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Set in Kennebunkport, within 2.3 mi of Maine Art Gallery Framing and 2.5 mi of Mast Cove Galleries, Waldo Emerson Inn offers accommodations with free WiFi throughout the property. Featuring free bikes, the 3-star bed and breakfast has air-conditioned rooms with a private bathroom. Northlight Gallery is 2.5 mi from the bed and breakfast and W Robert Paine Gallery is 2.5 mi away. At the bed and breakfast, the rooms have a wardrobe. Rooms are equipped with a TV, and certain rooms at Waldo Emerson Inn have a garden view. All units at the accommodations are equipped with a seating area. An American breakfast is served daily at the property. Guests can make sightseeing and ticketing arrangements at the tour desk. Skiing, cycling and hiking are among the activities that guests of Waldo Emerson Inn can find nearby. Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge is 3.1 mi from the bed and breakfast. Portland International Jetport Airport is 21 mi away.

Couples in particular like the location – they rated it 9.3 for a two-person trip.

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Property Highlights

Top Location: Highly rated by recent guests (9.3)

Breakfast Info

Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-free, American

Free Private Parking Available On Site

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Room Type
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1 king bed
1 queen bed
1 queen bed
1 queen bed
1 king bed
1 twin bed
1 king bed
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Travel Sustainable Level 2

This property is making considerable investments and efforts towards becoming more sustainable. We’ve worked with experts such as Travalyst and Sustainalize to create the Travel Sustainable program – making it easier for you to experience the world more sustainably.
Guest reviews


Value for money
Free WiFi
High score for Kennebunkport
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  • Steven
    United States of AmericaUnited States of America
    Great location, friendly owner, cute rooms and common areas, delicious breakfast.
  • Rachel
    United States of AmericaUnited States of America
    Amelia and Ron were absolutely delightful, and the conversation at breakfast (which was delicious each day we stayed) was an added bonus to the trip. The room was spotless and very comfortable, and the thoughtful gestures throughout our trip...
  • Franca
    United States of AmericaUnited States of America
    The inn is simply beautiful and the owners very warm & accommodating. Can’t wait to go again. Breakfast was wonderful too

Hosted by Amelia Rockelein

Host Review Score

Amelia Rockelein
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, an honor bar, and gourmet breakfasts. 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. One of the oldest homes in Southern Maine, dating back to 1753, the inn is seeped in history and boasts many original architectural features. This shipbuilders manse was the summer escape to noted poet and essayist Ralph Waldo Emerson, as well as a stop on the underground railroad. A local icon with a storied past. Conveniently situated halfway between Portland, Maine and Portsmouth, New Hampshire - the Waldo Emerson Inn is the perfect base for exploring Southern Maine.
Your stay at the Waldo Emerson Inn combines New England history and European sensibility. My background in hospitality and travelling the world while acquiring the knowledge to create an experience worthy of the most discriminating traveler. Wanderlust and a passion for fine food and luxurious surroundings have taken me to destinations around the world. Over time I decided to pursuit a longtime dream of becoming an Innkeeper. Spending the last two years looking at inns and searching for the perfect setting to make my vision a reality I was swept away by the inn’s history and charm. I knew upon first look that the Waldo Emerson Inn was the place that would make myself and travelers feel at home.
Located in the heart of the Kennebunks, halfway between Kennebunk and Dock Square in Kennebunkport. A serene retreat from the hustle and bustle of the tourist attractions, yet only 3 miles to the beach. Situated next door to the famed Wedding Cake House in the National Historic District of Kennebunk. Easy access to all the wonderful attractions and restaurants in Southern Maine. Stroll down historic Summer Street and take in the various architectural styles that make this one of the most studied historic districts in the nations top architectural schools.
Languages spoken: English,Slovak

