Concierge Services & Guest Favorites

Welcome to the Apex Luxury Rentals Concierge Page. These are a collection of local businesses, services and products that guests have told us elevates their time in Maine. This year, we added a collection of women-owned businesses. If you enjoy something during your stay that we may have missed, let us know so we can share with future guests. Thank you so much for helping us support Maine businesses. 

2023 List of Women Owned Businesses: 
As a woman-owned business, we support local and like-minded businesses that also run under girl power. 

We wanted to share some of our favorites that we either use in our rentals or guests have told us they really enjoy patronizing. If you choose to support any during your stay, tell them you heard about them from Apex!


Lady Shuckers: Lady Shuckers is a mobile-raw bar and special event catering company invested in amplifying the voices of females and minorities on the working waterfront. Women-owned and operated in Portland, Maine, Lady Shuckers sources, primarily from female-run sea farms, and co-sponsors cross-sector partnerships with local businesses to increase representation and resiliency for the Maine seafood brand, while helping to shape a narrative of diversity and inclusion for the aquaculture industry in our coastal economies.

Vena’s Fizz House: Vena’s Fizz House is a cocktail/mocktail bar and mixology shop that is also a go-to resource for mixology education. Their FIZZ ED Mixology Classes are offered both virtually and in person – with or without spirits. Book classes at: Vena's Fizz House

The Messy Cookie: It is the paint night you get to eat! Krystina supplies everything you need to decorate beautifully-themed cookies either virtually or in person. It is a fun family or girl’s night event. Learn more: The Messy Cookie

Wine Wise Sails: Enjoying wine and a cruise around Casco Bay with Sommelier Erica Archer. From May through October, she offers many different themes, regions and events. These sell our quickly, so browse her page when you know you are coming to Maine: Wine Wise Sails
Enjoy Casco Bay on a Wine Sail

Coffee by Design: If you have stayed in an Apex home, you have most likely noticed the Apex Luxury Blend coffee we stock in the kitchens. There are a few brick and mortar locations throughout Portland, and they do a wonderful job supporting women-roasters and growers around the world. Coffee by Design

Maggie Mae’s: Located in Yarmouth, close to our Falmouth, Cumberland and Yarmouth homes, this shop offers wonderful custom salads, prepared meals, the best homemade chocolate chip cookies and charcuterie boxes ready to take to the beach, on the boat or back to bed. See their menus at: Maggie Mae's


Sea Bags: More than likely, you have seen these trendy and sustainable recycled sails-turned-bags before. The original Sea Bags company continues to add new patterns, designs and custom offerings to their line. Visit the Portland or Freeport store and online: Sea Bags

Chappy Wraps: These luxuriously soft blankets are in many of our homes for added comfort if you want an extra layer for the deck or couch. They offer many seasonal colors and patterns and make a beloved gift from Maine: Chappy Wraps

Aristelle: Located in Portland’s Old Port, Aristelle sells silk lingerie, robes and cozy pj’s, loungewear and bridal sets. Ashley reminds women to get fitted properly for a bra when they stop by; most women wear the wrong size! Aristelle
Treat yourself to lovely silk, comfy jammies and loungewear.


Elizabeth Moss Galleries:
There are two galleries that showcase Maine’s contemporary artists. Visit her site to see her calendar of events and portfolio of artists. We love supporting local artists and makers.  

Sara Fitz Studios: Apex homes are proud to showcase Sara’s watercolor prints in several homes. Her style is New England chic and guests adore her notecards, ornaments, linens and wallpapers. Visit her flagship store in York or online: Sara Fitz

Terrarium Portland: This lovely greenhouse teaches you how to create your own terrarium while enjoying locally made snacks and wine. Visit their site for booking details: Terrarium Portland
Create a living art piece to take home


Maine Day Ventures: Offering culinary, history or custom walking tours of Portland, Kennebunkport, Biddeford and Bar Harbor, this group wins high praise for their knowledge and passion for Maine. Browse their offerings at Maine Day Ventures
Tours led by locals show you the best in food and history.

Here are more Maine businesses and services we are proud to reccommend in 2023. If you need additional reccommendations, please reach out and we are happy to help you. 

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.

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.  
Considering a cozy night in? A revel board is a perfect snack to snuggle up by the fire to enjoy. There are sweet smores options to cater to your inner child, as well as gorgeous savory options that will be the talk of your gathering. Check out Revel Board + Beverage Instagram to see more of their delicious creations.

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. 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 occasion at your rental property. This unique company also performs scenic flights which you can book on their website.  Additionally, they also sell aerial photography.  

Mountain Activities:
Sunday River: Sunday River is a member of the Boyne Resorts family, consisting of excellent, snow-filled ski areas from East to West. With 135 trails and glades, this mountain is a perfect option for someone who would like to stay closer to the Southern Maine area. Twilight skiing is one of their most popular activities but they also offer snow tubing, dog sledding, and ice climbing.
Sugarloaf: One of the most prestigious mountains in Maine, Sugarloaf is a base for all things skiing. With many different pass options, whether your stay is short-term or long-term, there’s an affordable option. Not only limited to alpine trails, but nordic skiing is also possible on more than 90km of trails. Looking for something a little more private? Take the trail less traveled and explore the Eastern Territory with your own private cat. Groups of up to five people from the same household or traveling group can now book two hours of cat skiing on weekends when conditions allow. 
Sugarloaf may be best known as an alpine skiing resort, but tucked away in the woods just minutes from the base area is Maine's largest Nordic center. Surrounded by some of the most picturesque trails in New England, snowshoeing has long been a popular activity and recently fat biking has become a popular method to get out. Take a spin around the NHL-sized ice skating rink to finish off the day. 

Holiday Activities:

Gardens Aglow: Join Coastal Maine Botanical Garden in Boothbay for Gardens Aglow – the largest light show in Maine! Gardens Aglow will light up the Boothbay peninsula for the seventh year in a row in 2021 as a driving tour. In addition to the dazzling lighting displays at the Gardens, visitors will also enjoy exploring the region to view entries in our Lighting Contest, which will be viewable on our map. Winners of the contest will be chosen by popular vote in a text-to-vote platform.
Boat Charters/Rentals:
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

Rock Bottom Fisheries: Visiting Portland and looking for a fun and memorable experience? Book a harbor tour on our authentic Maine fishing boat! Cruise the spectacular Maine coast on a Sunset Tour or a private charter for your family or group. If you’re looking to hands-on, haul and set traps on a Lobster Tour!

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 are 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.