Meet the Cottage Connection Team
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. Starting with 15 houses in 1993, by 2001 business had grown to over 150 rental properties. Today, they focus on quality, not quantity, and working with 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 Northeast Vacation Rental Professionals (NEVRP). She was also their first President. They have one daughter, Alexis, who proudly works alongside them at Cottage COnnection.
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 to the Maine State Music Theater in Brunswick
Alexis (Lexie) Loring Miller, Reservations, Operations, and Project Manager
“Traveling is a passion of mine. I have been to Montreal, Eastern Europe, Ireland, the UK, and many 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 I 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
Barbara Belknap, Bookkeeping
Barbara grew up in Wiscasset and attended college in Orono for education. She then worked in finance for 35 years in the Greater Portland area before retiring to Damariscotta with her husband. She also enjoys spending her summers on Round Pond with her husband, antiquing, island picnics, trips to WA to see grandkids, and trips to their vacation home in Hilton Head, SC. "I am learning all about the Boothbay area and am enjoying finding 'out of the way' shops and galleries. I never realized how beautiful this area is, and can see why folks return year after year!"
Favorite Restaurant: China By The Sea
Favorite Place to Shop: Sheepscot River Pottery
Must See: Gardens Aglow at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
SEASONAL TEAM MEMBERS:
We have additional assistance from a great group of "handy helpers" who help with seasonal housekeeping, maintenance, and additional office needs during the season. Many of them return year after year.