Area info

Amenities of Waldo Emerson Inn
Great facilities! Review score, 9.4

Most popular amenities
  • Free WiFi
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Free parking
  • Room service
  • Family rooms
  • Bar
  • Toilet paper
  • Towels
  • Bathtub or shower
  • Private Bathroom
  • Toilet
  • Free toiletries
  • Bathrobe
  • Hairdryer
  • Shower
  • Linens
  • Wardrobe or closet
  • Garden view
  • Outdoor fireplace
  • Picnic area
  • Outdoor furniture
  • BBQ facilities
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Cleaning products
Room Amenities
  • Socket near the bed
Pets are allowed. Charges may apply.
  • Bicycle rental
  • Horseback riding
    Additional chargeOff-site
  • Cycling
  • Hiking
  • Game room
  • Golf course (within 2 miles)
    Additional charge
Living Area
  • Sitting area
  • Desk
Media & Technology
  • Streaming service (like Netflix)
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Cable channels
  • Satellite channels
  • TV
Food & Drink
  • Fruit
  • Wine/Champagne
    Additional charge
  • Special diet meals (on request)
  • Snack bar
  • Breakfast in the room
  • Bar
WiFi is available in all areas and is free of charge.
Free private parking is available on site (reservation is not needed).
  • Accessible parking
Front Desk Services
  • Invoice provided
  • Private check-in/out
  • Concierge
  • Baggage storage
  • Express check-in/out
Entertainment & Family Services
  • Board games/Puzzles
  • Board games/puzzles
Cleaning Services
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Ironing service
Business Facilities
  • Fax/Photocopying
  • Business center
  • Meeting/Banquet facilities
    Additional charge
Safety & security
  • Fire extinguishers
  • CCTV outside property
  • CCTV in common areas
  • Smoke alarms
  • Key access
  • Safe
  • Pet bowls
  • Pet basket
  • Carbon monoxide detector
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Designated smoking area
  • Air conditioning
  • Smoke-free property
  • Hypoallergenic room available
  • Hardwood or parquet floors
  • Tile/Marble floor
  • Heating
  • Soundproof rooms
  • Fan
  • Family rooms
  • Ironing facilities
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Iron
  • Room service
  • Beach umbrellas
  • Beach chairs/Loungers
Languages Spoken
  • English
  • Slovak

House rules

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From 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Guests are required to show a photo ID and credit card at check-in


From 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM



Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to accommodations type. Please enter the dates of your stay and check what conditions apply to your preferred room.

Children & Beds

Child policies

Children over 16 are welcome.

Children 18 and above will be charged as adults at this property.

To see correct prices and occupancy info, add the number and ages of children in your group to your search.

Crib and extra bed policies

16+ years
Extra bed upon request
$75 per person, per night

Prices for extra beds aren't included in the total price. They'll have to be paid for separately during your stay.

The number of extra beds allowed depends on the option you choose. Check your selected option for more info.

There are no cribs available at this property.

All extra beds are subject to availability.

Age restriction

The minimum age for check-in is 21

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Smoking is not allowed.


Parties/events are not allowed

Quiet hours

Guests need be quiet between 11:00 PM and 6:00 AM.


Pets are allowed. Charges may apply.

FAQs about Waldo Emerson Inn

  • Waldo Emerson Inn offers the following activities/services (charges may apply):

    • Cycling
    • Hiking
    • Game room
    • Golf course (within 2 miles)
    • Horseback riding
    • Bicycle rental

  • Check-in at Waldo Emerson Inn is from 3:00 PM, and check-out is until 11:00 AM.

  • The prices at Waldo Emerson Inn may vary depending on your stay (e.g. dates, hotel's policy etc.). To see prices, enter your dates.

  • Waldo Emerson Inn is 2.4 miles from the center of Kennebunkport. All distances are measured in straight lines. Actual travel distances may vary.

  • Guests staying at Waldo Emerson Inn can enjoy a highly-rated breakfast during their stay (guest review score: 10.0).

    Breakfast option(s) include:

    • Vegetarian
    • Vegan
    • Gluten-free
    • American
    • À la carte

  • Room options at Waldo Emerson Inn include:

    • Double
    • Suite