Step out of the rat race and into the solidity of one of the oldest remaining homes in the Kennebunks, where even Ralph Waldo Emerson apparently found respite so he could focus on his writing. Our Kennebunkport, Maine B&B is a gem among all your historic choices for Kennebunkport lodging.
Waldo Emerson Inn
About the Inn
The original Dutch gambrel was constructed by Waldo Emerson in 1753. He was the great uncle to Ralph Waldo Emerson who is rumored to have spent 10 summers at the house. The house was later inherited through marriage by Theodore Lyman, who added the enormous addition in 1784 as a wedding gift for his wife. Former owners made a fortune as shipbuilders on the Kennebunk River behind the house, so elaborate houses were within their means. George Bourne, a former resident, built the famous Wedding Cake house next door for his second wife. The Waldo Emerson Inn was also a stop along the Underground Railroad.
The historic home includes a keeping room, a room directly off the kitchen typical in Colonial era homes. In addition, the Inn has two spacious parlors with comfortable sofas and chairs where you can get lost in a good book, sip a glass of wine from the Honor Bar, play a game of chess or work on an ongoing puzzle.
The house boasts several unique architectural features such as hand painted Wedgewood tiles adorning the parlor fireplace, Indian shutters and exposed beams dating back to the early 1600s. All the guest rooms are charmingly decorated with attention to comfort and details, including fireplaces in four of the rooms. All six guestrooms have their own bathroom.
Innkeeper Hana has reinvigorated the historic Inn with refined accessories and whimsical details. Think 18th century America meets Alice in Wonderland. For added fun, Hana has placed a variety of “bars” around the Inn, where you can help yourself to cocktails, candy, fresh bread or a borrowed book for your enjoyment.
Meet Your Innkeeper, Hana Pevny
With Hana as your innkeeper, your stay at our Kennebunkport, Maine B&B combines New England history, European sensibility and a touch of Southern charm at this Kennebunkport lodging. Hana has spent a lifetime travelling the world and acquiring the knowledge necessary to create an experience worthy of the most discriminating traveler.
Hana was born in the former Czechoslovakia, but raised in Houston, Texas. After a successful career in the early days of the tech industry followed by a period of executive leadership in private equity and non-profits, Hana switched careers and started managing private estates.
Wanderlust and a passion for fine food and luxurious surroundings have taken her to six of the world’s seven continents. Her love of travel is matched by her love of fine cuisine: Hana has a culinary degree from Leiths School of Food & Wine in London and she has worked as a private chef and culinary instructor in London, Aspen and Zakynthos. You’ll taste her experience and expertise in the kitchen in the morning when you sit down to your decadent breakfast!
When Hana decided her next adventure would be as an innkeeper, she spent two years searching for the perfect setting to make her vision a reality before she first saw the Waldo Emerson Inn. She knew immediately that this historic home would be where she made travelers like you feel at home, with her imaginative attention to details, gourmet breakfasts, and delight in sharing the adventure of Kennebunkport’s many sights to see.
From the North or South:
- From Interstate 95 take exit #25 to Kennebunk/Kennebunkport on Route 35.
- Take a left on Route 35 at the end of the exit ramp – Fletcher Street (to Kennebunk/Kennebunkport)
- Take the second right at the Round-About and continue on Fletcher Street
- Turn left at the first traffic light (Main Street) then an immediate right at the next traffic light (Summer Street)
- The Waldo Emerson Inn is 1.25 miles on your left, just past the Wedding Cake House
30 minutes south of Portland, ME
30 minutes north of Portsmouth, NH
90 minutes north of Boston, MA