The Hartstone Inn and Hideaway are equipping guests with iPads with custom applications to help them make the most of their stay in Maine.

“We are using the 20 iPads purchased from the Portland, Maine Apple store to ensure our guests find the very best of Midcoast Maine,” said Mary Jo Brink, co-owner of the Hartstone Inn and Hideaway, in a news release. “Guests can use them as digital guest books to do everything from help them decide between a day tour to Owls Head and Marshall Point Lighthouses or a visit to Swans Island Blankets and the Windsor Chair Shop.”

“We find our foodie travelers are always thinking about their next opportunity to eat lobster,” said Chef Michael Salmon, co-owner of the Hartstone Inn and Hideaway. “With directions, reviews and social media at their fingertips we believe our guests will have the tools that will ensure they make the best choices and have a perfect vacation.”

The inn’s iPads are pre-loaded with photo-linked driving tours and Google maps to all of the area lighthouses and museums, as well as farms and wineries offering tastings to the inn’s guests. Guests can access and email recipes home for some of the Hartstone Inn’s custom cocktails and dishes from breakfast and dinner along with the inn’s restaurant menu. The next project is to add the inn’s wine list to the iPads with links to tasting notes for each of the 150 selections.

Each of the iPads provided to guests will come loaded with apps letting guests post comments and vacation memories on the inn’s Facebook and Twitter pages as well as their own.

Brink, Salmon and the inn’s staff will show guests how the iPad and apps work.

Having completed programming classes at Apple stores in Portland, San Francisco, Philadelphia, and Boston, the innkeepers are now among the short list of early-adapters using iPads as virtual concierges.