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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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
5 on November 23, 2013
20th anniversary getaway. John and Kathy are excellent host. Outstanding breakfast, great with directions and suggestions.
4.2 on November 16, 2013
The innkeepers offer a wealth of information about the area. The breakfasts are outstanding.
3.6 on November 05, 2013
The innkeeper was extremely helpful in explaining the surrounding area and its attractions, providing numerous maps to help us on our trek, including available parking, places to avoid, best values, etc. He also provided wonderful details about the house's history and unique features. As difficult as it may be to mix modern comforts in while preserving historic value, I felt more could be accomplished with the inn, it's current state provided not enough of either - almost an awkwardness to the place. Still, it's location provided easy access to Kennebunkport, Kittery, Ogonquit, and surrounding areas. The stay met our expectations and we were very satisfied, just not dazzled.
5 on October 25, 2013
Very special being wellcomed in Dutch. The history of the building and the writer Emerson. And the vicinity of Kennebunkport. A one hour walk but worth the value. Good restaurants. Not to forget the breakfast at the "community "table.
4.8 on October 24, 2013
Friendly and informative innkeepers. Excellent breakfasts! Convenient location for visiting and exploring southeastern Maine. Would stay again. A great value.
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Portland, ME (PWM-Intl. Jet Port) 27 miles
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.
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, Ocean, 3 Mls to fantastic Beaches - Great Surfing, 3 Mls from Dock Square with its distinctive shops, Hiking and Bike Trails - lots of Antique Shops, Brick Store and Trolley Museums, Rachel Carson Wildlife Refuge, Laudholm Farm, Franciscan Monastery, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ski area, 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
Historic Inn, Bed and Breakfast
BBQ grill, Board games, Computer, Conference Rooms, Copier, Desk, Fax Machine, Library, Piano, Secretarial services, TV Video games, Telephone, VCR, Videos, Washer/dryer, Wedding Facilities, Wet bar
Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, 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
Guest refrigerator available in hall, Complementary use of some nice touring bikes, Day Trip guide, Complementary beach parking passes, Wireless Broadband (802.11b, g and N) at no charge
John Daamen and Kathy Daamen
Ralph Waldo Emerson readings, hiking, nature walks, biking, snow shoeing, soaring. Just to name a few
Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian
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.