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Waldo Emerson Inn

108 Summer Street , Kennebunk, ME 4043 USA (Show map)
4.5
125 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, like "apple flapjes & poffertjes" and afternoon tea in the Inn's historic parlor or in the shade of our large oak trees. It is truly a romantic country inn 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.

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Overall
4.5

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  • Guest room4.3
  • Service4.7
  • Value4.4
  • Cleanliness4.6
  • Dining4.7

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Cozy B&B

4.0 on December 15, 2014

I enjoyed my stay at Waldo Emerson Inn. The home is cozy and comfortable and the price was right. The owners were very nice and the breakfast was awesome! I loved having a fireplace in my room at night. I would recommend this B&B for the weekend.


Above and beyond all expectations

5 on December 11, 2014

The Waldo Emerson is a beautiful Inn but it was John and Kathy who made our stay memorable. I called the Inn a few days prior to our arrival to alert them of our late arrival, while doing so I requested a small plate of cheese ad crackers along with some beer for a snack be available. They went above and beyond with a fantastic assortment of snacks. They had also strategically placed signs to make navigating to our room easier. The breakfasts were perfect! Their homemade granola is the best I have ever had! Thank you so much for a beautiful weekend. Both John and Kathy are charming people who really take pride in their work. I look forward to visiting again this summer.


Wonderful stay at Waldo

5 on November 05, 2014

My husband and I highly recommend the Waldo Emerson Inn B & B in Kennebunk. John gave us a warm welcome and enlightening and entertaining tour of their historic home. He graciously provided tips for restaurants and areas of interest to visit. He, Kathy and Waldo, their sweet four-pawed son, ensured that we had a wonderful experience with their friendliness and warm hospitality. We also thoroughly enjoyed the delicious breakfast that John prepared and served. Not only was it very tasty, but presentation was outstanding as well! Look forward to going back for a future visit!


Great Price for comfort and location.

3.2 on October 29, 2014

Cozy and fun to be in this 1700's house with modern conviences. The other guests were interesting. The best thing was the location near to Kennebunkport, the beach, many places to eat and shop. and then come "home" to the quiet of the B&B. We do not like it when breakfasts are served with sweets as the entree two days in a row...even when they are delious. The price is just right!


Per un esperienza "Old" New England.

3.4 on October 23, 2014

Inn d'interesse storico che può essere un'ottima introduzione al New England W.A.S.P. (a Kennenbunk c'è la casa estiva dei Bush). Colazioni ottime. La Land Lady Kathy ben rappresenta questo territorio ed è in sintonia con l'atmosfera del luogo. John, il Land Lord è altrettanto interessante.


Excellent B&B

5 on October 07, 2014

I find the Waldo to be a very clean comfortable friendly convienent place to stay for vacation I would give an outstanding rating to all 5 categories Rooms Service Value Cleanliness and Dining but I can't make your rating thing work. So I guess I would not rate this rating system as friendly Okay I yhink I just got it to work


Fall

3.8 on October 02, 2014

Very Nice!


Lovely, welcoming inn

5 on September 28, 2014

We found this inn to be the nicest we have ever stayed in. Ambiance, food, comfort, hospitality - perfect! We were completely comfortable and relaxed here and the food was like eating at a fine restaurant.


They missed the advertising mark

4.0 on September 27, 2014

The inn is very lovely. John is most fun to talk to. Kathy seems tired -- ready for the season to end. When we first arrived she made a point to mention tipping. This was new to us -- tipping in NOT done at a owner run b & b. I even googled it to see if the practice had changed, it had not. The homemade granola is delicious. They offer a bag with the recipe for $10. I just wanted the recipe, as we still had several more weeks of traveling. The cost for just the recipe was $5!!!! And Kathy did not even have an accurate recipe: she had to hand write several changes to the xerox copy. What a missed opportunity for advertising! A copy of the recipe by your breakfast in the morning to take with, would have immense advertising potential. Each guest would share it with friends, mentioning where they had received it. Incredible word of mouth publicity. And they could still sell bags of the granola to those headed home. John's Dutch breakfasts were superb. The dog poop on the carpet was a bit disconcerting.


