Waldo Emerson Inn

Historic charm, modern amenities, timeless hospitality.

The Waldo Emerson Inn awaits, offering you a much-deserved break from the pressures of modern living. Built in 1753, this romantic Kennebunkport, Maine bed and breakfast is one of the most historic places to stay in Southern Maine. Refined and stately yet recently reinvigorated with a lighthearted touch, it blends historical charm with elegant whimsy. Stow away that smartphone and find comfort in the centuries-old pine floors, elaborate woodwork, and peaceful setting. Settle in the parlor and picture Ralph Waldo Emerson putting his own feet up after a long day laboring with pen and paper while you sip on a drink from the Honor Bar.

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A whimsical and elegant inn with a long track record of inspiring greatness.

What it's like

As you arrive at The Waldo Emerson Inn, you’ll be struck by the craftsmanship that has endured since the Inn’s construction by Waldo Emerson, uncle of Ralph Waldo Emerson. The original house has been expanded and updated over the past 260+ years, but the historic grandeur endures. You’ll be greeted by the innkeeper, Hana, who has thoughtfully reimagined the guest experience adding imaginative details and thoughtful touches. Sleep soundly in one of the six bedrooms, each appointed with authentic historical details, luxury linens and amenities, fun personal touches and original works of art. Some rooms have fireplaces and all have their own private bathroom.

Independent spirit

“Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

Small touches

At this boutique B&B, delight is in the details. Sprinkled throughout your experience, you’ll discover a variety of “bars” to sweeten your stay. The Honor Bar features cocktails and wine (billed to your room via the honor system). The Candy Bar has, you guessed it, complimentary candy. The Book Bar is a little library where you can borrow and swap books. The Beach Bar provides everything you need for a day at the beach: towels, chairs and of course suntan lotion. If you're feeling peckish, The Beverage and Snack Bar offers 24-hour coffee, tea, and sweet and savory snacks. 

Eat and drink

Start each day with a nourishing gourmet breakfast. Served as combination of family style and plated service, this breakfast is one to remember. Hana puts her London culinary degree to work to delight guests each morning. In addition to staples like bacon, muffins and fresh fruit, you’ll enjoy the chef’s choice of a delicious hot plated entrée such as Caprese omelets, cheesy lobster grits, or French toast brûlée. Homemade granola is a daily staple – the recipe has been passed down by previous innkeeper and perfected by Hana who continues this time-honored and tasty tradition. You’ll also find snacks, sweets, drinks, and coffee stashed cleverly throughout the inn to keep you satisfied during your stay. Nearby, you’ll find incredible local restaurants featuring Maine’s world-famous lobster.

And more

The historical significance doesn’t stop with the famous owners and guests. The Inn was a known stop on the Underground Railroad. The attic and cellar still have a variety of hiding spaces that hosted people on their path to freedom.

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Rooms & Rates

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In the heart of the Kennebunks, the Waldo Emerson Inn is ideally situated for taking advantage of the many fun things to do in Kennebunkport, Maine. The inn is 30 minutes south of Portland, ME and 90 minutes north of Boston, MA. 
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Waldo Emerson Inn is currently closed until the summer season.

Guest Services

  • On site innkeeper 
  • Personal concierge services
  • Complimentary WiFi
  • All rooms are pet-friendly

Eat & Drink

  • Gourmet breakfast
  • Coffee, tea, soft drinks and snacks
  • Honor Bar

Fitness & Recreation

  • Use of Bicycles
  • Beach Passes (required in summer)
  • Use of Beach Chairs
  • Use of Beach Towels

In-room amenities

  • En-suite Bathroom
  • Individual Temperature Controls
  • Luxury Linens
  • Comphy Waffle Robes
  • Custom luxury toiletries
  • Hair Dryer
  • Smart TV
  • Amazon Echo
  • Some rooms have a fireplace

Cancellation policy

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.
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Meetings + Events

The inn is now available for full house rental for a minimum of 3 days. Renting the Waldo Emerson Inn will not only provide you with a safe environment but a unique experience combining historical charm with elegant whimsy and modern luxury. With six en-suite bedrooms, 2 living areas, a formal dining room, eat-in kitchen, and almost an acre of grounds, renting the whole inn is perfect for a small corporate retreat, large or extended family, or group of friends wishing to spread out, yet stay together.
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