Venn + Maker’s owners scout Maine studios for remarkable craftsmanship, stocking their boutique with favorite treasures. Dip-dyed rope harvest baskets by artist Lauren Beveridge are roomy enough to fill with maple syrup, wild blueberry jam, and Maine cheeses from the Portland Farmers’ Market (Deering Oaks Park, Wednesdays and Saturdays).
Sleekly reimagined shipping containers house small businesses at The Black Box, a boutique incubator. Two of its current tenants: Campfire Pottery, starring modern, homespun artistry, and Mulxiply, whose jewelry and handbags are wearable reminders of Portland.
Mile-long Crescent Beach is steps away from 61 rooms and private-entrance suites at Inn by the Sea in Cape Elizabeth, seven miles south of Portland. Here, creature comforts are planet friendly: Servers whisk sustainable Maine sashimi to a deck overlooking bobbing lobster boats; below, New England cottontails hop through restored thickets of bayberry and wild roses. And, best of all, guests can adopt the inn’s resident rescue pups. Virtuoso travelers receive a $30 breakfast credit daily and a $100 spa credit.
Summer-camp nostalgia infuses 56 bungalows, cottages, and treetop lodges on 60 acres of forest at Hidden Pond outside Kennebunkport, a 29-mile drive south from Portland. The Tree Spa’s treatment rooms perch in a dappled birch grove, and families pedal cruiser bikes to nearby Goose Rocks Beach. Garden-fresh meals at Earth restaurant are served in a woodsy dining room or private dining areas secreted across the property. Virtuoso travelers receive breakfast daily and a $100 resort credit.