Meet the Cottage Connection Team
Meet Team CCM – About Us A Message From Audrey & Jeff:
Greetings from beautiful Maine, and thank you for visiting our Vacation Rental website. We have assembled a great group of local people to help you pick from a wide variety of outstanding Vacation Cottage Rentals in several towns around Mid Coast Maine, in Wayne, Maine and Brandon, Vermont that we know you will enjoy. We are proud partners with property owners to make each vacation home a true “Vacation” home, not overly done, complete with sentimental family furnishings and lots of love, welcoming and accommodating for family reunions, corporate retreats, and great getaways to relax, renew and refresh your body and soul and reconnect with family and friends! We look forward to making new friends!
We ask for and listen to feedback from our guests and listen to their suggestions. It’s little things like clear instructions for trash removal, how to log on to the Internet at the cottage, puzzles, games, books, maps and a binder-full of local information to point you in the right direction to the nearest grocery store, the best restaurants, and a few lesser known places that you might otherwise have missed.
We welcome you to contact us with any thoughts or questions you may have about our properties. You can use this website to find out everything you will need to know about reserving a vacation cottage with us, as well as making your actual reservation. We look forward to hearing from you and welcoming you to some of our favorite Maine and Vermont places.
If you have a question about any of our vacation homes or our vacation destinations of Mid Coast Maine or Wayne, Maine or Brandon, Vermont please use the Contact Us link at the top right. If you would like immediate assistance, please feel free to give us a call at 207-633-6545 or 207-380-3043. We look forward to helping you find exactly what you are looking for!~Jeff and Audrey
Customer Service is our #1 priority! All of us at Cottage Connection are dedicated to providing you with a vacation experience that you will always remember.... one that you will long to return to, time and time again!
Jeffrey H. Miller and Audrey Leeds Miller, Co-Founders
In 1992, Jeff and Audrey were dating and trying to find something they could do together to earn a living in Boothbay Harbor. Audrey had a background in sales and marketing and Jeff in real estate. They realized that vacation rentals were not highly valued by real estate offices and thought that a company devoted exclusively to vacation rentals would be a good thing for the Boothbay Region. In 1993 they founded Boothbay Cottage Connection, Inc. They started with 15 houses in 1993 and by 2001 had grown to over 150 rental properties. Today they focus on quality not quantity and working with the property owners that share the same hospitality mindset. Cottage Connection is exclusively dedicated to vacation rentals. Audrey is a founder of and on the Board of Directors of the Vacation Rental Professionals of Maine Inc. (VRPOMe.org) and was their first President. They have 1 daughter who attends Kents Hill School.
Jeff’s Favorite Lunch: Bet’s Fish Fry on the common in Boothbay
Best Sunset: On the Front Porch of Captain’s Quarters in Linekin Bay with a glass of scotch
Must Do: Go out on the boat and fish for mackerel in Linekin Bay
Audrey’s Favorite Shop: Her Tile Shop, Tile Connection, next to Cottage Connection in Boothbay
Best Pizza: Blueberry Gorgonzola or Veggie with Arugula at the East Boothbay General Store
Must Do: Play golf and get season tickets the Maine State Music Theater in Brunswick
Alan Dodge, Maintenance and Guest Services
Alan is a handy man to have around. He likes fixing things. If you have a problem while staying at one of our properties, Alan will probably come by and take a look. Alan has lived in our area of Maine his entire life (a true Mainer) and is a great resource for places to go, to eat or to just have fun. Alan is a Chef by trade and has had a long career cooking in local restaurants. He works at Bowdoin College in the “off season” as a chef still. He likes working at CCM because it gives him a chance to get some exercise and fresh air. He enjoys riding his motorcycle, camping and music.
Best Day Trip: A ride to Pemaquid or Old Orchard Beach
Best Lunch: Slipway Restaurant on the waterfront in Thomaston
Must Do: Walk Around Ocean Point
Alexis (Lexie) Loring Miller, Guest Services and Social Media
“Traveling is a passion of mine. I have been to Montreal, Budapest, Vienna, Prague and lots of places in the United States from Los Angeles to Washington, DC. I think it is very important to have a local contact wherever I go and am certainly happy to share my local knowledge of our area to help you plan your vacation. Maine and Vermont are wonderful places with something for everyone! And, yes, Jeff and Audrey are my parents.
