Waldo Emerson Inn

108 Summer Street, Kennebunk, Maine 04043
Innkeeper(s): Hana Pevny
  • Introduction

    Waldo Emerson Inn


    Built in 1753, this luxury romantic Kennebunkport inn is one of the most historic places to stay in New England. Stately and refined, it blends historical charm with elegant whimsy. The inn has been recently reinvigorated with a lightheared touch and moderm amenities. A true four seasons inn, the summer brings lazy evenings around the firepit. In the winter cozy up in front of the fire with a cocktail from the Honor Bar.

    The inn offers six guests rooms all with private baths. Decorated with a mixture of antiques and traditional modern furnishings finished with luxury linens and custom toiletries. Each room features original art from the owner's private collection. 

    A seperate carraige house offers a self catering 2 bedroom suite. 


  • History of the Inn

    Waldo Emerson Inn Bed Breakfast history

    THe homes original owner was Waldo Emerson, great uncle of noted essayist and poet Ralph Waldo Emerson. A later owner, 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.

    Waldo Emerson Inn is a wonderful recollection of the past. You enter directly into the keeping room dating back to 1753 with its hand-hewn oak timbers hung with pewter, and copper. The Inn offers six guest rooms each with handmade quilts, antiques, and private baths. 

  • Breakfast Room

    Waldo Emerson Inn

    Our Guests Enjoy a 3-Course Breakfast

    The 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.

  • How To Find Us


    1. From the general Boston direction take Route 95 North
    2. On the Maine side, take exit #3 to Kennebunk/Kennebunkport on Route 35
    3. After passing through downtown Kennebunk continue to follow Route 35 to Kennebunkport
    4. You are now on Summer Street
    5. After approximately 1.8 miles, you will see the "Wedding Cake House" on the left side
    6. 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.