Waldo Emerson Inn Bed & Breakfast

108 Summer Street, Kennebunk, Maine 04043
Innkeeper(s): John & Kathy Daamen
  • Ralph's Library

    Ralph's Library

  • Breakfast anyone?

    Breakfast anyone?

  • Inn's gift shop

    Inn's gift shop

  • Green room (twin format)

    Green room (twin format)

  • Blue room

    Blue room

  • Yellow room

    Yellow room

  • Spring sun set with tulips in full bloom

    Spring sun set with tulips in full bloom

  • Snow anyone

    Snow anyone

  • Fall colors at its best

    Fall colors at its best

  • Show and tell - quilter's retreat

    Show and tell - quilter's retreat

  • Waldo Emerson's keeping (kitchen)

    Waldo Emerson's keeping (kitchen)

  • Green room (twin format) and the extra touch

    Green room (twin format) and the extra touch

  • The Green room (king format) with a special touch

    The Green room (king format) with a special touch

  • Blue room with cozy fireplace

    Blue room with cozy fireplace

  • Red room

    Red room

  • Red room

    Red room

  • Blue room

    Blue room

  • Waldo room with windo seat

    Waldo room with windo seat

  • The river house on the beautiful Kennbunk River

    The river house on the beautiful Kennbunk River

  • The famous Wedding Cake house next door

    The famous Wedding Cake house next door

  • Prelude in the Kennebunks - first week of December

    Prelude in the Kennebunks - first week of December

 
  • Introduction

     

    Waldo Emerson Inn is a colonial style inn listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Inn is the oldest remaining house in Kennebunk and has had several famous owners. The original Dutch gambrel was constructed by one Waldo Emerson in 1753. 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.

    guests' parlor

    Theodore Lyman 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. When George moved out with his new bride in 1826, he sold the home to his brother-in-law, Henry Kingsbury, and it remained in the Kingsbury family until 1979. George and Henry teamed up to form the Bourne Kingsbury Shipyard. They ran a West India goods store and built 33 vessels behind the house between 1820 and 1850.

    keeping room

     

    Waldo Emerson Inn is a wonderful recollection of the past. You enter directly into the 245-year-old keeping room with its hand-hewn oak timbers hung with dried flowers, pewter, and copper. The Inn offers four guest rooms each with handmade quilts, antiques, and private baths. During your stay, please stop by Mainely Quilts located in the carriage house next to the Inn.

    The 'guests' parlor is a spacious, comfortable room with sofas and wing chairs. You're welcome to kick back and relax with a good book in front of the fire, watch cable TV, or enjoy a game of chess. Complimentary coffee, tea, soft drinks, and snacks are available.

    breakfast roomThe breakfast room is unchanged since it was built the year that George Washington was inaugurated, with a handsome fireplace used every morning during the autumn and winter months. The signatures in the windowpanes were scratched with diamond rings by many of the inhabitants who lived here between 1800 and 1850. A massive oak table seats all of our guests for a bountiful, three-course breakfast served between 8:00 and 9:30 each morning with the menu changing daily.

    The Waldo Emerson is truly a four-season inn. In spring, the inn and the town are abloom with tulips and daffodils. The air is brisk, the shops and restaurants are open, and the crowds are light. In summer, flowers abound in the inn's gardens. We are just moments from the beach with parking permits and chairs provided. There are dozens of excellent restaurants nearby. In autumn, the Kennebunks put on a spectacular show of fall color followed by lots of winter activities nearby. Enjoy a mug of fresh-pressed apple cider beside a roaring fire in the parlor.

    beach

    Waldo

    It is summer - Waldo, the Inn's Miniature poodle, loves to play ball with guests.

  • Quilt Shop

    quilt shop

     

     

    During your stay, please stop by Mainely Quilts and Gift Shop located in the carriage house where you'll likely find the latest local creations. Heirloom quality quilts and wall hangings, often taking hundreds of hours to create, grace homes all over the world.

  • Breakfast Room

    breakfast room


    Our guests enjoying a bountiful, three-course breakfast!

  • How To Find Us

    FallFrom the general Boston direction take Route 95 North.
    On the Maine side, take exit #3 to Kennebunk/Kennebunkport on Route 35.
    After passing through downtown Kennebunk continue to follow Route 35 to Kennebunkport.
    You are now on Summer Street. After approximately 1.8 miles, you will see the "Wedding Cake House" on the left side.
    Waldo Emerson Inn is the first driveway past the Wedding Cake House on the left.
    You will see the Carriage House, home of Mainely Quilts, in front of you with the Inn on the right side of the driveway.

  • Weddings & Special Events

     

     

    For a most Romantic and Picturesque Wedding

    We proudly announce our new venue for Engagements, Weddings, Corporate and that special Social event. Contact us about planning your wedding or special event at the famous and romantic Wedding Cake House next door to the Inn.

 
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