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Waldo Emerson Inn

108 Summer Street , Kennebunk, ME 4043 USA (Show map)
4.6
104 Reviews
$105 - $245
per night

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About

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.

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 $175.00, rate with use of fireplace $185.00. Winter rates are in effect from late October until mid May 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: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $125-$175

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 and marble tiled floor. $20 per guest over double occupancy. Room rate is $125.00, rate with fireplace $140.00. Winter rates are in effect from late October until mid May 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

Nightly Rate: $125-$175

Green Room

A sweet old fashioned room with twin beds...(or a king) 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 and marble tilled floor. $20 per guest over double occupancy. Room rate is $175.00. Winter rates are in effect from late October until mid May except for holidays. Occupancy rates are subject to change. State and local taxes may apply.

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

Nightly Rate: $125-$175

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 marble floor. $20 per guest over double occupancy. Room rate is $185.00, rate with use of fireplace $195.00. Winter rates are in effect from late October until mid May except for holidays. Occupancy rates are subject to change. State and local taxes may apply. Check in time is 3:00 pm and Check out time is 10:30 am.

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

Nightly Rate: $135-$185

Waldo Emerson

This is an alternate room. It is the original master bedroom of the Emerson's. Great period decor and furnished with a Queen Sleigh bed, a twin, a window single, rocker, AC and Cable TV. Private bath with shower and tiled floor and a small equipped kitchen. This room is ideal for the small traveling family. Here is where history was made. $20 per guest over double occupancy. Room rate is $185.00. Winter rates are in effect from late October until mid May except for holidays. Occupancy rates are subject to change. State and local taxes may apply. Che

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

Nightly Rate: $135-$185

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 with marble tiled floor. $20 per guest over double occupancy. Room rate is $175.00, rate with use of fireplace is $185.00. Winter rates are in effect from late October until mid May except for holidays. Occupancy rates are subject to change. State and local taxes may apply.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $125-$175

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Reviews

Overall
4.6

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  • Guest room4.4
  • Services4.8
  • Value4.5
  • Cleanliness4.7
  • Dining4.8

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104 Reviews

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Enjoyed our stay.

3.8 on July 11, 2014

We enjoyed our stay at the Waldo Emerson Inn. Kathy was a great source of information about the Kennebunk area and the inn, and both she and John were very friendly. The shower was very small but everything else was fine.


Comfy historic Inn

4.4 on July 11, 2014

Thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this historic house. John and Kathy are wonderful hosts and we made use of the invaluable beach passes and beach chairs. Terrific breakfast in the morning, we wish we had stayed longer and will definitely stay again if we are in this area in the futue.


Charming

4.8 on July 05, 2014

The breakfast is a bit late but very good.


Highly recommend Waldo Emerson Inn

5 on June 30, 2014

Everything was excellent. In addition to the standard amenities, they also provide complimentary bikes, which we really enjoyed.


Waldo Emerson Inn

5 on June 11, 2014

What a lovely home and couple, we will definitely go back!


Great night, wonderful hosts, will return this summer

4.6 on May 27, 2014

Came up overnight on my motorcycle for a bike show nearby. Love the historic charm of The Waldo Emerson Inn and loved that I got a bit of the Inn's history upon arrival. The room was clean, neat, and had a small fridge. The hosts were wonderful as was the scrumptious breakfast. Waldo the dog was well behaved and sweet. I'll be back!


Ocean village

3.8 on May 21, 2014

The owners went out of their way to make reservations at a special restaurant for our anniversary , which resulted in our getting special attention and a table overlooking the ocean ! So friendly and helpful ...we may make this our new anniversary tradition at the Waldo Emerson Inn !


Charming B&B

4.4 on May 19, 2014

Enjoyed our stay at Waldo Emerson Inn. The Innkeepers John and Kathy were great and gave us valuable information about the area and the breakfasts were wonderful. Really enjoyed our stay and would recommend it to others.


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.


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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:

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, 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: Limited
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Ages 6 and above (Waldo Emerson's Room - no age restriction)
  • 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 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.


Deals


Special Package

Canadian Exchange Special

With the travel season about to start we would like to reach across the border to our Canadian friends with a 10% discount on any two night or more stay. This special includes rooms with ensuite private bath rooms and some with fireplaces, a fantastic gourmet breakfast and afternoon tea. Included is the use of complementary Beach Parking passes, beach chairs and some nice touring bikes. We would love to help you plan your day trips.

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

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