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

Summer at the Inn (2015)

The most fantastic beaches shops and restaurants

- Celebrate a great New England Beach weekend -

- (toll free) or 207-985-4250 -

Kennibunk beach

"Summer in the Kennebunk and Kennebunkport area"

Summer Stays at the Inn

Please give us a call for availability of "special's"

"2015 Prelude in the Kennebunks"

December 4 through December 13, 2015

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For more details on this special event be sure to check - christmasprelude.com

We have only a few rooms available - give us a call 

We have some rooms open for the first and second weekend starting the 4th and also the 11th (with working in-room fire places)

Prelude midweek specials at $145.00 per night (Monday the 7th through Thursday the 10th, 2015)
(please add $10.00 per night for the Blue Room)

"Now is the time to make your 2015 Prelude reservations"

Do not miss Prelude in the Kennebunks 2015 - for schedule of events.

"Prelude is among the ten Best Christmas Festivals around the World" by Vallerie Conners.

Snow shoeing, Cross Country Skiing, fireworks and other activities (to many to list), how about a romantic horse drawn Sleigh Ride.

It's a great time for a relaxing with in-room (working) fireplaces.
Southern Maine is known for its artists and galleries, and there is always a local art and food festival happening somewhere close by.
Make sure to make your reservations directly with Kathy or John, the Innkeepers to receive a special extra
For the Classical Music, Opera and Dance enthusiast
Classical Voice of New England

We offer plenty of free – parking, complimentary beach parking passes, beach chairs & towels, bikes and high speed (wireless) web access from all rooms.

"Many thanks for your hospitality. It is a shame that we only had a short time to stay in such a beautiful guest house".

"A very relaxing time and wonderful hosts.. .." Frank and Jody.

"We so enjoyed staying in your immaculate, sturdy and historic home. We enjoyed it even more than the home of John Adams".

 "Breakfast on Sunday was delicious and beautifully served. Thank you for catering to Alan's need of a non-dairy meal".

"Thank you so much for such a wonderful experience. The food was outstanding and the hospitality, superior!" The Kellys

"What a marvelous retreat here in Kennebunk!  We thoroughly enjoyed the leafy-green quiet and lovely quaintness of your inn."

Waldo Emerson Inn is a colonial style Bed and Breakfast, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, located in the heart of Kennebunk's Historic District on Summer Street.

A restored shipbuilders manse next to the Kennebunk river with all the latest amenities you would expect from a romantic bed and breakfast, including working fireplaces for a relaxing romantic getaway. Let us exceed your expectations of a bed and breakfast with our terrific Dutch breakfast (for example, Apple and Blueberry Flapjes with Chocolate Chip Crepes) and afternoon tea in the Inn's historic parlor next to a warm fire or in the shade of our large oak trees.


"Fall colors in the Kennebunks" - we are ready for you-

Your room is ready with working in-room fireplace.

Christmas Prelude is just about here - make your reservation
December 4th - 13th, 2015

Become immersed in a world of top chefs, fine wines, beautiful homes, acclaimed artists and the quintessential oceanfront charm of Kennebunk and Kennebunkport

We do have only a few rooms left so give us a call (877) 521-8776

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 Kennebunk 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. The Inn has a rich Underground Railroad history with various intriguing hiding places in the cellar and attics.

Tour The Inn

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 Bed and Breakfast is a wonderful recollection of the past. You enter directly into the 255-year-old keeping room with its hand-hewn oak timbers hung with dried flowers, pewter, and copper.

The Inn offers four romantic and cozy guest rooms each with its own handmade quilts, antiques, working fireplaces and private baths with heated marble tiled floors. During your stay, please stop by Mainely Quilts located in the carriage house next to the Inn.

parlor-previewThe 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.


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 gourmet breakfast served between 8:30 and 9:30 each morning with the menu changing daily.

The Waldo Emerson Bed and Breakfast, 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 complementary beach parking permits, towels and beach chairs provided. 

There are dozens of excellent restaurants nearby. Be sure to save some time to enjoy sailing, whale watching, kayaking, hiking and summer arts festivals.  July and August only means one thing…sun time at our world famous beaches and Lobster! Bring the whole family for a cozy reunion. People the world over know of Maine's coastline, the rocky shores and picturesque lighthouses. We are ready to show you some awesome coastal day-trips.

Make sure to contact the Innkeeepers - Kathy and John and make your reservation with them for some additional neat extras

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The Inn has complementary Wi-Fi access (b, g & n). All rooms are wired for cable TV – LCD TVs are available upon request.
Ask us about the River House rooms located behind the Inn on the Kennebunk River