About / History – Thompson Cottages, New Harbor, Maine

About Thompson Cottages

Oceanfront Cottages in MaineThompson Cottages is a third generation business providing accommodations at New Harbor, Maine, on a weekly basis. Our aim is to provide a clean, quiet, comfortable, and well prepared space where you and your family can enjoy the unrivaled beauty of our Maine coast. We want you to see the Atlantic Ocean, hear the sounds of the surf, and to feel, smell, and touch the rocky shore without the distractions of television and telephones.


Dan Thompson’s father started the inn in the main house back in 1920. The Thompson House was built in 1874 by Captain Alex Thompson, who fished for a living under sail. The area was a port of call for the steamers that plied the coast with passengers and freight, and was especially popular with the “folks from away”.

The “folks from away” would come to New Harbor in the summer to escape the heat of the cities like Boston, New York, and Hartford to enjoy the hospitality of the numerous guest houses that emerged from the steamboat commerce. Today Thompson Cottages provides the same high standards of accommodation as it did in the days of the coastal steamers over 75 years ago.

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