Hi loves! We can’t wait to celebrate with you in September. It means the world to us that you’re coming all the way out to Harrisburg and we want to make it as easy and affordable for you as possible! Here is a list of airports, transportation options, accommodations, and other helpful info to plan your visit.
Harrisburg International Airport (MDT) - www.flyhia.com
That’s right, we have our own international airport! It’s certainly the most convenient option, but be warned that flights in and out of MDT tend to be expensive compared to bigger airports in NYC, Baltimore, and Philadelphia. If you do fly in to MDT, taking a taxi or Uber to your lodging shouldn’t be expensive. Depending on your arrival time, we can probably even arrange for someone to pick you up!
Although the flight price may be more expensive, it could be worth it to not have to rent a car or figure out additional transit to and from an airport that’s farther away. Just something to keep in mind as you compare airports!
Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI) - www.bwiairport.com
Baltimore is approximately 90 minutes from Harrisburg. If you fly in to BWI, you will either have to rent a car or take public transit/taxi to the Greyhound station and catch a bus to Harrisburg. The BWI website has information about rental cars and public transit.
As for Greyhound, there are only two buses a day that go from Baltimore to Harrisburg - when I searched for Friday September 1st it lists one bus departing at 8:50am and another departing at 3:25pm. You will also want to carefully check the times for traveling from Harrisburg back to Baltimore to catch a return flight. Check the Greyhound website (www.greyhound.com) for the most up to date information!
Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) - www.phl.org
Philadelphia is approximately two hours from Harrisburg. If you fly in to PHL, you will either have to rent a car or take public transit/taxi to either the Greyhound station or Amtrak station. The PHL website has information about rental cars and public transit.
It looks like Greyhound has up to 4 buses that run from Philly to Harrisburg (5:40am, 10:45am, 1:05pm, 7:40pm). Check the Greyhound website (www.greyhound.com) for the most up to date information!
Amtrak has up to 14 trains running from Philadelphia to Harrisburg on Friday September 1st and right now the average cost per ticket is around $30. Check the Amtrak website (www.amtrak.com) for the most up to date information! I believe Amtrak tickets get more expensive as the date approaches, so if this is the method you want to use you may want to book early.
NYC is approximately 3 hours from Harrisburg. You will either have to rent a car and drive to Harrisburg (be aware the tolls can be sizable) or take public transit/taxi to catch a Greyhound bus or Amtrak train.
It looks like Greyhound has up to 6 buses a day going from NYC to Harrisburg. Check the Greyhound website (www.greyhound.com) for the most up to date information!
It looks like Amtrak has up to 10 trains a day from NYC to Harrisburg with the average price around $50. Check the Amtrak website (www.amtrak.com) for the most up to date information! I believe Amtrak tickets get more expensive as the date approaches, so if this is the method you want to use you may want to book early.
Harrisburg has an Amtrak station downtown, just a 10 minute drive from our house! If you fly in to a nearby airport, you may want to connect to an Amtrak train to get here. Those of you in the midwest could even consider taking a scenic train ride out here if you have the time! (A train from Chicago to Harrisburg has a ticket price of around $94 right now, but it would take you a couple of days to get here). Check the Amtrak website (www.amtrak.com) for the most up to date information!
The drive from Chicago to Harrisburg is approximately 10 hours (Mikey and I have made this drive many times, and it’s totally doable in a day). Be aware you will lose an hour on the way out here as you transition from CST to EST, and gain an hour on the way home.
Our address is 2005 Susquehanna St, Harrisburg, PA 17102 if you want to plug it into GPS and see what your estimated driving time would be.
Hotels and Lodging
If you want to compare an Airbnb listing or hotel to some helpful addresses you could use our home address (2005 Susquehanna St, HBG, PA 17102), the wedding venue address (5300 N Front St, HBG, PA 17110), or the restaurant address (231 North St, HBG, PA 17101).
Airbnb - there are plenty of Airbnb options in Harrisburg for those of you who use the site. The ideal neighborhood to stay in is Midtown, but accommodations downtown would also keep you close to where we live.
Days Inn - www.wyndhamhotels.com - 3919 N Front St, HBG, PA 17110
This is a nice budget hotel located right down the road from the wedding venue. Right now room rates are around $85 per night. My parents once stayed here and they take cleanliness very seriously, so if it passed their test it must be nice! :)
America’s Best Value Inn Harrisburg - www.redlion.com - 4125 N Front St, HBG, PA 17110
This is another budget hotel very close to the wedding venue with decent ratings and a nightly rate around $90.
There are also tons of hotels in downtown Harrisburg. These are nice but may be a bit pricier (for example, the Hilton has a rate of about $150 per night). Our parents have had great luck using the www.hoteltonight.com website to find last-minute accommodations at a good rate, but since the wedding is over a holiday weekend it may be riskier to go this route. If you have any questions about a hotel or location, feel free to contact us directly and we’ll do some research for you!
Saturday September 2nd
The ceremony will be held at 3:00pm at Fort Hunter Mansion - www.forthunter.org
5300 N Front St, HBG, PA 17110
If the weather allows, the ceremony will be outside on the West Lawn (the secluded area located beside the Mansion, overlooking the Susquehanna River.) There are several parking lots in the park, including some that are right next to and right across the street from the mansion. If the weather is rainy, the ceremony will be moved to the Centennial Barn.
Please note that there are public restrooms in the park, but they do require some walking and are not fancy. You will want to do your “getting ready” at your lodging before you come, and only use the park restrooms if necessary.
You can view a map of Fort Hunter here: https://forthunter.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/walkingtour.pdf.
By 4:00pm the ceremony will be finished. At this time, you will be free for an hour or so while we take photographs. You can head back to your accommodations to relax for a bit or go straight to the restaurant where the wedding dinner will be held.
The wedding dinner will be held at 5:00pm at Home 231, our favorite restaurant in Harrisburg! The address is 231 North Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101. You can check the restaurant out at www.home231.com.
Mikey and I are creating a menu of options that will cater to omnivores, vegetarians, vegans, and gluten-free folks. You do not have to choose a dish in advance - rather, the restaurant will present you with our customized menu and you can look it over and order whatever you’d like right then and there. Wine will be included with dinner (beyond that, the restaurant has a wonderful bar where guests can purchase drinks if they wish).
We will be free to hang out and socialize at the restaurant until up to 10:00pm. Whenever we finish there, we will probably head to a local speakeasy called Knock for late-night drinking and dancing.
Sunday September 3rd
We will have having a big communal brunch at our house Sunday morning at 11:00am for all of our friends and loved ones who are still in town! Our address is 2005 Susquehanna St, HBG, PA 17102. It will make us so happy to squeeze all of you into our home for a meal.
If the weather is nice and we’re all up for an adventure, we might head to a beautiful lake in a nearby pine forest for a day of beach relaxation. Pack a swimsuit and towel if you think you’ll be around to join us!
Monday September 4th we will head out on our honeymoon (a road trip up to Portland, Maine.)
We know that it isn’t cheap to travel to Harrisburg and arrange accommodations for our wedding weekend, so we didn’t want to have an elaborate registry. In fact, we truly do not expect anything from our guests - your presence is present enough!
However, for those of you who insist on doing something, we have created a little honeymoon fund. We made sure it is chock full of cheap options so that it doesn’t put any of you out! Most of you attending are our dear friends and we know you’re broke like us (ha). Again, no gift is necessary. Your attendance already means the world to us!