Waldo Emerson Inn

108 Summer Street , Kennebunk, ME 4043 USA (Show map)
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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. 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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  • Guest room4.4
  • Service4.7
  • Value4.4
  • Cleanliness4.7
  • Onsite Dining4.7


5 on October 20, 2017

Breakfast was outstanding and the homemade quilts were gorgeous....rooms so comfortable and homey....would definitely return

Awesome Stay

5 on October 01, 2017

We stayed 3 nights at the Waldo Emerson Inn. The house is rich in history and beautiful in example. We stayed in Ralphs Library and it was clean and very comfortable. Innkeepers John and Kathy are warm and welcoming and we loved to listen to John's stories. I'm not a big breakfast eater but I would go back just to eat the delicious breakfasts, these people outdo any restaurant I have eaten in. For 3 days we felt very "at home". Thank you John and Kathy!

Historic Inn

4.2 on September 30, 2017

Spent two nights in this historic house. Outstanding personal attention by John and Kathy. Nothing was too much trouble. Thank you. Visitors from Ireland

Great Stay!

4.6 on September 26, 2017

Our overnight at the Waldo Emerson was an enjoyable experience. The room was comfortable and breakfast was wonderful. What a history! Best of luck as it transitions to its new owner.

Historical Inn

5 on September 20, 2017

The host provided great history of the area as was fantastic recommendations for eating and places to see.

Cozy Inn

5 on September 19, 2017

John gave us a great insight into the area history, places to see and places for dinning.


4.8 on September 17, 2017

John and Kathy are simply the greatest hosts anyone could ask for. The breakfast meal each day was BEYOND expectation. We Love You Joseph and Mary Jane

Nice stay in Kennebunk

4.0 on September 15, 2017

Very charming inn. Conveniently located to Kennebunkport. The history of the inn is interesting and John, the innleeper, was very welcoming.

Family wedding

3.6 on September 05, 2017

We had a comfortable stay our beds were perfect just a small comment we are not used to just large and sweet breakfasts and I think it might be a good idea to ask guests how much they would like. the granola, coffee and fruit were excellent and the main course was good too but portions too generous for our family

Cozy and very welcoming

3.8 on July 22, 2017

This was our first visit to Maine and if first impressions ring true we would love to return some day. ¿¿ Kathy and John were gracious hosts and were very knowledgeable of all the local attractions and dining options. They really made an effort to make us feel at home as well and The breakfasts were delicious!!!

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Rooms & Rates

The Green Room

This is a sweet, old-fashioned room with a King Bed, that features an antique oak dresser, armoire and Queen Ann chair (the oldest antique in the inn), King Pine floors, a private bath with shower, and marble tiled floor. This room looks out onto the front lawn and flower gardens, and has individual temperature controls for a comfortable stay throughout the year. This room can also be configured as 2 twin beds upon request.

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

The Red Room

A large and airy room with a queen size cast iron bed, and handmade Amish quilt. The Red Room has a private bath and shower with a marble tiled floor, oak dresser, a rocking chair, steamer trunk, a large relaxing velvet chair and ottoman, and a large working wood fireplace. The room is decorated with original folk art and sculpture, ?King Pine? floors, has lawn and garden views and individual temperature controls for a comfortable stay throughout the year.

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

The Yellow Room

This romantic room is often chosen by honeymooners. The handsome ?King Pine? floor boards are 24? wide. (Until 1776 trees of this girth belonged to the King of Englan, and used for the masts of his war ships). This room features a queen-size brass bed with a handmade Amish quilt, and an antique oak dresser, a red velvet Queen Ann Chair with foot stool and red velvet trunk. The Yellow Room has a private bath, and shower with a marble tiled floor. The vanity sink is set in an antique oak dresser. It has a large working wood fireplace, original folk art paintings, and sculpture, individual temperature controls for a comfortable stay throughout the year, and lovely meadow and forest views.

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

The Blue Room

This room is a handsome master bedroom featuring a queen size cast iron bed with a handmade Amish quilt, antique oak dresser, rocking chair, comfortable wing-chair, antique table, steamer trunk, original folk art and sculpture. This room has a large working wood fireplace with a mantelpiece board made of 32? wide ?King Pine? the widest known board in the inn. The room also has a private bath with a tub, shower, and heated marble tiled floor. The Blue Room also has ?King Pine? floors, meadow and forest views and individual temperature controls for a comfortable stay throughout the year.

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

The Waldo Room

This room is ideal for small families traveling with children. It has a sleigh queen and two extra beds, private bath, Cable TV and AC. This room has meadow and flower garden views.

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

Ralph's Library

This lovely room is located on the 1st floor, fully redone last year, period decor, a queen size bed with working fireplace, private bath and AC. This room looks out onto the lawn and lovely flower garden.

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

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Location Type

Famous Wedding Cake House, Walker's Point, Ogunquit Play House, Classical Voice of New England, CVNewEng.org, Airport, Countryside, Rural, Secluded, Small town, Urban, Waterview


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, Eco-tourism, 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, Winery

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Historic Inn, Boutique Hotel, Apartment, 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 beach parking passes

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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  • Check In:: after 2:30 PM
  • Check Out:: Before 10:30 AM
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Outside only
  • 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).
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Languages spoken

English, French

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

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian

Signature Dish

Baked Waldo's French Toast
Ingredients - serve 6 Baked French Toast - 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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