Kennebunk, ME 

Waldo Emerson Inn

108 Summer St
Kennebunk, ME 04043-6620 US

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Rates: $139 to $299
Total Rooms: 6
Overall Rating: 4.3333333333333 hearts (6 reviews)


Circa 1753. The Waldo Emerson Inn offers the discerning traveler all the modern amenities with a touch of elegant whimsy set in one the most historically significant homes in the Kennebunks. Once a summer retreat for the famous poet Ralph Waldo Emerson, this top-rated Kennebunkport bed and breakfast now welcomes guests to recharge and rejuvenate. Enjoy charming rooms with private en-suite baths, free Wi-Fi, and gourmet breakfasts by the London-trained chef and innkeeper. Located next to the famous Wedding Cake House, the inn is only a few minutes from the heart of Kennebunkport's shopping, dining and beach scene, while offering a serene retreat from the tourist bustle.use.Location: Ocean Community and City/Urban.


Rooms & Rates

Rates: $139 to $299
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, 3 with fireplaces.
The types of beds available include Queen and King.


Cancellation: For cancellations made more than 14 days before your scheduled arrival date your deposit will be refunded, less a $25 processing fee. Cancellations made 14 days or less prior to your arrival date are non-refundable for the full reservation unless we are able to re-book the room, in which case, only the cancellation fee will be charged. We require 30 days cancellation notice for Peak Season (July-October), Major Holidays, Special Events and Christmas Prelude. Early departure falls within our cancellation policy. There are no refunds for early departure.

Services & Amenities

Meals Included in Rates: Snacks/Refreshments, Breakfast and Afternoon Tea.
Types of meals: Vegetarian Breakfast, Snacks/Refreshments, Restaurant off Premises, Picnic Lunches, Full Gourmet Breakfast, Early Coffee/Tea and Afternoon Tea.
Amenities In Room: Air Conditioning, Hair Dryer, Iron/Ironing Board, Turn-Down Service, Bathrobes, Fireplace, Bath Amenities, Wireless Internet Access, Wide screen TV and Free high speed wireless.
Amenities On Site: Gift Shop, Free parking on premise, Fireplace, Bicycles and Fax.
Business Traveler Amenities: Hair Dryer, Off-site Dry Cleaning Services, FAX On-site, Gym Nearby, Internet Access, Flexible Check in/out Times and Wireless Internet Access.


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

The Inn is one of 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.