Kennebunk, ME 

Waldo Emerson Inn

108 Summer St
Kennebunk, ME 04043-6620 US
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Rates: $105 to $205
Total Rooms: 6
Overall Rating: 4.33333333333 hearts (6 reviews)


Circa 1753. Gracing the popular ocean community, this historic four-season inn is a welcoming place to stay. The 252-year-old keeping room with hand-hewn oak timbers exudes an inviting ambiance. Play chess or watch cable TV in the parlor by the fire. Complimentary snacks and drinks are provided. King pumpkin pine plank floors, original folk art paintings, sculpture, antiques and handmade quilts highlight the distinctive guest bedrooms that offer garden, meadow and forest views. Sleep in a brass, cast iron or sleigh bed. The Waldo Room is perfect for families. A bountiful three-course breakfast with a changing menu is served on the massive oak table in the fireside breakfast room. Browse the Mainely Quilts and Gift Shop in the adjacent carriage house.Location: Ocean Community and City/Urban.


Rooms & Rates

Rates: $105 to $205
Payment types accepted include Travelers Checks, Personal Checks, Visa, Discover, Master Card and American Express.
Rooms: This property has 6 total guest accommodations with private bath, 1 with fireplace, 6 with hot tubs, 4 guest houses and 1 conference room.
The types of beds available include Queen, King and Twin.


Cancellation: For cancellations received Eleven (11) days or more prior to your scheduled arrival date you will only be responsible for a $15 processing fee. For cancellations received Ten (10) days or less before your scheduled arrival date the full amount is due including a $15 processing fee minus any day(s) we are able to re-book your room.

Services & Amenities

Meals Included in Rates: Snacks/Refreshments, Breakfast and Afternoon Tea.
Types of meals: Early Coffee/Tea, Full Gourmet Breakfast, Vegetarian Breakfast, Picnic Lunches, Afternoon Tea, Snacks/Refreshments, Banquet Service, Restaurant off Premises and Hors d'oeuvres.
Amenities In Room: Iron/Ironing Board, Hair Dryer, Fireplace, DVD, Coffeemaker, Bathrobes, Bath Amenities, Air Conditioning, Clock Radio, Cable TV, Modem Hook-Up, Reading Lamps, Refrigerator, Television, Turn-Down Service, Wireless Internet Access, Wide screen TV and Free high speed wireless.
Amenities On Site: VCR, Television, PC, Parlor Games, Library, Gift Shop, Fireplace, Fax, DVD, Copy Machine and Bicycles.
Business Traveler Amenities: Daily Newspapers, Desk, FAX On-site, Flexible Check in/out Times, Gym Nearby, Hair Dryer, Internet Access, Modem Connection, Off-site Dry Cleaning Services, Television and Wireless Internet Access.

Spa Services

On-Site Spa Services: Massages and Nutritonal Counseling/Weight Management.


Events Hosted: Family Reunions, Romantic Getaways, Meetings, Weddings, Honeymoons, Seminars and Quilters retreats.
Other Activities: Water Sports, Tennis, Skiing Cross Country, Shopping (Local Crafts), Parks, Museums, Live Theater, Horseback Riding, Hiking, Golf, Fishing, Canoeing/Kayaking, Bicycling, Beaches, Art Galleries, Antiquing and Amusement Park.

Historic Interest

Waldo Emerson Inn is a Colonial style inn listed in 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.
Historic Awards: State Register (Granted), State Historical Site (Granted), National Register (Granted), National Historical Site (Granted), Local Register (Granted) and City Historical Site (Granted).
Historic Memberships: Local Historical Society and City Historical Society.
Historic sites nearby: Wedding Cake House next door to the Inn. It was part of this property until 1983. This in was part of the Underground Railroad.