A very very pleasant stay.

4.6 on September 11, 2014

The place is really nice and relaxing. The breakfasts are wonderful; it's almost abuse. Kathy and John welcomed us with a touch of history and a Dutch coloring.


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Rooms & Rates

Yellow

This lovely, romantic room is often chosen by honeymooners. The handsome pumpkin pine floor planks are 24" wide King Pine. Until 1776 trees of this girth belonged to the King of England for the masts of his ships. The room features a queen size brass bed with handmade quilt, antique oak dresser, private bath with shower, a vanity sink set in an antique oak cabinet, a large working fireplace, original folk art paintings and sculpture, AC and lovely meadow and forest views.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Red

A large, airy room with a queen size cast iron bed, private bath with shower and marble tiled floor, oak dresser, rocker oversized comfy velvet chair with ottoman, chest, a large working fireplace, original folk art and sculpture, King Pine floors and AC. The Red room has lawn and garden views.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3

River room #2

River House Room 2 -

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Green

This is a sweet old-fashioned room with twin beds (or King - please let us know which configuration you prefer) and homemade quilts, of course. The room features original folk art and sculpture, antique oak dresser, armoire and rocker, King Pine floors, private bath with shower and marble tiled floor, LCD TV and AC. This room looks out onto the lawn and flower gardens. Please specify King or Twins?

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

River Room 1

River front room - 1

  • Maximum Capacity: 4

Blue

This room is the handsome master bedroom featuring a queen size cast iron bed with handmade quilt, antique oak dresser, love seat, table, original folk art and sculpture, and a large working fireplace with a mantelpiece board of 32" wide "Kings Pine", the largest known plank in the inn. The room also has a private bath with tub and shower, heated marble tile floor, AC. The Blue room has meadow and forest views.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4

Waldo

This alternate room is ideal for small families traveling with children. It has a private tiled bath with shower, a sleigh queen bed, a twin bed and a single cubby bed, small fully equiped kitchen, Cable TV and AC. This room has meadow and flower garden views.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4

Captain's Quarters

The Captain's Quarters is an alternate room and was just completed with period decor and has a double and a twin with AC and Wi-Fi - very cozy and overlooks the Inn's rear garden which was the former klipper ship construction site. This room shares a large master bathroom with Kathy and I, the Innkeepers, We need the facility between 7:00 and 7:45 AM.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3

Ralph's Library

This lovely alternate room is located on the 1st floor, fully redone last year, period decor, it has a rocker/slider and a queen size bed with a large working fireplace, private marble tiled bath, small refridgerator and AC. This room looks out onto the lawn and lovely flower garden.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

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Location

Location Type

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

Airport

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

Directions to property:

From the general Boston direction take Route 95 North. After the Maine Toll Booth, take exit #3 to Kennibunk/Kennibunkport on Route 35. 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, Hiking and Bike Trails - lots of Antique Shops, 2 Mls to fantastic Beaches - Great Surfing, Franciscan Monastery, Brick Store and Trolley Museums, Rachel Carson Wildlife Refuge, Laudholm Farm, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ski area, Tours

Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast, Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Amenities Basket, BBQ grill, Bike rental, 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 , Complementary use of some nice touring bikes, Guest refrigerator available in hall, Wireless Broadband (802.11b, g and N) at no charge, Complementary beach parking passes, Day Trip planning guide

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bath robes, Board games, 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: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited Ages 6 and above (Waldo Emerson's Room - no age restriction)
  • Childcare Provided: Limited
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Applicable on certain weekends
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • 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 fourteen (14) days prior to the scheduled arrival. For cancellations received fourteen (14) 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.


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

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