Where is the wedding? Where do I stay? How do I stay there? You have come to the right place!
Great job making it to this page (you are clearly a technological wizard)! Here is where you find out the answers to many (but not all, that would be no fun) of your logistical questions. We will be adding information here as we get closer to the wedding, but we wanted you to have the basics right off the bat because we want you to book your rooms early… and you will understand why as you trip on down the page :))
When and where is the wedding (and why)?
The wedding will be held on July 15, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. on the grounds of Mac’s family home in Maine – The Old Southport Inn.
The Dingles bought the house in 2005 and have been renovating and restoring it, and the gardens, ever since.
The, indeed, an inn during the early 1900s, and was known for its lobster dinners (it is not an inn anymore, though the Dingles do get at least one question about vacancy each summer season!).
The Inn (also known as ‘The Maine House’) has been a part of Mac’s and Jack’s love story from the start, during their first summer together way back in 2010.
When Jack started his freshman year at the University of Maine, with Mac at Centre College in Kentucky, The Inn was often the place they would spend their breaks. Weeks in summer here – watching the boats slide by, heading to local lobster shack (and Dunton’s Dog House!), heading into town or down to Baby Beach… this magical part of the world is woven right into their love story. Jack even asked Mac to marry him in The Inn’s old barn.
After they were engaged, Mac and Jack looked at a couple of wedding venues before a lightbulb went off. If the most important people in their lives were going to gather in a single place to celebrate together, they wanted to be able to share this special place with them. They wanted to be married at The Inn.
And then they got to thinking…
People were going to be coming from away, and they wanted to see everyone… for more than just the wedding an reception if possible.
Wouldn’t it be great if they could stay close by…
What if they could stay so close by that it would seem that everyone was together for the weekend?
Why are you trying to force me to stay at this place?!
The Ocean Gate Inn is located, literally, right behind Mac’s family home. We’re talking so close that, when you walk to play tennis or basketball on Ocean Gate’s court, you can see the Dingles’ back yard and gardens.
So… a conversation with the folks at Ocean Gate, a tiny path created from beside the tennis court to the Dingles’ back garden gate and – voila! Folks who stay at Ocean Gate will be staying with the other wedding guests (not to mention the Groom and groomsmen!), and no driving (or getting lost!) will be needed on the day of the wedding!
No really, look!
Ocean Gate is one of those old-style Maine destination resorts (the property sits on 45 acres) that families return to year after year. The room rates include a full breakfast each morning, and the use of the resort’s Kayaks, swimming pool, mini golf, tennis and basketball, as well as wi-fi. There is air conditioning (and heat) as well as a flatscreen television in each room, and a number of rooms connect and/or have pull out sofas (best, according to Frank (the owner) for small children rather than adults).
Okay you have convinced me. How do I stay at Ocean Gate?!
Like most everyplace you can stay in midcoast Maine, in summer, Ocean Gate has a two night minimum stay. But don’t worry, because there will be a casual dinner event on Friday evening for everyone who is in town – so you will want to book your stay for Friday, July 14th and Saturday July 15th (both in 2017… just in case you forgot :))
You will want to make your reservations early (things book up quickly for summer). We have a block of rooms that Frank is holding at the early bird rate through April 1st (again, you want to book well before then – honest!) and rates for rooms range from $144 – $195 per night. Suites are more, and there are indeed two cabins on the property (a one bedroom and a two bedroom), but they have three night minimum stays. That being said, Frank will honor the 15% discount for the cabins too, should anyone want to stay three or more nights in them.
How to book: Whether you book on-line or over the phone, you want to indicate that you are with the Dingle/Schafer wedding. If you call, you can just tell the person you are working with, if you book on-line there is a comment section at the end of the reservation form where you can put “Dingle/Schafer wedding”. This alerts the folks at Ocean Gate that you are with us, and ensures the 15% early-bird rate is applied to your reservation. Remember, there is a two night minimum stay (but also remember we have a Friday night dinner event :))
Website: http://www.oceangateinn.com (the site has photos and descriptions of the rooms, views, etc.)
Telephone reservations: 1-800-221-5924 (you can absolutely ask about room descriptions, views, etc. when you call)
When and where do I show up for this awesome weekend?
Check in at Ocean Gate is 3:00 p.m. (check out is 11:00 a.m.), so if you are arriving on Friday – any time after three works for your check in.
More information accompany the formal invitation (which will be sent in May), but the event on Friday evening is a dinner event and will be held on the Ocean Gate grounds.
The ceremony will be held on Saturday afternoon at 4:30, and is a short (SHORT) walk from Ocean Gate… absolutely no need for a car (Mac’s Mom estimates 23.4 feet from the rear of the Ocean Gate tennis/basketball court to the Dingles’ back garden gate (she’ll measure and get back to us).
How do I get to where it’s all happening?
If you are flying, you’ll want to fly into Portland International Jetport (located in Portland, Maine). Southport Island is about an hour from the airport.
From the airport, you can follow the driving directions below (if you are using a GPS system on your phone, Garmin, etc., the address for Ocean Gate should direct you onto Rt. 295 North, and you will be able to follow directions from third bullet below (or from your GPS, it might be an adventure!)
Ocean Gate’s address (for GPS purposes) is 70 Ocean Gate Road, Southport Maine (if you can get to Ocean Gate, you can get to Mac’s family home, we promise!). The directions below are from points south of the island.
- Take I-95 North through New Hampshire into Maine, Note: Route I-95 becomes the Maine Turnpike.
- Take Exit 44 onto I-295 North. This road will take you past Portland and Freeport, en route to Brunswick.
- Take Exit 31 onto the Route 1 connecter in Topsham. Follow to Route 1 North. You will go through three towns on Route 1: Brunswick, then Bath, and finally Wiscasset.
- As you leave the village of Wiscasset, you cross a bridge.
- About a mile after the bridge, turn right onto Route 27 South (Boothbay Harbor Region)
- Continue on Rt. 27 through stoplight at the intersection of Rt. 27 and Rt.96 (Hannafords Grocery)
- After passing Hannafords, begin folowing the Urgent Care Center signs, continuing on Rte. 27 South.
- Continue on Rt. 27 passing the Lincoln County Urgent care Center, for 2 more miles to Southport Bridge – cross the bridge.
- Continue on Rt. 27 (bearing right) for 3/10 of a mile and you’ll find the entrance to the Ocean Gate Resort on your right.