loves helping people restyle what they have and incorporating new fun accessories. Visit Hannah’s site here.
Margot Legare: Margot loves high fashion, but is a Maine girl at heart. She is excellent at going through what you already own and repurposing looks for a seamless transition from day tonight. She can also recommend designers that you might not have heard of yet. Contact Margot here.
Personal Organization: If you are spending extended time at one of our properties, especially for work, you may find the need for a personal organizer. Stephanie at Lemonaid Solutions is wonderful at helping you streamline your briefcase, unpack your clothes or even settle your groceries. Check out her site and offerings here.
Make-up Application: Are you attending or hosting an event? Or want to look your best for a photoshoot? Having make-up professionally applied is not only a luxurious treat, but these experts can teach you tricks of the trade so you can look your best daily.
Vanessa Golden: Vanessa has learned from the best around the globe. Her techniques range from bold to subtle, but always perfect. Contact Vanessa for in-home visits here.
Jessica Candage: Known as the “Glam Girl,” Jessica takes her 14-years of knowledge and can help you really turn up your make-up acumen. If you are looking to redefine your look or rediscover your own inner glam girl, visit her page.Car Detailing: If you are getting ready to drive up the coast for a day of sightseeing (or just want the crumbs from the drive up gone from the backseat) we recommend Portland Detailing and Casco Bay Detailing in Yarmouth. They are quick, reliable, and professional.
Mobile Vet/Grooming: Should you require any help with your furry friends during your stay, Vet at Your Door is a mobile service that will come directly to you. If you need grooming services, Soggy Dog in Falmouth is wonderful and they also sell accessories and have a pet bakery.
Romance: If you are here alone and perhaps looking to meet someone special to share some adventures with, Hinckley Introductions offers matchmaking services for those over 40. Jill has been making meaningful connections for decades. And if the name sounds familiar, her grandfather founded Hinckley Yachts. Schedule a 20-minute call with Jill here.