Pet Friendly Travel: Spoiling Your Pet in Kennebunkport

Your best friend, your furry companion, the one that always makes you smile and is there to love you no matter what! If pets are as important to you as they are to us at Waldo Emerson Inn then you know that spoiling them with a getaway to Kennebunkport’s most charming pet-friendly inn is just what they deserve. From pet-friendly amenities, to access to pet-friendly beaches nearby and green spaces at the inn, here’s our official guide to spoiling your pet with a trip to Kennebunkport, Maine.

Bed and Biscuit Package

Staying at Waldo Emerson Inn’s pet-friendly property doesn’t just mean that your pet gets to tag along. When you book our Bed and Biscuit package, you’ll receive thoughtful pet-friendly amenities and supplies that guarantee your pet is not only taken care of but is pampered accordingly. Lodging supplies include a cozy pet bed fit for the king and/or queen that they are, water and food bowls, delicious treats, pick-up bags, and towels just for their use! Sloan, the resident inn Yorkie ensures that your pooch will have a tail-wagging good stay by letting them play with her Lucy the Lobster pet toy.

Wide Open Space

A chance to play (without traveling far)! Because play is half the fun of a vacation, your pet has access to Waldo Emerson’s green spaces, which are conveniently located right on the property. There is ample room to roam and sniff. Both a private and mostly fenced-in yard, you as the pet–owner will also have the opportunity to join in on the play or watch your pet frolic as you find respite in our Honor Bar and/ or our Adirondack chairs surrounding the fire pit and garden.

Nearby Pet-Friendly Beaches

Those pet-only towels offered as part of our Bed and Biscuit package will come in use! When your pet is done exploring our green spaces and ready to roam some more, Waldo Emerson Inn is conveniently located near some of the best pet-friendly beaches in Maine! For the best walking experience, we suggest low tide at Gooch’s Beach, Kennebunkport’s most popular pet beach–which provides ample space for adventure. While for more room at high tide, head on over to Mother’s Beach.

Sun, sand, and surf, await! Just remember that there are a few guidelines to follow to ensure beaches stay safe, clean, and friendly year-round. The official Town of Kennebunk and Kennebunkport guidelines are as follows: Dogs are permitted on Gooch’s, Middle, Mother’s, and a portion of Parsons beaches from June 15 through Labor Day before 9AM and after 5PM. Dogs must be under voice control or on a leash. From the day after Labor Day to June 14, dogs are permitted on the beach but must be under voice control or on a leash.

Shop Pet-Friendly Gifts

While spending your time at the beach makes for a great vacation experience, no real trip to Kennebunkport is complete without a visit to Dock Square! Charming, quaint, and pet-friendly, the hub of it all has a handful of pet boutiques and pet-centric stores to provide an additional way to spoil your pet through gifts. From tasty treats to fashionable collars and clothing, to new toys and more, we suggest heading into Scalawags Pet Boutique and Digs Divots and Dogs. Both are located right in Dock Square.


All that shopping and beach-going is sure to leave you and your pet both thirsty and hungry! Luckily, Kennebunkport and Kennebunk have a well-known and well-established foodie scene, all of which are quite pet-friendly. Pet-friendly restaurants in town and in the surrounding area, include some of our favorites, such as Batson River Brewing and Distilling, Old Vines Wine Bar, Sebago Brewing Co., Nunan’s Lobster Hut, The Clam Shack and Lost Fire. Bon(e) appetite! Sorry, we couldn’t help ourselves.

Are you and your pet ready to book your pet-friendly stay at Waldo Emerson Inn? Book online, email at, or call (207) 985 – 4250.