Lexie’s Best Dinner: Brown’s Wharf in Boothbay Harbor
Favorite Activities: Mini Golf and The Boothbay Railway Village Train Rides
Must Do: The Boothbay Harbor Aquarium on McKown Point
Pamela Munroe, Reservation Specialist and Guest Services
Pamela comes to us from Martha’s Vineyard and Cape Cod Massachusetts. She just recently relocated to the Boothbay area with her family. She and her husband lived on busy Martha’s Vineyard for several years where Pam managed a retail store where good customer service was critical to success. She enjoyed planning events and managing their website and social media activities. Pam’s hobbies include graphic and website design, cosmetology, outdoor leisure activities, dance and performing arts as well as balloon “Twisting” and party planning. We are excited to welcome her as part of our team.
Favorite Seafood: Shrimp
Favorite Activity: Dancing
Must Do: Harborfest with the music
Melba Gunnison, Administration, Director of Operations
Melba has been a valuable member of the CCM team since 1999. She calls this job, “my fun retirement job”. If you have an “After Hours” problem and call the emergency cell phone, it is likely that you will be talking with Melba. She oversees almost everything at Cottage Connection. Melba is a great grandmother with 3 daughters, 7 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. She has also adopted Alexis as a grandchild and enjoys watching her grow and blossom. “I feel very blessed to have been able to retire to this beautiful place that I fell in love with as a child spending time with family and later as an adult with my husband and children, help CCM guests plan their vacation, and be part a company that is like family." Melba is also chair of the Government Relations Committee of the Vacation Rental Professionals of Maine, Inc. (VRPOMe). She has written legislation and testified in front of committees and participated in local efforts to educate and legislate for the benefit of vacation rentals.
Favorite Restaurant: China By The Sea (“Best Chinese Food North of Boston”)
Best Chowder :Kaler’s Restaurant
Must Do: Monhegan Island Trip or Sailing on the Schooners Eastwind or Lazy Jack.
Sanna Baade, Bookkeeping, Guest Services
Sanna is our bookkeeper! She keeps us organized and handles billing and bill paying, owners' statements and tax payments. She enjoys traveling the back roads searching for out-of-the-way Antique and Garden Shops. She is an animal lover and she states, “I have never met a puppy or a kitten that I didn’t want to immediately take home!”
Favorite Maine Food: The “Real Italian Sandwich” from Amato’s original store located on India Street in Portland.
Best Beach for Walking: Popham starting down by the Fort
Must do: Take a drive to Camden and drive up Mount Battie. The view of the Atlantic and the Harbor is beyond words.
Karin Paquin, Marketing Consultant and Photographer
Karin Iuzzolino-Paquin was born and raised on the Jersey Shore, Ortley Beach to be exact.
She began her career as Marine Biologist, with a passion for nature photography. This soon turned into a
photography passion for all things including graphic design and advertising.
While in previous positions, she was tasked with photographing the animals and staff for advertising, marketing, and research.
She had always had a passion for photography and took many classes in college that helped her develop the composition of
her photographs and an understanding of my camera. Her passion has grown with her career and has allowed her to have her
own business KIP Photography.
She has been published twice with a photograph titled "The Powerful Ocean", she took the photograph in 2009 as Hurricane Bill scooted past the Maine coast. She has extensive knowledge of marketing and social media. She is happy to be partnering with Cottage Connections of Maine.
Favorite Maine Food: The "Lobster BLT" at Cameron's Lobster House in Brunswick, Maine
Best Beach for Walking: Popham starting down by the Fort
Must do: Take a drive to Damariscotta and walk down Maine Street enjoying a latte from the Book Store Cafe.
OTHER TEAM MEMBERS:
We have additional assistance from a great group of people (15-20) who take care of our seasonal housekeeping, maintenance and additional office needs during the season. Many of them return year after year.
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