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Book your Kennebunkport getaway at our charming bed and breakfast just a few minutes from the heart of town. Enjoy being just minutes from dining, shopping and beaches, while being outside of the bustle of town. A restored shipbuilder's manse, Waldo Emerson Inn offers all the modern amenities the discerning traveler expects with a touch of whimsy. 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
4.8 on March 03, 2018
Our stay was delightful. There were beautiful details all around the inn, and the hostess was very friendly and accommodating. Hope to go back!
4.8 on March 02, 2018
My wife and I enjoyed our weekend getaway at the inn. Super affordable and a wonderful host who turned out to be the new owner. She was responsive to messages and questions prior to our arrival and made our stay very comfortable. Cozy space with lots of interesting history inside and nearby. Breakfast was excellent on both mornings and made from fresh ingredients. Our bedroom was also comfy. Overall a very lovely stay with lots of fine touches. We hope to be back.
5 on February 19, 2018
My husband and I were so grateful to have spent an overnight at the beautiful, historic Waldo Emerson Inn. We were treated in a way by the new Innkeeper, Hana, that made us feel both at home and spoiled with a delicious breakfast and wonderful hospitality. The Inn has been refreshed with a mix of colonial charm and tasteful decor and artwork. We also had a special behind the scenes tour of this historic building. It was a great escape for us!
5 on January 26, 2018
Exceptional! I recently stayed at the Waldo Emerson Inn during Christmas Prelude. The inn is wonderfully located midway between Kennebunk and Kennebunkport offering an intimate retreat from the hustle and bustle of activity. The new innkeeper has updated the inn with heavenly linens and smart TVs, yet it still maintained it’s historical charm. The breakfast was scrumptious!
5 on November 09, 2017
Hanna was great; helpful, friendly. Her French Toast was very different, like a bread pudding and delicious. I would definitely stay there again. Bob
5 on October 20, 2017
Breakfast was outstanding and the homemade quilts were gorgeous....rooms so comfortable and homey....would definitely return
4.2 on October 04, 2017
Our first time to area and John and Kathy were very helpful, informative and all around great hosts. Their inn was comfortable and we would stay there again!
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!
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
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.
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.
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, ?King Pine? floors, has lawn and garden views and individual temperature controls for a comfortable stay throughout the year.
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 and a 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 art and individual temperature controls for a comfortable stay throughout the year with lovely meadow and forest views.
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 and original folk art. 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.
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
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.
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
Historic Inn, Boutique Hotel, Apartment, Mansion
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
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
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
Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian
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.