In The Rum Diary, a recent Hollywood release, Johnny Depp worked with an unlikely costar—Schooner Heron’s 65-foot wooden schooner, which graced the screen in the role of Sanderson’s yacht. When not avoiding the relentless flash of paparazzi, the boat traverses Penobscot Bay’s pristine archipelago of islands during three styles of daily summer cruises. The cruises run the gamut from tours covering local history and wildlife to BYOB adventures, on which guests can watch the sun set and the fish turn on their night lights. US Coast Guard-certified captains helm these journeys, drawing on expertise from their days sailing the Gulf of Maine, the Caribbean, and the trans-Atlantic passages.
With an experienced guide at the helm, eager explorers pile into Maine Rafting Expedition’s brightly colored rafts, ready to crash over rumbling rapids throughout Maine’s rivers. Their excursions suit adventurers of all abilities, from more relaxed family- and kid-friendly jaunts through the Penobscot River’s Class III and IV rapids to white-knuckle-inducing trips through Canada Falls’ Class-V rapids and a 20-foot waterfall. The most popular trip runs down 16 miles of the Penobscot River, whose Class IV and V rapids offer a heart-pumping ride for paddlers and wild moose aged 14 and up. The seasoned guides also lead overnight expeditions, which break for slumber at fully equipped campsites along the river. On every trip, rafters can fuel up with the included riverside barbecues and commemorate their journeys with photos and videos available for purchase.
At Tiny’s Castle Day Spa, zebra-print chairs turn into miniature thrones as young girls become princesses for the day with spa packages or private parties. The Enchanted Closet package lets girls pick their choice of gown to complete their royal look after being pampered with spa manicures, queenly hairdos, and a modest touch of makeup. Alternatively, with Royal Tea Time, guests of all ages can flaunt newly manicured fingers as they sip on tea, nibble cupcakes or cookies, and shoo away adoring subjects. To enhance outings, guests can add fun touches such as goody bags, a punch fountain, a cupcake tree, or visits from Cinderella or Snow White. Children and adults can also indulge with items from an à la carte menu, such as spa manicures and pedicures and all-natural cleansing facials.
Tiny’s Castle Day Spa's staff can ready kids and adults for weddings, proms, father daughter dances, or any other occasion. They also lend their services to holiday gatherings, birthday parties, anniversary celebrations, showers, and other special events.
When Laurie Granger graduated from massage school in 2004, a surprise awaited her at home. Her husband, Steve, had converted their one-car garage into a three-room spa, which she soon christened Heaven's Door. Today when clients show up to the aptly named spa, Laurie whisks them away to a greeting room where they can warm their feet by a pellet stove as she asks about their massage preferences. A small business that focuses on excellent service, she tailors her strokes to these tastes and delights in hearing praise for her gentle touch. "I couldn't ask for a more rewarding profession than this," she confesses.
All of Laurie’s massages include 15 minutes in a private hot tub, which unwinds muscles with its soothing jets. From there, a door opens directly into the private massage room, where Laurie further eases tension with unscented lotions and a heated table.
Strength. Grace. Flexibility. These are words most often associated with ballet, but they can also be seamlessly applied to the art of pole dancing. At the Best Shape of Your Life private studio, instructors whip ladies of all sizes into shape through body-toning and confidence-enhancing pole-dancing techniques. As students shimmy up poles and perform aerial tricks, they work toward slimmer physiques, toned muscles, and increased flexibility. When not conducting classes, the staff opens their studio for private parties, bridal parties, and tightly knit juries, allowing friends to gather over drinks and pole-dancing instruction.
Personal Best Health Club’s expansive fitness room—outfitted with weight machines, cardio equipment, and free weights—welcomes clients to take charge of their physical health. The club also has studio space with sleek, hardwood floors for classes including ballet, circuit training, Zumba, Kettlebells & Yoga, and muscle-sculpting Toning sessions. People looking for help reaching such fitness goals as dropping pounds, running a marathon, or somersaulting a 5K can enlist the aid of personal trainer as well.