We had just left a horrible bed and breakfast in New Hampshire when we checked into this inn. Driving up to the property was like arriving at an oasis. It was inviting, well cared for, and charming. We were greeted by the proprietors, Kathy and John, who were welcoming and informative. They took us on a tour of the inn, which was built by Ralph Waldo Emerson’s great uncle in 1753. The inn is immaculate with a rich history and personalization. She sat down at the kitchen table and showed us on the local maps where to go, where to eat, where to take long walks, etc. She also recommended that we visit some nearby lighthouses. To further supplement guests’ vacations, Kathy and John have bikes to use, beach passes, beach chairs, beach towels, etc. These really came in handy since most of the parking by the beach requires a permit. We rented two rooms, each of which was decorated by color. The rooms are large and well thought out. There are many original features such as the windows (with etchings in the panes believed to have been carved by the original owner’s wives), the doors and handles, the woodwork, etc. But many convenient, modern updates have been made such as window air conditioners, new bathrooms, some new fireplaces, etc. Everything in the inn smelled fresh, especially the custom soap and shampoo. Yet each room had the lingering aroma of burnt wood from previous fires in the fireplaces. On the breakfast table was homemade granola, trays of fresh fruit, fresh orange juice, coffee, tea, etc., all displayed on beautiful china. Belgian waffles served with strawberries, blueberries, whipped cream, mini chocolate chips, and sausage and omelets with fresh veggies, bacon, and fruit were the main breakfast entrees. Everything was super fresh, made to order, and delicious. When we arrived back in the afternoon our beds were made and we had fresh towels, which we greatly appreciated. Kathy rightfully boasted that 70% of her guests are repeat visitors. We sadly hugged them goodbye but hope to see them again. This was our first visit to Kennebunkport but hopefully not our last. I would definitely stay here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Waldo Emerson Inn is a colonial style inn listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A restored shipbuilder's manse located next to the Kennebunk river with all the latest amenities including working fireplaces for a relaxing romantic getaway. Let us pamper you with our terrific Dutch breakfast and afternoon tea in the Inn's historic parlor or in the shade of our large oak trees. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Waldo Emerson Hotel
- Waldo Emerson Inn Bed And Breakfast Kennebunk, Maine