Waldo Emerson Inn

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

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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. 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 wal

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Overall
4.6

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

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day

4.6 on August 26, 2015

... and as it turns out, the most fun. Not only can John cook up a storm, but Kathy is a gracious hostess who facilitates a nice breakfast conversation. The history of the house, it's character and charm, the friendliness of the host and hostess and the information to be had from Kathy about the whole area is all excellent. Our only regret is we forgot to buy some of her homemade granola to take home with us.


Waldo Emerson Inn

4.6 on August 24, 2015

John and Kathy couldn't have been more welcoming! Their home is old - that is what makes it special!


Perfectly Charming and Friendly

5 on August 20, 2015

I enjoyed my stay tremendously. The innkeepers were wonderful, Waldo their dog was friendly and became a quick new furry friend. I loved the old style rooms, furniture and beautiful quilts. The breakfast was better than perfect. I made some purchases in their quilt shop, and peeked over the fence to the Wedding Cake House. I recommend this wonderful place to everyone. I'll be back! :) C. L. Porter


Wonderful bed and breakfast

4.6 on August 05, 2015

John & Kathy were very friendly and very helpful with suggestions on where to eat, what to see and especially with beach towels, chairs and beach passes! Lovely inn and wonderful breakfasts each morning we were there!


Great Mother/Daughter Getaway

4.8 on August 05, 2015

It was a perfect place to stay while in Kennebunk! Thank you for the warm and informative welcome! We were so comfortable and the breakfasts were delicious with delightful company to boot! Thank you John and Kathy!!!


Sister's Week-end

5 on August 05, 2015

Wanted a B&B that could sleep 4 in 1 room. The Waldo room was perfect! The breakfast was yummy. We will revisit again.


Great Stay!

4.0 on July 22, 2015

John and Kathy were great hosts-warm, helpful and very knowledgeable about the area. Their suggestion of Mabel's Restaurant for dinner was wonderful. The breakfast was delicious. I especially loved Kathy's granola. The room was very charming as was the rest of the Inn. Would definitely stay there again.


Wonderful time!!!

5 on July 12, 2015

john and Kathy were the perfect hosts, explains the history of the house and local landmarks and restaurants. The breakfast was perfect, better than the Maine Diner where we always stop. Highly recommend and can't wait until our next visit


Waldo Emerson Inn

4.4 on June 05, 2015

We had a lovely stay at the Inn. Kathy and John were most helpful in giving us information about the area. The breakfast was huge and delicious! Unfortunately, we had to leave very early the next morning and weren't able to enjoy it again. The rooms were charmingly furnished, according to the period, and were very clean and pleasant. We would highly recommend it to anyone in the area.


Amazing historical B&B!

5 on June 04, 2015

We have stayed on the Waldo Emerson B&B several times and always enjoy the ambiance. As a historical B&B, the rooms are very authentic with wide plank hardwood floors (original) and working fireplace. We always have a fire going at night! It is definitely worth the trip to Maine for this B&B, just lovely!


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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
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $125 - $185

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
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $125 - $185

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
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 Twin

Nightly Rate: $125 - $185

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
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $135 - $195

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
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 2 Twin

Nightly Rate: $135 - $195

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
  • Beds 1 Double , 1 Twin

Nightly Rate: $125 - $155

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
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 1 Double

Nightly Rate: $125 - $185

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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, Countryside, Downtown, Island, Mountains, Oceanfront, Vista oceano, Small town

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

Historic Inn, Boutique Hotel, Mansion

On-site amenities

Amenities Basket, Bike rental, Coffee/Tea facilities, Computer, Conference Rooms, Copier, Desk, Fax Machine, Ironing Board, Kitchenette, 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, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Microwave, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Turndown Service, Wi-Fi, Wired internet, iPhone docking station

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, Tennis courts, Tennis racket rental, Water sports

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Policies

  • Check In:: after 2:30 PM
  • Check Out:: Before 10:30 AM
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Outside only
  • Suitable For Children: Limited The age limitation does not apply to the Waldo Room
  • Childcare Provided: Limited By request only - using local baby sitting services
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Prior approval required
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: two night minumum weekend stay during the summer months, please give us a call
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: Your one night stay the full amount will be due 14 days prior to arrival. Multiple nights a deposit of 50% will be due 14 days prior to arrival.
  • Cancellations: For cancellations received fourteen (14) days or more prior to your scheduled arrival date you will only be responsible for a $15 processing fee. For cancellations received less than fourteen (14) days before your scheduled arrival date the full amount is due including a $15 per room processing fee minus any day(s) we are able to re-book your room(s).

Innkeepers

Name(s)

John and Kathy Daamen

Languages spoken

English, French

Resident Pets

About the innkeepers

Kathy, a RN, and myself are committed to providing our guests with a fantastic romantic and memorable place to stay in the Kennebunks.

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Meals

Breakfast

Free

  • 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.