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

Beautiful Old Colonial Home

5 on April 11, 2017

Inn keeper was very helpful with restaurant suggestion and local attractions. Very quite inn. Suggest you take a room with a fireplace. Breakfast was very good. First stay in a B and B. Won't be our last.

Very Nice Place

4.4 on March 13, 2017

We took a weekend trip to Kennebunk and stayed at the Waldo Emerson Inn. It was a very nice place to stay. John and Kathy were very hard working and accommodating. We read in the guest book that the food was fantastic and that John missed his calling as a chef. We thought the food was good, but it was about what you would expect from a B&B... The food was fresh and it was pretty good, but I didn't think it was special. I would definitely recommend the Waldo Emerson Inn. John and Kathy were very nice!!!

Weekend getaway

5 on February 28, 2017

We stayed Friday and Saturday. John was very informative about the area and history of the inn. He is also an excellent cook.

Cozy, warm and beautiful.

5 on February 12, 2017

This was our second visit. We were happy to have our same room. It is like staying with family. The breakfast is always amazing. We will definitely return again.

Nice stay at Kennebunk

5 on November 23, 2016

John was an excellent host. Gave us some nice hints.

I want to move in

5 on October 16, 2016

Just spent too short a time at the Waldo Emerson Inn. Not only are the rooms comfortable, they show a wonderful attention to detail. There are chairs in which to sit and read and handmade quilts on the bed. The bathroom was up to date and stocked with fluffy towels, monogrammed face cloths (including black ones for makeup removal), and special Waldo Emerson lavender soap. There are two public lounges in the inn for reading, talking, having a glass of wine, or watching one of the large screen TVs hidden behind cabinet doors so the rooms don't feel like media rooms but more like a cozy living room. The inn has any working fireplaces and I couldn't help wishing I were there on a snowy winter night smelling the muffins for the next day's breakfast drifting from the kitchen. Breakfast is prepared by the owners and served in the dining room. While the cooked breakfast is the same for everyone, they make sure to inquire about any food restrictions when you reserve and again upon arrival. Although the cooked breakfast is amazing, you can opt for fresh fruit and their homemade granola--then buy a bag of the granola to take home along with the recipient because it really is the best ever. John and Kathy have created one of the best B&Bs you'll ever visit and the location near shopping, lobster pounds, great parks, and unbelievable scenery make this a perfect place to get away.

Fall getaway

4.8 on September 27, 2016

Very nice old Inn with lots of New England charm. John and Kathy were wonderfull hosts. The morning breakfasts were delicious. The inn is minutes from downtown Kennebunkport, so very convenient to restaurants and attractions.

Great historical inn

3.8 on September 24, 2016

Nice spacious room, welcoming hosts, breakfast was great

Maine Trip

3.4 on September 24, 2016

Stayed three nites. Our hosts were very friendly and informative. Breakfasts were great. Room on first floor was a little small, but otherwise fine. Suggestions: 1. Put kleenex in the room. 2. Upgrade the common-area TV.

Very Nice!

4.6 on September 19, 2016

Everything was very nice. (One minor downside was that the Blue Room faced the road, and we could hear traffic noise.)

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Rooms & Rates


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
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $125 - $185


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: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $125 - $185

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  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $125 - $185


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 1 King

Nightly Rate: $125 - $185

Rental longterm (one year minimum)

Spare space

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Beds 1 Double , 1 Twin

Nightly Rate: $125 - $185


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


This 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. I was the origimal master bedroom for Waldo Emerson

  • 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 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

Nightly Rate: $125 - $185

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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, 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: 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).
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John and Kathy Daamen

Languages spoken

Dutch, English, French

Resident Pets

About the innkeepers

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

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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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Hot Deal

Serene Season Special - two day stay*

Regular Rate: $285 now $225 (21% Savings:)

A two-day stay in the center of the historic Kennebunks. Snuggle up by your own cozy in-room fireplace. Then let us pamper you with our romantic candle lite gourmet breakfast and afternoon tea in the parlor next to a hot fireplace - only available by calling the Inn directly until April 30. Not good for holidays. Please contact the inn directly at 1 2079854250 to redeem this deal.

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