The Waldo Emerson Inn awaits, offering you a much-deserved break from the pressures of modern living. Built in 1753, this romantic and cozy Kennebunkport, Maine bed and breakfast is one of the most historic places to stay in Southern Maine. Elegant and stately yet recently reinvigorated with a lighthearted touch, it blends historical charm with refined 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. Sleep soundly in a bedroom appointed with authentic historical details, luxury linens and amenities, fun personal touches and original works of art. Then awake to dine leisurely on a gourmet breakfast prepared by the London-trained chef and innkeeper.

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Bed and fireplace in the Bourne Room at our Kennebunkport, Maine B&B


Our six guest rooms are uniquely decorated with historical details and personal touches, so you’re sure to find one that appeals to you. Four of the rooms have fireplaces, and all have their own en-suite bath.

And of course your gourmet breakfast is part of your stay at this romantic Kennebunkport bed and breakfast!

Fruit in a cup with yogurt, blueberry crumb cake and a shiny silver spoon


Breakfasts at the Inn are a combination of family style and plated service. Our homemade granola is a daily staple. You can also make your own toast browned to your taste at our Toast Bar. Then enjoy the chef’s choice of a delicious hot-plated breakfast entrée, such as Caprese omelets, cheesy lobster grits or French toast brûlée.

Snack bar at our Kennebunkport bed and breakfast

"The Bars"

Why is the Waldo Emerson Inn one of the best places to stay in Maine? In part because your innkeeper makes it fun. You’ll find playful bars throughout the Inn, offering cocktails or candy, books or bread… with famous (yet relevant) quotes by Ralph Waldo Emerson adding to your enjoyment.