Mark your calendars for July 20-22. Those are the dates for this year’s Dingler Family Reunion. We are returning to Georgia where the “Alpine” village of Helen will be our host for the reunion weekend. Helen has been mentioned in the past as a possible site, and everyone was enthusiastic about the suggestion when it was discussed at last year’s reunion.
Helen is located in the Northeast Georgia Mountains region. While it is a small city (only 430 residents!), Helen is also Georgia’s third most visited city. The city used to be a logging town, but when the industry declined, Helen reinvented itself as a tourist destination with an alpine village theme. It’s the charm of Bavaria, in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Don’t forget to pack your Lederhosen and Dirndl!
We have a block of rooms at the Baymont Inn & Suites in Helen (8220 S Main Street Helen, Georgia 30545-3649 706-878-2111). The nightly rate is $124.99 + tax (+ $5.00/night Georgia fee). A free hot buffet breakfast is included along with complimentary WiFi, a fitness room, and an outdoor pool. You can book your room by calling the hotel at 706-878-2111. Make sure you let them know you are with the Dingler Family Reunion. The hotel is providing the meeting room at no cost as long as we book at least half of the room block, so be sure to get the reunion rate.
The deadline to book your room and take advantage of the group rate is July 13.
Now we know that the rate is a bit higher than we’ve received in the past, but the nightly rates in Helen are higher because it is a popular destination. We think it will be worth it, so we hope to see you there. Please note that the hotel does not allow pets.
Learning More about Alpine Helen
If you are looking for more information about Alpine Helen, check out the Alpine Helen / White County Convention & Visitors Bureau website. There you will find information on attractions, dining, shopping, and more. You can also read the Helen Travel Guide brochure for 2018.
Alpine Helen is active on social media. Follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Here’s a video from their YouTube page.
Our evening dinner and meeting will be in the Magnolia Room. at the Lakepoint State Park Resort Lodge at 6 PM. The buffet dinner will start serving at 6:15 PM, so don’t be late! The menu is as follows:
- Fried chicken and sliced roast beef in au jus
- Mashed potatoes with gravy
- Seasoned green beans
- Oven baked creamed corn
- Tossed salad with dressing
- Macaroni salad
- Assorted pies for dessert
The cost for dinner is $21 per person. This includes the meal, tax, and tip. Although our preferred method of payment is credit, we will also accept cash and checks.
Pardon me, boy. Is that the Chatttanooga Choo Choo?
Yes, in fact it IS the Chattanooga Choo Choo. And it will be pulling into the station with the Dingler Family Reunion onboard!
When Eufaula turned out to not be available for 2011, we decided to move it back to 2012, and find a new host city. We cast our gaze northwards (but not too far north) and landed just past the Georgia border in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
If you haven’t been to Chattanooga, it is in a scenic area, nestled on the banks of the Tennessee River. It is easily accessible, at the meeting point of three interstates, and filled to the brim with things to do and see. This won’t be the farthest north we’ve been (that would be Mountain View, Arkansas), but it will be our first reunion in Tennessee.
I’ll post details about the hotel arrangements and how you can book your room later today. I’ll also send out an email to everyone on the mailing list who has an email address on record. We’re only 113 days away, so time to start making plans!
Tonight at the annual Dingler Family Reunion dinner meeting, the group agreed to hold next year’s reunion in Eufaula, Alabama, as suggested by Arthur and Brenda Dease. We will be working with them to make plans for next year as they welcome us to the area they call home.
As always, the location is tentative until we can firm up details, but as of now we look forward to seeing everyone July 15-17, 2011, in Eufaula.
The Wingate by Wyndham in Mobile has been selected as the reunion hotel for 2010. After reviewing the proposals for a number of hotels in Mobile, the Wingate by Wyndham was the clear favorite. We look forward to seeing everyone there in July.
To reserve your room, please contact the hotel directly at (251) 441-1979 and make sure you request the Dingler Family Reunion rate of $89 plus tax for a King or Double room. Our room block is available until July 8, so be sure to make your reservations before then.
Important: There are two Wingates in Mobile. Make sure you use the address and phone number listed here.
Wingate by Wyndham
516 Springhill Plaza Ct
Mobile AL 36608
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King and Double rooms are available at a special rate for the reunion: $89 per night plus tax. Call to make reservations before July 8.
After July 8, rates may be higher and there is no guarantee rooms will be available.
- Free hot deluxe continental breakfast
- Free high speed wired & wireless Internet
- Fitness Room & Whirlpool
- Outdoor Pool
- Microwave & refrigerator in room
- Neutrogena bathroom amenities