McKernan Hospitality Center

122 McKernan Drive, South Portland, ME 04106 Map · Phone number
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About McKernan Hospitality Center

Perched on the coast with expansive views of Casco Bay, the McKernan Hospitality Center offers a historic and unique Maine venue for weddings of up to 80 guests (seated/buffet style) or 125 guests (cocktail-style reception).

Built in 1902 as a double officer's quarters, the building is part of the former Fort Preble which protected Portland Harbor from the War of 1812 through World War II. Due to the generosity of the voters and many private citizens of Maine, the building was restored and renovated in 1993 as a training facility for students in the SMCC Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management programs. There are multiple indoor spaces on the first floor, the highlight of which is the glassed-in porch overlooking the bay and ocean.

On the top two floors is the Spring Point Inn with eight beautiful guest rooms. Guests wake up to a complimentary continental breakfast loving prepared by SMCC’s chef’s in training! Because the McKernan Hospitality Center is such a unique event space we require that all wedding clients reserve all eight rooms at the Inn on Friday and Saturday night for their wedding guests. As an added perk, you will have advance access to the wedding venue on Friday night to decorate for your big day!

When hosting your wedding at the McKernan Center, your rental includes:

  • Up to 12 hours use of the entire first floor, garden and patio. Including a five hour reception with your guests
  • A professional Events & Hospitality Manager to assist with event detailing
  • Executive Chef services: menu planning and supervision of SMCC student staff
  • Event Coordinator services: day-of liaison and supervision of SMCC student servers
  • Food and beverage service, except specialty desserts, is provided by the McKernan Hospitality Center (refer to menu packet for options and pricing)
  • A floor plan designed to meet your specific event needs
  • McKernan Hospitality Center tables, chairs, white linens, service items, tabletop items and glassware
  • A dance floor
  • Free campus parking and event signage
  • Use of adjacent grounds for photos, as available
  • Required room block at the Spring Point Inn with discounted rates for the rooms. All 8 rooms for 2 nights must be reserved.
  • Friday evening access to the event venue to decorate

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Room at the Spring Point Inn
Room at the Spring Point Inn
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McKernan Hospitality Center
McKernan at night!
McKernan at night!
Front garden at McKernan
Front garden at McKernan
McKernan back entrance patio
McKernan back entrance patio
McKernan glassed in porch
McKernan glassed in porch
McKernan dining room
McKernan dining room
Ceremony @ Fort Preble Bunker
Ceremony @ Fort Preble Bunker
Ceremony @ Fort Preble Bunker
Ceremony @ Fort Preble Bunker
Ceremony @ Fort Preble Bunker
Ceremony @ Fort Preble Bunker
Room at the Spring Point Inn
Room at the Spring Point Inn
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McKernan Hospitality Center
McKernan at night!
McKernan at night!

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8 Reviews for McKernan Hospitality Center

Recommended by 90% of couples


4.5 out of 5.0
  • Quality of service 4.6
  • Professionalism 4.6
  • Flexibility 4.6
  • Value 4.6
  • Average response time 4.1

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    Michael · Married on 05/23/2015

    5.0
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    We met with Kelly from the McKernan Hospitality Center to discuss our wedding plans. From the first moment, Kelly was thoughtful, helpful and professional. She assisted my wife in the planning process of picking a layout, setup for the ceremony and rooms for the weekend. We were so impressed with her professionalism and price point that we rented the venue for the weekend. We also added our rehearsal dinner at the same location.

    On the wedding weekend, Kelly was always aware of our needs and had someone on hand to assist us with the planning and even the choreography of our our event. She was always polite and smiled at our request. The rooms were always immaculate and well prepared. We used the dinning room for breakfast through dinner over the course of two days.

    The food choices were very reasonably priced and varied. The food was always hot, prepared well and delicious. Kelly even made adjustments for all of our dietary needs and preferences. Our guest loved the food.

    After the event she followed up with us and not only held our glassware and decorations, but she also packaged them in securely to travel. Our family was so impressed with this venue and the food that we want to hold a family reunion at this location.

    Thank you Kelly and the SMCC staff for an exceptional experience.

    Sent on 07/08/2015
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    Cynthia · Married on 07/09/2011

    5.0
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    SMCC was amazing I had my ceremony on the bunker and the reception in the hospitality center everything was amazing I couldnt have asked for more and it was so beautiful

    Sent on 08/09/2011
  • K

    Krissy · Married on 03/08/2019

    4.8
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      4.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    August Wedding

    We chose this venue sight unseen and could not have had a more quintessential Maine wedding reception at Spring Point Field by the sea. The view was wonderful. Kelly was very accommodating for our visits to go over the details. Parking situation, signage, and rooms were all convenient. We may be biased but it was definitely the best wedding reception we've been to (many guests agreed!)

    Sent on 04/16/2020

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McKernan Hospitality Center FAQ

  • Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?
    Yes
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?
    $ 2000
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?
    $ 1950
  • Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?
    Yes
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?
    $ 300
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?
    $ 300
  • How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
    1
  • Describe your venue:
    Garden
    Historic Building
    Inn/B&B
    Waterfront
  • What kind of settings are available?
    Indoor
    Uncovered Outdoor
    Scenic Views
  • Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?
    Ceremony
    Reception
    Bridal Shower
    Engagement Party
    Elopements
    Rehearsal Dinner
  • What event services do you offer?
    Accommodations
    Catering Services
    Clean Up
    Event Planner
    Set Up
    Wifi
  • What catering services do you offer?
    Buffet
    Cocktail Reception
    Hors d'oeuvres
    Stations
  • What event items are available?
    Chairs
    Dance Floor
    Tables
  • What food and beverage items are available?
    Barware
    China
    Flatware
    Glassware
    Linens
  • What transportation and access is available?
    Parking
    Wheelchair Access
  • What months are included in your peak season?
    May
    June
    July
    August
    September
    October
  • What months are included in your off-peak season?
    January
    February
    March
    April
    November
    December

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    207-741-5672 (Phone number)
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McKernan Hospitality Center frequently asked questions

What are the most important characteristics of McKernan Hospitality Center in terms of venue type, style and location?

The space offered by McKernan Hospitality Center for wedding events is known for:

  • Garden
  • Historic Building
  • Inn/B&B
  • Waterfront

What kind of indoor/outdoor options are available at McKernan Hospitality Center for wedding events?

McKernan Hospitality Center offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:

  • Indoor
  • Uncovered Outdoor
  • Scenic Views

What kind of wedding events does McKernan Hospitality Center offer?

McKernan Hospitality Center offers the following types of wedding events:

  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Bridal Shower
  • Engagement Party
  • Elopements
  • Rehearsal Dinner

What services does McKernan Hospitality Center offer for wedding events?

McKernan Hospitality Center offers the following services for wedding events:

  • Accommodations
  • Catering Services
  • Clean Up
  • Event Planner
  • Set Up
  • Wifi

What furniture and decorations does McKernan Hospitality Center have available for wedding events?

McKernan Hospitality Center offers the following furniture and decor items for weddings:

  • Chairs
  • Dance Floor
  • Tables

What percentage of users recommend McKernan Hospitality Center and which are the most valued aspects of their wedding services?

McKernan Hospitality Center is recommended by 88% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 4.5 out of 5 with the following breakdown: 4.6 in quality of service, 4.6 in flexibility, 4.6 in professionalism, 4.6 in value and 4.1 in average response time.