Cromwell Harbor Motel is Bar Harbor’s Premier “Quiet” Main Street Motel …. located at the foothills of Acadia National Park…. just a short stroll to the center of town…. minutes from the entrance to Acadia National Park ….. a leisurely stroll to some of the most popular walking trails in Bar Harbor… and is nestled along the most spectacular scenery in North America on Mount Desert Island.
The Cromwell Harbor Motel is ideally located between Bar Harbor activities and the Ocean Drive entrance into Acadia National Park, where you will experience the splendors of a sunrise or sunset on Cadillac Mountain, Sand Beach, Otter Cliffs, Thunder Hole, and much more. We are close to local shops and restaurants and only five minutes from Acadia National Park and 1/2 mile to the Bar Harbor’s village green and town pier.
Our Bar Harbor Motel has clean, comfortable and quiet rooms right on Main Street in the beautiful coastal village of Bar Harbor Maine. Our grounds, historically known as the Victory Gardens, have beautifully arranged flowering gardens and planters which add to the peaceful country setting, a hallmark of our establishment. Our property is situated along the pebbled Cromwell Brook, fed by the Acadian mountain range. We are short walk to the famous waters of Frenchman Bay where Explorer Samuel De Champlain first stepped ashore onto Mount Desert Island in 1604.
This property has it own unique history. The grounds were once the gardens for the family of Thomas Scott, of the “Pennsylvania Railroad”. The estate was named “Chiltern”. After WW2 some of the garden area was opened to the local townspeople to plant for themselves, they became known as “The Victory Gardens”. Bordering property on Cromwell Harbor Road is where the caretaker’s home and the Scott’s Stables were located. The stables housed the horses and carriages. Today, the stables are known as The Chiltern Inn. The original iron horse stalls are now the fencing along the front of the inn.
Cromwell Harbor Brook, which runs all along our motel property, was once known as “Sqaw Holla” brook, because of the Indian encampment located on the other side of the brook, which is now our town’s athletic field. Mr. Edward Smith purchased the property and built what was the 2nd motel in Bar Harbor. He started with 8 units and an office, in time, added on to the building and in time built 2 more buildings of motel units. We, the Hanscom family, are the 2nd owners of the motel. We have made many transformations since purchasing the motel in 1987, the latest being the removal of the original building and building a new one in its place. It is the hallmark of our property. Cromwell Harbor Motel has been welcoming guests to Bar Harbor and Mount Desert Island for decades. Please come and be our guests, and see why we are one of the more popular places to stay while vacationing on beautiful Mount Desert Island.