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Waldo Emerson Inn

108 Summer Street , Kennebunk, ME 4043 USA (Show map)
4.7
96 Reviews
$105 - $245
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A restored shipbuilders manse located next to the Kennebunk river with all the latest amenities including working fireplaces for a relaxing romantic getaway. Let us pamper you with a terrific Dutch breakfast and afternoon tea in the Inn's historic parlor or in the shade of our large oak trees. The Inn has had several famous owners. The original Dutch grambrel was constructed by one Waldo Emerson in 1753. It is the oldest remaining house in Kennebunk. Waldo, great-uncle of Ralph Waldo Emerson, the poet/essayist, made a tidy profit building clipper ships on the river behind the house. It was inherited, through marriage, by Theodore Lyman, who made a fortune building ships on the site and added the enormous addition in 1784, as a wedding gift for his second wife. Theodore sold the home in 1804, to build the now-famous Lyman Estate and Greenhouses in Waltham, Mass. The house was purchased by John Bourne, father of 15 children, one of whom was George Washington Bourne, the builder of the famous "Wedding Cake House" next door. The inn is a wonderful recollection of the past. You enter directly into the 252-year-old keeping room, with its hand-hewn oak timbers hung with dried flowers, pewter, and copper. During your stay, please stop by Mainely Quilts and gift shop, located in the carriage house next to the Inn. You'll find the latest local creations. Heirloom quality quilts and wallhangings, often taking hundreds of hours to create, grace homes all over the world. You also will find a wide selection of fabrics, quilting supplies and novelties. The Inn is open year round.

Rooms & Rates

Yellow Room

The handsome pumpkin pine floor planks are 24" wide "Kings Pine". This room is a favorite for honeymooners. A large working fireplace, original folk art paintings, sculpture and AC. $20 per guest over double occupancy. Room rate is $125.00, rate with fireplace $140.00. Winter rates are in effect from November 1 until May 31 except for holidays. Occupancy rates are subject to change. State and local taxes may apply. Check in time is 3:00pm and Check out time is 10:30am.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Red Room

A large, airy room with a queen size cast iron bed, dresser, lazy slider chair, rocker and chest. Original folk art and sculpture, Kings Pine floors and large working fireplace with lawn and garden views. Private bath with shower. $20 per guest over double occupancy. Room rate is $125.00, rate with fireplace $140.00. Winter rates are in effect from November 1 until May 31 except for holidays. Occupancy rates are subject to change. State and local taxes may apply. Check in time is 3:00pm and Check out time is 10:30am

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Green Room

A sweet old fashioned room with twin beds...homemade quilts, of course. Original folk art and sculpture, antique oak dresser, armoire and rocker, King Pine floors. This room looks out over the lawn and flower gardens. Private bath with shower. $20 per guest over double occupancy. Room rate is $125.00. Winter rates are in effect from November 1 until May 31 except for holidays. Occupancy rates are subject to change. State and local taxes may apply.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 Twin

Blue Room

Queen size cast iron bed with handmade quilt, antique oak dresser, love seat, rocker, table, AC and a large working fireplace with a mantlepiece board of 32" wide (Kings) pine the largest known plank in the inn. Full private bath with tub/shower and heated marbel floor. $20 per guest over double occupancy. Room rate is $125.00, rate with fireplace $140.00. Winter rates are in effect from November 1 until May 31 except for holidays. Occupancy rates are subject to change. State and local taxes may apply. Check in time is 3:00pm and Check out time is 10:30am.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Waldo Emerson

This is an alternate room. It is the original master bedroom of the Emersons. Great period decor and furnished with a Queen Sleigh bed, a twin, a window cubby single, rocker, AC and Cable TV. This room is ideal for the small traveling family. Here is where history was made. $20 per guest over double occupancy. Room rate is $125.00. Winter rates are in effect from November 1 until May 31 except for holidays. Occupancy rates are subject to change. State and local taxes may apply. Check in time is 3:00pm and Check out time is 10:30am.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 2 Twin

