The Costons are natives of Mount Desert Island and have enjoyed constant participation in Bar Harbor’s lodging industry since the late 1960s. The family’s initial foray into the business came in 1968 when Paul A. Coston, Sr. began construction of the Villager Motel on Main Street, which opened in 1969. Paul Sr. grew up in Seal Harbor and became “the Ted Williams of Maine’s clubbers” during a long and distinguished career with The New York Life Insurance Company. He always lived on Mount Desert Island, and the Villager remained in the family for 40 years.
Paul Sr.’s son, Paul Jr., grew up working at the Villager with his father. He studied accounting at the University of Maine in Machias and later earned his Masters in Taxation from Bentley University. In the late 1980s Paul Jr. co-founded Coston & McIsaac, an accounting and investment firm here in Bar Harbor.
Paul Jr.’s son, Stephen, worked at the Villager throughout his childhood and continued to work there until he and his mother, Cathy, purchased the Mount Desert Street Motel in 2015. Stephen and Cathy operated the motel until it was replaced by the current building, The Inn on Mount Desert, in 2018. In addition to his work at the Inn, Stephen works as an Investment Advisor Representative at his father’s firm. Stephen earned a degree in Finance at Husson University, graduating co-valedictorian of his class having earned a 4.0 GPA.
Cathy grew up in the nearby city of Bangor and worked summers at the Villager after having met Paul. Cathy has a great passion for working with people and has decades of experience in hospitality and motel management.
The Costons care deeply about Bar Harbor and Mount Desert Island and serve on a number of boards and committees. Paul is a Director of the Bar Harbor Village Improvement Association and Stephen is a member of Bar Harbor’s Town Council.