Here we feature products & businesses we found to be of the finest kind, and so are chosen to be shared here as Best of Maine.
We encourage you to patronize our chosen partners to support the goodness of Maine and to make your life a little more like being aboard.
The flowers that greet you in your cabins aboard our ship are fresh from nearby Swell Farms. Tracey and Chris draw beauty from the soil and supply constant reminders of Maine's beauty and potential for growth, goodness and sharing.
Swell Farm is a small family operation in Mid Coast Maine, growing high quality cut flowers on nearly an acre of land.
We split our growing space between our home farm in Rockland, and a generously leased plot of land in the neighboring Rockport.
We farm using organic and sustainable practices. It is of the utmost importance to us to leave our growing space better than we found it.
The soaps you'll enjoy in your cabins aboard our ship are handmade on the Maine coast by Sisters Soap. They look and smell so good, you'll want to eat them! Luckily - and probably because of this - the one sister, Caitlin, also makes award winning cheeses (link below), so you actually can eat something made by these creative sisters, just not the soaps.
Sisters Soap began as a joint venture between sisters Caitlin Hunter and Megan Owen. Now, while Cait focuses on her award winning cheeses, Megan crafts the wonderfully moisturizing soaps using goat milk from Cait’s farm, Appleton Creamery.
Just as Cait’s cheeses delight your palate and leave you craving more, Sisters Soaps will awaken your senses and leave your skin feeling soft and pampered. We challenge you to resist becoming addicted to both!
Our soaps are visually stunning as well as nutrient rich. The addition of dried flowers, herbs and seeds make each bar unique and appealing. The use of recycled containers for molds allows for a variety of unique shapes that you won’t find elsewhere. Our large selection of scents ensures that everyone will discover a personal favorite!
After you explore Secret Maine on your Maine sailing cruise aboard VICTORY CHIMES, let Penobscot Island Air reveal our secrets from the air during one of their scenic "flightseeing" tours of the area.