Ralph's Library

Ralph's (favorite) Library - This alternate room is located on the 1st floor, fully redone, a queen size bed, seating area and a large fireplace, AC, handmade quilts and private bath. $20 per guest over double occupancy. Room rate is $125.00, rate with fireplace is $140.00. Winter rates are in effect from November 1 until May 31 except for holidays. Occupancy rates are subject to change. State and local taxes may apply.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

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Reviews

Overall
4.7

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  • Guest room4.4
  • Services4.8
  • Value4.6
  • Cleanliness4.7
  • Dining4.8

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Great Romantic Getaway

5 on April 14, 2014

Stayed here recently for a quick little get away and everything was wonderful. The rooms were cozy and romantic and John was a fabulous host. The breakfast Sunday morning was yummmmmmy :) Thank you John for a wonderful weekend. Looking forward to Xmas Prelude xo n Cheryl and Michael.


Cathartic

4.6 on March 26, 2014

My mother, sister and I just spent March 21 - 24 at this beautiful inn. Reuniting with friends we hadn't seen in over 40 years, I wanted for us all a memorable B&B experience. The 2 months I spent researching where we would stay paid off. I chose the Waldo Emerson Inn based on many, many traveler's reviews and photos (the poodle, Waldo, who really is the best dog ever, was one of the deciding factors!) It was one of the best weekends of my life. The inn keepers Kathy and John were very welcoming, but not overbearing. The house is amazing and in an ideal location. John cooked delicious breakfasts. The room was "refreshed" every day. We didn't want for a thing. Not a negative thing to say about our stay. I plan on returning with my husband.


Excellent B&B

5 on February 26, 2014

If you are looking for a very historic B&B, this is the place to go. The inn is well kept and the innkeepers are very friendly and helpful. The 3 course breakfast was also excellent. Would we go back? Yes ABSOLUTELY. Tom and LuAnn


Perfect hosts. Warm and cozy.

5 on January 02, 2014

John and Kathy were friendly from the moment we arrived. They had extensive knowledge about Kennebunk, and gave us great suggestions for places to visit. Breakfasts were wonderful, and Kathy even made us cups of tea in the afternoon. I hope to return to Kennebunk in another season and will be definitely contacting John and Kathy for a room. Highly recommend.


Favorite place in Maine

5 on December 31, 2013

Excellent hosts. What a B&B should be. Consistent and service oriented.


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Location

Location Type

CVNewEng.org, Classical Voice of New England, Famous Wedding Cake House, Ogunquit Play House, Walker's Point, Airport, Beachside, City, Countryside, Downtown, Island, Mountains, Oceanside, Small town, Suburban, Village

Airport

Portland, ME (PWM-Intl. Jet Port) 27 miles

Directions to property:

Use 95 South. Exit at #3 and take Route 35 to Kennibunk/Kennibunkport. After passing through downtown Kennebunk continue to follow Route 35 turn left at the second traffic light to Kennebunkport. You are now on Summer Street / Route 35. After approximately 1.8 miles, you will see the "Wedding Cake House" on the left side. We are the first drive way past the Wedding Cake House on the left. You will see the Carriage House, home of the Mainely Quilts shop, in front of you with the Inn on the right side of the driveway.

Area Attractions

Amusement Park, Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Beach, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Night life, Ocean, 2 Mls from Dock Square with its distinctive shops, 2 Mls to fantastic Beaches - Great Surfing, Rachel Carson Wildlife Refuge, Laudholm Farm, Brick Store and Trolley Museums, Franciscan Monastery, Hiking and Bike Trails - lots of Antique Shops, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ski area, Tours, Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bicycles, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Cross-country ski trails, Downhill Skiing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Horseshoes, Hunting, Kayaking, Mountain Bike trails, That special Wedding? At the Wedding Cake House, Farmers markets, Brick Store Museum, Two large Factory Outlet Malls nearby, Cross Country and Down Hill Skiing, Deep Sea Fishing & Whale Watching, Light Houses and Whale Watching, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Ski rentals, Snow shoe rental, Snow shoe trails, Swimming, Swimming pool, Tennis courts, Tennis racket rental, Water sports

Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast, Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Amenities Basket, BBQ grill, Bike rental, Board games, Clothes dryer, Computer, Conference Rooms, Copier, Desk, Fax Machine, Library, Movie library, Outdoor grilling, Parking, Piano, Secretarial services, TV Video games, Telephone, VCR, Videos, Washer/dryer, Wedding Facilities, Wet bar , Day Trip guide, Wireless Broadband (802.11b, g and N) at no charge, Guest refrigerator available in hall, Complementary use of some nice touring bikes, Complementary beach parking passes

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bath robes, CD player, DVD Player, In-room internet, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Internet Service, Microwave, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Turndown Service, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bicycles, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Cross-country ski trails, Downhill Skiing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Horseshoes, Hunting, Kayaking, Mountain Bike trails, That special Wedding? At the Wedding Cake House, Farmers markets, Brick Store Museum, Two large Factory Outlet Malls nearby, Cross Country and Down Hill Skiing, Deep Sea Fishing & Whale Watching, Light Houses and Whale Watching, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Ski rentals, Snow shoe rental, Snow shoe trails, Swimming, Swimming pool, Tennis courts, Tennis racket rental, Water sports

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Policies

  • Check In:: 3:00pm
  • Check Out:: 10:30am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Limited
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Ages 6 and above (Waldo Emerson's Room - no restrictions)
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Applicable on certain weekends
  • Deposit Amount Required: First day (or 50% for multiple days) by check or money order or a credit card will secure your reservation.
  • Cancellations: You are responsible only for a $15.00 processing fee if you cancel more than ten (10) days prior to the scheduled arrival. For cancellations received ten (10) days or less before your schedule arrival, you will be responsible for the full stay minus the days we are able to re-book your room and a $15.00 processing fee.

Innkeepers

Name(s)

John Daamen and Kathy Daamen

Languages spoken

Dutch, English

About the innkeepers

Ralph Waldo Emerson readings, hiking, nature walks, biking, snow shoeing, soaring. Just to name a few

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Meals

Breakfast

Full

  • Time Served: 8:30 am - 9:30 am
  • Serving Location: Breakfast Room, Breakfast/dining area

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian


Signature Dish

Belgium Toast & Dutch Apple Flapjes
Ingredients - serve 6 Maple Syrup 4 Tbl Spoons, Butter 7 Tbl Spoons, Brown Sugar 1 cup, Eggs 4, Milk 1.5 cups, Vanilla 1 dash, Cinnamon Swirl Bread Slices. Preheat oven to, 300-325 Degree (Convection) -In a small saucepan, combine the butter, brown sugar and maple syrup. Mix together on medium heat until it just begins to bubble uniformly; -Stir well and quickly pour into the metal baking pan(s), cover bottom evenly. -Place first layer of cinnamon bread slices onto the glaze in the baking pan(s). (Adding cream cheese/blueberry to 2nd layer is optional). -Mix two parts of Whipped Cream Cheese with one part of Blueberry jam. Spread on the second layer of cinnamon bread. Place cinnamon slices with blueberry/cream cheese face down on top of the 1st layer -Whisk the eggs, milk and vanilla together and pour over bread evenly. Let sit until fully absorbed (about 30 minutes if bread is frozen). -Bake for 30 minutes, cover loosely with foil and set oven on warm. -To serve, remove (after loosening the edges) one slice at the time from the pan, flip it over on the center of a plate with the glazed side up. Just before serving, add a heaping table spoon of vanilla yogurt on top of the slice and dust with cinnamon. Add an orange slice and strawberry slice.


Deals

Hot Deal

"Mother's Day" & New England May Day Parade

Regular Rate: $290 now $225 (22% Savings:)

May Day Celebration (the old fashion New England way) - May the 3rd weekend special. Two nights at the Inn with full three course gourmet, "Mothers Day", breakfasts. Afternoon tea in the parlor. May Day celebration for the family at the Kennebunks – Food, music in the park, downtown May Day parade (Saturday 2:00PM ) with arts and crafts by “The Art Guild of the Kennebunks” . Call for your reservation now - space is limited. Two nights at the Inn with an in-room crackling fireplace - $225.00 double occupancy, Friday check-in.

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108 Summer Street , Kennebunk, ME 4043 USA (Show map)

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